Active in the resolution of international and complex disputes since 2006. She advises and represents clients in legal proceedings with a Dutch angle.
Roelien conducts arbitration proceedings in the Netherlands and abroad and is available as arbitrator. She further advises and litigates in proceedings before the Dutch state courts, including the Enterprise Chamber and the Netherlands Commercial Court.
Her clients vary from private individuals to multinationals, mainly active in the energy, engineering, retail and IT industries. She has broad experience in post M&A and joint venture disputes, as well as in the enforcement of international claims. She regularly represents clients who have been defrauded by an employee or contracting party. She also has significant experience in the collective redress practice (mass claims proceedings), both on the defendant’s and the plaintiff’s side.
Roelien provides second opinions about litigation strategies in Dutch litigation and about Dutch arbitration law. She assists clients with finding and negotiating with litigation funders. For each case, she forms the optimal team, with her colleagues of SSHJ Advocaten and often also with experts from other firms or independent practitioners.
Education and experience
Roelien holds master’s degrees (LL.Ms) in International and European law as well as in criminal law from Leiden University. As a student, she worked as a clerk in commercial cases before the District Court of The Hague.
After internships at the Permanent Representation of the Netherlands at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg and the Public Prosecution Office in The Hague, she started as an attorney-at-law. In 2006, she joined the international litigation and arbitration practice of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP in Amsterdam and London. In that role, she regularly acted as secretary in arbitration proceedings. In 2017 and 2018, she worked for Omni Bridgeway, a leading enforcement specialist and litigation funder, mainly in the collective redress and arbitration practice.
In 2019, she joined SSHJ Advocaten as a partner.
Roelien is Dutch. She works in Dutch and English and reads French and German.
Roelien is a member of several professional organisations, including the Dutch Arbitration Association (DAA), the Dutch Association for Procedural Law (NVvP), the Vereniging Corporate Litigation, the Dutch Association for Competition Law (VvM), and the Silicon Valley Arbitration and Mediation Centre (SVAMC). In 2018, as Co-Chair of the Organizing Committee, she organised the Dutch Arbitration Day with the theme “Innovation and Technology in International Arbitration”.
Roelien is a board member of the foundation Goois Natuurreservaat in Hilversum.