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.
Chambers: A client reports that the firm's lawyers are "very capable, accurate, friendly and speedy." (2022) Clients highlight the team's communication skills, reporting: "The lawyers are able to translate legal language and can make it understandable for people like me. They are also always really fast if you have any questions or issues." Others commend the firm for remaining solution-centred, one observing it is "always focusing on the ultimate goal." (2021)
Florent has shown the ability to move things forward - not only talking through and evaluating the issue from multiple angles, but also with a strong ability to execute.”, “The lawyers are proactive, quick and very good.” (2023)
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: “I appreciated the combination of a high level of knowledge and experience combined with a pragmatic and down-to-earth approach.” (2023) A client reports that "Florent has a 'business first' approach," and appreciates that "efforts are being been made to make a solution possible that makes commercial sense." (2022)
Legal 500: 'Florent has become a market leader in the past five years. It is great what the team achieved since the start of the firm. (2023)' 'You can feel the positive spirit and that they love what they’re doing'. (2022)'
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.
We help our clients anticipate the rapidly changing laws and regulations and implement effective HR policies.
Florent knows how it works
Florent has extensive experience and expertise in employment law. We provide a complete employment service to our clients, whether dealing with day to day issues, individual dismissals or, for example, advising on large-scale redundancy projects. We also offer practical assistance on remuneration aspects, drafting employment contracts, terms and benefits and on restrictive covenants. We furthermore advise many clients on collective labor agreements and works councils.
We think ahead and develop the right answer to our clients' employment law challenges. Florent offers its clients strategic and practical legal support in respect of its key HR-related issues.
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: “It is an extremely reactive and cooperative team.” “The lawyers are very knowledgeable and highly experienced in handling complex and sophisticated matters.” (2023)
A client appreciates that Florent is "very good in simplifying complex matters into to-the-point and well-written arguments" and also underlines that the team "understood the delicacy of the matter and advised us well on the way forward."(2022)
Legal 500: 'Very hands on and pragmatic, whilst at the same time they are thorough and come up with good legal analyses. (2023)'
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.
Legal500: ‘Each of them are specialists in their field and respected for their opinions and approach'. (2022) 'What makes this practice unique is mostly the presence of Kees van de Meent, an amazing insolvency receiver, lawyer, and also person'. (2021) ’Florent has an excellent fraud and white-collar crime department with a unique focus on white collar crime in combination with international asset tracing and recovery.‘ Key name is the 'highly knowledgeable' Kees van de Meent.’ (2020)
Who’s Who Legal: 'He is pro-active and has excellent communication skills', 'Kees delivers a no nonsense, practical and knowledgeable approach'. (2022)
banking & finance
Florent assist clients in domestic and international financing transactions. The banking & finance team acts for clients in a wide range of domestic and cross-border financing transactions in which it has broad experience and expertise, such as corporate financing, acquisition financing, commercial real estate financing and sports/sports finance transactions. The team also works closely with Florent's insolvency and restructuring practice, which gets involved when companies are faced with financial difficulties and debt restructuring is required. The banking & finance team acts for Dutch and international clients in the financial sector, private equity firms and borrowers.