Paul Bavelaar LL.M. graduated from the University of Amsterdam in 1990. In 1993 he obtained his doctorate magna cum laude at the Christian-Albrecht-Universität in Kiel. Prof. Dr. Timmerman (currently attorney general of the Supreme Court) acted as co-supervisor. In the dissertation, Paul discussed the liability of parent companies for debts of subsidiaries, in which director’s liability also plays an important role.
In June 1993 Paul was sworn in as a Dutch lawyer and in 1996 as a German lawyer (Rechtsanwalt). From 1993 to 2000 Paul worked at Stibbe in Amsterdam. On 1 January 2000, he became a partner in the law firm of KPMG in Amsterdam, where he managed the German Desk. From May 2002 until March 2012 Paul was a partner at Van Mens & Wisselink (later called VMW Taxand N.V.), where he also managed the German Desk. For almost two years, Paul was the managing partner of VMW Taxand N.V. From 2005 to 2008 Paul managed offices in Amsterdam and Frankfurt am Main.
In March 2012 Paul founded the law firm Bavelaar & Bavelaar Advocaten Rechtsanwälte. Paul is able to represent clients in legal proceedings both in the Netherlands and in Germany as he is admitted to the Bar in both countries.
Paul advises Dutch and foreign clients in the fields of corporate law, commercial law and real estate law. Since 1993 he has supervised a considerable number of acquisitions, mergers, restructurings and real estate transactions, conducted many negotiations and drafted and reviewed numerous contracts. His counsel is not limited to law: he is able to devise and suggest potential solutions to his clients in all aspects of entrepreneurship. In the real estate sector, Paul acts for a large number of German real estate funds, who have invested in Dutch real estate. He also assists Dutch investors in German real estate.
Paul is a member of the German-Dutch Lawyers Association, a participant in the Dutch/German Lawyers Conference and a member of the International Bar Association (IBA). He publishes regularly on various subjects and teaches at the Amsterdam School of Real Estate (part of the University of Amsterdam).
In his spare time, Paul takes part in regional, national and international show jumping competitions with his horses Vesuvius and Ecorado. Paul has also held several board positions in the equestrian industry, with the KNHS, the KWPN and the Stichting Veilige Paardensport (SVP). Paul is now free to act against the KNHS, the KWPN and the SVP.
Languages: Dutch, German and English