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Erik-Jan Zippro

Erik-Jan Zippro specializes in competition litigation, commercial litigation, mass claims and collective actions.

Expertise

Erik-Jan is a leading expert in the Netherlands in the field of private enforcement of EU competition law and cartel damages litigation. He has extensive experience representing clients in complex litigation proceedings before the various courts in the Netherlands and the EU. 

Prior to joining Hausfeld, he co-founded the litigation boutique firm Zippro Meijer with a focus on plaintiff litigation in the Netherlands. The litigation boutique firm was recommended three years in a row by Global Competition Review (GCR) as the only Dutch law firm in the EU claimants bar. The firm has continued its litigation practice as Hausfeld Advocaten.

Before founding the litigation boutique firm Zippro Meijer, Erik-Jan worked in the litigation and competition practice groups of the Dutch international law firm De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek N.V. He has dealt with a wide range of competition and civil law matters, including merger notifications with the European Commission, cartel damages cases, EU state aid, fraud, mass claims, liability proceedings and contractual disputes.

Erik-Jan was also assistant professor at Leiden University where he lectured on contract law, liability law, property law, competition litigation, commercial litigation and damages.

Practice Areas

Competition Disputes

Erik-Jan has dealt with a wide range of competition matters, including:

  • cartel cases
  • cartel damages claims (including representing Deutsche Bahn in appeal proceedings against defendants in cartel damage follow-on proceedings based on the pre-stressing steel cartel and damages claims arising from a cartel in the European trucks manufacturing industry)
  • merger notifications with the European Commission and Dutch competition authority
  • state aid (including cases regarding European professional football/soccer clubs)

Commercial Disputes

Erik-Jan has expertise in advising, litigating and arbitrating in the field of commercial disputes including:

  • mass claims and collective actions
  • liability proceedings
  • contractual disputes
  • directors and shareholders duties

What Others Say

Global Competition Review

Boutique firm Zippro Meijer stands out with its focus on plaintiff litigation in the Netherlands, where it has become a significant player. Comprising managing partners Erik-Jan Zippro and Rogier Meijer, along with partner Sander Timmerman and one associate, the firm boasts a client roster one would expect to see at a much larger firm. It is working with Hausfeld on various Trucks cartel follow-on damages claims, and is handling more than 20 proceedings in the Netherlands for its clients. It is also representing Deutsche Bahn and several subsidiaries in a damages claim against a pre-stressed steel cartel, and is defending Samsung in follow-on damages claims before Dutch courts for allegedly participating in cartels to fix the prices of cathode ray tubes. - GCR100, EU Claimants Bar, 20th Edition, January 2020

GCR named Zippro Meijer as the only recommended Dutch law firm for its European Claimant category, noting: "A small yet significant player, the boutique firm Zippro Meijer stands out with its unique focus on plaintiff litigation in the Netherlands." - GCR100, EU Claimants Bar, 2018

Education

Ph.D., Leiden University
LL.M., VU University Amsterdam 
University Teaching Qualification (UTQ), Leiden University

Bar Admissions

Admitted to the Bar in The Netherlands, 2011

Publications

Erik-Jan regularly publishes in legal journals and is an editor of the monthly magazine for private law. He is editor and contributor of several journals in the field of private law and competition law.

During his Ph.D, he wrote a dissertation on private enforcement of competition law (cartel damages litigation). In addition:

Private enforcement of competition law in the Netherlands, in: Private Enforcement of EU Competition and State Aid Law, editors Wurmnest, Wollenschlaeger and Moellers, Kluwer 2020, forthcoming, co-authored with Rogier Meijer.

SDU Commentaar Vermogensrecht, art. 6:6 t/m 6:20 BW (titel 1 afdeling 2-4), 2019.

With R. Meijer, ‘Elk nadeel heb z’n voordeel’: (bewijslast)problematiek rondom het passing-on verweer in kartelschadzaken, M&M 2016, p. 220-226.

‘De opzet van de verzekeringnemer tot misleiding van de verzekeraar. Enkele opmerkingen naar aanleiding van HR 25 maart 2016, ECLI:NL:HR:2016:507 (Messoudi/ASR Schadeverzekering N.V.)’, MvV 2016, p. 105-112.

‘Het voorontwerp van de implementatiewet richtlijn privaatrechtelijke handhaving mededingingsrecht’, Maandblad voor Vermogensrecht 2015, p. 343-354.

With S. Lankhaar, ‘Kunnen twee sets algemene voorwaarden cumulatief van toepassing zijn? Over het verschil tussen een alternatieve dubbele verwijzing (Visser/Avéro-regel) en een cumulatieve dubbele verwijzing (Haviltex-regel) naar aanleiding van ForFarmers/Doens’, Maandblad voor Vermogensrecht 2015, p. 289-297.

With R. Meijer, ‘Lang verwacht, stil gezwegen, nooit gedacht, toch gekregen: de definitieve richtlijn betreffende schadevorderingen wegens mededingingsinbreuken’, Maandblad voor Vermogensrecht 2015, p. 114-126.

‘Private Enforcement of EU State Aid Law’, in: A.S. Hartkamp, C.H. Sieburgh, L.A.D. Keus, J.S. Kortmann and M.H. Wissink (eds.), The Influence of EU Law on National Private Law (Volume I, General Part), Kluwer Law 2014, p. 705-731.

 ‘Sanctions in EU competition law: principles and practice, Over de juridische en economische implicaties van de decentralisatie van de handhaving van het Europees mededingingsrecht’ (bespreking van: Michael J. Frese, Sanctions in EU competition law: principles and practice (diss. Amsterdam UvA), Oxford: Hart Publishing), RM Themis 2014, p. 153-156.

‘Het Richtlijnvoorstel betreffende schadevorderingen wegens mededingingsinbreuken’, Mededingingsrecht in de Praktijk 2013, p. 275-285.

With P.C.J. de Tavernier, ‘Causaliteit(sonzekerheid) en smartengeld: een blik in de gereedschapskist van de Hoge Raad’, Tijdschrift voor Privaatrecht 2013, p. 1333-1350.

‘Arbitraal beding in algemene voorwaarden niet per definitie onredelijk bezwarend in business-to-consumer verhoudingen. Denk niet zwart, denk niet grijs, denk niet zwart-wit, maar in de kleur van… de concrete omstandigheden van het geval’, Maandblad voor Vermogensrecht 2012, p. 287-294.

‘Samenhangende overeenkomsten en de gevolgen voor de mogelijkheden van ontbinding en opschorting. HR 20 januari 2012, LJN BU3162 (AgfaPhoto Finance/Foto Noort c.s.) en HR 3 februari 2012, LJN BU4907 (Euretco/Naeije)’, Maandblad voor Vermogensrecht 2012, p. 101-106.

Presentations & Speeches

He regularly lectures on contract law, liability and (mass) tort law, including damages, for lawyers and the judiciary.

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