Marry de Gaay Fortman

Advocaat | Partner

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+31 20 605 61 65
+31 6 5375 8942

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As a lawyer, Marry is involved in research and regulatory matters and specialises in public economic law and corporate governance for large companies and public and semi-public institutions. Marry is a trusted boardroom adviser, focusing on the governance dynamics between executive boards and supervisory boards, shareholders, and other stakeholders.

Marry is a member of a multidisciplinary team that works at the intersection of corporate governance, regulatory and corporate litigation and that carries out governance stress tests that lead to recommendations for the improvement and strengthening of the governance within companies. Read more about the governance stress test.

Marry combines her legal work with non-executive director roles, including as a supervisory director for De Nederlandsche Bank. Marry is also chair of theatre production company Internationaal Theater Amsterdam, International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam and board member of the Dutch Lawyer’s Association and has previously served as a member of the supervisory board director for KLM, Royal HaskoningDHV, GVB Amsterdam and the health insurer VGZ.

Marry also lectures on boardroom dynamics at the Governance University, is co-author of a chapter on the Dutch manual Handboek Corporate Governance. She also organises round table meetings for supervisory directors. Marry is a member of Houthoff’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee

  • “She is well aware of the requirements of her clients and is an excellent lawyer on strategic issues.”
    Chambers Europe, Public Law (2022 Edition)
  • “She makes clear what is always important to keep in mind strategically.”
    Chambers Europe, Public Law (2021 Edition)
  • Recommended
    Chambers Europe, Public Law (2020 Edition)
  • “She is a full sparring partner with a great network and high-level approach. She is motivated and gets things under way.”
    Chambers Europe, Public Law (2019 Edition)
  • Recommended
    Legal 500, Dispute Resolution: Mediation (2019 Edition)
  • "Heading the public law team, Marry de Gaay Fortman is an experienced practicioner, typically advising on regulatory issues for large private sector clients, elucidating their interactions with government institutions and regulatory bodies. Clients praise her 'great commercial awareness, effectiveness and cliënt service.'"
    Chambers Europe (2018 Edition)
  • "Clients praise her 'great commercial awareness, effectiveness and client service'."
    Chambers Europe, Public Law (2018 Edition)
  • Recommended
    Legal 500, Fraud and White-collar Crime (2018 Edition)
  • Recommended
    Legal 500, Dispute Resolution: Mediation (2018 Edition)
  • Recommended
    Legal 500, Healthcare and Life Sciences (2018 Edition)

Mediation

Marry passed the Qualified Mediator Examination of the International Mediation Institute and is now an 'IMI Qualified Mediator'. With her confirmed expertise and experience, she can offer clients an ever broader range of dispute resolution options. Business mediation is often a cheaper and faster way for parties to resolve their disputes.

QUALIFICATIONS & EXPERIENCE

  • LL.M. Law (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)
  • Business mediator (International Mediation Institute)
  • Specialist course on tenancy law
  • Advising Vestia, a Dutch housing corporation, on various complex regulatory aspects relating to the unwinding of its EUR 20 billion derivative portfolio.
  • Advising and representing RAI Amsterdam regarding the zoning plan “Amsterdam RAI” which comprises the development of a large hotel and parking garage at the site of RAI Amsterdam.
  • Representing the Italian (veterinary) pharmaceutical company Innovet (part of Epitech Group) in patent litigation proceedings, relating to both validity and infringement of its patent relating to pharmaceutical compositions containing micronized compounds.
  • Advising and representing Tata Steel, one of Europe's largest steel plants, on their most important environmental permits and enforcement procedures.
  • Advising university medical centres in public tender procedures for IT and electronic medical files.

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