Fabio Canovai

Fabio Canovai has been a lawyer at La Gro Geelkerken attorneys since 2018. He advises and litigates on various types of (international) commercial contracts and precontractual liability. Aside from that, he represents clients in mergers and acquisitions, while also advising and litigating on various types of business law-related disputes and corporate governance issues (including directors’ and officers’ liability, shareholder disputes). Fabio is a member of the Young Bar of The Hague, where he has sat on various of committees. In his spare time, he enjoys travelling to discover new places. He also does a lot of sports. He cycles in the dunes a lot or goes out for runs.


  • Commercial contract law and procedural law
  • Business and corporate law

 Background and other work

  • 2015, Leiden University (Master’s degree in Civil Law, emphasis on Real Estate);
  • 2016, Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi Milano (exchange programme);
  • 2017, Erasmus University Rotterdam (Master’s degree in Commercial and Company Law);
  • 2018-2021, Professional Training for Lawyers (Major: Civil Law. Minor: Administrative Law);
  • 2018-present, Member of the Young Bar Association at the Supreme Court of the Netherlands;
  • 2019-2020, Member of the Closing Hearing Committee of the Young Bar Association at the Supreme Court of the Netherlands;
  • 2020-2021, Member of the Lawyers for Lawyers Committee of the Young Bar Association at the Supreme Court of the Netherlands;
  • 2018-present, Member of the Dutch Franchise Association;
  • 2021-present, Member of the Association for Distribution, Franchise, and Agency Law.

Recent cases

  • Advising on and drawing up general terms and conditions and partnership agreements for a brokerage platform;
  • Successful case to demand compliance with an agreement on the transfer of shares;
  • Assessment of and advising on an international agreement for the supply of cooling cell doors and other items;
  • Assessment of and advising on an (international) contract of carriage;
  • Litigating on the transfer of two business premises and surrounding plot of land;
  • Litigating for and advising a franchisor on unlawful publications in the press by a franchisee;
  • Assisting and advising a client on the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on existing concession contracts;
  • Litigating on compliance with an international purchase agreement;
  • Litigating and negotiating on behalf of a franchisor on, among other things, changing the rent in light of the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic;
  • Conducting proceedings with respect to a dispute between shareholders and directors’ liability in a joint venture;
  • Assisting and advising a client in relation to the creation of a new company and partnership;
  • Representing a client in the sale of a 50% stake in a company;
  • Advising a civil society foundation on its legal structure;
  • Representing a start-up and drawing up partner agreements with various artists.
Contact details
F.A.L. (Fabio) Canovai

Specialist Commercial contracts and commercial litigation & Corporate law

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