On Tuesday, 20 November 2018, we heard the sad news that our firm’s much-loved partner and colleague Georg van Daal passed away in the night of 19 November 2018.
Georg became a partner in the Corporate Law practice group of Ekelmans & Meijer in 2014. He played a significant role in our partnership and in making our firm more international.
Georg was an eloquent and witty lawyer and he had wide interests, which he continued to develop. At Leiden University, he studied not just Dutch law but also Chinese language and culture, spending some time at the University of Wuhan in China. in 2008, he obtained his PhD at Erasmus University Rotterdam with a thesis on corporate law.
He was involved in the community and social causes, assisting start-ups pro bono and working to specifically help people with diverse (cultural) backgrounds.
Georg worked for a wide range of national and international clients, covering the entire field of corporate law. He was also very active in our international network Legalink; he founded the Legalink Academy in 2017 and recently gave a talk on cryptocurrencies in Mexico. He made contacts around the world with verve.
He published a great deal and wrote five books. Georg was sharp, in both his analyses and his comments. That was evident in his monthly columns for his fellow lawyers in Advocatie.
We remember him as a committed and socially minded person who was always interested in the perspective of his clients and the associates at the firm. He found proper communication and “sharing” things important.
We are grateful to him for everything he has done for us and our clients. We will miss him