Bram Hendriks is a dedicated advocate for shareholder rights worldwide. As Kessler Topaz’ s European Client Relations Manager, he guides European institutional investors through the intricacies of U.S. class action litigation as well as securities litigation in Europe and Asia. His experience with securities litigation allows him to translate complex document and discovery requirements into straightforward, practical action. For shareholders who want to effect change without litigation, Bram advises on corporate governance issues and strategies for active investment.
Bram has been involved in some of the highest-profile U.S. securities class actions of the last 20 years. Before joining Kessler Topaz, he handled securities litigation and policy development for NN Group N.V., a publicly-traded financial services company with approximately EUR 197 billion in assets under management. He previously oversaw corporate governance activities for a leading Amsterdam pension fund manager with a portfolio of more than 4,000 corporate holdings.
A globally-respected investor advocate, Bram has co-chaired the International Corporate Governance Network Shareholder Rights Committee since 2009. In that capacity, he works with investors from more than 50 countries to advance public policies that give institutional investors a voice in decision-making. He is a sought-after speaker, panelist and author on corporate governance and responsible investment policies.
Based in the Netherlands, Bram is available to meet with clients personally and provide hands-on-assistance when needed.
Bram is a regular speaker at investor conferences around the world and has spoken at conferences for European Issuers, International Corporate Governance Network , Principles for Responsible Investment(PRI) , ISS and the Rock Center Stanford Law School.
“Re-forging the chain. Improving the integrity of the share voting chain is one of the most important measures that could improve investor-company engagement,” International Corporate Governance Network Yearbook (2014)
“Stewardship does not benefit from differential ownership rights,” ICGN Viewpoint (April 2015)
“Enhancement or Entrenchment? Are differential ownership rights a tool to stimulate long-term share ownership with negative consequences, asks Bram Hendriks,” International Corporate Governance Network Yearbook (2016)
Co-chair, International Corporate Governance Network, Shareholder Rights Committee