Insolvency and Restructuring

We are Stibbe Insolvency and Restructuring specialists

Specialising in financial and corporate restructurings, our team has worked on many of the major cross-border restructurings and insolvencies of the past decade.

Insolvency and Restructuring

In light of the difficult economic climate, our experienced insolvency and restructuring team regularly provides the assured guidance and expert advice our clients require in times of distress.

On the menu to the right you will find a list of the specialisms we provide debtors, creditors and listed/non-listed companies encountering insolvency difficulties, suspension of payments and bankruptcies.

With equal strength in advisory and litigation services, we have particular expertise in proceedings concerning such issues as fraudulent conveyances and directors’ liability. Furthermore, by drawing upon the firm’s expertise in corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, tax and insolvency, the restructuring of transactions are handled in the most integrated and coordinated way.

In addition, our experts accept appointments by the court to act as receiver or administrator in a formal bankruptcy or suspension of payments procedures, experience that is applied to client matters.

Restructurings will often play out simultaneously in multiple jurisdictions. We have proven experience in combined formal insolvency procedures in various jurisdictions around the world.

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Experience

  • 19.08.2015 NL law
    Stibbe advises Egeria

    Experience - Stibbe advises Egeria and its subsidiary company RCPT Beheer B.V., on the acquisition of Imtech Traffic & Infra. With approval of the trustees of Royal Imtech N.V. the banks have sold the shares in the division Imtech Traffic & Infra – excluding the Belgian activities which are part of this division. The sale of the division Imtech Traffic & Infra is part of the earlier announced bankruptcy of Royal Imtech N.V.

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  • 17.02.2014 NL law
    Stibbe advises Indover Bank

    Experience -   Representing the trustees of Indover Bank in a major dispute with Bank Indonesia. Indover Bank was a Dutch merchant bank and a 100% subsidiary of Bank Indonesia, the central bank of the Republic of Indonesia. Indover Bank was declared bankrupt in December 2008. In legal proceedings before the District Court of Amsterdam, the trustees refuse the validation of a claim from Bank Indonesia to the amount of EUR 43 million and have submitted a counterclaim of at least EUR 71 million. According to the trustees, Bank Indonesia breached a guarantee under which Bank Indonesia had obliged itself to enable Indover Bank to meet its obligations.  

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  • 11.07.2012 NL law
    Stibbe advised Heineken

    Experience -   Stibbe acted for Heineken on various matters, including in a bankruptcy of Plassania, a major Dutch catering company that operated tens of pubs and other catering establishments and in summary proceedings against Olm for selling barrels of beer to bars and cafes in the Netherlands, Ireland and Germany, branded as Heineken but actually containing Olm beer.      

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