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Kornel Olsthoorn has experience assisting clients in trade defense investigations, customs matters, as well as commercial and corporate disputes. He advises on EU trade, World Trade Organization (WTO) law, export controls, customs law, and Dutch and EU competition law.

Kornel's recent engagements include the representation of a group of expropriated bondholders in connection with the nationalization of SNS Reaal and SNS Bank.

Kornel has assisted clients with EU trade defense investigations concerning antidumping, subsidies, and anticircumvention. He has advised clients in a wide variety of other trade matters such as trade negotiations and WTO dispute settlements. Kornel has assessed compliance of clients' trading practices with EU export controls and sanctions and has assisted clients with pre- and post-investment regulatory scrutiny of cross-border transactions. He also has advised clients on EU customs matters, in particular on tariff classification and customs valuation issues, and has handled customs-related criminal enforcement investigations by national authorities. In addition, Kornel works on regulatory matters and Dutch and EU competition cases.

Prior to joining Jones Day in 2017, Kornel worked at a leading international trade and EU competition law firm in Brussels and as an intern in the chambers of Marc van der Woude, president of the EU General Court.


  • Expropriated SNS Reaal bondholders secure compensation from Dutch StateJones Day successfully assisted SNS Reaal bondholders in obtaining a judgment securing €804 million in compensation from the Dutch State for the nationalization of SNS Reaal NV and SNS Bank NV on February 1, 2013.
  • Verint Systems separates into two independent companiesJones Day advised Verint® Systems Inc. ("Verint") in the separation and spin-off of its cyber intelligence business, Cognyte Systems Ltd.
  • SHV Energy N.V sold Primagaz Nederland to DCC EnergyJones Day advised SHV Energy N.V. in the sale of Primagaz Nederland to DCC Energy.
  • United Nations University obtains assistance with "Survivor's Package" for survivors of modern slavery and human traffickingJones Day conducted worldwide research for the United Nations University Centre for Policy Research to assist in the development of a "Survivor Package" for survivors of modern slavery and human trafficking.
  • PETRONAS Chemicals acquires Da Vinci Group B.V. for €163 millionJones Day advised PETRONAS Chemicals Group Berhad (PCG) in its acquisition of a 100% stake in Da Vinci Group B.V. from its shareholders including funds managed by Bencis Capital Partners for €163 million.
  • AURELIUS sells Solidus Solutions for €330 million (US$375.6 million)Jones Day advised AURELIUS Equity Opportunities SE & Co. KGaA on the full shop auction sale of the Solidus Solutions group to funds advised by Centerbridge Partners, L.P.
  • Garmin® acquires Tacx, the leading manufacturer of indoor bike trainersJones Day advised Garmin Ltd. in its acquisition of the Tacx group, a Dutch family business that designs and manufactures high end indoor bike trainers, tools and accessories, as well as indoor training software and applications.
  • Asian-headquartered energy company resolves Dutch competition authority investigationJones Day advised a bunker supplier and trading subsidiary of an Asian-headquartered energy company in connection with the investigation by De Autoriteit Consument en Markt (ACM), the Dutch Competition Authority, into suspected consultation on pricing in the bunker sector in the Amsterdam – Rotterdam – Antwerp region.
  • Additional Publications

    • April 2020
      'Oude wijn in nieuwe zakken: over de oorsprongsmarkering van levensmiddelen uit de door Israël bezette gebieden’, Nederlands tijdschrift voor Europees recht 2020(1-2)
    • May 2020
      Headnote 'Protocol (No 3) on the Statute of the Court of Justice of the European Union', OXIO 0491, Oxford International Organisations
    • January 2020
      Headnote 'International Convention on the Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System', OXIO 0490, Oxford International Organizations
    • March 2019
      'De een zijn dood, de ander zijn brood: De handelsbeschermende maatregelen van president Trump en de mogelijke impact ervan voor het bedrijfsleven in de EU en Nederland', Tijdschrift Ondernemingsrecht 2019(3), pp. 161-171

    Speaking Engagements

    • April-May 2020
      Trade Practicum, LL.M. International Trade & Investment Law, University of Amsterdam
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