Barbara Rumora-Scheltema

Barbara Rumora-Scheltema

Partner, NautaDutilh

Barbara Rumora-Scheltema specialises in corporate and commercial litigation and insolvency law as well as international arbitration, advising and litigating for both national and international clients.

She has been involved in many high profile litigation cases, often leading to ground-breaking decisions by the Dutch and European courts. She is a member of the core team that represented Yukos and its subsidiaries since 2005, and has advised and litigated on aspects of Dutch and Dutch Caribbean law in relation to the insolvencies of Slotervaart Hospital, Intertoys, PaperlinX, McGregor, Lehman Brothers and others. Other cases that she has been involved in include the restructurings of DTEK (2021), Lebara, Airopack, Uni-Invest and Eurocommerce, and the solvent wind down of Forever21 in the Netherlands. Barbara led the teams acting for the new owners in the restructurings of both Schoenenreus and Estro, the two largest pre-pack restructurings in the Netherlands to date.

Barbara regularly presents internal and external courses and workshops, is a frequent speaker at international conferences and publishes in leading legal magazines. She is co-author of the Dutch practice guide for insolvency law (Praktijkboek Insolventierecht). She is recommended as a leading restructuring and insolvency lawyer by all major league tables (Legal500, Chambers, IFLR).

Barbara is a member of INSOL Europe, of the Dutch Association of Insolvency Lawyers (Insolad), of the Dutch Arbitration Association, and of the Dutch Corporate Litigation Association (Vereniging Corporate Litigation). Between 2012 and 2017, she was the European Regional Director on the International Board of IWIRC, the International Women’s Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation. Since 2018, Barbara is a member of the board (council) of the Amsterdam bar.

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