Directors Liability

We are Stibbe Directors Liability specialists

With decisions that are scrutinised by shareholders, market authorities, competitors and creditors, we provide the support and guidance our clients need, exactly when they need it.

Directors Liability

In our complex business world, directors are more and more bound by corporate governance obligations. In times of distress, we provide the expert advice our clients require in order to prevent liability.

With an acute awareness of the practical issues affecting anyone exposed to such situations, we assist directors, companies and D&O Underwriters by both advising and representing them in civil, criminal or disciplinary hearings.

The expertise of our interdisciplinary team has a particular strength in legal proceedings relating to fraudulent conveyance issues and directors’ liability. We also represent board members and supervisory board members of companies in court proceedings, and in the Netherlands those before the Enterprise Chamber.

Teamwork with colleagues who specialise in company law, financial law, tax and criminal law, ensure a truly integrated service. Internationally, we work with various leading law firms in other jurisdictions. In this way, we can ensure that every cross-border matter is handled in the best possible way.

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Experience

  • 01.01.2007 NL law
    Stibbe advised Banco Safra

    Experience - Stibbe advised the Brazilian bank Banco Safra in legal proceedings in relation to the bankruptcy of BenQ Mobile, the mobile phone division of the Taiwanese multinational that was taken over from Siemens and subsequently went bankrupt.

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