November 12, 2019
Every year prominent industry newswire Law360 selects a group of “Legal MVPs” – leading attorneys around the nation who “have distinguished themselves from their peers by securing hard-earned successes in high-stakes litigation, complex global matters and record-breaking deals.For his work making “a mission out of fighting for shareholders harmed by corporate wrongdoing” and “racking up some big wins over the past year,” BLB&G Partner Jeroen van Kwawegen was named one of six practitioners selected nationally as one of Law360's 2019 Securities MVPs.
Among some of his recent successes of the last year, Law360’s profile of Jeroen focused on his work in the Delaware Court of Chancery where he won partial summary judgment on behalf of a class of Regency Energy Partners shareholders, claiming its board knew an $11 billion merger with Energy Transfer Partners LP was not in shareholders’ best interests. In addition, although a post-trial judgment in August didn't go entirely in favor of his clients — investors in an appraisal litigation who said they were shortchanged by Columbia Pipeline Group's $13 billion sale to TransCanada in 2016 — Jeroen commented to Law360 on the importance of the case and the challenging and evolving appraisal landscape:
"Appraisal law has changed over the last couple of years and become much more difficult for petitioners," he said. "We still got a very, very good result, and so I'm very proud of that."
The profile also focuses on his unique background – he originally wanted to become a prosecutor in his home country of the Netherlands – and enjoys fighting against "egregious wrongdoing" in his securities practice. Further, he discusses how important he believes mentoring is to developing lawyers – and to veteran practitioners:
“The best way you can help yourself, I think, is by also helping others."
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