Florent has a great deal of experience with a wide range of corporate law transactions. We specialise in mergers and acquisitions, private equity and venture capital, and in setting up joint ventures. We also assist in governance issues and restarts, and we draft shareholder agreements and commercial contracts.
Florent has many years of experience and special expertise in the field of corporate governance. We can assist in setting up or changing governance structures and in shareholder disputes, crisis management and reputational risk management. Florent advises on (threatening) insolvency matters, and assists in inquiries and liability proceedings.
insolvency and restructuring
Florent assists companies and their stakeholders when they are faced with financial difficulties. We have broad experience and special expertise in the fields of insolvency law and liability issues, including cross-border aspects. We assist clients in restructurings and liquidations. Florent has been involved in high-profile insolvencies and restructuring matters. In addition to our work as lawyers, we are also regularly appointed as trustees in insolvencies and administrators in suspensions of payment. We also have experience with prepacks.
Chambers: "They have a big extent of legal knowledge and they can also act very practically, which is very helpful; they know how to cope with legislation and regulation, but also in bankruptcy cases they can act very quickly and they can work with various parties." Another source: "They're very specialised in insolvency and restructuring; they're very pragmatic and they're a small firm but they're very, very strong on insolvency matters." (Chambers 2018)
Legal 500: ‘Hanneke de Coninck-Smolders and Kees van de Meent are ‘intelligent, well-balanced’ co-heads who work well ‘under enormous pressure’; they are the bankruptcy trustees of V&D, La Place and Polare Group’
banking and finance
Florent advises clients on financing and refinancing matters. As a result of our extensive experience with insolvency work, we know exactly what pitfalls to avoid in finance deals, enabling us to avoid future problems. We have broad experience with a variety of financing structures and security rights and act for both lenders and borrowers.
Florent has broad litigation experience in corporate-law and commercial disputes. We regularly represent clients in inquiry proceedings before the Enterprise Court at the Amsterdam Court of Appeal. The cases handled by Florent often involve conflicts between shareholders, management boards and supervisory boards. Florent also frequently litigates on post M&A disputes, commercial contracts, financing and the liability of managing directors and supervisory directors.
Chambers: According to clients, "the lawyers have great knowledge and a very practical, down-to-earth approach." The team draws praise from clients for its "very good understanding of the important intricacies of the legal process." Various clients highlight the added value the firm offers. One interviewee reports: "In my view they offer consistent and first-class advice, rendered swiftly and accurately. They are also very competitively priced." (Chambers 2018)
Florent has extensive experience and expertise in the field of employment law. The issues on which we advise include reorganisations, dismissals, management agreements, employee participations and the employment-law aspects that play a part in mergers, acquisitions and insolvencies.
fraud and asset recovery
Florent has special expertise in assisting parties that are victim of commercial fraud. We help clients trace and safeguard their assets. Florent is the only Dutch member of FraudNet, the worldwide network of the International Chamber of Commerce, which assists parties that have fallen victim to international commercial fraud.
commercial real estate
Florent’s property team specialises in commercial real estate law, litigation and liability matters. We are regularly involved in high-profile cases regarding lease or rent disputes, liability for hidden defects and property transactions. Our specialists work together closely with Florent’s trustees to settle major insolvencies. They also work on transactions with our M&A practice group.