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Insolvency law is becoming increasingly complex. Developments follow each other in rapid succession and Dutch insolvency proceedings are increasingly influenced by European legislation and regulations.

For all questions in the area of insolvency and restructuring, companies and their directors, creditors, financial institutions and other financiers can rely on the services of CMS.

We work if necessary with other offices of CMS around the world and provide you with truly international advice. Our insolvency and restructuring specialists pride themselves on many years of broad experience and are affiliated to a number of local and international associations for insolvency law. They are appointed as liquidators in involuntary liquidations and administrators for moratoriums and debt rescheduling arrangements.

CMS is involved in major national and international involuntary liquidations. We adopt a business attitude to work with you in achieving the most practical solution for your business.

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Knowledgeable, experienced and pragmatic approach.

Chambers Europe 2021

Delicate and sensitive way of dealing with tension.

Chambers Europe, 2020

They take a firm stand on their position and I was really impressed with the calm manner in which they act.

Chambers Europe, 2020

"Combines skilled teams across its CEE branches with strong capabilities in the UK, Spain, Germany, Netherlands and Portugal."

Chambers Global, 2020

"They are extremely proactive and they are a very strong team from partner to associate level."

Chambers Global, 2020

"The lawyers are very experienced and far-sighted."

Chambers Global, 2020

"The firm is well positioned for debtor restructuring work in the Netherlands. They maintain a bankruptcy trustee practise which is an asset as a relatively large firm."

IFLR1000, 2020

"Provided very strong advice and coordination. Helped develop strong relationships with stakeholders."

IFLR1000, 2020

"Very reliable and very clear. They know their work, and can explain in clear and simple language what the situation entails."

IFLR1000, 2020

"Very friendly people who are really willing to work together at the highest level."

Chambers Europe, 2019

"Knowledgeable, they stay calm and are able to prioritise in stressful situations, and they are goal-focused."

Chambers Europe, 2019

Clients are satisfied with the firm's good collaboration between offices, noting that cross-border matters are "managed very well across the different offices."

Chambers Global, 2019

"The CMS group assists national and international clients on corporate recoveries and insolvencies with a focus on turnarounds."

The Legal 500, 2019

“Very dedicated team, top professionals, high standards, nice people to work with.”

IFLR1000, 2019
01 March 2019
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