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Merel is an expert in liability and insurance law. She has a particular focus on policy disputes, professional and product liability and technical damages. She often works on complex cases in international settings with high stakes involved. Clients that she works for include corporate insureds, insurance intermediaries, (re)insurers and (other) professional organisations. Merel is active in various industries, including insurance, financial services, construction and manufacturing. Merel has substantial experience in (cross-border) litigation disputes relating to commercial and insurance law. Merel regularly teaches on legal subjects relating to her practice.
Work highlights include representing:

  • An industrial client in crisis management and recovery of damages after the discovery of asbestos;
  • One of the largest global insurance intermediaries in various litigations regarding all kind of insurances and duty of care;
  • Corporate clients and financial institutions in various disputes on the coverage under insurance policies (e.g. PI, D&O, E&O, W&I)
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Memberships

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Dutch Bar Association
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International Bar Association
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Association for Insurance Sciences
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Qualifications

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Post-doc Module regulation and supervision (insurance), University of Amsterdam (2017-2018)
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Post-doc Magna Charta specialist course insurance law, Academy for Law Practice (2014 - 2015)
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Master in civil law, Erasmus University Rotterdam, 2007 - 2008 (with honours),
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Faculty of law, Erasmus University Rotterdam, 2004 - 2007 (with honours)

What others say

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"Merel van Asch is intelligent, hard working and does a very good job." Merel van Asch is ranked as "Rising Stars".
Legal 500 (2021)
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Merel van Asch is highly rated for handling professional indemnity, product liability and damage claims. She also advises on D&O liability and W&I insurance policies. She receives plaudits from interviewees, with one noting: "She is very responsive and has good foresight. You feel in good hands with her."
Chambers Europe (2021)
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"Merel van Asch is "very knowledgeable in insurance and liability," according to interviewees, who add: "She has in-depth knowledge about the issues and development of the law and knows her files inside out." She is also acknowledged for her litigation and regulatory expertise and often helps advise on large coverage claims."
Chambers Europe (2020)
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"Merel van Asch has excellent insurance knowledge and always in-depth file knowledge."
Legal 500 (2020)
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"Senior associate Merel van Asch combines litigation and insurance expertise and is highlighted for providing 'a brilliant analysis of a case'."
Legal 500 (2019)
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"A client reports that she 'works cases very thoroughly and clearly' and provides a 'collaborative' approach."
Chambers Europe (2019)
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"Merel van Asch is skilled and smart."
Legal 500 (2022)
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"Working with several different colleagues, but special mention for Merel van Asch. Outstanding professional and always provides high quality work. She also makes sure that others provide the same quality in their services."
Legal 500 (2022)
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"Extremely responsive, friendly and committed to the projects we have done together."
Chambers & Partners Europe (2022)
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