Jeroen van Kwawegen is one of America’s top shareholder litigators and serves as the co-head of the firm’s Department of Governance, focusing on the fiduciary duties of boards of directors and senior executives, including in the context of mergers and acquisitions, shareholder voting rights and shareholder activism, and board oversight. He is also the head of the firm’s European client development efforts and devotes a significant part of his practice to initial case evaluation and counseling the firm’s European institutional investor clients in all shareholder litigation matters, including securities class actions and fiduciary duty matters. Jeroen is one of the partners who oversees the firm’s Global Securities and Litigation Monitoring Team, which monitors securities class and group actions around the world, and advises institutional clients on potential avenues for recovering damages in those actions.
Jeroen has been widely recognized within the legal industry for his accomplishments. Most recently, Lawdragon named Jeroen both a 2020 “500 Leading Lawyers” – the only shareholder litigator from Europe to receive that professional recognition, and a "500 Leading Plaintiff Financial Lawyer" in America. In 2019 he was also named a "Legal MVP" by Law360, an award that recognizes only five attorneys who had extraordinary wins in their practice area in the past year. Jeroen has also been lauded by The National Law Journal as a “Plaintiffs’ Lawyers Trailblazer,” including him among the top 26 practitioners in the nation “who continue to make their mark in various aspects of legal work on the Plaintiffs’ side.” He has also been recognized as a leading practitioner in his field by Legal 500 and Super Lawyers, and was named a New York "Rising Star" by Thomson Reuters.
Jeroen has served as lead counsel in securities class actions and in class and derivative actions involving breaches of fiduciary duty by boards of directors and senior executives in courts across the United States. Over the course of his career, Jeroen has recovered hundreds of millions of dollars for investors, improving corporate governance practices at numerous companies, and vindicating fundamental shareholder voting and franchise rights, including Public Employees’ Ret. Sys. of Mississippi v. Merrill Lynch & Co. (U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York), In re Pfizer Inc. Shareholder Derivative Litigation (U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York), In re Starz Stockholder Litigation (Delaware Chancery Court), and Teamsters Local 443 Health Servs. & Ins. Plan v. Darden Restaurants, Inc. (Florida Circuit Court).
Among other cases, Jeroen is currently prosecuting In re Scana Corp. Securities Litigation (U.S. District Court of South Carolina), In re Symantec Corp. Securities Litigation (U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California), In re Qualcomm Inc. Securities Litigation (U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California), In re NVIDIA Corp. Securities Litigation (U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California), In re DXC Technology Co. Securities Litigation (U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia), and In re Synchrony Financial Corp. Securities Litigation (U.S. District Court of Connecticut). In addition, Jeroen is prosecuting In re Straight Path Communications Shareholder Litig. (Delaware Chancery Court), In re BGC Partners, Inc. Derivative Litigation (Delaware Chancery Court), In re Appraisal of Columbia Pipeline Group, Inc. (Delaware Chancery Court), and In re Sinclair Broadcast Corp. Derivative Litigation (U.S. District Court of Maryland).
Jeroen is a frequent speaker at industry events on a wide range of corporate governance and securities related issues, and co-authored "Of Babies and Bathwater: Deterring Frivolous Stockholder Suits Without Closing the Courthouse Doors to Legitimate Claims" that was published in the Delaware Journal of Corporate Law (DJCL), Vol. 40, 2015.
Before joining BLB&G, Jeroen was a litigator at Latham & Watkins (New York) and Schut & Grosheide (Amsterdam).