Prof. A. Jan A. J. Eijsbouts
1945, Heer-Maastricht, The Netherlands
Education Groningen University, Master of Law, 1969; international mediator (CEDR, London, 1997), Dutch Bar Exam 2002.
International corporate counsel at Royal Philips Electronics (1971-1975), at Royal DSM (1976-1988) and at Akzo Nobel (1989-2007). In 2007 Jan Eijsbouts retired as Group General Counsel and Corporate Director Legal affairs of Akzo Nobel. Effective October 1, 2010, he was appointed Extraordinary Professor of CSR and Professorial Fellow at the Institute of Corporate law, Governance and Innovation Policies of the Law Faculty at Maastricht University.
In the above capacities Jan Eijsbouts advised the Board of Management, the Supervisory Board and senior business management on all legal aspects of corporate governance, complex international business, corporate (re)structuring and M & A transactions (including the responsibility for all legal aspects of the public takeovers of Nobel Industries AB, Courtaulds plc and ICI plc and the sale of the Fibers Division Acordis to private equity firm CVC and the sale of the Pharmaceutical Division Organon Biosciences to Schering Plough Corp). Capital market operations, securities listings and transactions, competition and environmental law issues as well as international conflict management and litigation all formed an important part of the work through his years of corporate counseling. His responsibilities as General Counsel included the management of the Legal and IP functions of the group worldwide. As General Counsel he was the chairman of Akzo Nobel’s Corporate Compliance and Disclosure Committees. He designed and coordinated Akzo Nobel’s major antitrust remediation and compliance program.
Jan Eijsbouts has been a member of the Dutch Association of Company Lawyers since 1973. He acted as secretary of the Environmental law section, as Vice-chair/Secretary of the Competition law section and as Chair of the Dispute resolution section. Since 2002 he has been active in various capacities in the International Bar Association (IBA); 2004/2005 Co-Chair of the Corporate Counsel Forum (CCF), 2005 – 2009 CCF liaison officer on the Council of the Legal Practice Division IBA 2007/2008 Co-Chair of the IBA and Corporate Social Responsibility Committee.
He was member of the Legal Committee of the American Chamber of Commerce in The Netherlands (chair 1997 – 2003), co-founder and Vice Chairman of the Board of the AEX proxy voting facility Shareholders Communication Channel Foundation (1998 – 2008), of the European Advisory Committee of CPR, New York (1996 – 2008), Lex Mundi Client Advisory Board (2004 – 2007).
He is a member of the Advisory Board of the Mentor Group (Boston, USA), of the International Advisory Board of the CEELI Institute (Prague, Czech Republic), and Chairman of the Board of the World Legal Forum Foundation (The Hague, NL). He is Chairman of the Executive Board of the ADR Centre for Business Foundation and member of the Dutch Mediators Certification Board. He is also a member of the Public-Private Network of the Hague Institute for the Internationalisation of Law, HiiL, The Hague). Jan Eijsbouts received the Royal Distinction Officer in the Order of Oranje Nassau.