Barbara Rumora-Scheltema specialises in corporate and commercial litigation and insolvency law as well as international arbitration, advising and litigating for both national and international clients.
She has been a member of the core team that is acting for Yukos and its subsidiaries since 2005, advising them on aspects of Dutch law and representing them in several proceedings in the Nether-lands, some of which have resulted in groundbreaking decisions by the Dutch courts. She has also advised and litigated on aspects of Dutch and Dutch Caribbean law in relation to the insolvencies of McGregor, Lehman Brothers (acting for Swiss affiliate Lehman Brothers Finance SA), Agrenco, KPNQwest, Carrier1, the Swissair Group, and others. Barbara further led the teams litigating for, among others, Frener & Reifer and Çukurova, regarding enforcement of international arbitral awards in the Netherlands. Other cases that she has been involved in include the restructurings of Uni-Invest, Eurocommerce and Endemol. Barbara led the teams acting for the new owners in the restructurings of both Schoenenreus and Estro, the two largest pre-pack restructurings in the Netherlands to date.
Barbara regularly presents internal and external courses and workshops, is a frequent speaker at international conferences and publishes in leading legal magazines. She is co-author of the Dutch practice guide for insolvency law (Praktijkboek Insolventierecht).
She is recommended as a restructuring and insolvency lawyer by all major league tables: Legal500 refers to Barbara's "sound commercial approach to complex matters" and Chambers describes Bar-bara as "very commercial, creative, hands on and is able to build good client relationships". In addi-tion, Chambers recommends Barbara in its dispute resolution chapter and reports that she is de-scribed by clients as a "pillar of stability" during contentious proceedings. Barbara is a member of INSOL Europe, of the Dutch Association of Insolvency Lawyers (Insolad), of the Dutch Association for International and Comparative Insolvency Law (NVRII) and of the Dutch Corporate Litigation Association (Vereniging Corporate Litigation). Between 2012 and 2017, she was the European Regional Director on the International Board of IWIRC, the International Women's In-solvency and Restructuring Confederation.
Barbara is a graduate of the law faculty of the University of Amsterdam and joined NautaDutilh in 2001. Barbara is a member of the NautaDutilh Benelux Restructuring & Insolvency Team.