Mr Rogier Schellaars > Van Doorne > Amsterdam, Netherlands > Lawyer Profile

Van Doorne

Work Department

Dispute Resolution: Arbitration


Rogier specialises in international commercial arbitration. He is co-practice head (with Prof. Bas van Zelst seconding as second partner).

Rogier acts as lead counsel, expert and arbitrator on a many M&A, joint-venture and investment claims (Dutch and foreign seated). Rogier also works as co-counsel. He is particularly active in the Energy, Life Sciences and Technology sectors.


Rogier graduated Law & Economics (University of London) and Civil Law (University of Leiden). In 2011, Rogier was seconded to Royal Philips Electronics.

Rogier has a solid academic record, with a focus on evidence and emergency and fast-track arbitration. His work includes: publications on the usage of the main arbitration rules (LCIA, DIS and ICC) under the Dutch Arbitration Act; the IBA country guide for the Netherlands; and the Max Planck Institute’s notes on NAI arbitration. He is also a guest-lecturer at various universities and arbitration-lecturer at the Dutch Law Firm School (professional bar education).


English, Dutch


In 2021, Rogier completed a second term as court member at the ICC Court of Arbitration. He also contributes to the Advisory Council of the Netherlands Arbitration Institute and the IBA and ICC’s Arbitration Committees (chairing the Dutch ICC Arbitration and ADR Committee).

Lawyer Rankings

Netherlands > Dispute resolution: arbitration

(Leading individuals)

Rogier SchellaarsVan Doorne

The arbitration practice at Van Doorne is ‘fully international in work and knowledge, and also culturally sensitive’. The team is headed by Rogier Schellaars and Bas van Zelst; Schellaars is recommended for post-M&A disputes, joint venture and finance issues, and has previously acted for and against states; while van Zelst has considerable experience in investment arbitration.

Netherlands > Energy: regulatory

Van Doorne offers ‘a very energetic and pro-active team with great communication skills’. The practice was bolstered back in October 2020 by the arrival of Léone Klapwijk from Loyens & Loeff; she now co-leads the team alongside corporate and transactional specialist Hugo Reumkens and the disputes-focused Rogier Schellaars. Acting for network operators, supply and production companies, and public authorities, the practice provides regulatory expertise primarily in relation to mining, natural resources, renewables and energy supply.

Netherlands > Energy: transactional

Van Doorne handles a range of transactional, regulatory and contentious matters in the energy sector and is particularly experienced in corporate M&A, contracts, tax, litigation and arbitration. Léone Klapwijk joined from Loyens & Loeff in October 2020 and now heads the team alongside Hugo Reumkens and Rogier Schellaars. Reumkens is recommended for corporate work and is well versed in international deals, while Schellaars is a name to note for disputes.