Kees van de Meent
Managing Partner | Lawyer
Kees is a specialist in insolvency law and international asset recovery.
He’s a member on behalf of the Netherlands of FraudNet, the network of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) that represents parties prejudiced as a consequence of (international) commercial fraud. He is also a member of Insol International, Insol Europe and INSOLAD and the Netherlands Association for Comparative and International Insolvency (NVRII).
His many years of experience in insolvency law and his membership of FraudNet make him eminently suited to advise parties prejudiced as a consequence of (international) commercial fraud. In addition, he represents companies, managing directors, supervisory directors and (groups of) creditors in the area of (international) insolvency law.
Kees is appointed regularly by the court as receiver in large-scale and often complex bankruptcies. Kees regularly gives presentations and runs courses on combating commercial fraud, asset recovery and insolvency law, both in the Netherlands and abroad. He is co-author of the FraudNet Compendium on Asset Tracing and Recovery.
Kees is co-chair of the asset recovery chamber of the Institute for Financial Crime (IFFC).
He is also one of the authors of the Dutch chapter of the 'Chambers Global Practice Guide on Insolvency 2019’.
Before the formation of Florent, Kees was a partner at Höcker.
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Dutch Law, Leiden University. Tax Law, Leiden University. Grotius Academie, post-doctoral course in Insolvency Law (INSOLAD). Specialist course Financial Economy for Insolvency Lawyers (INSOLAD).
Legal500: ‘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)
Legal500: Florent's team has a strong track record in in asset recovery and civil fraud matters. Key names in the team include practice head Kees van de Meent and counsel Cathalijne van der Plas. (2019)
Chambers: He advises on bankruptcy proceedings and is often a court-appointed trustee. He additionally advises clients in financial distress on contingency plans and restructuring processes. One client says: "He is very diplomatic and good at bringing parties together" (2019).
Chambers: “he's very business-minded, looking for the best solution for all shareholders and stakeholders," "He can explain very difficult legal issues and clarify it in a very easy way so that non-lawyers can understand" (2018); “he is a very positive, sharp, business-minded person. He takes a holistic approach to our company and what mattered to us as a business.” (2017).
Legal 500: Fraud and white-collar crime: “Boutique firm Florent ‘has a very good reputation’ in asset recovery and civil fraud matters“ (2018); “A valuable player in the field of asset recovery’ and is also recognised for its civil fraud practice. The ‘professional and approachable’ Kees van de Meent is recommended along with Cathalijne van der Plas, who is ‘dedicated and focused’ (2017).” Restructuring and insolvency: “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”.
Who’s Who Legal: Kees van de Meent is well known for his “strong international network” and is commended by sources who note, “He is an authority in the field of insolvency and asset tracing.”