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Willem Keukens Counsel

Willem Keukens is a counsel in NautaDutilh's Finance practice. He is an expert in restructuring & insolvency and debt finance transactions, notably asset based lending.

Willem has a deep understanding of security rights, workouts and insolvencies, which gives him an invaluable edge when structuring complex debt finance transactions and handling 'special situations' where a company faces financial distress. He has broad experience in debt finance transaction, with a focus on asset based lending, and regularly advises in domestic and cross-border restructurings, enforcement of security rights and insolvency related disputes.

His clients range from banks and alternative lenders to sponsors and large corporates. Recent work highlights include:

  • assisting Schoeller Allibert with its EUR 40M cross-border receivables purchase facility
  • assisting ABN AMRO Asset Based Finance with a EUR 100M receivables and inventory borrowing base facility
  • assisting a club of lenders with a EUR 225M ABL/Term Loan facility
  • assisting a club of lenders with a EUR 119.5M and USD 5.1M ABL/Term Loan facility
  • acting for Apollo in a number of Dutch and cross-border non-performing loan portfolio acquisition, including its financing and the implementation of enforcement strategies
  • acting for a private equity fund in a dispute with the bankruptcy trustees of Royal Imtech
  • advising Deutsche Bank Luxembourg as security agent in relation to the bankruptcy of Royal Imtech
  • acting for Wilmington Trust as security agent in relation to the bankruptcy of Estro

Willem is a senior lecturer with the Law Firm School, is a regular speaker and regularly publishes on Dutch property- and insolvency laws and is an active member of Commercial Finance Association, INSOLAD and INSOL Europe. He resided at NautaDutilh's New York office for two years and was seconded to ABN AMRO Bank's Financial Restructuring & Recovery legal team twice.

Willem graduated from Tilburg University in 2007 where he obtained his M.Phil. degree in law and legal research, with a special focus on corporate and insolvency law. Before joining NautaDutilh in 2008, he was a lecturer with the private law department of Tilburg University.

Key focus areas: Asset Based Lending, Restructuring & Insolvency, Non-Performing Loan Transactions.

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