Robert Woudenberg is a lawyer based in the London office, specialised in restructuring and insolvency matters and has a strong focus on helping financially distressed companies. Robert possesses extensive knowledge in corporate structuring, distressed debt and asset investments, both within and outside the insolvency context. He is highly experienced in facilitating debt-for-equity transactions and providing expert guidance on the Dutch Scheme (WHOA) restructuring proceedings. Furthermore, Robert offers valuable counsel to directors concerning their fiduciary responsibilities during times of financial distress.
Over the course of his career, Robert has worked across multiple offices, including Rotterdam, Luxembourg, Amsterdam, and London. This diverse background has equipped him with a comprehensive understanding of advising financial institutions, private equity investors, and companies involved in cross-border and international transactions.
Recent experience includes advising:
- ADO Den Haag – the professional Dutch football club on its successful Dutch Scheme restructuring process;
- A group of financial institutions on the Dutch Scheme restructuring process of Royal IHC;
- A group of bondholders on the accelerated M&A process and exit as secured creditors of a multi-jurisdictional energy company;
- Lightyear – the producer of a highly complex and revolutionary solar car in developing and executing its restructuring plan, which included the purchase of assets from the bankruptcy trustee.
What others say about Robert
Clients describe him as “very knowledgeable, thorough and skilled negotiator” and “very good communicator, both in writing and orally” (The Legal 500 Legalease)
Robert is a member of the NautaDutilh R&I team, and has advised and litigated on aspects of Dutch law in relation to the insolvencies of Slotervaart Hospital, PaperlinX, McGregor, Lehman Brothers, Imtech, FNG, Parex, SecurCash, Macintosh Retail Group, Getronics, Scotch & Soda and others. Other cases he has been involved in include the restructurings of Eurocommerce, Schoenenreus, OSX, Selecta, Curaeos, AS Adventure, DTEK, and others.
Robert regularly presents internal and external courses and workshops on insolvency matters, including on the Dutch Scheme (WHOA).
He is a member of INSOL Europe, the Dutch Association of Insolvency Lawyers (Insolad), the Dutch Corporate Litigation Association (Vereniging Corporate Litigation), the Dutch Civil Law Association (Vereniging Burgerlijk Recht), and the Dutch Trade Law Association (Vereeniging Handelsrecht).
Robert joined the firm in 2011, after graduating cum laude from the University of Groningen in the same year. In addition, he studied American Law, International Trade Law & Antitrust at the University of Wisconsin, Madison (USA); and completed the post-graduate INSOLAD/Grotius course on Insolvency law.