Tim Sweerts

Senior Associate

Tim is specialized in complex dispute resolution and risk mitigation. His focus is high stakes litigation, including class actions, corporate disputes and ESG risk mitigation.

He represents in court various national and international corporations and financial institutions in high stakes disputes. He regularly advises on sensitive pre-litigation and risk mitigation as well. He is also experienced in arbitration proceedings.

Tim regularly speaks and publishes on class actions and impact litigation in and outside of the Netherlands.

Tim graduated with honors and cum laude from the University of Utrecht in Civil law and Company law. He attended the National University of Singapore and is an INSEAD alumnus (MAPB’21).


Representative matters

A listed insurance company on several class actions and class settlements re securities leasing products.
A telecom company in enquiry proceedings before the Dutch enterprise chamber on the integration of the first internet provider in the Netherlands.
The importer of Volkswagen group in several class actions on Diesel emissions.
The target/seller in litigating the first court-tested pre-wired asset sale following a public offer.
An energy company in a class action on pricing for high-usage clients.
A financial institution in collective FX antitrust litigation.
An international electronics company in a follow-on class action regarding televisions.
Several listed and non-listed companies on ESG risk mitigation.

Published Work

  • Sweerts. T.M., Hackeng. J.F. (2022) “Eén voor allen en allen door één: over representativiteit in het collectieve actierecht” in Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Burgerlijk Recht 2022/33, Deventer, Wolters
  • Kluwer Van der Velden. B.W.G., Sweerts. T.M., (2016-2022) “Introduction to Non-US Class Actions” and section “The Netherlands” in Litigating securities class actions, USA, Lexis Nexis
  • Sweerts. T.M., Vermeulen. E.C.A. (2023) “Kroniek collectieve acties en schikkingen 2022” in Geschriften vanwege de Vereniging Corporate Litigation 2022-2023, Deventer: Wolters Kluwer
  • Van der Velden. B.W.G., Sweerts. T.M., Aarts. S.R.F.(2023) “Procederen over duurzaamheid in de bancaire sector” in Duurzaam Bankieren, Deventer, Wolters Kluwer

Speaking Engagements

  • Guest lecturer Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen on ESG litigation in the financial sector
  • Regular speaker on class actions and mass litigation in and outside of the Netherlands
  • Regular speaker on ESG litigation and risk mitigation in and outside of the Netherlands

Leadership Positions And Professional Affiliations

Member, Vereniging Corporate Litigation


  • Publication Price on Class Actions 2022 (award from Stichting Onderzoek Collectieve Actie)



Advocaat, Netherlands, 2014

Listed in the register of legal practice areas of the Dutch Bar Association for [Rechtsgebied] Burgerlijk procesrecht (Litigation)


Management Acceleration Programme, INSEAD (Fontainebleau, France)

LLM. Corporate Law, Utrecht University (the Netherlands)

LL.M. Civil Law, Utrecht University (the Netherlands)

LL.B. law, Utrecht University (the Netherlands)

A&O Shearman was formed on May 1, 2024 by the combination of Shearman & Sterling LLP and Allen & Overy LLP and their respective affiliates (the legacy firms). Any matters referred to above may include matters undertaken by one or more of the legacy firms rather than A&O Shearman.