Bankruptcy: Private agreement to become possible

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Netherlands Enterprise Agency, RVO

Effective date: 1 January 2021

What changes?

The Bankruptcy Act is being amended. If your business is in financial trouble, you can enter into a private agreement with your creditors. The court can approve this agreement (homologation). Creditors or shareholders who do not agree can still be bound by the agreement. Therefore the term 'compulsory agreement' is also used.

A compulsory agreement is also possible outside bankruptcy. Does the vast majority of creditors support a relaunch? Then a single or a minority of creditors or shareholders cannot prevent this restart.

As an entrepreneur in financial difficulties, you may enter into an agreement with creditors to restructure problematic debts. The judge can approve this agreement (homologation).

For whom?

Companies experiencing financial difficulties


The effective date of the homologation private agreement in bankruptcy Act (Wet homologatie onderhands akkoord in faillissement, WHOA) is expected to be 1 January 2021.

Please note: The effective date of this measure is not yet final. Entry into force is subject to its passing through the upper and lower houses of parliament or proclamation of the Order in Council (Algemene Maatregel van Bestuur, AMvB) or ministerial decree and publication in an official State publication (Staatsblad or the Staatscourant, in Dutch).

Questions relating to this article?

Please contact the Netherlands Enterprise Agency, RVO

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