Joep Meester

Joep Meester

Advocaat | Senior Associate




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Joep is a lawyer in the Restructuring & Insolvency practice group.  

Qualifications & Experience

  • LL.M. Corporate Law (University of Leiden)
  • LL.B. Law (University of Leiden)
  • Acted as one of two court-appointed observers in the Dutch restructuring scheme ("WHOA") of Steinhoff International Holdings N.V. 

  • Advised Lumileds, a global leader in innovative lighting solutions, in its comprehensive financial restructuring. Lumileds emerged from a Chapter 11, resulting in a leadership transition and a funded debt reduction of approximately USD 1.4 billion.
  • 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.