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  • Chair Primerus EMEA 2018-2020
  • Ambassadors Committee
  • Primerus International Summit Planning Committee
  • Past: Primerus Board of Directors, Quality Assurance Board, Chair of International Outside Corporate Counsel Practice Group, Vice Chair of Primerus EMEA Business Law Institute, Chair Long Range planning committee: Building the Brand


Reinier Russell is the managing partner at Russell Advocaten, a full-service law firm in Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands. Reinier’s main practice areas are corporate and commercial law. He also regularly advises clients on a broad range of labour and employment law matters. Reinier is a trained mediator and has vast experience as a boardroom counsellor for international companies.

An entrepreneur himself, he knows the challenges entrepreneurs have to face. That makes him perfectly qualified to assist (stock exchange listed) companies in their day-to-day business operations. As a result, he is a trusted advisor to entrepreneurs and has long-standing relationships with many clients. Knowing his clients, their companies and the sector they work in, he provides tailored legal advice in a practical and immediately applicable way.

Born and bred in Amsterdam, Reinier also devotes a significant amount of his time to activities in the social sphere of the city. He initiated the post-graduate course Governing Charitable Funds at the VU University Amsterdam, where he also lectures. He is founder of the Network Young Philanthropic Professionals. Reinier Russell is Honorary Consul of Brazil in Amsterdam and has been Secretary of the Amsterdam Consular Corps for many years. He serves on the Advisory Board of Plan Netherlands and the MoWIC Foundation. Reinier is also a board member of the Holland America Friendship Foundation and of several other charitable organizations. He is a member of the Dutch Bar Association. Besides, he is a member of the Dutch Association of Commercial Law and the Dutch Association for Litigation.

Reinier Russell is a Member of the Board of Directors of Primerus and a director of the Quality Assurance Committee of the Primerus Leadership Board. He was chairman of the Primerus International Outside Corporate Counsel Practice Group in 2012.

Reinier has published numerous articles related to his areas of expertise. He has also co-authored the publications “Regelen der onderneming” (Enterprise Rules), “Handboek Ontslagrecht” (Handbook on the Law on the Termination of Employment Contracts) and “Dealing with the Dutch: An Introduction to Dutch Business Law”. An experienced seminar leader, he has conducted many workshops on labour law, dismissal law and the Harvard Negotiation Project.

Reinier received his LL.M. in Civil Law from VU University Amsterdam in 1990. He received his M.S.L. degree the same year. He has been a certified mediator since 2000.

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