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: 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)
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: One client praises the team's "pragmatic and outstanding services," and adds that the team "supported us in an excellent way during a turbulent period." (2021)
‘Clients are full of praise for the lawyers, noting that "as a team, they offer a high level of agility and versatility."’ Another source is "very impressed by them" for their insolvency work.’(2020)
Legal 500: 'Good mix of expertise, experience, customer focus and speed'. (2021) ’Hanneke de Coninck 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’
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.
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: The practice draws praise from clients for taking the initiative, one extolling it for "putting genuine effort into the case at hand, including quick follow-up on new issues," before concluding: "Florent really takes ownership of the case." Another source endorses the firm for its "very detailed specialist knowledge, pragmatic approach and ability to think of out-of-the-box solutions." (2021)
Clients highlight that the lawyers "listen and engage in a very profound and solution-oriented way." Other clients particularly stress that "the team is very well experienced on the topic of directors' liability."(2020)
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: '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)