He assists clients that face financial difficulties. He also assists creditors (e.g. financial institutions and hedge funds) with distressed investments. Christiaan has been involved in the insolvency matters of Lehman Brothers Treasury Co B.V., Lehman Brothers Securities N.V. (Curaçao) and DSB Bank.
In recent years, much of Christiaan's work has focused on cases relating to the real estate sector, the retail sector, and the oil & gas/offshore sector. Recently Christiaan led the Houthoff team that advises on the cross border restructuring of Agrokor, an Eastern European agri/food group. Christiaan leads the team that advises the committee responsible for drafting the Uniform Recovery Framework, a compensation scheme that allows Dutch SME's to be compensated for Interest Rate Derivatives they bought from the six largest banks in the Netherlands.
"He has a very deep knowledge of the law but is also very geared towards getting a solution for both customers and the society as a whole."Chambers Europe, Restructuring/Insolvency (2018 Edition)
RecommendedLegal 500, Restructuring and Insolvency (2018 Edition)
"Clients are impressed with his 'pragmatic style' and his 'good eye for the detail,' which he applies 'without losing an overview of the great picture'."Chambers Europe, Restructuring/Insolvency (2017 Edition)
Recommended as a 'Rising star in the practice area Restructuring and insolvency'.IFLR1000 (2017 Edition)
Christiaan regularly lectures, including for the Grotius/INSOLAD programme and CPO (the foremost post academic legal course provider in the Netherlands). He also regularly publishes on subjects related to his field of work. Christiaan is a member of the Dutch Association of Insolvency Practitioners (INSOLAD), INSOL Europe and a Fellow of Insol International.
Advised the Independent Derivatives Committee - appointed by the Minister of Finance - in preparing and drafting a uniform repair framework for compensation by the Dutch banking sector of SME clients that bought interest rate derivatives.