Laura van Gardingen

Laura van Gardingen

Advocaat | Associate

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Dutch
English
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Laura specialises in insolvency law and civil law. She acts as an adviser and litigator in insolvency proceedings, advisory matters and supreme court litigation involving financial institutions, insurers, bankruptcy trustees and large corporations. Laura is a member of several professional associations. She was a board member of the Amsterdam Young Bar Association and the deputy secretary of the Dutch Association of Civil Cassation Lawyers.

QUALIFICATIONS & EXPERIENCE

  • LL.M. Dutch Law (cum laude) (Utrecht University)
  • LL.B. Dutch Law (Utrecht University)
  • Advising OSX Brasil S.A. (a Brazilian publicly listed oil and gas company) and the Dutch OSX group of companies on the restructuring of their consolidated debt of over US$ 2.5 billion, including representing the OSX companies in various litigation and restructuring matters in the Netherlands as well as coordinating litigation abroad. The team is also involved in the restructuring of OSX debt structures, more specifically related to OSX 3, the USD 450 million bond structure and recently OSX 2, the syndicated debt of USD 850 million.

    The OSX restructuring is currently the largest restructuring case in Latin America, with several billions of dollars at stake. An important part of the OSX group of companies is located in the Netherlands. The Dutch aspects of the matter, and thus the Dutch litigation, are crucial to the OSX global restructuring plan.
  • Ballast Nedam wins court of appeal case against Max Bögl. Houthoff advised Ballast Nedam on an appeal case against Max Bögl, a former joint venture partner. The Supreme Court has rejected an appeal in cassation, lodged by Max Bögl. For Ballast Nedam this ruling means an elimination of a risk of over 9 million euros, without further financial impact.

    In 2013, the appeal court found in favour of Ballast Nedam and ordered Max Bögl to pay an amount of over 9 million euros to Ballast Nedam. This amount has been paid at the time and has been included in the Ballast Nedam financial statements.

    Ballast Nedam brought action in 2003 against its then joint venture partner Max Bögl for breach of contract in the tendering stage of three underground stations on the North-South Line.
  • 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.

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