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Ferdinand is recognised by IFLR1000 as a "leading lawyer in banking" and a "Rising star in financial restructuring".

Ferdinand Hengst

Partner

  • Profession
    Advocaat, admitted to the Bar in the Netherlands in 2006
  • Expertise
    Corporate Governance, Finance and Restructuring, Insolvency, Private Equity
  • Languages
    Dutch, English
  • Education
    University of Groningen, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Tufts University

Summary

Ferdinand is a Corporate Partner and specialises in international debt restructuring, corporate recovery and emergency funding strategies. His broad practice encompasses both high-stakes finance deals and insolvency-sensitive transactions or litigation, but always in a cross-border context.

 

Ferdinand is trusted advisor to boards of directors on their corporate governance, fiduciary duties and liability considerations around funding and scenario planning in a more stressed environment.

 

Ferdinand is a Fellow of INSOL International and a member of INSOLAD. He regularly publishes on restructuring and insolvency, leveraged financing and corporate recovery. Ferdinand heads our Africa practice and is a member of the firm’s Diversity committee.

 

Ferdinand’s recent work includes advising:

  • Pan-European high street retailer HEMA on its EUR 750 million bond restructuring, including negotiations, court proceedings in UK, US and the Netherlands and a parallel M&A process, resulting in a 60% debt reduction
  • Shareholders to IHC Merwede, one of the Netherlands’ largest shipping companies, on a debt restructuring, new money injection and debt-for-equity
  • Restructuring of ENNIA Caribe, the largest insurer in the Netherlands’ Antilles, including the (unprecedented) recognition of the Curacao emergency regulation (noodregeling) under US Chapter 15
  • Brazilian giant Oi Telecom on its restructuring and Dutch court litigation, including of the EUR 3.8 billion notes issued by its Dutch financing vehicle
  • Isolux Corsán on the consensual restructuring of its debt, including a debt-for-equity swap, using Dutch court proceedings and a US chapter 15 process
  • A variety of debtors in the gaming, casino, theatre and travel sectors on the impact of COVID-19 and closures, including emergency funding, covenant waivers, and liability management
  • Royal Imtech with its restructuring, several refinancings, and strengthening of its balance sheet after the discovery of a massive fraud; the largest Dutch restructuring and bankruptcy in the Netherlands to date
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