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The ‘globally connected’ department at Allen & Overy LLP provides ‘precise, effective advice’. The ‘diligent’ Aroen Kuitenbrouwer advised Blokker on its financial restructuring. Vroon also instructed Andrew Thomas and group head Sigrid Jansen on a financial restructuring.

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek’s team, which is led by Ruud Hermans, is recommended for ‘complex or publicly sensitive matters’. The ‘vastly knowledgeable and experienced’ Reinout Vriesendorp assisted Grupo Isolux Corsán with its global restructuring. ‘Experienced tactician’ Berto Winters is also recommended. Rob van den Sigtenhorst,formerly a senior associate with the firm, is now with Florent.

Houthoff’s ‘extremely commercial and practical’ department has excellent cross-border capabilities, and is ‘very knowledgeable about complex legal matters’. Group head Frédéric Verhoeven advised the International Bondholders Committee as creditors of distressed telecoms giant Oi. Christiaan Zijderveld is also recommended.

Noted for its ‘prompt, detailed and high-quality’ advice, the team at NautaDutilh counts CTAC, Smallsteps and Deutsche Bank Luxembourg among its clients. The ‘very experienced’ Barbara Rumora-Scheltema acted for Spicers on its liquidation and the restructuring of its European operations. Robert van Galen heads the group.

Market leaderToni van Hees heads Stibbe’s group; he and Job van Hooff acted as the bankruptcy trustees of Unlimited Sports Group. The duo also represented Oi Móvel in a dispute against Oi Brasil Holdings Coöperatief’s Dutch bankruptcy trustee.

Noted for its cross-border capabilities, AKD’s deparment is led by Barend de Roy van Zuidewijn, who acted as the bankruptcy trustee for Atlantic Marine Services. Paul Peters acts as the bankruptcy trustee for Royal Imtech.

Baker McKenzie is particularly active in creditor-side restructurings and refinancings. Group head Robert van Agteren advised creditors such as Golden Tree Asset Management on Oi’s global restructuring. L-3 Communications is another client. Counsel Fedor Tanke is strong in advising financial institutions on distressed real estate.

The ‘always available’ Jan Willem Bouman heads the ‘decisive’ team at CMS, which handles ‘advanced, innovative’ multi-jurisdictional work. Marc van Zanten acted as Ardenberg’s bankruptcy trustee. Marcel Groenewegen is also recommended.

The ‘creative, flexible, firm and knowledgeable’ Jelle Hofland co-heads Clifford Chance’s team with ‘outstanding’ counsel Ilse van Gasteren, who is noted for her ‘in-depth knowledge, large network, strategic vision and dedication’. It is especially strong on the creditor side; clients include Rabobank, Deutsche Bank and ABN Amro.

Noted for its ‘industry knowledge and business-minded approach’, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s department advises debtors, creditors and transactional players in the distressed market. ‘Problem-solving’ group head Michael Broeders assisted ABN Amro with restructuring its credit relationship with a Dutch maritime company.

Loyens & Loeff’s team works closely with the firm’s tax department, and acts for debtors and creditors. London-based group head Vincent Vroom acted for Oi on its international restructuring. Creditor clients include Sun Capital and Goldman Sachs. Hendrik van Druten is also recommended.

Full-service restructuring and insolvency (R&I) boutique Resor NV is noted for its strength in depth; Jako van Hees and Esther Oppedijk van Veen are the key contacts. Lucas Kortmann and Nicolaes Tollenaar are also recommended.

Debt restructuring, insolvency litigation and creditor-side work are the key pillars of Van Doorne’s department. Group head Stefan van Rossum and senior associate Jelmer Baukema advised CHC Helicopter on the Dutch elements of its global restructuring. Aareal Bank is another client.

The ‘in-depth knowledge’ of Wijn & Stael Advocaten N.V.’s ‘business-oriented’ practice is key to its ‘case-winning track record’. The ‘highly experienced’ Remco Vermaire co-heads the team with ‘excellent insolvency trustee’ Noor Zetteler. Willem Jan van Andelcombines legal and financial expertise’. Clients include Rabobank, Vossenberg Kranenpool and the trustees of Meavita.

The ‘well-organised’ team at DLA Piperunderstands business and finance perspectives as well as legal R&I frameworks’. ‘Hands-on’ practice head Marc Molhuysen provides ‘to-the-point advice’; he assisted Care International Group with its cross-border restructuring.

Dentons Boekel’s practice is led by ‘well-known’ administrator Wouter Jongepier, who is adept at handling ‘complex liquidations’. He and ‘pragmatic, commercial, well-regarded liquidatorKrijn Hoogenboezem acted for Air Berlin Finance on its administration. ZED+ and OSX Leasing Group are bankruptcy trustee clients.

Founded in July 2017, Florent comprises the teams from Höcker Advocaten and BLIX Advocaten. Hanneke de Coninck-Smolders and Kees van de Meent are ‘intelligent, well-balanced’ co-heads who work well ‘under enormous pressure’; they are the bankruptcy trustees of V&D, La Place and Polare Group. Rob van den Sigtenhorst was a new arrival from De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek.

Paul Kuipers leads the team at Linklaters, which is especially strong on multi-jurisdictional matters. Though it acts for distressed companies, creditors such as ABN Amro, RBS, BNP Paribas and Société Générale comprise the bulk of its client base.

Especially active on the creditor side, Norton Rose Fulbright’s department acts for distressed companies and their directors. Banking and finance expert Wouter Hertzberger and corporate and restructuring litigator Yke Lennartz co-head the group, of which clients include ABN Amro and MS Mode Group.

Buren has excellent multi-jurisdictional capabilities, and is strong in bankruptcy trustee work. Martijn Vermeeren leads the team jointly with M&A expert Pieter van den Berg. Clients include MS Mode Nederland and Ruwaard van Putten Hospital.

HVG Law LLP’s department is especially strong in court-appointed administrations. Jan Padberg and Johan Westerhof, based in Amsterdam and Utrecht respectively, head the practice; Padberg and Robin de Wit acted as the administrators of BAS Group.

Jasper Berkenbosch leads the team at Jones Day; he was appointed as administrator of Oi Brasil Holdings Coöperatief, PaperlinX Netherlands Holdings and Celtic. Gerjanne te Winkel defended Novero Investments in restructuring-related tort proceedings.

The ‘fast, accurate and approachable’ practice at Windt Le Grand Leeuwenburghreally understands its clients’ business’. Department head Marcel Windt acted as the bankruptcy trustee of Fontijne Grotnes Group. The ‘very clever, hands-onRichard Le Grand is ‘a reliable strategist’ who ‘makes complex issues comprehensible’.

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