Restructuring & Insolvency

Restructuring & Insolvency

Clients involved in a company experiencing financial difficulties need thorough advice and a 360° view of the problems confronting them. In situations of cross-border restructuring or imminent insolvency, it is essential to have an understanding of and experience in complex financing structures, as well as the EU Insolvency Regulation and foreign insolvency proceedings such as the US Chapter 11 and the English 'scheme of arrangement'.

It is sometimes also necessary to conduct legal proceedings swiftly and effectively. Insolvency disputes require strategic insight and a thorough approach. Houthoff has built up an unrivalled insolvency practice. Our litigators have the expertise and authority to litigate at the Dutch Supreme Court, and our lawyers regularly act as bankruptcy trustees or administrators in insolvency proceedings.

Houthoff’s Restructuring & Insolvency Team is a market leader. They are internationally recognised and have been ranked highly in legal guides such as Chambers and the Legal 500 for many years. The team has in-depth expertise and experience, and has played a leading role in almost all of the cases in the Dutch market in recent years. 

  • First Tier firm
    Legal 500, Restructuring & Insolvency (2022 Edition)
  • “They are approachable and never tired of explaining complicated matters.”
    Legal 500, Restructuring & Insolvency (2022 Edition)
  • “Houthoff offers clients a combination of professional excellence and great soft skills.”
    Legal 500, Restructuring & Insolvency (2022 Edition)
  • “They are tough when they need to be but never lose touch with the human side of things.”
    Legal 500, Restructuring & Insolvency (2022 Edition)
  • First Tier firm
    Chambers Europe, Restructuring & Insolvency (2022 Edition)
  • “A client reports that the team has ‘a lot of experience with the bankruptcy court and provides important insights and advice on the process’.”
    Chambers Europe, Restructuring & Insolvency (2022 Edition)
  • “A client praises the team's ‘alert and quick response’.”
    Chambers Europe, Restructuring & Insolvency (2022 Edition)
  • “Highlighting the firm’s ability to handle cross-border matters, a client underlines that the team ‘offers the same high-quality services, communication and dedication to international clients.’”
    Chambers Europe, Restructuring & Insolvency (2021 Edition)
  • First Tier firm
    Chambers Europe, Restructuring & Insolvency (2021 Edition)
  • “A client reports that the lawyers are ‘very diligent, thoughtful, knowledgeable and flexible, as well as result-driven.’”
    Chambers Europe, Restructuring & Insolvency (2021 Edition)
  • “The lawyers have experience from all angles of restructuring cases and are not afraid to give clear advice.”
    Legal 500, Restructuring & Insolvency (2021 Edition)
  • First Tier firm
    Legal 500, Restructuring & Insolvency (2021 Edition)
  • “Great team, great people, high quality, very reliable and always good.”
    Legal 500, Restructuring & Insolvency (2021 Edition)
  • “Houthoff is a boutique style law firm with very competent lawyers and a great restructuring practice.”
    Legal 500, Restructuring & Insolvency (2021 Edition)
  • “Highlighting the firm’s ability to handle cross-border matters, a client underlines that the team ‘offers the same high-quality services, communication and dedication to international clients.’”
    Chambers Europe, Restructuring & Insolvency (2021 Edition)
  • “Sources report that the lawyers ‘are pragmatic and they get to the point quickly.’”
    Chambers Europe, Restructuring & Insolvency: Administration (2020 Edition)
  • "They are first class,’ lauds one client, adding that ‘they’re innovative, smart and a cut above the rest.’”
    Chambers Europe, Restructuring & Insolvency (2020 Edition)
  • “Sources report that the lawyers ‘are pragmatic and they get to the point quickly.’”
    Chambers Europe, Restructuring & Insolvency (2020 Edition)
  • "They are first class,’ lauds one client, adding that ‘they’re innovative, smart and a cut above the rest.’”
    Chambers Europe, Restructuring & Insolvency: Administration (2020 Edition)
  • First Tier firm
    Chambers Europe, Restructuring & Insolvency (2020 Edition)

Our expertise in restructuring and insolvency

Our Restructuring & Insolvency Team has been involved in complex, high-profile financial insolvencies, including Oi, OSX/OGX, SwissAir, Van der Hoop Bankiers, V&D, DSB Bank, Lehman Brothers, Yukos, Joh. Enschedé, and Landsbanki.

Our team works closely with experts in sectors such as M&A, and banking and finance. Houthoff is also a member of Lex Mundi, an exclusive global network of law firms. Moreover, the team has a network of excellent foreign financial experts, and insolvency lawyers and firms, which it has built up in previous cross-border cases. Therefore, our clients can rest assured that we work exclusively with the best domestic and foreign advisers in international matters.
  • Advised and represented Finqus B.V. and DSB Bank N.V. (in bankruptcy) on the sale of Finqus' loan portfolio with a purchase price of approx. EUR 1.5 billion to NIBC Bank N.V.
  • 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 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.
  • Advised OSX Brasil S.A. and its Dutch subsidiaries. on the restructuring of their consolidated debt of over US$ 2.5 billion, including representing the OSX companies in various litigation matters in the Netherlands as well as coordinating litigation abroad. The team worked also on the debt restructuring of OSX 3, the USD 450 million bond structure and the syndicated debt of USD 850 million.
  • Houthoff, together with Stikeman Elliott LLP, advised Essar Steel Algoma, Inc. and its (Dutch) group companies in respect of a USD 200 million DIP-financing, which was provided by Deutsche Bank AG for the purpose of the voluntary proceedings under (i) the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, and (ii) chapter 15 of title 11 of the United States Code.
  • Houthoff advised Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Neuberger Berman on a large Sharia based financial restructuring.
  • Houthoff advised ABN AMRO Bank, ING Bank and ABN AMRO Lease on a complex asset based financial restructuring and LTV pool based financing of an international group of companies.
  • 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.
  • Acting as court appointed bankruptcy trustee of DSB Bank, Houthoff continued through 2014 to unwind the legacy of the failed bank following the settlement agreement made with claimants regarding overcharged premiums and interest obligations. To date, 40 employees of the bank are employed.
  • Advised Aurelius, through its investment vehicle Capricorn, in lodging several claims in the Netherlands, relating to, among others, (a) the voidance of several intercompany transactions of the Oi Group which have been to the detriment of the group's creditors and (b) to prevent the ailing Brazilian parent company from borrowing any more money from one its Dutch subsidiaries.

Key Contact

Amsterdam
Advocaat | Partner
+31 20 605 65 36
Christiaan Zijderveld

Key Contact

Amsterdam
Advocaat | Partner
+31 20 605 61 50