Firm Profile > Wijn & Stael Advocaten N.V. > Utrecht, Netherlands

Wijn & Stael Advocaten N.V.

Restructuring and insolvency Tier 3

Clients value Wijn & Stael Advocaten N.V.'s 'high level knowledge' of insolvency law particularly their expertise in the retail sector. The firm has advised key players in the retail market including Sissy Boy and Perry Sport on bankruptcy proceedings.  Practice heads Noor Zetteler and Remco Vermaire are representing Rabobank in several proceedings in relation to the bankruptcy of Eurocommerce. Willem Jan van Andel also heads the practice and is a key individual in advising Perry Sport.


Their high level of knowledge makes them one of the better practices to work with. Also their decisiveness and tenacity distinguishes them from others‘.

They have practical and thorough knowledge of insolvency and restructuring law, specifically of the Retail sector and are acknowledged as such by their competitors in the Netherlands. They are perceived as a top (niche) firm for insolvency‘.

Willem Jan Van Andel – eminence grise of insolvency laws. Remco Vermaire – very practical and hands-on approach. Noor Zetteler – upcoming with broad knowledge on insolvency‘.

The team houses all disciplines we as a real estate financier need in our daily work regarding insolvency, foreclosure and litigation. The team has very good in depth knowledge of the law and how to use it in approaching difficult cases and files. Compared to other firms Wijn & Stael delivers outstanding work‘.

Key clients


De Lage Landen (DLL)

FlexEnergie B.V.




Trustee of Boer & Croon Holding B.V.

The Phone House



La Ligna


Montagny B.V.

Perry Sport

Bankruptcy trustees

Ruwaard van Puttenziekenhuis

Directors of Coolcat

Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation Tier 4

Utrecht-based Wijn & Stael Advocaten N.V. is home to a strong litigation team, which represents clients at all levels of the Dutch courts including cassation. A key area in which the firm stands out from its competitors is in insolvency-related litigation, particularly in the Supreme Court, where Thijs van Zanten is  one of the key national figures. Van Zanten heads the firm's cassation arm, with Noor Zetteler and Koen Rutten jointly fronting the firm's corporate, financial, and commercial litigation offerings, specialising personally in director's liability and class action disputes, respectively.


Very much on top of subject and very thorough in preparation of the case. Listen very well to input from customers but hold strict line of defence in the case itself.

Wijn & Stael’s commercial litigation practice, particularly the cassation practice, operates at the highest standards of quality, while maintaining an important sense of independence, both as a practice as well as a source of independent ideas.

Koen Rutten is a good team member, easy to work with, and works well with clients and co-counsel in other countries.

My firm has worked in various cases with Thijs van Zanten who stands out in his in-depth knowledge of ligation and more specific insolvency law/litigation. He is very easy going and extremely capable to explain difficult stuff in easy wording which is quite remarkable for a supreme court litigator.

Koen Rutten is approachable and down to earth, open-minded while legally rigorous, and respected by his peers.

Thijs van Zanten has the rather unique profile of being both very intelligent and very practical. He is extremely responsive and has the ability to deliver first-class work within a very limited amount of time. He is the top of the list expert in the field of insolvency law Supreme Court litigation.

Associate Ida Lintel is a bona fide rising star.

Key clients


Stichting Fairfield Compensation Foundation

Stichting R.O.O.S. (Restitutie Onteigende Obligaties SNS)

Upper Brook (I) Limited

Rexwinkel B.V. and Appeldoorn B.V.


Ruwaard van Puttenziekenhuis

Boer & Croon


Transportverzekeraar TVM


Energie Concurrent




85 big institutional investors

Bankruptcy trustee of foundation Stichting Centra voor integrale Revalidatie en Arbeidsactivering Nederland (Ciran)

Bankruptcy trustees of Maas Shipyard Waterhuizen B.V. (MSW)

The administrator of two partners of Bealint Advies v.o.f.

Coöperatieve Rabobank U.A.

Vereniging Nederlandse Verkeersvliegers (VNV)


Employment Tier 4

Wijn & Stael Advocaten N.V. is home to an employment team which is particularly prominent in the field of flexible and temporary employment, and the firm is instructed by several employment agencies to handle contracting, disputes, and regulatory advice. Senior associate Joyce Snijder is highly recommended in this area. The overall employment team is jointly-led by Leendert Kruidenier and Else Loes Pasma, while Sophie Wierenga-Heintz  is notable for her expertise on the privacy aspects of employment law.


Wijn & Stael has great knowledge of Dutch employment law. They react quickly on requests.’

We can always rely on Wijn & Stael, their attorneys deliver good quality of work. Quick responses to our requests.

Our main contact person Sophie Wierenga-Heintz always looks for practical solutions to solve a legal issue. Out of the box thinker, pro-active, dedicated, knowledgeable, good communicator, responds quickly to questions.

Sophie Wierenga-Heintz has a no-nonsense approach. She has a unique mixture of warm personal skills combined with hard result-driven solutions. She is analytical and a pleasant sparring partner in law matters.

Joyce Snijder really stands out on her knowledge on labour law in the flex-market (contingent workforce).’


Key clients

Electronic Partner


5C Alliance


Veris Bouwmaterialen Groep



Sun Chemical

Triple P

LTL Woodproducts

Schaal X




The firm: Wijn & Stael is a leading law firm, based in Utrecht, with a modern and practical approach. Wijn & Stael acts on behalf of large and small companies, financial institutions, healthcare institutions, government bodies, non-profit organisations, private individuals and aggrieved civil parties in class actions. It represents clients inside and outside of the Netherlands.

