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Jente Dengler

Lead Lawyer
Jente is a senior associate in the restructuring and insolvency department of DLA Piper Belgium. He assists both financially distressed companies, as well as creditors and other stakeholders in restructuring negotiations (out-of-court) and formal insolvency proceedings. Jente also represents clients in insolvency-related litigation such as security enforcement, clawback actions, director liability claims, etc.

Jente is also a part-time lecturer at the universities of Leuven (KU Leuven) and Hasselt (UHasselt) where he teaches on Belgian securities and insolvency law. He regularly speaks at seminars and conferences and authored several publications on domestic and cross-border restructuring in leading national and international legal journals. His in-depth knowledge of cross-border debt restructuring has been acknowledged by the International Insolvency Institute (1st Prize - International Insolvency Studies - 2019), by whom he was elected as youngest member of the III NextGen Program – Class VIII of 2019.
Professional QualificationsAdvocaat registered with the Nederlandse Orde van Advocaten bij de Balie te Brussel


  • Assisting the Benelux market leader in façade construction with the successful completion of its formal insolvency proceedings resulting in a court-approved collective restructuring plan;
  • Advising an international agro-industrial group on its EUR300m syndicated debt restructuring;
  • Assisting a US-based PE firm with the enforcement on financial collateral situated in France pledged by a distressed Belgian IT Group;
  • Advising a multinational investment bank on a EUR225m refinancing operation through a sale-and-lease back construction of platinum-group metals owned by a Belgian glass fiber manufacturer
  • Representing a UK-listed energy services company in interim relief court proceedings to obtain the release of a Belgian bank guarantee granted for the installation of an oil production site in Iraq.
  • Dutch
  • English
  • French
  • Nottingham Law School, LL.M. Corporate & Insolvency Law, 2016
  • Radboud University Nijmegen, LL.M. European Law, 2016
  • University of Ghent, Master of Laws, magna cum laude, 2015


  • #1st Prize (Gold Medal) in International Insolvency Studies (awarded by International Insolvency Institute) in 2019


  • J. DENGLER, “Nieuw insolventierecht treedt in werking op 1 september 2023”, Tijdschrift voor Belgisch Handelsrecht, August 2023
  • J. DENGLER, "Bestuurders van kleine(re) ondernemingen kunnen slechts aan de aansprakelijkheidsregeling in XX.225 WER ontsnappen middels een regelmatige boekhouding” (noot bij Cass. 1 juni 2023), Tijdschrift voor Belgisch Handelsrecht, July 2023
  • J. DENGLER, “Homologatie reorganisatieplan ondanks tegenstemmende meerderheid” (noot bij Orb. Henegouwen 30 maart 2023), Tijdschrift voor Belgisch Handelsrecht, June 2023
  • J. DENGLER, “Het bijzonder voorrecht van de onbetaalde verhuurder is een ‘zakelijke zekerheid’ in de zin van art. I.22, 14° WER” (noot bij Cass. 15 mei 2023), Tijdschrift voor Belgisch Handelsrecht, May 2023
  • J. DENGLER, “Faillissement na homologatie collectief akkoord: De Gentse nachtmerrie van trouwe leveranciers” (noot bij Orb. Gent 17 oktober 2022), Tijdschrift voor Beslag en Insolventierecht, 2023, afl. 1, p. 33
  • J. DENGLER, “The impact of the EU Restructuring Directive on the Belgian collective plan: “To class or not to class?” – that’s the question for the Belgian legislator”, INSOL International - Academic Paper Series, 2021, p. 40
  • J. DENGLER, “Debt Restructuring in the UK and Spain: Is the Grass Still Greener on the Other Side?”, 28(5) Norton Journal of Bankruptcy Law and Practice, 2019, p. 39
  • J. DENGLER, "Coordination or Centralisation? Group insolvencies and COMI-shifting under the Recast EIR", 14(6) International Corporate Rescue, 2017, p. 441- 447
  • J. DENGLER, "Wrongful Trading: Scaring Off Reckless Directors", 13 (6) International Corporate Rescue, 2016, p. 413-419

Academic Involvement

  • Assistant Lecturer (Catholic University of Leuven)
  • Guest Lecturer (University of Hasselt)

Memberships And Affiliations

  • III NextGen Leadership Program – Class VIII
  • Belgian Journal for Commercial Law (TBH-RDC)
  • Belgian Turnaround Association (BeTA)
  • Commercial & Insolvency Law Institute (KU Leuven)