Centre for European Company Law
Centre for European Company Law
Centre for European Company Law

Executive Committee


Prof. Dr. Steef M. Bartman, Co-Managing Director  
Professor of Company Law - Leiden University


Steef M. Bartman (1952) studied Law at the University of Amsterdam. In 1989, he was awarded his doctorate with a thesis on piercing the corporate veil, comparing Dutch and German statutory law and case law. Steef has written numerous articles on corporate law.

He is the initiator and co-author of a widely used book, titled Van het concern (in English: About the Corporate Group), which contains an elaborate survey of group company law in the Netherlands. Steef is considered an expert on veil piercing, group finance matters (inter alia parent guarantees – 403-statements -, ultra vires, conflicts of interest) and related directors liability.

In 1992 he started working as an attorney in Amsterdam. In September 2003 he was appointed professor of Company Law at Leiden University. He is the initiator and main editor of the journal European Company Law (ECL) and the ECL Book Series.

He frequently lectures on recent developments in Dutch corporate law, not just for Leiden law students but also for practising lawyers and judges in training. He is a well-known commentator of judicial awards published in several leading Dutch periodicals, such as JOR, Ondernemingsrecht and Ars Aequi.

Steef practices Dutch law at his boutique law firm 'Bartman Company Law'. He specialises in corporate disputes, such as squeeze-out and inquiry proceedings, directors liability, bankruptcy scenarios and takeover disputes. Steef is frequently asked to opine by means of an expert letter or affidavit in – often foreign – legal proceedings on his field of expertise.

E-mail: s.bartman@cecl.eu 


Dr. Pavlos E. Masouros, Co-Managing Director
Assistant Professor of Corporate Law - Leiden University


Pavlos holds an LL.B. from the Athens Law School (1st in class), an LL.M. in Corporate Law & Governance from the Harvard Law School (Fulbright Scholar) and a Ph.D. in Law & Economics from Leiden University.

Apart from his academic appointment at Leiden, Pavlos is a regular visiting professor at LUISS Guido Carli in Rome, Italy and at the International Hellenic University in Thessaloniki, Greece. He is also a Fellow of the Hellenic Foundation for European & Foreign Policy, has been named a Fellow of the ‘40 under 40’ European Young Leaders and has advised the ELI/UNIDROIT on the project on the European Rules of Civil Procedure. Pavlos publishes widely in Greek and in English in the field of corporate law and law & economics. He is also a sought-after commentator on current developments and his opinions have appeared in high-profile publications, such as the The Washington Post, ReutersOpinion, Slate, etc.

Pavlos is the Managing Partner of the 'Masouros & Partners' law firm based in Athens, Greece and as an attorney specializes in corporate law, M&A and insolvency and advises international financial institutions and industrial corporations doing business in Greece. 

E-mail: p.masouros@cecl.eu