Christiaan specialises in insolvency and restructuring matters. In this context Christiaan advises companies in the financial services sector (eg banks and hedge funds) as well as other major creditors in complex cross border matters. He also advises current and former directors on directors’ and officers' liability issues. In the past Christiaan acted as a trustee in bankruptcy cases.
Christiaan graduated from the University of Leiden in 1999 with a Masters at Law (doctoraal civiel recht), and completed the specialisation course on insolvency and restructuring (Grotius opleiding Insolventierecht / Insolad) 2005. In 2008 he successfully completed the first Fellow of Insol class. He joined Simmons & Simmons as a partner in 2009.
Christiaan is a co-author for SDU Commentaar Insolventierecht (comments to the articles relating to a plan of composition) and he gives lectures/courses on a regular basis. This includes lectures for Grotius/CPO, for Kluwer Legal Courses and VU Law Academy on various insolvency and other subjects.
Christiaan is recommended by Chambers Global and Chambers Europe. According to Chambers Global 2015, clients describe him as "very creative in solving commercial problems" and according to Chambers Europe 2014 Christiaan "has all the qualities that we look for - hands-on, direct, strategic and commercial."
Areas of Practice
Distressed Debt, Restructuring & Insolvency
• advising a real estate development company (owner of more than 60 properties and more than EUR 750 MM in debt including joint ventures) on the restructuring of its portfolio
• advising a special servicer on the collection and enforcement of a defaulted real estate loan in a securitisation portfolio
• acting for the noteholder members of the creditors committee of Lehman Brothers Securities N.V. on the wind down of Lehman Brothers Securities N.V
• advising a purchaser on the enforcement of an acquired distressed loan ('loan to own’).