Frauke van der Beek
Advocaat | Counsel
Frauke specializes in insolvency law and restructuring. She advises directors, companies and creditors in various insolvency situations. Furthermore, Frauke represents directors and bankruptcy trustees in litigations and assists them in mediations. She successfully completed the professional education to become Legal Mediator in 2023. Frauke regularly teaches and publishes on subjects related to insolvency law. She is a member (and the former chair) of the Insolvency Law Advisory Committee of the Netherlands Bar Association. She is also a member of the Advisory Commission on Mediation of the Netherlands Bar Association, the Dutch association of Insolvency Lawyers (INSOLAD) and INSOL Europe.
Qualifications & Experience
- Professional education Legal Mediator (ADR Institute)
- Grotius Academy specialistion course on Insolvency Law (cum laude)
- LL.M. International Property and Technology Law (University of San Francisco)
- Japan Prizewinners Programme (Leiden University and Tokyo)
- LL.M. Business and Law (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.
V&D was a landmark brand of high street located department stores (63 stores) in the Netherlands and was founded in 1887. Houthoff advised the company in a wide array of matters, including the restructuring of its debt, and representing the company in several high profile litigation matters related to real estate and labour law.