Matthijs J.J. van Gaalen
Matthijs van Gaalen is a Gowling WLG associate who practices in the areas of financial services and business law. He works with lenders and borrowers to cost-effectively and efficiently advance secured, asset-backed, and equipment financing transactions. He also assists clients during asset and share purchase transactions and lease reviews, and drafts shareholders agreements, resolutions, and letters of intent.
Prior to joining Gowling WLG, Matthijs worked at another top-tier corporate law firm in Toronto and Dubai where he concentrated on financial service, as well as restructurings, international trade and regulatory matters. He worked on files that were governed by Canadian, British, American, UAE and free zone law.
Before launching his legal career, Matthijs owned and operated an export company that sent aftermarket parts from China and the U.S. to Ecuador, and managed a commercial office furniture company. In 2010, he travelled to China on a business trip to find suppliers and subsequently navigated applicable laws and regulations in order to import transport trucks, agricultural machinery, motors and replacement parts into Ecuador.
Highly engaged in international relations and politics, Matthijs represented Canada at the 2012 APEC summit in Russia, and worked for both the minister of public safety and the minister of justice and the attorney general of Canada.
Matthijs attended the University of Ottawa and University of Toronto for law school, and the University of Western Ontario and the Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam for his undergraduate program.