Elizabeth van Schilfgaarde


Portrait of Elizabeth
Elizabeth van Schilfgaarde is Managing Partner of NautaDutilh's New York office. She serves as Dutch counsel in a wide range of cross-border finance transactions, including asset-based lending, tech finance, acquisition finance, financial restructuring, as well as debt capital markets transactions. Elizabeth represents borrowers and issuers, as well as many of the leading international banks and direct lenders.
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  • What others say

    Chambers Global Banking & Finance ranks Elizabeth for Expertise Based Abroad in the US, for Netherlands law for several years running.
    Clients describe Elizabeth as:

    • "Elizabeth van Schilfgaarde is extremely knowledgeable and has always been very helpful on our complex transactions."
      Chambers Global NL Banking & Finance
    • Elizabeth "understands the rhythm of the deal and the protocol that needs to occur."
      Chambers Global NL Banking & Finance
    • "Elizabeth van Schilfgaarde and [colleague] were a very strong team. They understood our client’s challenges and partnered with our group seamlessly."
      The Legal 500
    • "a pragmatic problem solver who identifies issues and solutions expeditiously"
      Chambers Global NL Banking & Finance
    • "Having a Dutch finance lawyer such as [Elizabeth] van Schilfgaarde in the [New York] time zone is a tremendous benefit, as she is able to respond promptly to questions and issues."
      Chambers Global NL Banking & Finance
  • Organisations

    Elizabeth has been elected to the American College of Commercial Finance Lawyers (ACCFL), making her one of the few European practitioners to be granted this honor. She is a member of the Secured Finance Network (SFNet) and the ABA Business Section Legal Opinions Committee. She is also a member of the board of The Netherland-America Foundation (NAF), and member and past president of the American Foreign Law Association (AFLA). She is a regular speaker on cross border secured finance and cross border legal opinions.

  • Qualifications

    Elizabeth advises clients as a lawyer admitted to practice in the Netherlands. 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.

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