Reinout is one of the most influential thinkers in the area of restructuring and insolvency law in the Netherlands. He is a partner at De Brauw since 2012 and was professor of civil and commercial law at Tilburg University in the Netherlands from 1992-2016. As of 2016, he is part-time professor of insolvency law at Leiden University (Department of Company Law, and Department of Business Studies). From 1985 to 1992, he was based at De Brauw offices in The Hague and New York. Reinout focuses primarily on the Corporate Restructuring and Insolvency practice and is one of the initiators of the Dutch Scheme (WHOA), enacted in 2021.

Reinout's recent work includes:

  • Oi Telecom (recuperação judicial) in Brazil, the largest Latin-American restructuring, in respect of the restructuring and insolvency of its Dutch subsidiary Portugal Telecom International Finance B.V.
  • Rabobank, litigation and settlement in various (potential) disputes about termination of banking relationship
  • Propertize, various lending related disputes
  • Credit Suisse, assistance in (disputes with trustee in) bankruptcy of OSX Leasing B.V.
  • ISDA (members), assistance related to netting options
  • TAQA, assistance in enforcement dispute
  • Providence, assistance in inquiry proceedings for the Amsterdam Enterprise Chamber initiated by bankruptcy trustee in Estro (child care)
  • Listed Dutch retail company, assistance with rescue finance and contingency planning
  • US manufacturing group, expert opinion on recognition of English scheme for its Dutch subsidiary.


  • Profession

    Advocaat, admitted to the bar in the Netherlands from 1985 to 1992 and from 2011

  • Languages

    Dutch, English

  • Education

    University of Groningen

  • Additional positions

    Professor of Insolvency Law, Leiden University since 2016

    Member of the editorial boards of the International Insolvency Review and INSOL World Quarterly and formerly longtime editor of the Dutch Insolvency Law Review (Tijdschrift voor Insolventierecht)

    Educated numerous insolvency practitioners and qualifying bankruptcy judges in their post-graduate Insolad/Grotius specialisation courses for more than two decades

    Long-time member of INSOL Europe (Academic Wing) and INSOL International (Academic Group)

    Insolad fellow

    Member of the International Insolvency Institute (III) and Netherlands Association of Comparative and International Insolvency Law (NACIIL)

    Co-founded the independent Conference on European Restructuring and Insolvency Law (CERIL).

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