Helena Sprenger

Advocaat | Partner


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Helena works at Houthoff's New York office. She advises clients, including large international corporates and financial institutions, on corporate/M&A, corporate finance and international capital market transactions. She also has specific expertise in asset finance and the restructuring of international lease transactions. Helena advises not only on Dutch law, but also on the laws applicable in Suriname and the Dutch Caribbean, including Curaçao, Aruba and Sint Maarten. Before joining Houthoff in 2012, she was a partner of a leading global law firm in New York, where for ten years she headed the Dutch and Antilles law practice.

  • Expert based abroad in USA
    Chambers Global, Banking & Finance - Netherlands (2019 Edition)
  • Foreign Expert for Netherlands & Dutch Caribbean
    Chambers Global, Banking & Finance - USA (2019 Edition)
  • Expert based abroad in USA
    Chambers Global, General Business Law - Dutch Caribbean (2019 Edition)
  • Foreign Expert for Dutch Caribbean, Netherlands
    Chambers Global, USA - Banking & Finance (2018 Edition)
  • "She's our go-to lawyer for finance transactions in the jurisdiction."
    Chambers Global, Dutch Caribbean - General Business Law (2018 Edition)
  • Foreign Expert Based in USA
    Chambers Global, Netherlands - Banking & Finance (2018 Edition)
  • "She's fast to respond, very practical and very personable; she understands people. Because of her, some quite difficult situations have been smoothed over."
    Chambers Global, General Business Law - Dutch Caribbean (2017 Edition)
  • "New York-based Helena Sprenger co-ordinates multinational teams to take on cross-border transactions involving corporate finance and lease restructuring." 
    Chamber Global, Banking & Finance (2017 Edition)

Qualifications & Experience

  • Law (University of Groningen)
  • Economics (University of Groningen)
  • Advised Credit Agricole and a syndicate of banks in a USD 6 billion finance transaction with the McDermott group.
  • Houthoff is the country reporter for the countries constituting the Dutch Caribbean with respect to several on-line subscription platforms used by global financial institutions.
  • Houthoff advised creditors of Venezuela with respect to attachments on Venezuelan assets in the Dutch Caribbean.

  • Houthoff advised a large developer of videogames on the applicability of gaming laws in the Dutch Caribbean.
  • Together with Skadden Arps we advised ExxonMobil on matters of Suriname law in connection with an offshore oil and gas drilling project in Suriname.
  • Houthoff represented Eli Global, LLC in the acquisition of all the outstanding shares in the Dutch life insurance company Nederlandsche Algemeene Maatschappij van Levensverzekering Conservatrix N.V.
  • Houthoff advised UBS on matters of Curaçao law in connection with a USD 790 million amended and restated term loan agreement entered into with companies belonging to the Citco group. The companies, including several Citco entities, incorporated under Curaçao law as guarantors and security providers.
  • Houthoff advised the borrower on a US$ 100 million secured finance transaction arranged by Wells Fargo.
  • Houthoff, together with Shearman & Sterling, advised JP Morgan and a syndicate of banks on a US$ 1,5 billion refinancing of the acquisition finance relating to the acquisition of AMC Entertainment by Affiliates of J.P. Morgan Partners and Apollo Management.
  • Advised CBRE Global Investment Partners, part of one of the world’s premier, full-service commercial real estate services and investment companies, on setting up a Dutch fund targeting European co-investment and joint venture strategies, having raised a total of USD 840 million of equity sourced from six investors.
  • Advised Trafigura LLC on matters of St. Eustatius law in connection with a USD 3 billion credit agreement with, inter alia, The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd, secured by certain assets located in St. Eustatius.
  • We advised Bank of America in a USD 150 Million secured finance transaction with a US based multinational chemical corporation. The complex Dutch partnership structure of the borrower created some interesting challenges with respect to the security package to which we found appropriate solutions. We worked together with US co-counsel Shearman & Sterling in this matter.
  • Houthoff advised a Curaçao corporation on its cross-border conversion into a Spanish corporation.