Erik Vermeulen Erik Vermeulen

Professor of Business & Financial Law
Expert areas: Accounting & Control (Internal Control), Context (Law), Family Business (Change Management, Strategy and Innovation), Finance (Capital Markets, Corporate Finance, Corporate Governance, Entrepreneurial Finance, The New Economy, Venture Capital), Management & Organisation, Strategy & Innovation (Corporate Strategy, Entrepreneurship)


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 a visiting professor at Kyushu University in Fukuoka, Japan. Erik writes, works and researches on Governance Tomorrow. The overarching goal of Governance Tomorrow is to understand what kind of organizational governance and regulatory environment maximizes opportunities for business success in a world of constant technological change. Think social media; peer-to-peer platforms; the Internet of Things; Blockchain; Big Data; automation/robotics; and artificial intelligence. Governance Tomorrow is about identifying the building blocks and regulatory architecture that can increase the productivity of firms and the creativity and fulfillment of all stakeholders.


He is also Head of Governance at Philips Lighting (a technology company) in the Netherlands. He serves as a Vice President at the legal department where he advises on corporate governance, corporate finance, the organization and structure of corporate groups, corporate venturing, international joint ventures, public-private partnerships and mergers and acquisitions. He has worked on numerous corporate venture capital and spinout 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.


Erik’s thought-provoking and innovative views on Governance Tomorrow have attracted international attention. He regularly serves as an expert advisor to international organizations, such as the European Commission, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), the World Bank, and national and local governments around the world, concerning financial and venture capital markets, innovation ecosystems, and corporate governance of both listed and non-listed companies. He has appeared in numerous conferences as a featured or keynote speaker.


  • McCahery, J.A., & Vermeulen, E.P.M. (2012). Mandatory disclosure of blockholders and related party transactions: Stringent versus flexible rules. In G. Caprio (Ed.), Encyclopedia of financial globalisation. The Hague: Elsevier.
  • McCahery, J.A., & Vermeulen, E.P.M. (2012). A regulatory response to hedge funds. In W.W. Bratton & J.A. McCahery (Eds.), Activitst investors, hedge funds and private equity. London: Oxford University Press.
  • Vermeulen, E.P.M., & McCahery, J.A. (2012). Flexible versus stringent disclosure rules for related party transactions. In G. Caprio (Ed.), Encyclopedia of financial globalisation. The Hague: Elsevier.
  • Bratton, W.W., Vermeulen, E.P.M., & McCahery, J.A. (2011). How does corporate mobility affect lawmaking? A comparative analysis. In D. Prentice & A. Reisberg (Eds.), Corporate finance law in the UK and EU. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Elst, C.F. van der, & Vermeulen, E.P.M. (2011). Europe’s Corporate Governance Green Paper: Do institutional investors matter? In H.S. Birkmose, M. Neville, & K.E. Sorensen (Eds.), The European financial market in transition (pp. 201-217). London: Kluwer Law International.