Florent > Amsterdam, Netherlands > Firm Profile

Florent
NOMA HOUSE
GUSTAV MAHLERLAAN 1236
1081 LA AMSTERDAM
Netherlands

Netherlands > Fraud and white-collar crime Tier 2

Florent stands out for its focus on civil fraud and asset recovery, and its focus on representing the victims of fraud and white-collar crime. The ‘top-notch, creative and commercial’ team has considerable experience in cross-border asset recovery, fraud litigation, and financial fraud investigations work, and also handles the prosecution of civil fraud cases. The team is headed by insolvency law and international asset recovery specialist Kees Van Der Meent.

Practice head(s):

Kees van de Meent

Other key lawyers:

Jurgen van den Heuvel

Testimonials

‘The practice is rather boutique, but has extensive experience in asset attachment and debt recovery’.

They are extremely customer-oriented and they have great insights in the praxis of the Netherland system’.

‘They act truly in interests of the client and are extremely cost efficient’.

‘The easy going culture and approach of the firm has been, and still is, a very important strength’.

‘The quality of the partners and their drive to assist their clients always exceeds expectations’.

‘Each of them are specialists in their field and respected for their opinions and approach’.

‘Kees van de Meent is a giant in asset recovery and bankruptcy-related fraud’.

‘Kees van de Meent has a unique practice combing fraud and insolvency knowledge and experience in complex multi-jurisdictional matters’.

Netherlands > Restructuring and insolvency Tier 2

Florent is ‘very capable of handling complex bankruptcies’ and acts for companies, financial institutions and creditors in financial distress. It often handles cases with cross-border aspects and its team members are frequently appointed as administrators and bankruptcy trustees. The practice is headed up by Hanneke De Coninck and Kees van de Meent ; they are described by clients as ‘a pleasure to work with’ and De Coninck is recommended for trustee work and liquidations. Rob van den Sigtenhorst left the firm for TOON Advocaten.

Practice head(s):

Hanneke De Coninck; Kees van de Meent

Testimonials

‘Florent is a “modern” law firm in the best sense’.

‘They are team and service-oriented with flat hierarchies and are up to date with technology’.

‘You can feel the positive spirit and that they love what they’re doing’.

‘They’re all approachable, pragmatic professionals, you easily feel comfortable working with and relying on’.

‘Kees van de Meent is a great guy; easy to talk to, keeps his promises and delivers on time’.

‘Florent provides excellent support in challenging circumstances’.

‘They make an effort to understand the big picture and the context in which the company operates’.

‘Kees van de Meent has an unique quality to be both extremely knowledgeable and pragmatic’.

Key clients

Bankruptcy of the FNG group of companies

Bankruptcy of Theo Henkelman Schoenen B.V. en Only A Shoes B.V.

De Keizer International B.V. and De Keizer Marine Engineering B.V.

Former CEO of Steinhoff International Holdings N.V. and group companies

Bankruptcy of V&D

Bankruptcy of La Place

Bankruptcy of Thomas Cook Nederland B.V.

Bankruptcy of the Doniger group of companies

Liquidation of Van der Moolen group of companies

Bankruptcy of the Leapp group

Court-appointed receiver of Libratone A/S

Work highlights

  • Appointed as trustees in the bankruptcy proceedings for V&D, the renowned and iconic chain of 62 department stores in the Netherlands, with some 5,500 employees and 2,800 suppliers.
  • Appointed as trustees in the bankruptcy proceedings for La Place, the renowned and iconic chain of more than 250 restaurants in the Netherlands and abroad.
  • Appointed as FNG Group’s bankruptcy trustee in €100m cross-border insolvency proceedings involving multi-brand and multi-financier aspects.

Netherlands > Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation Tier 4

Florent’s commercial litigation team ‘combines a high level of knowledge and legal skills with a great dedication to the client’. Housing a number of experienced litigators, the team acts for both claimants and defendants on high-profile cases in the finance, public and industrial sectors. Practice co-head Yvette Borrius specialises in liability, corporate governance and corporate litigation; while Chris Jager, who jointly leads the team, is recommended for cross-border litigation and arbitration.

Practice head(s):

Yvette Borrius; Chris Jager

Other key lawyers:

Emille Buziau

Testimonials

‘Yvette Borrius and her team were helpful in explaining the unique nature of Dutch law, which was particularly helpful to her American clients’.

‘Florent’s team were very knowledgeable of the applicable Netherlands law, and worked well with our team of US lawyers who were advising the US parent’.

‘Yvette Borrius was very responsive to our needs, and always made herself available for discussions, despite the time difference between our respective offices’.

‘The team has a very broad expertise and they can help you with all the aspects of a dispute’.

‘Yvette Borrius is very experienced, very cooperative and nice to work with’.

‘I work a lot with Yvette Borrius and she is a bright, calm and thoughtful litigator’.

‘Chris Jager and his team are very client-dedicated’.

‘They live up to the deadlines provided and provide top-of-the class advice’.

Key clients

Hydro S.R.L. vs Republic of Albania

European Pharmaceuticals International B.V. and Medstone Holding B.V. Nodmarcian Europe BV

Commerz Real

Geodan B.V.

Former CEO of Steinhoff International Holdings N.V.

Art.com, Art International & Art NL

Dexels B.V.

Renault SA and group companies

Former Board Royal Imtech N.V. / group companies

Work highlights

  • Representing Hydro et al. in an appeal against a decision concerning ‘immunity from execution’ related to the seizing of claims from Albania on Eni Albania B.V. within the context of enforcing, in the Netherlands, an Arbitral Award from the International Centre for Settlement of Investments Disputes against the Republic of Albania for an amount exceeding EUR 108m.
  • Representing the former CEO of Steinhoff International Holdings N.V. and group companies in five proceedings before the Dutch courts, including class action claims.

