Coen E.Drion

Partner

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Coen Drion is widely recognized as one of the leading practitioners of civil and commercial law in the Netherlands. He provides strategic advice to clients on their most important issues, including commercial and civil disputes, litigation before the courts, and other forums. Prior to joining Jones Day, he served as a Justice in the Supreme Court of the Netherlands for five years, after having been in private practice for more than 20 years.

Coen is regularly asked to serve as an mediator or arbitrator. In his prior private practice he served as an expert investigator, appointed by the Enterprise Chamber of the Amsterdam Court of Appeals, in the matter of Fortis (a large Belgian/Dutch financial). The investigation concerned the takeover of Fortis by three major European banks and the subsequent rescue of Fortis by the Dutch, Belgian, and Luxemburg states in the midst of the financial crisis. Coen also has extensive experience in technology-related issues and has advised large corporations and the Netherlands government.

Coen is a member of the editorial board of many legal publications and has authored more than 150 articles, spanning a wide variety of legal subject matters. He continues to publish regularly and also lectures on civil and commercial law issues to business lawyers on such topics as how Anglo-American law and practices influence the law and practice in the Netherlands and beyond.

Coen has received the highest possible recognition by Chambers and other legal periodicals, including honors for being the best IT lawyer in the Netherlands.

Experience

  • Private shareholders sell Velosophy (Babboe) to Accell GroupJones Day advised private shareholders on the sale of cargo bike specialist Velosophy (Babboe) to Accell Group.
  • Cement Invest acquires from HeidelbergCement 50 percent of its Georgian businessJones Day advised Hunnewell Partners, in connection with its formation of Cement Invest B.V., a joint venture with the Georgian Co-Investment Fund, and Cement Invest’s acquisition from HeidelbergCement Central Europe East Holding B.V. of 50 percent of the voting interests in its Georgian business.
  • AURELIUS sells Getronics Group for €220 million (US$251.3 million)Jones Day advised AURELIUS Equity Opportunities SE & Co. KGaA on the sale of its subsidiary Getronics to strategic investor Bottega Invest Co S.à.r.l. for €220 million (US$251.3 million) (enterprise value).
  • Timken acquires Groeneveld Group for $280 millionJones Day advised The Timken Company in its $280 million acquisition of Groeneveld Group, a leading provider of automatic lubrication solutions used in on- and off-highway applications.
  • CreditAccess Asia completes complex €95.4 million (US$102.8 million) multi-investor investment roundJones Day advised CreditAccess Asia, a micro-finance institution active primarily in India and SEA, on a complex €95.4 million (US$102.8 million) multi-investor investment round, involving (a) the conversion of outstanding bonds into equity; (b) the investment by Asian Development Bank, an international development bank; (c) the conversion of bonds held by a private equity fund Olympus Capital Asia; and (d) a further investment round by new investors.
  • Syndicate of lenders provides financing to Grupo Isolux Corsan for its restructuring of debtJones Day provided legal advice to a syndicate of Lenders (excluding bondholders) in a financing transaction to Grupo Isolux Corsan S.A., a listed global Spanish construction and engineering company, in the restructuring of nearly €2 billion debt owed by the worldwide-based group of companies.
  • Lycamobile defends litigation over allegations its customers were deliberately blocked from accessing Lebara's servicesJones Day advised Lycamobile UK Limited on litigation before a UK court in connection with plaintiff Lebara’s claim against Lycamobile that Lyca intentionally blocked its customers' access to Lebara’s internet services.
  • Bunge and Solazyme expand joint venture to make oils from renewable sources using microbesJones Day assisted Bunge Global Innovation, LLC in renegotiating its joint venture agreements with Solazyme, Inc. in the Netherlands and Brazil to, among other things, expand the products to be made and the geographies and manner in which all such products will be sold.
  • Additional Publications

    • June 2018The Notary, NJB 2018, p. 1506-1508
    • May 2018The No Oral Modification Clause, NJB 2018, p. 1417
    • April 2018The Facts and the Importance of a Fresh Approach, NJB 2018, p. 847
    • February 2018Retail is a Service; a Decision with Surprising Consequences, NJB 2018, p. 403
    • December 2017Finding the Law at the Supreme Court, NJB 2017, p. 3123
    • November 2017The Role of the Judge and the Grounds for his Decision, in "Procedural and Distributive Justice", Netherlands Association of Procedural Law in cooperation with Boom Legal Publishers, p. 19-26
    • October 2-17Open Norms and the Importance of the Why Question, NJB 2017, p. 2727
    • July 14, 2017Competition of Legal Systems in Light of Brexit, NJB 2017, p. 1949
    • July 7, 2017Postscript (on reaction of Guido den Dekker), NJB 2017, p. 1902
    • May 2017Doing Justice and Private International Law, NJB 2017, p. 1443
    • March 2017Reasonableness and Fairness Revisited, NJB 2017, p. 851
    • March 2017The Justice-Activist, Trema March 2017, p. 105-106
    • February 21, 2017Drafting Tips & Skills: The Netherlands Commercial Court, ORP 2017/2, p. 30-32
    • February 10, 2017"Crashing in the Legal System", NJB 2017, p. 373
    • December 2, 2016"Freiheit statt Angst" (Freedom Instead of Fear), NJB 2016, p. 3103
    • December 2016"On the Palette of the Contract Interpretation Judge", Mr. 2016/12, p. 95
    • October 21, 2016"Product Recall", NJB 2016, p. 2665.
    • July 8, 2016"The History of Haviltex", NJB 2016/1391.
    • June 3, 2016“Homo Digitalis Civilis”, NJB 2016, p. 1542.
    • May 20, 2016"Terminability of Long-Term Contracts", NJB 2016, p. 1399
    • May 2016"Memorarandum on Case Law of Supreme Court on Contract Interpretation", ORP 2016/4
    • March 21, 2016"A Grand Chamber for the Supreme Court?" NJB 2016, p. 785
    • February 2016"Rythm or Blues”, NJB 2016, p. 379.
    • February 2016"Rythm or Blues”, NJB 2016, p. 379.
    • December 11, 2015"If you don't walk like a lawyer", NJB 2015, p. 2999
    • October 2015“Implied Warranties”, Drafting Tip for ORP 2015/8
    • October 2015"The Invisible Hand", NJB 2015, p. 2529.
    • September 2015“Flexible, yet Firm”, NJB, p. 2151

