Derk van Geel Insolvency - Netherlands

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Derk van Geel specialises in insolvency law and restructuring, in particular financially and banking related insolvency issues.

Derk has been involved in (international) restructurings and bankruptcies, such as the bankruptcy of Mexx, a Netherlands-based fashion house chain and clothing wholesaler operating internationally, and advising Imtech creditors in the insolvent estate on the protection of their property rights and the reinforcement of securities. He is a realistic, no-nonsense, modern and efficient litigator who is often appointed as trustee in bankruptcies but also represents companies who are affected or faced with (or wish to avoid) a bankruptcy. Derk has broad experience in supervising business restarts, reorganisations, refinancing’s and debt rescheduling.

Derk graduated from Tilburg University in 2006 and finished two post doc educations Grotius/INSOLAD (Insolvency Law) in 2012 and Erasmus University/INSOLAD (Financial Economics) in 2014. He joined Fort Advocaten in 2010 and became partner in 2016.

Insolvency and Restructuring:

The majority of our corporate lawyers are specialists in the field of insolvency and restructuring. We at FORT can advise every kind of stakeholder on matters concerning all areas of insolvency law and restructuring. Matters for which we provide pragmatic and made-to-measure solutions. Furthermore, our insolvency and restructuring specialists are often appointed as administrators in suspensions of payment and as trustees in bankruptcies, also in very complex cases.

We have knowledge and expertise in respect of both the legal and the commercial aspects, which makes us excellent advisors for entrepreneurs who are involved in a restart or are faced with the threat of insolvency.

The developments in insolvency and restructuring are occurring at a high rate. We at FORT therefore keep our clients abreast of the most recent developments.

Fort Advocaten:

Fort Advocaten (FORT) is much more than just a random combination of practice groups. Close cooperation and our multi-disciplinary approach in the fields of administrative, corporate, employment, insolvency, and property law allow us to offer our clients a whole package, rather than the sum of our parts.

Our quality and expertise are a match for the large law firms, while our hourly rates are significantly lower. Our roots are in Amsterdam, the source of our free spirit. But we also handle many cases for our clients further afield, both in the Netherlands and abroad – with efficiency, élan and expertise.

Our clients’ interest are always our main concern. One of the partners will serve as your dedicated contact. We will jointly search for efficient approaches to your case, always making that extra effort.

We live up to our promises, as apparent from our satisfied client base and the many referrals from our clients and the sector. Your case is in safe hands at FORT, which will optimally promote your interests.


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