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Sigrid Jansen heads the team at Allen & Overy LLP, with support from Aroen Kuitenbrouwer, Andrew Thomas and Brechje van der Velden. The practice advises banks and high-profile distressed companies, and Deloitte is a longstanding client.

The ‘service-minded’ department at De Brauw Blackstone Westbroekcombines legal and practical knowledge’ to implement ‘creative solutions for multi-jurisdictional matters’. Practice head Ruud Hermans is ‘a pleasure to work with’. Clients include SNS REEAL, Imtech, Rabobank and Propertize.

Houthoff’s ‘super-smart’ department head Frédéric Verhoeven advised Aurelius Capital Management on Oi’s high-profile debt restructuring. The practice’s bankruptcy trustee abilities stand out; on the liquidator side, Lehman Brothers Treasury is a client. The ‘very ableGerhard Gispen recently joined the four-partner team from Simmons & Simmons LLP.

ABN AMRO, Rabobank, Propertize and Spicers Australia are among the clients of NautaDutilh’s ‘knowledgeable’ team, which is led by Robert van Galen. Litigator and arbitrator Barbara Rumora-Scheltema has ‘a sound commercial approach to complex matters’.

Toni van Hees heads Stibbe’s department, which was appointed as bankruptcy trustee of Unlimited Sports Group and Valbonne Real Estate 2. ‘Excellent’ commercial litigator Tim de Greve is ‘a real pitbull’; fellow litigator Job van Hooff is ‘pragmatic and hands-on’.

Wijn & Stael Advocaten N.V.’s clients include the trustees of companies such as Meavita and Landis. Willem Jan van Andel heads the full-service team, which includes litigator Koen Rutten.

AKD’s debtor clients include Royal Imtech, CEG-Group and Fortress Group; the team also acts for creditors. Department head Barend de Roy van Zuidewijn is supported by Paul Peters, Ward Aerts and counsel Marc Goethals.

Jan Willem Bouman and Marcel Groenewegen lead CMS’ ‘well-aligned, communicative and always available’ team, whose clients include ABN AMRO, Van Lanschot and Delta Lloyd. The team acted for Ardenberg Group and Swets & Zeitlinger Group as bankruptcy trustee.

The key contacts at Clifford Chance are the ‘pragmatic, creative’ Jelle Hofland and ‘knowledgeable’ counsel Ilse van Gasteren. Both acted for the lenders during Unlimited Sports Group’s post-insolvency €88m restructuring.

Michael Broeders leads Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s team, with support from civil law notary Thijs Flokstra and tax expert Eelco van der Stok. Clients include Propertize and Deutsche Bank.

Loyens & Loeff’s practice co-heads Vincent Vroom and Hendrik van Druten acted as Dutch counsel for Oi on the international €5bn restructuring of its parent company.

The lawyers at full-service restructuring and insolvency boutique Resor NV are ‘thought-leaders in the industry’; Jako van Hees, Lucas Kortmann, Esther Oppedijk van Veen and ‘extremely smart dynamo’ Nicolaes Tollenaar are recommended.

Commended for its responsiveness, knowledge and strength in depth, Van Doorne’s ‘pragmatic, flexible’ department is headed by Stefan van Rossum, whose advice is ‘well balanced and well thought out’. The team advises lenders and sponsors on debt restructuring, and is active in high-profile insolvency litigation.

Baker & McKenzie Amsterdam N.V.’s practice head Robert van Agteren acted for L-3 Communications in relief proceedings against Deutsche Bank, lender to one of L-3’s suppliers. Fedor Tanke has ‘state-of-the-art knowledge’.

Very experienced’ court-appointed administrator Wouter Jongepier leads Dentons Boekel’s ‘no-nonsense, reliable and internationally focused’ team, which mostly acts for debtors. Jongepier acted for Estro and Ciccolella Holding International as bankruptcy trustee. The ‘very responsiveKrijn Hoogenboezem is recommended.

Rabobank, Deutsche Bank and Gordon Brothers are among DLA Piper’s clients. Practice head Marc Molhuysen assisted JD Sports with its purchase of three-quarters of the stores of the bankrupt Perry Sport and Aktiesport.

Höcker Advocaten acts for a mix of debtor and creditor clients, while team members also have experience serving as bankruptcy trustees. Kees van de Meent and Nienke Bobbert are now with Florent.

The ‘excellent’ team at Linklaters provides ‘reliable, commercial advice’. Department head Paul Kuipers advised ING Bank on its secured position in bankrupt retailer V&D.

Wouter Hertzberger and Yke Lennartz lead the team at Norton Rose Fulbright, which includes ‘pragmatic, commercial and hands-on’ banking partner Paul Vine. Clients include ABN AMRO and AIG.

Pieter van den Berg and Martijn Vermeeren at Buren are experienced in cross-border restructuring and insolvency; Paul Deloo and Cees-Frans Greeven handle restructurings.

Experienced’, ‘pragmatic bankruptcy trustee’ Jasper Berkenbosch joined Jones Day from DLA Piper in July 2016. The team comprises ‘capable problem-solvers’ who handle ‘large, complex insolvency cases’.

Schaap Advocaten Notarissen’s Roel Slotboom has been increasingly active in restructuring in the healthcare sector. The team is regularly appointed in pre-pack proceedings.

Cross-border restructuring and insolvency specialist Erwin Bos now heads Simmons & Simmons LLP’s ‘knowledgeable, very approachable’ team, having joined from Clifford Chance in July 2016. Clients include Citibank.

Solution-oriented, pragmatic’ insolvency and corporate boutique Windt Le Grand Leeuwenburgh was established in April 2016 by Marcel Windt, Richard le Grand and Ruben Leeuwenburgh; Windt and Leeuwenburgh were previously at Houthoff.

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