Bob Wessels (1949) is an independent legal counsel, advisor, arbitrator and emeritus professor of International Insolvency Law, University of Leiden, Leiden Law School, The Netherlands. Prior to his Leiden chair (2007-2014), he was Professor of Civil and Commercial Law, Vrije University in Amsterdam (1988-2008). He defended his PhD in 1988.
He served as consultant to IMF (Indonesia), World Bank (Georgia), the U.S. Federal Reserve System (Fed) and the Dutch Ministry of Justice. He is an advisor of the European Commission regarding a new legal framework of crisis management for cross-border banking groups and in the preparation of the legislative texts for the revision of the EU Insolvency Regulation.
He advised with legal opinions or acted as an expert witness in European or international insolvency related questions in Dutch courts as well as in the courts of New York, London, Warsaw, Alexandria (Va., USA), Vienna, Rhodes (Greece), Zürich and Los Angeles.