Machteld is partner in our Litigation group and heads the Mass Claim practice of the firm. Machteld has particular expertise in mass claims and follow-on damages litigation. Acting on behalf of national and international companies in all types of litigation, Machteld has broad experience at all levels of the judiciary in the Netherlands, including the Supreme Court.
Machteld publishes and lectures on Dutch procedural law, in particular collective redress, and is chairwoman of the editorial board of the journal Mass Claims. She was named ‘Legal Woman of the Year, 2018’ by Legal Women and is noted by the Legal 500 in the categories Commercial Litigation and EU and Competition. She is referred to by clients as “extremely quick thinker, [who] points right to the paint-points of the legal argument at stake, even in a foreign jurisdiction” (Legal 500, 2021).
Machteld heads De Brauw’s Pro Bono Practice. In recognition of her Pro Bono achievements, Machteld has recently been shortlisted in the category of ‘Outstanding Contribution Award’ for the Chambers’ Europe Awards, 2021 and 2022. In 2019, De Brauw’s Pro Bono Practice was awarded the ‘European Pro Bono Program of the Year’ Award during Chambers’ D&I Awards. After being seconded to the New York law firm Paul, Weiss for a year, Machteld was also awarded The Legal Aid Society’s (US) Pro Bono Publico Award.
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The Global Class Actions and Mass Torts Conference is a prestigious international event that focuses on the concept of collective redress, which refers to legal mechanisms that allow a large group of individuals who have suffered similar harm or injury to pursue their claims together as a single entity.