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

Our experienced insolvency and restructuring team regularly provides the assured guidance and expert advice our clients require in times of distress.

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.

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.

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Experience

Market recognition

Who's Who Legal Awards 2018

Belgium Law Firm of the Year

"name stands for quality and they are adequately prepared to address the issues in court or during negotiations. It is good to know that for a wide range of issues I can turn to Stibbe for consultation and advice."

Chambers Europe 2017, Dispute resolution chapter
Chambers Award 2018

Belgium Law Firm of the Year

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Corporate Recovery & Insolvency in the Netherlands

Articles - Does the legislative framework in your jurisdiction allow for informal work-outs, as well as formal restructuring and insolvency proceedings, and to what extent are each of these used in practice? What formal rescue procedures are available in your jurisdiction to restructure the liabilities of distressed companies? What effect does each restructuring procedure have on existing contracts? How are the creditors and/or shareholders able to influence each winding up process. 

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Stibbe renforce son cabinet luxembourgeois en nommant trois nouveaux Counsel

Inside Stibbe - Stibbe renforce son cabinet au Luxembourg avec la nomination de Vanessa Schmitt (droit des sociétés et droit financier), Olivier dal Farra (droit fiscal) et Frédéric Pilorget (droit des sociétés et droit financier) en tant que Counsel. Ces nouvelles nominations ont pris effet au mois d’avril et permettent à Stibbe de renforcer davantage son équipe luxembourgeoise en droit fiscal ainsi qu’en droit des sociétés et droit financier afin de continuer à répondre aux besoins du marché.

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The Dutch scheme - a summary of the upcoming new restructuring tool

Short Reads - As mentioned in our earlier blog, the Dutch legislator has prepared a bill – the Act on confirmation of private restructuring plans (Wet homologatie onderhands akkoord) – introducing a framework that allows debtors to restructure their debts outside formal insolvency proceedings (the “Dutch Scheme“). We expect this highly-anticipated bill to enter into force by this summer. The Dutch Scheme combines features from the UK Scheme of Arrangement and the US Chapter 11 proceedings. Below, we summarize certain key aspects of the Dutch Scheme.

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Articles - De afgelopen jaren heeft de Hoge Raad verschillende arresten gewezen over de invloed van het faillissement op wederkerige overeenkomsten, het fixatiebeginsel en de kwalificatie van vorderingen als boedelvordering, verifieerbare vordering of nietverifieerbare vordering. In het arrest van 23 maart 2018 (hierna: Credit Suisse/Jongepier q.q.) verduidelijkt de Hoge Raad ter beantwoording van enkele prejudiciële vragen wanneer vorderingen die voortvloeien uit een ten tijde van het faillissement reeds bestaande rechtsverhouding voor verificatie in aanmerking komen.

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04.04.2019 NL law
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Short Reads - Imagine that a debtor voluntarily concludes a transaction with a third party where he knows (or should know) that it hinders the creditor's possibilities of collecting the debt. In civil law countries, a creditor can invoke the nullification of that legal act by means of a so-called actio pauliana. This raises the question of which court has jurisdiction in the case of an international dispute, regarding an actio pauliana, that is instituted by a creditor against a third party?

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10.12.2019 NL law
David Orobio de Castro, Michael Molenaars and Job van Hooff new board Stibbe in Amsterdam

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EU reshaping the restructuring landscape? Directive on Restructuring and Insolvency approved by EU Council

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Stibbe reinforces its Luxembourg office with the appointment of three new Counsel

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Short Reads - A Brexit without a deal, or with a deal that does not cover all relevant aspects, is still a potential scenario. We have highlighted a number of unexpected legal consequences of Brexit in such a no deal or incomplete deal scenario.

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