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Pieter Van Tol

New York

Pieter Van Tol

Pieter Van Tol has acted as lead counsel in many seminal cases in the insurance and reinsurance field. With more than 20 years of litigation experience, he is recognized in multiple directories as one of the top practitioners in the reinsurance industry.

Most recently, Pieter has concentrated on the developing area of broker-related disputes, and he was counsel for a major reinsurance broker in an influential decision on broker transition issues.

In addition to his reinsurance work, Pieter advises clients on directors and officers liability policies, bankruptcy litigation, international arbitration, and other cross-border matters. Clients have also turned to Pieter for advice on litigation issues in several major bankruptcies. Pieter assisted Signal International (now World Marine) in its successful emergence from Chapter 11, and he is currently advising KaloBios Pharmaceutical in connection with its Chapter 11 reorganization.

Because of his familiarity with the intricacies of cross-border disputes, including cutting-edge issues relating to personal jurisdiction, subject matter jurisdiction, and the enforcement of judgments by or against foreign companies, clients have asked Pieter to act on their behalf in international arbitrations and related litigation (including appeals). These disputes have involved the information management, telecommunications, chemical, automotive, metals, and oil industries throughout the world, including Russia, Ukraine, Germany, France, Britain, China, and Indonesia.

Representative Experience

Advising on cross-border litigation for an international information management company in dispute with a German software supplier.

Advising on litigation and insurance matters for KaloBios Pharmaceutical in Chapter 11 proceeding.

Advised on litigation and insurance matters for Signal International Inc., a marine repair company, in Chapter 11 proceeding.

Advising insurer with respect to directors and officers liability issues in Chapter 11 proceeding.

Representing a foreign client in contract and tort litigation and arbitration in New York and London involving financial consulting advice.

Representing a foreign reinsurer in connection with insolvency and bankruptcy issues in the U.S.

Representing a foreign client in connection with a claim for professional fees from a debtor in bankruptcy proceeding.

Represented a German bank in potential dispute relating to limited partnership.

Represented international telecommunications company in New York federal court enforcement of billion-dollar ICC award.

Represented a foreign insurer in jury trial in state court against reinsurance brokers for breach of contract and tort.

Represented international chemical company in UNCITRAL arbitration arising out of sale of German plant.

Represented a French automotive battery manufacturer in ICDR arbitration with a U.S. company and related court proceedings arising out of a joint venture.

Represented a reinsurance broker in New York federal court action to recover unpaid commissions from predecessor broker.

Represented international telecommunications company in UNCITRAL arbitration and related court proceedings involving breach of shareholders agreement.

Represented an insurer in bench trial in New York federal court arising out of reinsurer's failure to pay claims on the basis of alleged late notice.

Represented an international energy company in New York federal court regarding enforcement of UNCITRAL arbitral award.

Represented reinsurers in arbitration defending against claim for US$50m arising out of asbestos and other losses and prosecuting counter-claims.

Education and admissions


  • J.D., University of Washington, 1994
  • M.A., Columbia University, 1988
  • B.A., summa cum laude, Dartmouth College, 1985

Bar admissions and qualifications

  • New York

Court admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • U.S. Supreme Court


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