Wesley Vader


Wesley Vader is partner at bureau Brandeis’ Corporate & Commercial litigation department.

Wesley’s practice focuses on resolution of corporate and commercial disputes. For example, he advises and litigates on (civil) fraud cases, (directors’) liability cases, shareholder disputes and contractual disputes. Wesley is also involved in various class actions, in particular mass tort litigation.

Wesley completed his studies in Dutch law at the University of Groningen in 2007. During his studies, he also studied in Canada at the University of Western Ontario. In 2013, Wesley graduated cum laude from the postgraduate specialization training in Business & Liability at the Grotius Academy.

Wesley has been an attorney since 2007. At that time, he joined the firm now called Eversheds. From 2010, Wesley joined Lexence’s Litigation practice and in 2019 he joined bureau Brandeis.

Recent work:

  • Wesley is involved in several class actions. For example, he is one of the counsels of Diesel Emissions Justice Foundation. In that capacity, he is currently involved in five class actions in the diesel scandal against conglomerates of car manufacturer such as Volkswagen Group, Mercedes, Fiat, Renault and Peugeot.
  • Wesley acted as counsel in several fraud-related matters. For example, he litigates the theft of confidential business information but also assists clients who join criminal proceedings as aggrieved parties and claim compensation for damages resulting from fraud.
  • Wesley assists (managing) directors in both civil proceedings and inquiry proceedings before the Enterprise Chamber.
  • Wesley acts in disputes concerning unlawful competition.
  • Wesley handles proceedings regarding the interpretation of contracts.
  • Wesley has extensive experience with attachment of evidence, exhibition claims and enforcement disputes.

Wesley regularly gives (in-house) courses on directors’ liability and the prevention and combating of fraud. He also publishes with some regularity in corporate law journals such as Tijdschrift voor de Ondernemingsrecht Praktijk (TOP) and Maandblad voor Ondernemingsrecht (MvO).

Testimonials in Legal500:

  • ‘Louis Berger is a seasoned and knowledgeable lawyer and great to work with. Frank Peters and Wesley Vader stand out.’
  • ‘Wesley Vader is an excellent litigator. Very energetic and on the ball. We work together seamlessly.’
  • ‘Senior associate Wesley Vader has an outstanding knowledge of Dutch civil procedural law.’

Duty of care in corporate law practice in TOP 2014/583.

Fraud in corporate law practice: thresholds in taking recourse in TOP 2016/346.

Profiting from fraud: the sliding scale from unlawful to unjustified in TOP 2018/482.

Liability for frivolous inquiry request in MoU 2023, issues 1&2.