Dr. Axel Hagedorn

Dr. Axel Hagedorn

Axel Hagedorn works out of the Amsterdam office, specialising in German & Dutch Company Law and International Law. He is sworn in as both German Rechtsanwalt (1987) and as a Dutch lawyer (2001). Axel Hagedorn advises in the areas of German & Dutch Law. He supports companies in Mergers & Acquisitions in the Netherlands and abroad, often in Germany or in other German-speaking countries. Axel’s expertise is often requested from the first stages of negotiation onwards. (Boards of) Directors, commissioners and shareholders hire him for his professional expertise in Corporate Governance and Director Liability. He also works regularly as an international arbitrator/mediator, including amongst others, for the German-Dutch Chamber of Commerce. Axel Hagedorn has experience with respect to arbitration resulting from bilateral investment treaties (BIT) such as annulment proceedings.

In May 2017 he published the comprehensive book in the German language about Dutch business law “Niederländisches Wirtschaftsrecht” (450 pages) together with Dr. Adrianus Tervoort (to order here).

In 1986 Axel Hagedorn qualified with first class honours (Magna Cum Laude) from the Georg-August University in Göttingen. He was professor for German-Dutch Legal Relationships at the University of Amsterdam (UvA)  (2014 – 2017). He is a columnist for Duitslandnieuws.nl

  • Dutch & German lawyer
Admission to practice law:
Rechtsanwalt since:
Regional office:
  • Law - University of Göttingen, Germany
  • Culture, Organisation & Management – Vrije Universiteit of Amsterdam
  • New Board Program - Nyenrode Business University, The Netherlands for supervisory bodies
Notable cases:
  • Numerous takeovers & other M&A transactions, e.g. in the insurance sector, retail, industry, the hospitality industry, supermarkets and in Real Estate
  • Annulment proceedings of an abitral award for EU-memberstate resulting from a bilateral investment treaty (BIT)
  • Litigation in Germany as a result of fraudulent trading by a co-shareholder
  • Trials concerning Leffler/Berlin Chemie at the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) regarding the translation of trial documents
  • Trials at the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) on e-traction & Mothers of Srebrenica
  • Restructuring of the German section of a Dutch company
  • Litigation in Hungary representing a Dutch business in a case of banking liability after takeover
  • Buying & Selling of Real Estate in Germany & Switzerland
  • Business conflict mediation i.e. between shareholders, partners & the various organs of the
Memberships & other related activities:
  • Professor for German-Dutch Legal Relationships at the University of Amsterdam (UvA) (2014 - 2017)
  • Arbitrator for the German-Dutch Chamber of Trade (DNHK)
  • Chairman at the Company Law Commission - Dutch-German Chamber of Trade (DNHK).
  • Dutch Society for International Law (NVIR)
  • Member & ex-Chairman of the German-Dutch Law Society (DNRV)
  • Functions on various boards
  • Columnist op www.duitslandnieuws
  • Member of Speakers Academy
Dutch, German, English
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