Elizabeth van Schilfgaarde is Managing Partner of NautaDutilh's New York office. She serves as Netherlands and Netherlands Caribbean counsel in a wide range of cross-border finance transactions including financial restructuring, asset based lending, acquisition finance and debt capital markets transactions. Elizabeth represents borrowers and issuers, as well as many of the leading international banks and direct lenders.
Elizabeth graduated from Utrecht University Law School in 1989 with highest honors and received her LL.M. from Harvard Law School in 1990. She joined NautaDutilh in 1996, was named Partner in 1998 and served on the firm's Steering Committee for six years, three of which as Chair. Elizabeth is currently the Chair of the firm's Opinion Committee and has been a leader in diversity and inclusion initiatives.
Elizabeth is a member of the board of The Netherland-America Foundation (NAF), a member of the Secured Finance Network (SFNet), former President of the American Foreign Law Association (AFLA) and a member of the ABA Legal Opinions Committee.
Legal 500's 2021 Netherlands Banking and Finance: Lender or Arrangers Side notes, "Elizabeth van Schilfgaarde serves as a bridge between the Dutch team and the US, as head of the firm’s New York office, taking on a vital role in deals …".
Elizabeth has been recognized by Chambers Global as an "Expert Based Abroad in the USA" and "Foreign Expert for the Netherlands" for over five years running for Banking & Finance law in the Netherlands. She is similarly recognized for General Business Law in the Dutch Caribbean.
Chambers Global 2020 Netherlands Banking & Finance notes, "Commentators describe Elizabeth van Schilfgaarde as 'a pragmatic problem solver who identifies issues and solutions expeditiously.' She advises American and Dutch clients on multi-jurisdictional refinancing and acquisition financing…". US-based clients also report, "Having a Dutch finance lawyer such as van Schilfgaarde in the same time zone is a tremendous benefit, as she is able to respond promptly to questions and issues."
Chambers Global 2020 USA Banking & Finance writes, "Elizabeth van Schilfgaarde is highly regarded for her experience in cross-border matters involving the Dutch Caribbean. Her long-standing expertise in the region centers on corporate financing transactions."