About Charles Destrée

Charles Destrée is a partner in our financing team. Charles has extensive experience advising lenders and borrowers in Dutch and international financing transactions and regularly works with foreign law firms in cross-border transactions. In addition, he advises on financial regulatory law and assists clients in license applications to the AFM (the Dutch securities regulator) or DNB (the Dutch central bank).

Charles has been with Lexence since 2013. He was admitted to the Dutch Bar in 1994 and qualified as a solicitor in England and Wales in 2002. His substantial legal experience includes working as general counsel for ING Real Estate and as a finance lawyer in Indonesia and Australia.

Chambers (2019)
''Charles Destrée of Lexence is described by a client as a 'helpful and strong lawyer', and another interviewee highlights his ability to 'pick up the case and keep an eye on the deadlines'. He advises on both regulatory and transactional mandates.''
  • Chambers (2019): "Charles Destrée of Lexence is described by a client as a 'helpful and strong lawyer', and another interviewee highlights his ability to 'pick up the case and keep an eye on the deadlines'. He advises on both regulatory and transactional mandates."

  • Chambers (2018): "Charles Destrée of Lexence specializes in structuring and restructuring financing arrangements and investment funds and also offers regulatory advice for financial institutions. According to clients, 'he is a seasoned pro' who offers clients 'a lot of banking industry knowledge', and he also draws praise for being 'a good negotiator' and 'a very pleasant person to work with'."

  • Legal 500 (2018): "Lexence’s 'flexible' practice provides 'high-quality advice' on financing transactions and regulatory matters. 'Sensible' practice head Charles Destrée 'gets the job done'."

  • Legal 500 (2017): "Lexence acts for borrowers across a broad spectrum of financing, refinancing and restructuring transactions. Practice head Charles Destrée is 'hands-on and sensible’, with 'a pragmatic approach'."