Category: Insolvency law in The Netherlands

Proper recording of intercompany transactions

Proper recording of intercompany transactions

Section 247 of Book 2 of the Dutch Civil Code stipulates that there must be a written record of the legal acts between a company and its shareholder. Dutch insolvency law lawyer Hein Hoogendoorn explains the idea behind this legal provision. He also illustrates by way of a judgement what the consequences could be if this Dutch requirement is not fulfilled.



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Violation of the administration obligation and director’s liability: AMS explains!

Violation of the administration obligation and director’s liability: AMS explains!

An administrator can hold the director of a bankrupt enterprise liable for the remaining debts of the estate in the event of mismanagement. In principle, it is then up to the administrator to prove that the director of this enterprise is seriously personally culpable. However, this burden of proof is reversed in a few special situations. Based on a recent case, bankruptcy lawyer Hidde Reitsma explains these situations.



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Undeclared right of lien on a Bentley. Good-faith buyer?

Undeclared right of lien on a Bentley. Good-faith buyer?

This Dutch court case concerns a finance company with an undeclared right of lien on a Bentley. The party issuing the pledge did not pay the finance company. Subsequently, the finance company wished to lay its claim on the Bentley pledged to it via an undeclared right of lien. According to the purchaser of the Bentley – the party at whose feet the finance company laid the claim – this approach did not hold water, and he could simply keep the Bentley because he had purchased it in good faith. Dutch insolvency lawyer Hein Hoogendoorn discusses the meaning of an undeclared right of lien in the Netherlands based on this ruling.



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Supervisory judge forbids liquidator to settle. Can this prohibition stand up?

Supervisory judge forbids liquidator to settle. Can this prohibition stand up?

In the Netherlands, in the event of a bankruptcy, the court appoints a liquidator. The examining magistrate then supervises the liquidator’s actions. For certain activities, including entering into settlements with parties on whom the estate has a claim, the liquidator also requires permission or authorisation from the examining magistrate. In this case, the examining magistrate denied permission to conclude a settlement. An appeal against this decision was then lodged with the Dutch court. Dutch insolvency lawyer and liquidator Hein Hoogendoorn explains this court case.



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Requesting the appointment of trustee of estate in the Netherlands

Requesting the appointment of trustee of estate in the Netherlands

AMS often blogs about the settlement of estates. The Dutch settlement procedure is a multifaceted procedure which in principle should be followed by acceptance with the benefit of inventory of an estate by one or more heirs. However, sometimes it is also possible to apply to the Court for the appointment of a trustee. Dutch insolvency lawyer, Hidde Reitsma, who is regularly appointed by the Courts as trustee, explains.



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International insolvency law: does a Dutch court have jurisdiction?

International insolvency law: does a Dutch court have jurisdiction?

A trustee wants to initiate a claim in insolvency proceedings against an Indian company. But is the Dutch court competent to hear this dispute? And what if the dispute does not involve the bankruptcy itself, but a (derived) Paulian action against fraudulent acts in respect of creditors? Who is competent then? These questions were addressed in a recent case involving international insolvency law. Dutch lawyer for insolvency law Hidde Reitsma discusses the ruling.



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Misuse of authority in company’s own bankruptcy application?

Misuse of authority in company’s own bankruptcy application?

In a recent case before the Court of Appeal of Amsterdam, a dismissal of a company’s own application for bankruptcy was upheld in appeal. The Court of Appeal found that the authority of a company to apply for its own bankruptcy had been misused. When is there misuse? Dutch insolvency lawyer Heleen Ceelen explains.



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Bankruptcy possible after expedited dissolution of Ltd

Dutch insolvency lawyer

In a recent ruling the Court of Appeal of The Hague upheld the bankruptcy of a private limited company that had been declared in spite of the fact that the company had ceased to exist (with a so-called expedited dissolution) after the application for bankruptcy was filed, but before the application had been heard. Lawyer Heleen Ceelen discusses the possibilities of the bankruptcy of a company after liquidation.



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