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Mr. Peter Declercq
Mr. Peter Declercq
DCQ Legal

For more than 25 years Peter Declercq has represented a wide variety of clients (creditors, debtors and other stakeholders) in both contentious and non-contentious Special Situations. He is an English solicitor with a Dutch background who is also qualified as an attorney in New York and as an advocaat in the Netherlands. Peter specialises in restructuring, cross-border insolvency and distressed investments. Clients benefit from his common law and civil law expertise which greatly assist them in finding the bespoke solution a Special Situation typically requires. He provides comprehensive counsel to distressed investors on all aspects of the life cycle of their investments, as well as “zone of insolvency” counselling to sponsors and boards (or individual directors) of companies or financial institutions that find themselves in a Special Situation. He has represented formal and ad hoc creditor groups in multinational out-of-court restructuring transactions and in formal insolvency proceedings. In addition, he has experience advising buyers and sellers of distressed assets (including non-performing loan (or NPL) portfolios) throughout Europe and beyond. In Special Situations, Peter is also available to take on the role of a “legal CRO” either alongside stakeholders or as a representative of stakeholders. 


As an INSOL Fellow, Peter is an active member of INSOL International working in various roles alongside The World Bank and UNCITRAL. He regularly speaks, lectures and writes on the subject of global insolvency law. Peter is a lecturer on the “Foundation Certificate in International Insolvency Law”-course for the Module “UNCITRAL Model Laws relating to Insolvency”. 


In 2020, Peter also co-founded the Dutch based principal investment company Tanka Ventures BV ( to assist innovative ventures with their transition from early-cycle stage to institutionally funded growth companies. At Tanka Ventures he also aims to work with select late-cycle companies to return them to an accelerated growth path by refocusing their activities with the assistance of emerging technologies and innovations.