David Heems

David Heems

Advocaat | Partner

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David has a broad dispute resolution practice with a focus on commercial, finance and insolvency litigation, including proceedings in relation to directors' liability and annual accounts proceedings. He is regularly involved in cross-border restructurings, such as the litigation concerning Dümmen Orange, Steinhoff, Royal IHC, Oi and OSX.

David is the co-chair of the Reorganisation and Workouts Committee of the International Bar Association. He is the co-author of a leading commentary on articles concerning the actio pauliana. David has been a lecturer on insolvency law at the University of Amsterdam for over ten years. He is also a senior lecturer at the Law Firm School.
  • Next Generation Partner
    Legal 500, Restructuring and Insolvency (2023 Edition)
  • "One clients said: 'David Heems is the star! His personal efforts are beyond comparison to others. He is also a good leader in orchestrating his team.’"
     
    Legal 500, Dispute Resolution (2023 Edition)
  • "A client states: 'David Heems is a stand-out insolvency litigator; he is extremely quick in delivering output, has a sensible attitude on when to push for litigation (and when not to) and has the ability to get to the heart of a case quickly. Lastly, Karien van Boekel is an outstanding associate in the team'."
    Legal 500, Restructuring and Insolvency (2023 Edition)
  • Next Generation Partner
    Legal 500, Restructuring and Insolvency (2022 Edition)
  • “David Heems is an energetic and smart lawyer that get things done.”
    Legal 500, Dispute Resolution: Commercial litigation (2022 Edition)
  • Recommended
    Legal 500, Dispute Resolution: Arbitration (2022 Edition)
  • Recommended
    Legal 500, Dispute Resolution: Commercial litigation (2021 Edition)
  • Next Generation Partner
    Legal 500, Restructuring and Insolvency (2021 Edition)
  • “David Heems has an eye for detail and is verbally very strong.”
    Legal 500, Restructuring and Insolvency (2021 Edition)
  • “David Heems is very good, solid and reliable.”
    Legal 500, Restructuring and Insolvency (2021 Edition)
  • David Heems is recommended for insolvency-related litigation
    Legal 500, Dispute Resolution: Commercial Litigation (2020 Edition)
  • Rising Star
    Legal 500, Dispute Resolution: Commercial Litigation (2020 Edition)

Qualifications & Experience

  • LL.M. Dutch Law (cum laude) (Radboud University Nijmegen)
  • Acting as the administrators appointed by the Amsterdam Court in the suspension of payment proceedings of Steinhoff International Holdings N.V. (a company listed on the Johannesburg and Frankfurt Stock Exchange), Houthoff oversaw the process leading up to the confirmation of the composition plan. This enabled Steinhoff to settle alleged claims for damages from 66,000 creditors totalling EUR 14 billion following from the group's disclosure of accounting irregularities in 2017.
  • Representing Kroonenberg, one of the largest real estate investors in the Netherlands, in a high-profile dispute against the bankruptcy trustees of Memid and Midreth, a large construction company in the Netherlands.
  • Representing members of the supervisory board of Imtech N.V. in various proceedings.
  • Representing CBRE Global Investors in proceedings in relation to the bankruptcy of Hudson's Bay Netherlands.
  • Representing investment firm Indofin, in relation to the IHC Group's restructuring in 2020.

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