Erik Vermeulen, Professor of Business and Financial Law at Tilburg University

  • Erik Vermeulen is Professor of Business and Financial Law at Tilburg University and Tilburg Law and Economics Center (TILEC) in the Netherlands.

    He is also Senior Counsel Corporate/Vice President at the Corporate Legal Department of Philips International B.V. in the Netherlands, where he advises on corporate governance issues, including the global corporate structure of the Philips Group of companies.

    In addition to the focus on corporate governance, he has extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance projects, and general corporate and securities law matters. He has worked on international projects related to corporate venturing activities, corporate venture capital and spin-out transactions. Philips’ anchor investment in a transatlantic venture capital fund through which it complements its long-term open innovation strategy in the healthcare sector is an illustrative example.

    Erik is a founding council member of the International Venture Club, a collaborative platform that brings together risk capital providers that aim to support small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in their efforts to achieve their full growth and potential. Corporate governance and venture capital are common themes in his lectures in the International Business Law Program (of which he is the director) at Tilburg University. He has also taught these topics at Ghent University in Belgium, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana and Universidad Icesi in Colombia, Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya in Israel, Kyushu University in Japan, TIASNimbas Business School, Brabant Center for Entrepreneurship and Duisenberg School of Finance in the Netherlands.

    He is a frequently invited speaker at international conferences and seminars. Erik has written extensively in the area of corporate and partnership law, corporate governance, joint ventures, venture capital and innovation. His papers and books have been widely published by leading publishers, such as Oxford University Press and Kluwer Law International.

    His current research looks at corporate governance, value creation and innovation. It is about the role of corporate governance in promoting the competitiveness and innovative capacity of both listed and non-listed companies. Professor Vermeulen has worked on national and international projects for organizations, such as the European Commission, OECD, the Dutch Development Finance Institution and local governments in the Netherlands, concerning financial and venture capital markets, corporate law, and corporate governance.