Paul Passenier - advocaat

Paul Passenier


Key areas of focus

My practice consists of advising and litigating in matters of corporate law, insolvency law and related legal domains such as (internal and external) financing, (banking) collateral constructions, (directors’) liability and trade disputes.

I advise on securities such as pledges, mortgages, bonds, guarantees and settlements. Within that context, I work with collateral structures, draft documentation and advise and litigate regarding recovery and enforcement. I also regularly work alongside directors and their auditors in order to map and cover internal and external (financial) risks. This specialist knowledge allows me to be a sparring partner to the board and management in order to achieve strides in efficiency in the field of legal (financial) policy.

I regularly conduct proceedings at the courts and courts of appeal regarding financing and securities, company liability and directors’ liability and cases involving insolvency. In addition, I work alongside the administrators (trustees) of BvdV in bankruptcies and assist directors, shareholders, creditors, suppliers, and security interest holders that are confronted with a bankruptcy.

In my experience setting up a legal structure in a timely manner and with an eye on the future makes all the difference. Occasionally, the difference can be significant: a cumbersome company that is ‘too big to fail’ or a streamlined, flexible machine. The structure is meant to help the entrepreneur instead of limit him or her in their choices.

Specialist fields

  • (Inter)company aswell as banking or investor financing & securities
  • Insolvency law
  • Company & liability
  • Directors’ liability
  • Litigation

Education & specialist associations

I started my law degree at Utrecht University in 2007 and specialised in civil law. During my Master’s degree, I primarily focused on seizure law, enforcement and insolvency law. I started out at BvdV shortly before completing my degree, graduating with a dissertation on banking collateral constructions (cum laude). In 2018 I graduated from the Grotius Academie’s specialisation course in financing & securities with honours (cum laude). I am a member of the Dutch Association of Young Insolvency Lawyers (JIRA) specialist association.