Firm Profile > Florent > Amsterdam, Netherlands

Florent
NOMA HOUSE
GUSTAV MAHLERLAAN 1236
1081 LA AMSTERDAM
Netherlands

Fraud and white-collar crime Tier 2

Florent is perhaps best known for its work in cross-border asset recovery, undertaking several such cases as either local or lead counsel. Additionally the firm regularly pursues civil fraud claims for clients, in addition to handling several internal investigations. The team is led by Kees van de Meent, who focuses primarily on international asset recovery cases, while Jurgen van den Heuvel is a notable figure at associate level.

Practice head(s):

Kees van de Meent

Other key lawyers:

Jurgen van den Heuvel

Testimonials

‘What makes this practice unique is mostly the presence of Kees van de Meent, an amazing insolvency receiver, lawyer, and also person.’

‘They have a very experienced team, particularly when it comes to bankruptcy proceedings.’

‘Florent has a unique practice focusing on civil fraud and a victims-based approach for international criminal matters. They know how to combine this with their exceptional experience and knowledge in bankruptcy cases.’

‘Kees van de Meent is a very amiable and smart partner who will find the reasonable solution in the matter. He has a great track record in international matters and is involved in Fraudnet and C-5.’

‘The firm has a strong insolvency department; many team members also act as court-appointed trustees. This combination of civil litigation and insolvency makes them a strong player in fraud and asset recovery cases.’

‘Kees van de Meent is extremely capable and a pleasure to work with. He also acts as court-appointed trustee for very large insolvencies, which gives him a lot of relevant experience. He is hands-on and has an excellent view on the strategy to be followed in a case.

‘Kees van de Meent is a star and among the best bankruptcy/insolvency lawyers in the country. Very experienced and often selected by the court to act as receiver in complicated bankruptcy proceedings.’

Restructuring and insolvency Tier 2

Florent has a multi-disciplinary approach to restructuring and insolvency, leveraging the strength of the wider firm's M&A, litigation and banking and finance experts. It has a substantial asset recovery practice, which makes it well placed to handle bankruptcy proceedings, fraud litigation and financial fraud investigations. Team members often act as court-appointed trustees and administrators in bankruptcy and suspension of payment cases. Hanneke De Coninck heads the practice alongside Kees van de Meent. Pieter van Uchelen joined as partner from Simmons & Simmons.

Practice head(s):

Hanneke De Coninck; Kees van de Meent

Other key lawyers:

Pieter van Uchelen

Testimonials

‘Pragmatic, involved, constructive lawyers that have a good feel for business needs’.

‘Made a very well-constructed and written contribution in negotiating with our bank’.         

‘Hanneke De Coninck provides personal and pragmatic expertise’.

‘Pieter van Uchelen is committed and thinks ahead and with the client’.         

Florent distinguishes itself with its personal contact, fast feedback and human touch’.

‘Good mix of expertise, experience, customer focus and speed’.

Key clients

Bankruptcy of V&D

Bankruptcy of La Place

Bankruptcy of Leapp

Bankruptcy of the Doniger group of companies

Boemer Beheer B.V.

TradeWork B.V.

Suspension of payment of the FNG group of companies

Bankruptcy of Thomas Cook Nederland B.V.

Insolvency of Level Europe GmbH

Liquidation of Van der Moolen group of companies

Bankruptcy of Polare group of companies

Bankruptcy of Hillen & Roosen group of companies

Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation Tier 3

Corporate law boutique Florent has a highly rated litigation arm, earning roles in some of the country's most high profile class actions, such as the emissions scandal and Steinhoff International Holdings, acting for the former CEO of Volkwagen (VW) and Steinhoff respectively. The practice is co-led by litigator and arbitrator Chris Jager and the much-praised Yvette Borrius, who is 'people and results-oriented' and is leading the firm's advice in the VW case. Senior associate Emille Buziau takes the lead in some significant matters.

Practice head(s):

Yvette Borrius; Chris Jager

Other key lawyers:

Emille Buziau

Testimonials

‘Excellent process and people management, well connected to every single step in the process, swift and effective communication, expectations of involved parties are well managed. Excellent in de-escalation between involved partners; no surprises.’

‘Easy to work with and strategy-wise a strong team. Associate Emille Buziau is a smart, strong strategist, fast and creative.’

