Erik Vermeulen
  • Warandelaan 2, Montesquieu Building, room M 235

    5037 AB Tilburg



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Research interests

Research Interests: Comparative Company Law; Corporate Governance and Value Creation; Disclosure and Transparency; Venture Capital, Corporate Venturing, Innovation and Entrepreneurship; Securities Law and Alternative Investment Markets; Law and Development; Litigation and Dispute Resolution


Erik P.M. Vermeulen is Professor of Business and Financial Law at Tilburg University and Tilburg Law and Economics Center (TILEC) in the Netherlands. He is also Senior Counsel Corporate/Vice President at the Corporate Legal Department of Philips International B.V. in the Netherlands, where he advises on corporate governance issues, including the global corporate structure of the Philips Group of companies. In addition to the focus on corporate governance, he has extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance projects, and general corporate and securities law matters. He has worked on international projects related to corporate venturing activities, corporate venture capital and spin-out transactions. Philips? anchor investment in a transatlantic venture capital fund through which it complements its long-term open innovation strategy in the healthcare sector is an illustrative example. Professor Vermeulen is a founding council member of the International Venture Club, a collaborative platform that brings together risk capital providers that aim to support small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in their efforts to achieve their full growth and potential. Corporate governance and venture capital are common themes in his lectures in the International Business Law Program (of which he is the director) at Tilburg University. He has also taught these topics at Ghent University in Belgium, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana and Universidad Icesi in Colombia, Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya in Israel, Kyushu University in Japan, TIASNimbas Business School, Brabant Center for Entrepreneurship and Duisenberg School of Finance in the Netherlands. He is a frequently invited speaker at international conferences and seminars. Professor Vermeulen has written extensively in the area of corporate and partnership law, corporate governance, joint ventures, venture capital and innovation. His papers and books have been widely published by leading publishers, such as Oxford University Press and Kluwer Law International. His current research looks at corporate governance, value creation and innovation. It is about the role of corporate governance in promoting the competitiveness and innovative capacity of both listed and non-listed companies. Professor Vermeulen has worked on national and international projects for organizations, such as the European Commission, OECD, the Dutch Development Finance Institution and local governments in the Netherlands, concerning financial and venture capital markets, corporate law, and corporate governance.


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PhD supervision

PhD Supervision and Examination: Priyanka Priyadarshini - India (principal supervisor, from 2012); Natalya Spuling - Ukraine (principal supervisor, from 2011); Kristof De Buysere - Belgium (principal supervisor, from 2011); Diogo Pereira Dias Nunes - Portugal (principal supervisor, from 2011); Francisco Reyes - Colombia (principal supervisor 2009-2011; examination April 2011); PhD supervision of Jing Li - China  (principal supervisor, from 2007); PhD supervision of Marijn van Daelen - The Netherlands (second supervisor, from 2006); Sofia Johan - Malaysia (examination May 2007); Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands: external examiner Iris S. Wuisman (February 2011); Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands: external examiner Hubert J.M.M. van Boxtel (June 2011)

External positions

Member Supervisory Board (Vivent)

1 Jan 2017 → …

Legal support (Signify (voorheen Philips Lighting))

1 Sep 1998 → …


  • Corporate Governance
  • European Business Law
  • Business Transactions
  • Corporate Venturing
  • Entrepreneurial Finance
  • Company Law


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