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Wijn & Stael Advocaten N.V.

Netherlands > Restructuring and insolvency Tier 2

The Utrecht-based restructuring and insolvency group at Wijn & Stael Advocaten N.V. is adept at handling the range of related matters in both domestic and international contexts; such matters frequently involve high values. Its varied client list features those from sectors ranging from telecoms and retail, to healthcare and tech. The practice is overseen by a multitude of specialists, being financial specialist Noor Zetteler who frequently advises clients on liability issues and internal investigations matters, Willem Jan van Andel, Remco Vermaire, who provides ‘tailor-made’ advice, and Robert van Faassen. Anne Mennens is a key associate in the team.

Practice head(s):

Noor Zetteler; Willem Jan van Andel; Remco Vermaire; Robert van Faassen

Other key lawyers:

Inge Lok; Anne Mennens


‘Personal style, work efficiency, and an in-depth knowledge of the subject are what make the team stand out.’

‘Knowledgeable and experienced, with excellent communication skills and case understanding.’

‘Inge Lok and Remco Vermaire communicate in a straightforward way and fulfil client needs appropriately and in a tailor-made fashion.’

‘The team has excellent knowledge of collateral and property law, insolvency law, and corporate law. They are eminently qualified to advise banks and enterprises on issues concerning companies in difficulty. They also have an excellent knowledge of WHOA.’

‘The partners and staff involved are client focused. This, combined with high-quality knowledge and experience, ensures that files are handled quickly and efficiently.’

‘Noor Zetteler is outstanding – not only is she very knowledgeable in all respects, she also really enjoys her job and brings great energy to restructuring projects.’

Key clients


Rabobank (Eurocommerce)


Phone House

Montagny B.V.


Bijzonder Zorg Midden-Nederland (BZMN)


Work highlights

  • Acting as trustee to administer the insolvency of Conservatrix.
  • Advised on the restructuring, and the enforcement of the secured position of the Dutch Investors and the eventual relaunch of Lightyear.

Netherlands > Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation Tier 3

Wijn & Stael Advocaten N.V.‘s dispute resolution practice is led by Noor Zetteler, Thijs van Zanten, and Remco Vermaire. The firm's client base consists of major Dutch companies, including financial institutions, and financial litigation and insolvency proceedings, as well as liability cases involving directors and accountants, are highlights of the practice. Many of the firm’s cases are handled at Supreme Court level, which is led by insolvency expert and Supreme Court litigator van Zanten, and the team is also involved in proceedings before the Enterprise Chamber. Zetteler is regularly appointed as a trustee and leads in accountancy-related disputes, while Vermaire acts for financial institutions.

Practice head(s):

Noor Zetteler; Thijs van Zanten; Remco Vermaire

Other key lawyers:

Ida Lintel


‘Excellent people in the team. Seamless internal operations. Timely responses. Knowledge. Added value.’

‘They are excellent listeners and are able to handle complex cases involving large quantities of information. They don’t jump too early to conclusions without the due facts and figures.’

‘Determined people who are always available, explain legal strategy and are creative and protect clients. They feel like real partners – someone who cares and delivers.’

‘Thijs van Zanten is very responsive, does not shy away from discussion and is legally sharp and flexible.’

‘The team truly operates as a team, drawing on each other’s strength. They provide personal attention and endless patience. The guidance given to each individual stakeholder is superb.’

‘Noor Zetteler is an efficient lead partner, and is 100 percent involved and dedicated.’

‘The Wijn and Stael legal team regularly hosts webinars on various noteworthy topics. With in-depth knowledge of the content, they are very capable of providing the best advice. In our day-to-day business they prove to be a reliable partner, always looking to outperform expectations.’

‘Remco Vermaire is very engaged and quick to pinpoint the issue and possible routes to resolve or tackle.’

Key clients

Riverty GmbH

R.C.F.E. Houben (SNS)

Trustees in bankruptcy of Conservatrix

Trustees in bankruptcy of Heiploeg

The Municipality of Hoorn

Brogema Real Estate B.V.


Work highlights

  • Successfully represented R.C.F.E. Houben, one of the expropriated bondholders of the nationalised SNS Bank, in the state’s appeal against the Enterprise Chamber’s decision that the Dutch government had to pay damages to the bondholders.
  • Represented the trustees in bankruptcy of Conservatrix in proceedings before the Supreme Court concerning the grounds for setting aside arbitral awards.

Netherlands > Employment Tier 4

The employment practice at Wijn & Stael Advocaten N.V. is jointly led by Else Loes Pasma and Leendert Kruidenier, with Pasma advising on complex governance, compliance, and integrity issues, while mediator Kruidenier assists with complex dismissals and restructurings. The firm often advises shareholders and supervisory boards of companies, trade unions, and works councils on a range of non-contentious employment issues and disputes. The practice is particularly well known for handling employment matters involving foreign senior executives. Maaike Faber and Karlijn van der Heijden are the go-to contacts for works councils issues.

Practice head(s):

Else Loes Pasma; Leendert Kruidenier


‘Wijn & Steel has strong expertise and is very responsive. They are fully committed to your case.’

‘Else Loes Pasma is able define an excellent strategy, taking into account the specific circumstances. She is very dedicated to the case and keeps focused on working to the desired end result.’

‘Wijn & Stael is an elegant, no-nonsense group of highly qualified lawyers and support staff that treats each individual with respect, as well as providing insightful advice. The differentiating factor is they are very confident they are giving the right advice, they will pay close forensic attention to the case details, and should a case end up in front of a judge, Wijn & Stael will win, the law permitting!’

‘Maaike Faber specialises in employment law and really knows her stuff! She knows how to compile a compelling narrative that can highlight the injustice of a situation and swiftly ties it to the decrees and code of the Dutch legal system. Her energy is next to none and she will see the case through to the end.’

‘Leendert Kruidenier is to be commended as an employment specialist. With his ‘iron fist in a velvet glove’ approach, he was able to step in when needed and in tandem with Maaike deliver fair but brilliant results.’

‘Very communicative, easy access 24/7 and fast responses. A perfect match of professional and personal approach. They are simply very nice to work with, and get good results.’

‘We have a very good relationship with Wijn & Stael. The follow up is always fast and reliable. We’re looking forward to continuing our collaboration.

‘Most of the time we work with Else Loes Pasma. The input and feedback she gives is always helps us. We really appreciate our business relationship and have absolutely no doubt about continuing it.’

Key clients


Works Council Microtek Medical


Vereniging Nederlands Cabinepersoneel VNC


SV Kampong Hockey


Theo Pouw

Work highlights

  • Advised VNC on various employment issues relating to the restructuring of KLM and the collective bargaining agreements of cabin personnel.

Netherlands > Environment and planning

The Utrecht-based environmental and planning law practice at Wijn & Stael Advocaten N.V., established by Shanna Derksen, is well equipped to advise on environmental aspects of permits, planning and zoning matters.

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: 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.

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
Employment Else Loes Pasma
Employment Leendert Kruidenier
Merge and Acquisitions Humphrey Lakens
Real estate Patricia Kleijn
Contracts and liabilities Leendert Kruidenier
Supreme Court Litigation Thijs van Zanten
Restructuring and insolvency Robbert van Faassen
Supreme Court Litigation Ida Lintel
Merges and Acquisitions Cindy Hoogteijling
Environmental and Planning Shanna Derksen
Number of lawyers : 45