Jeroen van Kwawegen is recognized as one of the nation's top shareholder litigators. In courts across the country, he has served as lead counsel in a variety of securities class actions and actions involving breaches of fiduciary duty by boards of directors and senior executives.
Over the course of his career, Mr. van Kwawegen has successfully litigated many important cases recovering hundreds of millions of dollars for investors, improving corporate governance practices at numerous companies, and vindicating fundamental shareholder 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 Globe Specialty Metals, Inc. Stockholder Litigation (Delaware Chancery Court), In re Appraisal of Towers Watson & Co. (Delaware Chancery Court), Bayerische Landesbank v. Merrill Lynch & Co. (New York Supreme Court), The Police Ret. Sys. of St. Louis v. Erbey (Baltimore Circuit Court), In re Safeway Inc. Stockholder Litigation (Delaware Chancery Court), and Teamsters Local 443 Health Servs. & Ins. Plan v. Darden Restaurants, Inc. (Florida Circuit Court).
Among other cases, Mr. van Kwawegen is currently prosecuting In re Scana Corporation Securities Litigation (U.S. District Court of South Carolina), In re Starz Stockholder Litigation (Delaware Chancery Court), and In re Appraisal of Columbia Pipeline Group, Inc. (Delaware Chancery Court). He is also the head of BLB&G’s European client development efforts, in which a significant part of his practice is dedicated to initial case evaluation and counseling the firm’s European institutional investor clients in all governance and shareholder litigation matters. In that capacity, he is also one of the partners who oversees the firm’s Foreign 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.
Industry observers, peers and adversaries have honored Mr. van Kwawegen for his accomplishments. The National Law Journal named Mr. van Kwawegen, as a “Plaintiffs’ Lawyers Trailblazer,” recognizing 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 been recognized as a leading practitioner in his field by Legal 500 US and a New York Super Lawyer and a New York "Rising Star" by Thomson Reuters. He is a frequent speaker at industry events on a wide range of corporate governance and securities related issues, and recently co-authored "Of Babies and Bathwater: Deterring Frivolous Stockholder Suits Without Closing the Courthouse Doors to Legitimate Claims," Delaware Journal of Corporate Law (DJCL), Vol. 40, 2015.
Before joining BLB&G, Mr. van Kwawegen was a litigator at Latham & Watkins (New York) and Schut & Grosheide (Amsterdam).