SOURCE: Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossmann LLP

Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossmann LLP

September 02, 2015 09:00 ET

Dr. Anatoli van der Krans Joins Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossmann LLP

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - Sep 2, 2015) - Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossmann LLP ("BLB&G") today announced that Anatoli van der Krans has joined the firm as Senior Advisor for European Investor Relations.

Dr. van der Krans is widely recognized as one of the leading European experts on corporate governance and shareholder litigation. In his former capacity he represented the lead plaintiff in four US class and private actions and was actively involved in European legal actions which sought to recover losses, improve corporate governance, and deter misconduct. Mr. van der Krans' responsibilities include counseling European institutional investors on developing and implementing shareholder litigation policies (frequently as part of investor ESG policies), and advising on pending securities fraud and corporate governance litigations.

Commenting on the appointment, BLB&G partner Jeroen van Kwawegen said: "We are pleased that Anatoli is joining our efforts to assist our European clients. His direct knowledge of institutional investor needs and his shareholder litigation experience from the investor's perspective will be invaluable. Anatoli's appointment underscores BLBG's long-term dedication to protect the interests of European investors."

Commenting on his appointment, Dr. van der Krans said;

"I am very much looking forward to my new role at BLB&G, a law firm that is so committed to serving institutional investors. The firm's track record of success in representing clients in complex securities and corporate governance litigation is unparalleled, and its efforts on behalf of institutional investors have impacted the financial market in positive and meaningful ways. In addition, I am joining BLB&G at a very interesting time. Investor codes call for increased active ownership, and while most European institutional investors vote and engage, many investors do not yet fully use the instrument of shareholder litigation. I'm confident that BLB&G's experience and forward-thinking, consistent approach will be very valuable to European investors looking to further improve their engagement and litigation approach."

Dr. van der Krans received a doctorate in law from the Utrecht University based on his research and publications concerning the virtual meeting of shareholders. Before joining BLB&G, Dr. van der Krans was Senior Corporate Governance Advisor at MN Services (an investment manager with over EUR 92 billion in managed assets) and responsible for MN's shareholder litigation and active ownership and engagement programme. Prior to joining MN, he was an attorney at a major Dutch law firm specialising in corporate and securities law.

About BLB&G

Since its founding in 1983, BLB&G has built an international reputation for excellence and integrity. BLB&G is widely recognized as a leading law firm advising institutional investors on securities litigation, corporate governance and shareholder rights issues. On behalf of its institutional investor clients, the firm has recovered over $28 billion, including more top recoveries than any other firm, and caused significant governance improvements at some of the largest companies in the world. BLB&G also obtained a significant recovery for investors in the Amsterdam Court of Appeals in an action under the Dutch collective settlement of mass damages act ("WCAM") involving Swiss reinsurer Converium Holding AG.

ISS has ranked BLB&G as the #1 shareholder litigation firm during the past 4 out of 5 years and Benchmark (Euromoney) has named BLB&G the "Plaintiff Firm of the Year" every year since the award's inception.

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