The Legal 500
De Legal 500 meldt in 2021 over het kantoor:
With notable strength in insolvency and restructuring-related disputes, Windt Le Grand Leeuwenburgh is growing its market share and expanding; its new hires including counsel Abdel Tahtah from De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek. The experienced partner team comprises the well-known Bart Gerretsen, 'extremely good lawyer' Irene Tax, and name partners Richard le Grand and Ruben Leeuwenburgh.
‘The Windt Le Grand Leeuwenburgh team excels in the combination of experience and cooperation, also with other law firms and disciplines.’
‘I have worked with Irene Tax and she is an extremely good lawyer with an eye for practical solutions and not afraid to litigate where necessary. Irene always keeps main issues separate from side issues and achieves creative and good solutions. A real pleasure to work with.’
‘Irene and her team are very responsive and creative. Their approach is structured, strategic and their court documents are very accessible and convincing. They are persistent and focused and pleasant to work with.’
‘Irene Tax, Marieke van Aalderen and Steven Palm all stand out for their clear and no-nonsense approach to disputes, and are a joy to work with.’
‘The people in this firm are realy interested in their clients wellbeing, separate from the case itself.’
‘I mainly work with Irene Tax and Marieke van Aalderen. Irene always ensures that I can sleep well. She actively informs about deadlines, actions to be taken and her considerations regarding her advice. Marieke is her associate and together they form a great team.’
RESTRUCTURING AND INSOLVENCY TIER 4
Windt Le Grand Leeuwenburgh is active in general restructuring matters and its practitioners are often appointed as administrators. The group handles major restructuring cases for creditors and debtors, and is active in the areas of energy, retail, healthcare, transport, shipping and education. Marcel Windt, Ruben Leeuwenburgh and Richard le Grand are the practice heads.
‘As a restructuring/corporate finance consultancy firm we like to work with them because of their client and solution-oriented attitude’.
‘They have a good relation with a lot of business and juridical people’.
‘They’re pro-active with new developments’.
‘Marcel Windt and Ruben Leeuwenburgh are outstanding in insolvency and restructuring, they are always thinking about the next steps, very capable, flexible and easy to contact’.
‘Highly professional, in-depth knowledge, excellent communication and swift responses’.
‘Strong partnership attitude in any challenge’.
‘They walk the path along with you and hold your hand professionally’.
‘They really try with great effort to understand you and to stand by you’.
De Legal 500 meldt in 2020 over het kantoor:
The team at Windt Le Grand Leeuwenburgh has expertise in a wide variety of commercial litigation matters, including insolvency-related litigation, shareholder disputes and post-transaction disputes. The practice assists a roster of clients from sectors as diverse as utilities, hospitality, mining, and banking. The 'very tactical' Bart Gerretsen heads a team that is acting for Dutch utilities company Eneco in its long-running dispute regarding company management with Greenchoice. Other key team members are Richard le Grand, Ruben Leeuwenburgh, who focuses on directors’ liability and shareholder disputes, and Irene Tax.
RESTRUCTURING AND INSOLVENCY TIER 4
The 'seasoned practitioners' at Windt Le Grand Leeuwenburgh 'come up with solutions and ideas that not everyone could have imagined'. The team handles restructuring instructions from creditors and debtors alike, as well as assisting with distressed M&A. The practice's client list spans the energy, retail, healthcare, transport, shipping and education sectors. 'Well respected' Marcel Windt, who heads the practice along with Ruben Leeuwenburgh and Richard le Grand, acts as an administrator in multiple insolvency cases, including that of KPNQwest, which involved a D&O liability lawsuit.
EMPLOYMENT TIER 5
Peter de Waal, who has a strong track record in individual and collective dismissal matters as well as restructuring and transfer of undertakings, heads the employment law team at Rotterdam-based Windt Le Grand Leeuwenburgh. Counsel Steven Palm, who focuses on restructuring, collective dismissals and remuneration matters co-leads the team. The firm also benefits from the arrival of senior associate Sandra van Steekelenburg from an in-house position.
De Legal 500 meldt in 2019 over de herstructureringspraktijk van het kantoor: “Windt Le Grand Leeuwenburgh is appreciated for its 'strategic approach and in-depth knowledge'. The team includes Richard le Grand, who is 'a pleasure to work with' and is a 'trusted advisor', along with Marcel Windt and Ruben Leeuwenburgh. The team takes on a range of R&I and corporate rescue cases and has a strong litigation arm.
Chambers and Partners
Marcel Windt of Windt Le Grand Leeuwenburgh is the founding partner of the firm and a well-respected figure in the restructuring and insolvency market. One impressed market source notes that he is "very knowledgeable regarding distressed M&A and bankruptcy."
Marcel Windt of Windt Le Grand Leeuwenburgh is a well-regarded insolvency administrator and is often appointed by courts as bankruptcy trustee. One source says: "He is open to solutions, looks at details and comes to well-balanced decisions." Another interviewee adds: "He is a knowledgeable lawyer with a good network."
IFLR1000 (2019) over het kantoor
Windt Le Grand Leeuwenburgh is a boutique Dutch restructuring and insolvency firm. It regularly acts for Dutch clients across a variety of sectors, while it also often works a bankruptcy trustee.
Recent highlights include advising a group of lenders within the Steinhoff structure in relation to Hemisphere International Property’s revolving credit facility, and assisting football club FC Twente on its restructuring plans.
Recent Deal Data highlights
AMST acquisition of Simteq simulator and software business
Europe Islamic University bankruptcy
European Care Residences and Resorts restructuring
FC Twente €50 million restructuring
Pyroban Benelux bankruptcy
“Personal, high quality service and delivers with speed." – Banking
"Fast, flexible and professional. Also very competent, pragmatic, and effectively contributes to solutions." – Restructuring and insolvency
"Professional and has high problem solving skills. He is able to convince other people in difficult situations and on complex questions."
Benchmark Litigation (2019) over het kantoor:
Windt Le Grand Leeuwenburgh practices a wide range of dispute resolution practice areas and focuses on high profile commercial disputes. The firm consists of four partners and nine lawyers. The firm regularly advises clients on shareholders disputes and insolvency disputes.
Key industry sectors for the firm include construction and materials, financial services and industrial engineering.
During the research period the firm acted for Eneco, an electricity and gas company in a conflict with one of its shareholders, Greenchoice. Another case highlight saw the firm act for BB capital, a Dutch private equity firm in a bankruptcy dispute.
Best Lawyers 2019
Bart Gerretsen of Windt Le Grand Leeuwenburgh recognized in The Best Lawyers in the Netherlands for work in:
- Arbitration and Mediation (Lawyer of the year 2018-2019)
Marcel Windt of Windt Le Grand Leeuwenburgh recognized in The Best Lawyers in the Netherlands for work in:
- Insolvency and Reorganization Law
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