De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek

De Brauw is known as the leading international law firm in the Netherlands. Rooted deeply in the Dutch tradition of problem-solving and innovation, we offer high-end legal advice in corporate transactions, disputes and regulatory enforcement. Our lawyers are widely recognised as leaders in their fields. Together, we form a strong collective, representing our clients, relentlessly pursuing excellence.

The R&I practice, which also includes Prof. Reinout Vriesendorp, a professor of insolvency law at Leiden University and a key influential thinker in the Netherlands, has been key to the restructuring of Dutch Retail Icon HEMA; the rescue attempts of various financial institutions; extensive litigation resulting from Russian Yukos Bankruptcy; and a long list of finance vehicles including Spanish Isolux Group, Brazilian OI, Indian Jet airways. All these matters were front-page news in both the national and international press.

The R&I practice advises financial institutions, multinationals and private equity sponsors on all types of restructuring or insolvency-related issues with the benefit of the expertise within the firm, be that in Litigation, Corporate Governance, Regulatory, Distressed M&A, Tax or others. We are frequently involved in international and multijurisdictional transactions and litigation, and we occasionally accept appointments by foreign courts to act as special counsel or an expert in foreign proceedings.

We are the oldest Dutch law firm to be a member of the INSOL International G36. Aside from handling individual matters, our insolvency team is also heavily involved in making recommendations on bills submitted by the Dutch government, notably the Dutch Scheme (WHOA).

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