Barbara Rumora-Scheltema, specialist in corporate and commercial litigation, insolvency law and international arbitration, advises and litigates for both national and international clients.
Barbara led the teams acting in the restructurings of Schoenenreus and Estro, the largest pre-pack restructurings in the Netherlands to date. She was a member of the team that is acting for Yukos and its subsidiaries since 2005, representing them in proceedings in the Netherlands, some of which led to groundbreaking decisions. She advised and litigated in relation to the insolvencies of McGregor, Lehman Brothers, Agrenco, KPNQwest, Carrier1, the Swissair Group, and others. In addition, she has frequently acted as boardroom counsel in financial distress situations for directors, supervisory directors and / or shareholders to help them steer their companies to safer waters; clients vary from mid-sized to listed companiesRestructurings cases that she has been involved in include Uni-Invest, Eurocommerce and Endemol.
She 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 and a member of INSOL Europe, the Dutch Association of Insolvency Lawyers (Insolad), the Dutch Association for International and Comparative Insolvency Law (NVRII) and of the Dutch Corporate Litigation Association. Between 2012 and 2017, she was the European Regional Director on the International Board of the International Women's Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation.
She is recommended as a restructuring and insolvency lawyer by Legal500, who commends her "sound commercial approach to complex matters"; Chambers describes her as "very commercial, creative, hands on and able to build good client relationships". Chambers also recommends Barbara in its dispute resolution chapter quoting clients describing her as a "pillar of stability".
Barbara, a graduate of the University of Amsterdam, joined NautaDutilh in 2001.