Team & Expertise
Karen Harmsen mainly advises and litigates in the field of financing, security and insolvency law and also in the field of directors’ and auditors’ liability. She has years of experience in acting as a bankruptcy trustee and has advised on various international restructurings.
In addition to law, Karen also studied economics and graduated as a chartered accountant. With this background, she regularly assists auditors and bankruptcy trustees in disputes about the quality of the audit. On 22 September 2019, Karen obtained her Ph.D degree with a thesis on the legal obligation to keep the books and records in relation to the liability for the estate deficit (“Administratieplicht en aansprakelijkheid voor het boedeltekort”, published as volume 115 in Serie Onderneming en Recht, Kluwer 2019). Starting 1 November 2021 Karen is a part time full professor of corporate law and financial reporting law at the Amsterdam Business School.
Karen regularly publishes and teaches in the aforementioned areas of law. Among other things, Karen is a member of the Insolvency Law Committee of the Netherlands Bar Association, the Dutch Association for Insolvency Lawyers (INSOLAD) and the Association for Accounting Law (Vereniging voor Jaarrekeningenrecht). She is a member of the supervisory board of Amstelveen Sport.
Merel Goldschmidt advises and litigates on employment law topics such as collective and individual dismissal, reorganizations, mergers and acquisitions, employment conditions and disability. She assists both national and international clients.
Merel has a great deal of knowledge of and experience with the Top Income Tax Act (Wet Normering Topinkomens) and a special interest in healthcare-related subjects. She is also associated with GZR Updates as an editor.
Merel completed the Grotius specialization course in Employment Law cum laude in 2016 and in 2016 Merel was named Upcoming Legal Talent by Legal Woman.
Aladár Bleeker is the COO of TOON. He ensures that all employees of TOON can focus on their practice.
Aladár has years of experience as head of human resources at a leading law firm and as a partner at a a medium-sized boutique firm, where he focused on business development and client relations. Partly on the basis of that experience, Aladár advises companies on their organization and human resources. He also advises companies on the composition of their (legal) teams and coaches individual team members.
Aladár is a member of the advisory board of the Van Gogh Museum and a board member of the Foundation Ambassadors of the Canal Festival (Stichting Ambassadeurs van het Grachtenfestival).
Marcel van Rosmalen is TOONˊs office manager. He has extensive experience as a personal assistant to lawyers at an international law firm and medium-sized boutique firm. In the evening hours Marcel is a group fitness instructor.