This is evident from Disq’s most recent bankruptcy report, which curator Nienke Bobbert recently published.
Disq is the fitness company that the well-known presenter set up in 2018 with sports instructor Robert Boekema. Last summer, the company experienced a notorious bankruptcy after the business partners had come to blows.
In addition, Boekema took a controversial stock of Disq sports equipment from the company, and Van Dijk seized his home. In December, the FIOD tax investigation service seized the stock.
Both Van Dijk and Boekema wanted to restart the fitness company after the bankruptcy. That battle was eventually won by the presenter. A company owned by her husband Erland Galjaard managed to buy parts of the bankruptcy estate of the trustee.
Van Dijk and Galjaard would pay a total of 65,000 euros, for, among other things, the training program and the 1800 paying subscribers of Wendy’s Disq Club. And if the bankruptcy trustee managed to retrieve the lost stock, the restarters would put another 335,000 euros on the table for this.
Galjaards company that took over the fitness company is now actually active under the name Wendy’s Mobile Gym. It is located on the Herengracht in Amsterdam and focuses on fitness enthusiasts with its own website.
Difference of opinion
In the second bankruptcy report that appeared four months ago, curator Nienke Bobbert thought he could settle the settlement quickly. “It is expected that the last outstanding points will be completed with the restarter in the third period.”
But that was disappointing, according to the most recent report. “The settlement with the relaunching party has not yet been fully completed, partly due to lack of clarity and / or difference of opinion about this settlement,” Bobbert writes.
How much has not yet been paid more than eight months after the bankruptcy of the settlement is unclear. This also applies to the nature of the disagreement. Neither party wants to comment on the matter. “At the moment I cannot provide any further information about the settlement with the restarter”, the curator said after some insistence.
Bobbert also does not want to say whether the stock of Disqs, which the FIOD seized in December, is now actually in the hands of the company started up by Van Dijk. It is also unclear whether the agreed amount of 335,000 euros has been paid for this.
Van Dijk’s brother and agent Mike van Dijk does not call back, after repeated requests for comment. Her lawyer, Patrique Ouwens, also does not want to explain the difference of opinion about the settlement. “I have read it in the report, but will not comment on it.”
In the meantime, curator Bobbert no longer has any money in the estate to pay for her activities. In the third bankruptcy report, she writes that she had to rely on the guarantee scheme for bankruptcy trustees.
As a rule, bankruptcy trustees who settle a bankruptcy are paid with the money they bring in themselves by converting the assets of the bankrupt company into cash. If too little money comes in, a trustee may ask whether the government – or the taxpayer – can guarantee certain costs of legal actions.
“One of the duties of a trustee is to investigate the cause of the bankruptcy and whether there is fraud or mismanagement,” Bobbert explains her request on the settlement. “Incidentally, I cannot provide any further information about this research as long as the research is ongoing.”