Ekelmans Advocaten - Insurance & Corporate > The Hague, Netherlands > Firm Profile

Ekelmans Advocaten - Insurance & Corporate
PO BOX 93455

Netherlands > Insurance Tier 2

Ekelmans Advocaten - Insurance & Corporate ‘understands the commercial and practical aspects of the insurance industry like no other’, focusing on healthcare-related insurance matters as part of a broader general liability practice that also handles D&O, professional liability and insurance fraud matters. Jan Ekelmans manages a broad spectrum of claims, ranging from medical device recalls to life insurance and aviation issues, while Astrid van Noort focuses on personal injury and income protection disputes. Professional and corporate liability fall within the practice of Frank Schaaf, while Daan Spoormans handles both insurance and corporate litigation. Fleur van Kersbergen acts for clients and their insurers who are facing professional negligence suits. Former practice head Hanco Arnold departed the firm in September 2023.


‘Ekelmans team is a highly competitive firm with no match regarding corporate/insurance work. The team understands the commercial and practical aspects of the insurance industry like no other.’

‘Frank Schaaf has massive knowledge of the local and international industry, and his capacity for focusing in on the really important details makes him a valuable asset to his clients. Assisted by the magnificent associate Fleur van Kersberg, the work she delivers is pristine.’

‘Consistent quality and thorough approach to litigation, combined with an honourable style.’

‘The kindness of the people, the knowledge, their principles, their fast way of working.’

‘The team of Ekelmans is very experienced and professional. Our cooperation with several specialized lawyers of their team has always been at a high quality level. It is a pleasure to work with them. Ekelmans is a knowledge partner in several domains of our association of insurers.’

‘Very professional, reliable and cooperative.’

Key clients

ASR Schadeverzekeringen

ASR Zorgverzekeringen


Goudse Schadeverzekeringen



Verbond van Verzekeraars

De Vereende

Zilveren Kruis

Zorg & Zekerheid

Work highlights

  • Acted as monitoring counsel and advised on a number of claims on directors’ and officers’ liability policies written by HDI.
  • Assisted the Dutch Association of Insurers on the setup of a national health data register on disability insurance.
  • Advised the Dutch Association of Insurers on the possibilities of detecting duplicate claims and claims fraud, including setting up a duplicate claim detector.

Ekelmans Advocaten is an independent law firm in the Netherlands with an international focus. The firm is leading in insurance and corporate. Clients receive expert advice and assistance from specialized lawyers working in compact teams. Clients value the open, long-term relationship, the professional expertise and the strategic advice. Ekelmans can draw on a wealth of experience and expertise; clients have been benefiting from this for over a century.

Insurance & Corporate is what defines the firm. It refers to the specialist expertise of the lawyers and the fields of law in which they support their clients.

In the insurance practice, the firm works closely with national and international insurance companies. The lawyers are specialized in the areas of law that are relevant to them, such as insurance and liability law.

The corporate practice group supports corporate clients, ie companies. Ekelmans Advocaten offers support with contracts, M&A, employment law, appeals in cassation and litigation. Thus ‘Corporate’ stands for both the companies the lawyers work for and the fields of law in which they assist them.

International: For its reputable insurance practice, Ekelmans Advocaten is a member of Insurance Law Global (ILG), the international network of insurance law firms. With members around the globe ILG offers international insurers access to top level insurance law support for their international activities.

Ekelmans Advocaten is also a member of the international network Legalink. Legalink is a non-exclusive, international legal network of over 60 independent business oriented law firms.

German companies that (want to) do business in the Netherlands in line with Dutch law can turn to the specialised German Desk of Ekelmans Advocaten for sound legal advice and for support with legal procedures.

Insurance and liability: Ekelmans Advocaten has a firmly established reputation in the insurance industry. The team represents most of the major international and Dutch listed insurance companies (liability, health and life) and represents clients in several of the largest and most remarkable cases in the insurance industry.

The insurance and liability team consists of 15 experienced lawyers exclusively dealing with insurance issues. The lawyers give practical and highly valued advice based on in depth knowledge and experience in professional liability, D&O, technical insurance, personal injury, health insurance, life insurance, fraud and insurer related privacy issues.

The team is headed by super specialised partners. Insurers seek their advice on complex and politically sensitive matters in healthcare insurance, liability, fraud and privacy.

Ekelmans Advocaten is a member of Insurance Law Global (ILG), which gives and provides access to top level insurance law support for international activities.

Corporate and M&A: Ekelmans Advocaten advises in a wide range of corporate law issues. The team is well versed in both mergers and acquisitions and corporate litigation. This enables the firm to adequately assist clients at drafting complex international contracts, at the negotiating table and if necessary in the courtroom as well.

The corporate lawyers of Ekelmans Advocaten have earned their spurs in the area of both domestic and cross-border transactions. They have broad experience in supervising share transfers, controlled auctions, assets/liabilities transactions and corporate joint ventures.

Ekelmans Advocaten represents a range of clients, such as SMEs, multinationals, investment companies and (semi-)government institutions. As a consequence the team has been involved in a wide variety of leading cases such as the restructuring of a share fund, the acquisition of a life insurance company and the development of a new financial product by a big bank.)

Employment: Human capital is the critical success factor for many companies and institutions. Employment law is all about people, work and organisations. The lawyers of Ekelmans Advocaten enable organisations to make the best possible use of the options available in this field of law and to minimise any risks entailed by employment law. The employment law team understands their clients and what drives them. The team counsels both listed companies as medium-sized businesses regarding employment law issues such as reorganisations, restructuring, pensions, mergers, takeovers, dismissals, collective labour agreements, appointment or dismissal of directors under the articles of association, disciplinary measures and strikes as well as participation law matters.

Supreme Court and expert litigation: Ekelmans Advocaten belongs to a select group of firms with a highly regarded supreme court litigation practice. The Supreme Court and expert litigation team conducts proceedings up to and including the Supreme Court on a daily basis. Because of its experience and expertise, the team is also engaged by other lawyers as advisers and in litigation in a broader sense. The lawyers are often asked to assist leading law firms and other professional services firms as dedicated experts in appeal proceedings, because the gravity, importance and complexity of the case call for a strategic overview and new insights.


Department Name Email Telephone
Insurance & Liability Jan Ekelmans ekelmans@ekelmansadvocaten.com +31 70 374 63 68
Insurance & Liability Astrid van Noort vannoort@ekelmansadvocaten.com +31 70 374 64 21
Insurance & Liability Frank Schaaf schaaf@ekelmansadvocaten.com +31 70 374 64 21
Corporate / M&A Daan Spoormans spoormans@ekelmansadvocaten.com +31 70 374 64 34
Employment law Robert Kütemann kutemann@ekelmansadvocaten.com +31 70 374 64 21
Employment law Rob Kossen kossen@ekelmansadvocaten.com +31 70 374 64 21
Supreme Court & Expert Litigation David de Knijff deknijff@ekelmansadvocaten.com +31 70 374 63 56
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