Frédéric Verhoeven

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Frédéric specialises in cross-border insolvency law and restructuring. He advises clients involved in an array of insolvency situations (companies, creditors, investments institutions and directors). Frédéric is also regularly appointed as a bankruptcy trustee and administrator by the district courts. In recent years, he has been engaged as a lawyer or bankruptcy trustee in international restructurings and bankruptcies in the Netherlands, including Lehman Brothers, Oi, OSX / OGX, SwissAir, Van der Hoop Bankiers, Joh, Enschedé and DSB Bank. Frédéric is the head of Houthoff’s Restructuring & Insolvency practice group. Frédéric is a member of Houthoff's Supervisory Board.
  • Frédéric Verhoeven is ranked in Tier 1.
    Chambers Europe, Restructuring/Insolvency: Administration (2022 Edition)
  • “A client enthuses that he ‘provides excellent support, is very knowledgeable about the process and has great insights into how to navigate very difficult negotiations’.”
    Chambers Europe, Restructuring/Insolvency (2022 Edition)
  • Leading Individual
    Legal 500, Restructuring and Insolvency (2022 Edition)
  • “Frédéric Verhoeven is knowledgeable, professional and well connected.”
    Legal 500, Restructuring and Insolvency (2022 Edition)
  • “Verhoeven is a strategic thinker. If he says something or approaches a problem, it’s with really in-depth knowledge and a really good view on how to achieve results.”
    Chambers Europe, Restructuring/Insolvency (2021 Edition)
  • Frédéric Verhoeven is ranked in Tier 1.
    Chambers Europe, Restructuring/Insolvency: Administration (2021 Edition)
  • Frédéric Verhoeven is ranked in Tier 1.
    Chambers Europe, Restructuring/Insolvency (2021 Edition)
  • Leading Individual
    Legal 500, Restructuring and Insolvency (2021 Edition)
  • “Frédéric Verhoeven is very knowledgeable, creative and a pleasure to work with.”
    Legal 500, Restructuring and Insolvency (2021 Edition)
  • “Sources say that he has an ‘excellent reputation’ and report him to be ‘a very impressive insolvency lawyer with a very thoughtful and intelligent way of dealing with things.’”
    Chambers Europe, Restructuring/Insolvency (2020 Edition)
  • Frédéric Verhoeven is ranked in Tier 1.
    Chambers Europe, Restructuring/Insolvency: Administration (2020 Edition)
  • Frédéric Verhoeven is ranked in Tier 1.
    Chambers Europe, Restructuring/Insolvency (2020 Edition)
  • Leading Individual
    Legal 500, Restructuring and Insolvency (2020 Edition)
  • “The primary attorney I work with at Houthoff is Frederic Verhoeven. Frederic is available 24/7 and he has a deep understanding of insolvency matters.”
    Legal 500, Restructuring and Insolvency (2020 Edition)
  • Frédéric Verhoeven is ranked in Tier 1.
    Chambers Europe, Restructuring/Insolvency (2019 Edition)
  • Frédéric Verhoeven is ranked in Tier 1.
    Chambers Europe, Restructuring/Insolvency: Administration (2019 Edition)
  • “An interviewee notes: ‘He is creative, solution- and client-orientated,’ also highlighting his ‘strong analytical and communication skills.’”
    Chambers Europe, Restructuring/Insolvency (2019 Edition)
  • “A client enthuses that Frédéric Verhoeven is ‘the best for insolvency administration in the Netherlands,’ and adds: ‘He knows Dutch law inside out.’”
    Chambers Europe, Restructuring/Insolvency (2019 Edition)
  • “Frédéric Verhoeven ‘remains his calm and composed self under all circumstances making sure you get what you need.’”
    Legal 500, Restructuring and Insolvency (2019 Edition)
  • Leading Individual
    Legal 500, Restructuring and Insolvency (2019 Edition)
Frédéric teaches and publishes on insolvency law, and is a board member of the Dutch Association of Insolvency Practitioners (INSOLAD). He is also a member of the specialists’ association INSOL Europe and the International Insolvency Institute.

QUALIFICATIONS & EXPERIENCE

  • Dutch Law (Utrecht University)
  • INSOLAD specialisation course
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 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.