‘They have a pragmatic approach and make sure the right person is on your case; each partner has different specialties and they make sure the right person works on your case to get the job done at a fair price. ’

‘The persons I’ve worked with are very flexible.  Yvette Borrius was very reachable which I didn’t expect. Pretty much always answered within a couple of hours also outside office hours. Because of her experience they could very well lay out all scenarios and decide on the next legal action, which eventually resulted in a win. Also Emma van der Minne has done an exceptional job.’

‘In-depth knowledge, extraordinary creativity in finding solutions, truly thinking out of the box. Superb negotiation and analytical skills – drills down to core of the issues (truly listening and asking questions until the core of the issue is found). Ability to create a win-win situation for both sides (some firms tend to focus solely on their own client which frustrates and lengthens negotiations). Yvette Borrius is all have described. If we have a future dispute resolution case I will certainly hire her again. In addition she is extremely intelligent, analytical, balanced, people and results oriented, always available, booking excellent results. I have rarely encountered a partner that is able to think so creatively and out of the box when looking for a solution and then comes up with a solution that is highly beneficial for her client and as well a good solution for the counterparty.’

‘Yvette Borrius is very knowledgeable, involved in all the big cases, a pleasure and fun to work with. Bart Jan Hermans is an eager, knowledgeable and talented associate.’

‘The team is highly skilled and provides high profile advice. Yvette Borrius has a very business-oriented approach, in particular, a deep understanding of the client’s business needs.’

‘Personal contact is very good, as is the follow-up.’

Key clients

Former CEO of Volkswagen

European Pharmaceuticals International and Medstone Holding

Publitas Holding

Commerz Real

Lypack Leeuwarden

Former CEO of Steinhoff International Holdings

Stichting Beheer Geboortezorg Nederland (SGBN)

ALBA Group PLC & CO. KG

Irish Investors in Torun Ltd. regarding Livarna

Former Board members Royal Imtech/group companies

Commercial, corporate and M&a Tier 6

Florent’s ‘very hands-on and commercial’ team is ‘able to navigate mid-market transactions very well’ for a roster of local and international clients across a wide range of sectors. The group specialises in M&A, private equity work, joint ventures, commercial contract issues, reorganisations and corporate governance matters. Key names include Pieter van den Brink, Matthijs Brons and Pieter van Uchelen; van Uchelen joined from Simmons & Simmons in late 2019.

Practice head(s):

Pieter van den Brink; Matthijs Brons; Pieter van Uchelen

Other key lawyers:

Michiel van Lieshout

Testimonials

‘Very hands on and commercial. Able to navigate mid-market transactions very well.’

‘Highly ambitious, but very open and informal. In depth knowledge on their areas of expertise (from the younger employees already) and experience.’

‘Florent has seasoned experts who can advise on a strategic level but also have a very good eye for detail. And they do it at a fair price.’

‘Pieter van den Brink: very experienced, good adviser, eye for detail, fast. Michiel van Lieshout: very thorough with eye for details.’

‘Pieter van den Brink, not only punctual and professional, but also someone to trust 100% and I follow his advice without hesitation.’

‘Pieter van Uchelen (partner) is a well experienced partner; he knows what the client wants (technical approach/solution-driven approach etc) in specific situations.’

‘Full dedication and willing to go the extra extra mile’

‘Matthijs Brons is a very good lawyer with superb knowledge of the important details in the M&A process. An outstanding leader of the team.’

Key clients

Tony’s Chocolonely

New York Pizza

PHIT Holding

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

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.

Department Name Email Telephone
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
Photo Name Position Profile
 Yvette Borrius photo Yvette Borrius Yvette Borrius co-heads the dispute resolution department. With 25 years’ experience she…
 Matthijs Brons  photo Matthijs Brons Matthijs is partner of the firm and co-heads the corporate/M&A department. He…
 Emille Buziau  photo Emille Buziau Emille has gained broad experience in the field of corporate and commercial…
 Hanneke De Coninck photo Hanneke De Coninck Hanneke is co-managing partner of the firm and co-head of the Insolvency…
 Chris Jager photo Chris Jager Chris is partner of the firm and is specialised in dispute resolution.…
 Jurgen Van Den Heuvel photo Jurgen Van Den Heuvel Jurgen van den Heuvel is an associate in Florent’s Insolvency and Restructuring…
 Pieter Van Uchelen photo Pieter Van Uchelen Pieter is a partner and co-heads the corporate/M&A department. He is specialized…
 Kees van de Meent  photo Kees van de Meent Kees van de Meent is partner of the firm and co-head of…
 Pieter van den Brink  photo Pieter van den Brink Pieter van den Brink is co-managing partner of the firm and co-heads…