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Cathalijne van der Plas

Cathalijne van der Plas

JahaeRaymakersMondriaan Tower, 19th floorAmstelplein 40AmsterdamNetherlands1096 BC

Thought Leader

WWL Ranking: Thought Leader

Global Leader

Asset Recovery 2020

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Cathalijne van der Plas is commended for her top-tier handling of cross-border asset-tracing and recovery proceedings.


Cathalijne van der Plas conducts an international practice focusing mainly on international judgment enforcement and civil asset tracing and recovery, with specialisation in financial crime matters. In addition, because of her specialist expertise on private international law, Cathalijne is frequently called in as a “lawyer’s lawyer” by fellow professionals in order to render opinions or give advice on complex issues concerning the international jurisdiction of courts, the applicable law, and the recognition and enforcement of foreign decisions or arbitral awards. She has a unique knowledge of the intersections of private international law, public international law and international sanctions law, with regard to, among other things, supermandatory rules and immunity from jurisdiction and from execution.

Cathalijne is fellow of the International Academy of Financial Crime Litigators; and regional representative for Europe of the IBA asset recovery subcommittee. She co-chairs the asset recovery chamber of the Institute for Financial Crime (IFFC). Furthermore, she is actively involved in the commission on corporate responsibility and anticorruption of the Dutch branch of the ICC; and is a member of the Royal Netherlands Society of International Law and the Dutch Arbitration Association.

Cathalijne runs courses at legal educational institutions, contributes to several professional journals and is a speaker at various seminars within the Netherlands and abroad on the topic of asset recovery and related private international law issues. She holds a PhD in private international law and is assistant-professor in private international law at the University of Amsterdam.

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