Hanneke De Coninck-Smolders

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Hanneke De Coninck-Smolders

Managing Partner | Lawyer

Hanneke works in insolvency law and has gained extensive experience in the area of financing and security. She has been involved as a receiver or advisor in very high-profile insolvencies and complex restructurings. She also has experience with pre-packs (both as an advisor for the company and as an undisclosed administrator) and regularly represents clients in noteworthy proceedings. Hanneke regularly publishes on subjects related to insolvency and is the co-author of the SDU manual: SDU Commentaar Insolventierecht en Praktijkboek Insolventierecht. Hanneke is a member of INSOLAD, Insol, Insol Europe, Insol International, the Netherlands Association for Comparative and International Insolvency (NVRII), the Corporate Litigation Association and the Dutch Association for Procedural Law (NVvP). She has a seat in the Insolvency Law Committee of the Netherlands Bar Association and in the Review Committee of INSOLAD. She is also one of the authors of the Dutch chapter of the 'Chambers Global Practice Guide on Insolvency 2019’.

Before BLIX was founded in 2009 and Florent was formed in 2017, she worked for many years at Van Doorne.

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specialist areas

Insolvency Law
Financing and security
Dispute Resolution


Dutch Law, Maastricht University. Grotius Academie, post-doctoral course in Insolvency Law (INSOLAD). Specialist course Financial Economy for Insolvency Lawyers (INSOLAD).


Chambers Europe

Legal500: Restructuring and insolvency: ‘Florent is a small law firm with an enormous footprint in the insolvency market, especially retail, which it serves with high-quality lawyers'. It is equally noted for having 'many experienced insolvency professionals to cope with large, high-pressure bankruptcies'. Both Hanneke de Coninck and Kees van de Meent 'are great to work with and have a good forward-looking approach, Rob van den Sigtenhorst is also a notable member of the team’. (2019)

Chambers: She is an experienced restructuring and insolvency lawyer and is often appointed as administrator or trustee in bankruptcy proceedings. She is lauded as a "good lawyer with extensive knowledge of bankruptcy law." Another interviewee concurs that De Coninck-Smolders is a "technically very strong and intelligent" practitioner. (2019)

Chambers: "She's legally very strong but also very likeable in difficult situations; she really knows how to combine that legal knowledge with a personable approach." (2018)