Pieter Van Tol

Pieter Van Tol

New York

Email pieter.vantol@​hoganlovells.com

Phone +1 212 909 0661

Fax +1 212 918 3100


Practice groupLitigation, Arbitration, and Employment

Pieter Van Tol has acted as lead counsel in many of the seminal cases in the insurance and reinsurance field. With more than 25 years of litigation experience, he is recognized in multiple directories as one of the top practitioners in the reinsurance industry.

Over the course of his career, Pieter has acted as lead counsel for numerous arbitrations that went to final hearing and in several jury and bench trials. Most recently, Pieter has concentrated on the developing area of broker-related insurance and reinsurance disputes, and 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 represented the official creditors committee and liquidating trustee in the multibillion-dollar bankruptcy involving Abengoa S.A., and has advised several debtors (including Orexigen Therapeutics, Signal International, KaloBios Pharmaceutical, and Allonhill) in connection with their Chapter 11 cases.

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, mortgage, real estate, chemical, automotive, metals, and oil industries throughout the world, including Russia, Ukraine, Germany, France, Britain, China, Indonesia, and Canada.

Awards and recognitions


Insurance and Reinsurance
Who's Who Legal


Insurance: Advice to Insurers
Legal 500 US


Insurance: Dispute Resolution: Insurer (New York), Recognised Practitioner
Chambers USA

Education and admissions


J.D., University of Washington, 1994

M.A., Columbia University, 1988

B.A., Dartmouth College, summa cum laude, 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. District Court, Western District of New York

U.S. Supreme Court

Representative experience

Representing an information management company in cross-border litigation involving artificial intelligence (AI) against a German supplier of AI software.

Representing a reorganized debtor in adversary proceeding in Delaware bankruptcy court asserting breach of contract, avoidance, and related claims.

Advising a foreign reinsurer in connection with insolvency and bankruptcy issues in the United States.

Advising on directors' and officers' insurance issues and litigation matters in Orexigen Therapeutics Chapter 11 proceeding.

Advising an energy company in connection with insurance aspects of maritime litigation arising out of oil delivery.

Advising clients with respect to litigation aspects of Title III proceedings in Puerto Rico under the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and Economic Stability Act (PROMESA).

Representing a food manufacturer in litigation involving claims of misleading labeling.

Representing the official committees of unsecured creditors and liquidating trustee in litigation bankruptcy of the Missouri and Kansas cases of Abengoa with US$9bn in debt.

Advised a foreign investment firm on potential litigation relating to real estate holdings in New York.

Advised a receiver in New York state court receivership proceedings and represented receiver in litigation and arbitration relating to recovery of assets.

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

Represented an international telecommunications company in New York federal court enforcement of billion-dollar International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) award.

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

Represented an international chemical company in United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) arbitration arising out of sale of German plant.

Represented a French automotive battery manufacturer in International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR) arbitration with a U.S. company and proceedings from a joint venture.

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

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

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