Viotta Law - Tom de Waard

Tom de Waard started as a practicing lawyer with Stibbe in 1971 and became a partner in 1979. After practicing corporate law at Stibbe for 29 years, 5 of which he spent in New York, he became a partner in the corporate section at Clifford Chance in 2000.

Tom was the Dean of the Dutch Bar Association (Nederlandse Orde van Advocaten) from 1993 to 1995. He was also the chair of the Board of the Amsterdam office of Stibbe until 2000. He was the Managing Partner at Clifford Chance in the Netherlands between 2002 and 2005, and from 2005 to 2007 he represented Continental Europe on the firm’s Global Management Committee.

In 2011 Tom founded DeWaardSinke Advocaten specialized in corporate law, corporate litigation and arbitration. Tom became partner of VIOTTA Advocaten in October 2018.


Specialized in corporate law and arbitration representing industrial companies, private equity firms and financial institutions, technology, media and telecom (TMT) and electronics companies in stock and/or cash acquisitions, mergers, tender offers and going-private transactions, public bids, capital market transactions, technology-based transactions, strategic partnerships and financing transactions, often in cross-border settings. Tom also advises on company formation, corporate governance, private and public financing.

Additional functions.

  • Tom is a Non-Executive Director of the Board of XSens Holding B.V.

Tom is also an arbitrator on the panel of the Netherlands Arbitration Institute (NAI), of the Kuala Lumpur regional Centre of Arbitration and of the Singapore Arbitration Institute.

Previous positions.

  • Tom chaired the Supervisory Board of BE Semiconductor Industries N.V. (BESI) and was a member of BESI’s Audit Committee and Remuneration Committee.
  • Member of the Supervisory Board of STMicroelectronics (STM), Chairman of its Audit Nomination and Corporate Governance Committees | Member of its Audit Committee and Remuneration Committee.
  • Member of the Supervisory Board of CWT Europe B.V.
  • Executive Director of the Board of Nexperia Holding B.V.
  • Chairman of the Board of the Share Administration Office of Telegraaf Media Groep N.V.
  • Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Fortuna Entertainment Group N.V.
  • Member of the Supervisory Board N.V. Nuon Energy and Chairman of its Renumeration Committee.

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05 / 01 2022

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