    Speaking Engagements

    • December 19, 2018
      The Supreme Court under Scrutiny, SDU Event
    • November 20, 2018
      Agreements under Anglo-American Influence, Grotius Academy National and International Contracting
    • May 22, 2018
      Agreements under Anglo-American Influence and Contract Interpretation Rules, for Grotius Academy on International Contracting
    • April 16, 2018
      International Contracting for Academy for Legal Practice
    • December 8, 2017
      Course for Law@Work and Boom Legal Publishers, The Supreme Court Under Scrutiny
    • November 20, 2017
      Grotius Academy on International Contracting, Course on Anglo-American Contract Law and Dutch Contract Interpretation Rules
    • November 6, 2017
      International Contracting for Academy for Legal Practice at Castle Waardenburg
    • May 12, 2017
      Conference on 25 Years New Civil Code and Vienna Sales Convention: Speech on 25 years Supreme Court Precedents on Private International Law, Vienna Sales Convention and Foreign Law
    • May 11, 2017
      Grotius Academy on International Contracting, Course on Anglo-American Contracts and Contract Interpretation
    • April 11, 2017
      Course on International Contracting for Academy of Legal Practice at Castle of Waardenburg
    • February 16, 2017
      Course on International Contracting for Academy of Legal Practice
    • January 19, 2017
      Course on International Contracting for Legal Departments and Technology Transfer Unit of Erasmus Medical Center of Rotterdam
    • December 19, 2016
      Law@Work Post-Graduate Course "Doorpakken Vermogensrecht": Recent Developments in Contract Law
    • December 13, 2016
      Kluwer Course "The Supreme Court under Scrutiny"
    • December 9, 2016
      The Judge Activist?, Conference in Honor of Inaugural Lecture of Ybo Buruma, Radboud University Nijmegen
    • November 28, 2016
      Grotius Academy, Follow-Up Course IT Law, Recent Contract Law Developments
    • November 21, 2016
      Grotius Academy National and International Contracting, Course on International Contracting
    • November 14, 2016
      Academie voor de Rechtspraktijk (Academy for Legal Practice), Course on International Contracting
    • October 14, 2016
      Seminar Crisis: How to Manage?
    • October 14, 2016
      Crisis Management: Prepare for the Unexpected
    • Setember 6, 2016
      Grotius Academy on IT Law, post-graduate course on Anglo-American contract law and contracting practices and how to deal with Anglo-American boiler plate clauses under Dutch law
    • June 14, 2016
      "International Contracting", post-graduate course for Academy of Legal Practice (Academie voor de Rechtspraktijk)
    • June 9, 2016
      Annual Meeting of Dutch Lawyers' Association for Distribution, Franchise and Commercial Agency Speech entitled "The Supreme Court speaks through its judgments, but what does it say?"
    • May 10, 2016
      "The Influence of Anglo-American Contracts and Contracting Practice on Dutch Practice" and "Interpreting Commercial Contracts and Boiler Plate Clauses" | Grotius Academy, Post-Graduate Course on National and International Contracting
    • March 11, 2016
      "Checking and Drafting of Contracts" | Kluwer, Post-Graduate Course
    • March 8, 2016
      Life interview | Dutch Young Bar Education Program, Kick-Off Meeting
    • February 11, 2016
      "International Contracting" | Academie voor de Rechtspraktijk, Post-Graduate Course
    • December 21-22, 2015
      "Recent Contract Case Law of the Supreme Court" | Law @ Work, Post-Graduate Course
    • December 15, 2015
      "The Supreme Court under Scrutiny" | Kluwer, Post-Graduate Course
    • December 1, 2015
      "Directors' Liability" | Corruption and Sanctions Event Amsterdam
    • December 1, 2015
      Anti-Corruption Congress
    • November 27, 2015
      "International Contracting" | Academy for Legal Practice, Post-Graduate Course
    • November 17, 2015
      "The Influence of Anglo-American Contracts and Contracting Practice on Dutch Practice" and "Interpreting Commercial Contracts and Boiler Plate Clauses" | Grotius Academy, Post-Graduate Course on National and International Contracting
    • October 7, 2015
      "Recent Contract Case Law of the Supreme Court" and "Contracting in a Digital Environment" | Grotius Academy, Post-Graduate Course on National and International Contracting
    • October 5, 2015
      "Contracting with the Government" | OSR, Post-Graduate Course
    • October 2, 2015
      "The Influence of Anglo-American Contracts and Contracting Practice on Dutch Practice" and "Interpreting Commercial Contracts and Boiler Plate Clauses" | Kluwer, Post-Graduate Course
    • September 1, 2015
      "The Influence of Anglo-American Contracts and Contracting Practice on Dutch Practice" and "Interpreting Commercial Contracts and Boiler Plate Clauses" | Grotius Academy, Post-Graduate Course on IT Law
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