Netherlands > Commercial, corporate and M&a Tier 5

Corporate law boutique Florent is a popular choice for clients from the food and beverage, infrastructure, media and entertainment and technology sectors.  Pieter van den Brink , Matthijs Brons  and Pieter Van Uchelen jointly lead the practice which handles mid-market M&A, joint venture, commercial contract, corporate governance and reorganisation matters, in addition to related disputes.

Practice head(s):

Pieter van den Brink; Matthijs Brons; Pieter van Uchelen

Other key lawyers:

Jean-Pierre van Leeuwe; Katharina Bottenberg

Testimonials

‘Flexibility, speed of delivery, pragmatic approach, hands-on, lot of in-practice experience.’

‘Matthijs Brons: high availability, pragmatism. Katharina Bottenberg: much technical knowledge and always up to date on the files.’

‘Very professional and high quality service.’

‘Pieter van der Brink: very high level advice and eye for detail. Understands negotiations dynamics.’

‘We really liked to work with Florent. More specifically with the team of Pieter van den Brink. They are competent, very accurate and very pleasant to work with. They kept their heads cool, and stayed focussed on the goal: Doing the transaction’

‘Florent is a really equipped and skilled entrepreneurial practice. Invoicing is absolutely flawless and fair. The team is up to date, in-depth and proactive experts.’

‘Florent is just the best law firm in Amsterdam. And a bit of a hidden gem.’

‘Matthijs Brons doesn’t think like a regular lawyer. His only goal is to fix issues for entrepreneurs and to get M&A deals done. Which he does well.’

Key clients

Tony’s Chocolonely

New York Pizza

PHIT Holding B.V.

Mosadex

RH Marine group

Quadrum Capital

Crowd Mobile Ltd.

Imbull

WPG Uitgevers

Spring Investment Management

VANMOOF

The Correspondent

Victus Participations

Kings of Indigo

Cegeka

Plukon Food Group

Arcus Infrastructure Fund

Nimbus

Medstone

Urban Arrow

Sanisale

Geodan

Visscher Caravelle

Ancala Partners

O2 Capital Partners

Euro-Caps

Friesland Campina

Vendis Capital

Freshstream

GIMV

Lukoil

E-Fiber

Work highlights

  • Advised Friesland Campina on the sale of its Nutrifeed business to Denkavit.
  • Advising VanMoof on equity investments involving four jurisdictions, 11 different investors and various other stakeholders.
  • Advised New York Pizza, a Dutch pizza delivery chain, on the sale of a majority stake in the company to Orkla.

The firm: Florent is not your average corporate boutique law firm.

Sure, we offer top notch legal advice in a personal setting at competitive rates. But where other boutiques limit themselves to just M&A, just litigation, just finance or just insolvency law, we offer all those services. Because we believe you should be able to count on your lawyer. To help you win your must-win battles in the next phase of your company’s life cycle, whatever that phase may be. And to be your trusted advisor rather than a one-trick pony.

So that’s our promise. We’ll stay on board. From start-up to investment round, from acquisition to litigation and from financial distress to exit. Every step of the way. And on to your next corporate life event.

The firm was launched in 2017 by partners from BLIX and Höcker Advocaten: Yvette Borrius, Pieter van den Brink, Matthijs Brons, Hanneke De Coninck, Chris Jager, Kees van de Meent, and Jurjen Tuinman, and their teams. Pieter van Uchelen joined the firm as partner from Simmons & Simmons in late 2019

Areas of practice

  • Corporate/M&A
  • Insolvency and restructuring
  • Banking and finance
  • Dispute resolution
  • Governance
  • Fraud and asset recovery
  • Commercial real estate
  • Employment law

Based in Amsterdam, the firm is often involved in international / cross-border matters. Florent is a member of Lexwork.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Restructuring and insolvency Hanneke de Coninck-Smolders
Restructuring and insolvency Kees van de Meent
Dispute Resolution: commercial and corporate litigation, arbitration and alternative dispute resolution Yvette Borrius
Dispute Resolution: commercial and corporate litigation, arbitration and alternative dispute resolution Chris Jager
Fraud and white-collar crime Kees van de Meent
Corporate and M&A Pieter van de Brink
Corporate and M&A Matthijs Brons
Asset recovery Kees van de Meent
Real estate and environmental affairs Jurjen Tuinman
PhotoNamePositionProfile
Yvette Borrius photo Yvette BorriusYvette Borrius co-heads the dispute resolution department. With 25 years’ experience she…
Matthijs Brons photo Matthijs BronsMatthijs is partner of the firm and co-heads the corporate/M&A department. He…
Emille Buziau photo Emille BuziauEmille has gained broad experience in the field of corporate and commercial…
Hanneke De Coninck photo Hanneke De ConinckHanneke is co-managing partner of the firm and co-head of the Insolvency…
Chris Jager photo Chris JagerChris is partner of the firm and is specialised in dispute resolution.…
Pieter van Uchelen photo Pieter van UchelenPieter is a partner and co-heads the corporate/M&A department. He is specialized…
Kees van de Meent photo Kees van de MeentKees van de Meent is partner of the firm and co-head of…
Pieter van den Brink photo Pieter van den BrinkPieter van den Brink is co-managing partner of the firm and co-heads…
Jurgen van den Heuvel photo Jurgen van den HeuvelJurgen van den Heuvel is an associate in Florent’s Insolvency and Restructuring…