Areas of practice: Restructuring and insolvency: Wijn & Stael has wide-ranging expertise and is well known, nationally and internationally, as an expert in insolvency issues. Its experience in this area is extremely useful when having to deal with corporate restructurings, such as preventing insolvency. Wijn & Stael’s lawyers acted in the corporate restructuring of Partner Logistics, Kroymans Lease Holding and Pouw Automotive. Wijn & Stael’s lawyers act in complex and large bankruptcy cases, such as Landis, Econcern, Spyker N.V., Eurocommerce and The Phone House. Key clients: Rabobank and DLL Financial Solutions Partner.

Banking and finance: Wijn & Stael has specific expertise in the areas of financing schemes, leasing, and mergers and acquisitions. Wijn & Stael not only advises companies with their investments, mergers and acquisitions, and how to finance them, but also advises financial institutions. Key clients: Rabobank, DLL Financial Solutions Partner and Athlon.

Litigation, arbitration and class actions: Wijn & Stael acts in complex and large corporate and financial litigation proceedings, such as proceedings regarding liability of directors, supervisory directors, financial institutions and inquiry proceedings with the Enterprise Chamber of the Court of Appeal in Amsterdam. Wijn & Stael has extensive knowledge and experience of procedural practice, but also has expertise in corporate, civil and securities law, (international) arbitration and class actions. Wijn & Stael successfully represents/has represented in large proceedings and/or class actions: the trustees of Ceteco and Landis; the account holders of Van der Hoop bankiers; the subordinated deposit holders of DSB Bank against the Dutch Central Bank; and the investors of Van den Berg against ABN Amro Bank and shareholders against Royal Imtech.

Employment: Wijn & Stael has extensive expertise in a broad range of employment matters, such as transfer of undertakings, large restructurings/reorganisations under employment law, outsourcing processes, collective redundancies, the position of (non-)executive directors, and all matters concerning labour unions and the works council. It advises large and small businesses in all market segments, inside and outside the Netherlands, as well as directors and managers. Wijn & Stael a.o. successfully advised various US-based organisations with (starting) enterprises in Europe on all aspects of Dutch employment law.

Real estate: Wijn & Stael deals with cases covering a broad range of property issues, spatial planning, property development, purchase and lease, not only from a civil law perspective, but also from an administrative law perspective. Wijn & Stael a.o. successfully represented a private investor/real estate developer in proceedings against the provincial authorities regarding the sale of a provincial government building which was contaminated with asbestos; a housing society in the purchase of over 1,400 (existing and newly built) student apartments; a private investor in the negotiations with the municipal authority; and in the redevelopment of a hospital into single-family and student apartments.

Contracts and liabilities: Wijn & Stael has ample experience in drawing up and assessing all kinds of contracts; whether it concerns a sale or purchase contract for immovable or movable property or shares, a complex cooperation agreement, a shareholders’ agreement, or a lease or tenancy agreement. In addition, Wijn & Stael has broad experience in proceedings and (international) arbitrations on all kinds of complex liability matters regarding contracts as well as based on tort.

Supreme Court litigation: Wijn & Stael is the only law firm with a Supreme Court litigation section in its court district. In particular it deals with Supreme Court litigation cases involving insolvency law, financing, security and leasing, as well as corporate and financial litigation.

M&A: Wijn & Stael’s M&A lawyers have successfully concluded hundreds of M&A transactions in a national and an international environment. They know their way around the do’s and don’ts of a transaction, and so are able to offer added value at every phase in the transaction process.

Department Name Email Telephone
Restructuring and insolvency Willem Jan van Andel
Restructuring and insolvency Noor Zetteler
Banking and finance Remco Vermaire
Litigation, arbitration and class actions Koen Rutten
Employment Else Loes Pasma
Employment Leendert Kruidenier
M&A Humphrey Lakens
Real estate Patricia Kleijn
Contracts and liabilities Leendert Kruidenier
Supreme Court litigation Thijs van Zanten
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Patricia Kleijn  photo Mr Patricia Kleijn Patricia Kleijn is a fast-working and precise attorney who aims to win.…
Mr Leendert Kruidenier  photo Mr Leendert Kruidenier Leendert specialises in business and employment law, focusing particularly on restructuring, disputes,…
Mr Else Loes Pasma  photo Mr Else Loes Pasma Else Loes Pasma specialises in employment law and cooperation disputes, acting on…
Mr Koen Rutten  photo Mr Koen Rutten Koen Rutten specialises in business law disputes. He is a persistent and…
Mr Joyce Snijder  photo Mr Joyce Snijder Joyce Snijder specialises in employment law. She deals with a variety of…
Mr Remco Vermaire  photo Mr Remco Vermaire Remco Vermaire is specialising in leasing, financing, securities and insolvency law. He…
Mr Sophie Wierenga-Heintz  photo Mr Sophie Wierenga-Heintz Sophie Wierenga-Heintz specialises in employment law and has an advisory and litigation…
Mr Noor Zetteler  photo Mr Noor Zetteler Noor Zetteler is a specialist in finance, security and insolvency law. Noor…
Mr Willem Jan van Andel  photo Mr Willem Jan van Andel Willem Jan van Andel is a well-known player in the insolvency field,…
Prof Mr Thijs van Zanten  photo Prof Mr Thijs van Zanten Thijs van Zanten is every inch a litigator. He advises on and…
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