René van de Klashorst was admitted to the Dutch Bar in 1983. He runs a varied advisory and litigation practice in corporate law. René is highly regarded for his unique combination of experience, knowledge, work ethics and energy. He is a trusted advisor to many clients. Corporate governance, public-private partnerships, corporate and financial litigation, financing, restructuring and liability for poor market performance are at the heart of René's practice. His clients include national and multinational corporations, government authorities and regulatory authorities in different sectors. Since the banking crisis of 2008, René has been involved as consultant and litigator in many of the consequences of this crisis and has therefore become strongly oriented towards financial markets and institutions and financial regulatory authorities. René leads several of Pels Rijcken's legal teams in various large-scale lawsuits.
René received his master’s degree in Dutch Civil Law and Company and Social Economic Law from Utrecht University. In 1992, René joined the (then-)partnership of Pels Rijcken and has since been a partner in Corporate Law. From 2002 to 2008, René served as full-time chairman of Pels Rijcken's governing board and was, as such, responsible for the firm’s corporate policy and strategy. René served as a deputy judge for 15 years in The Hague and as a director of various civil society organisations. René is a member of the International Bar Association, the Dutch Corporate Litigation Association, the Commercial Law Association, and the Legal Society through Time and Progress (Juridisch Genootschap Door Tijd en Vlijt).