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Wijn & Stael Advocaten N.V.

Netherlands > Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation Tier 3

The ‘outstanding litigation practice’ at Wijn & Stael Advocaten N.V. is well regarded in the market for its experience in class actions. The practice has notable expertise in financial disputes and insolvency matters, and often handles proceedings before the Enterprise Chamber. The team is headed by Supreme Court litigator Thijs van Zanten  and Stefan Holterman, who is recommended for corporate governance, shareholder, acquisition and commercial disputes. Since publication, Koen Rutten left the firm.

Practice head(s):

Stefan Holterman; Thijs van Zanten


‘Outstanding litigation practice’.

‘Super available, down-to-earth, real-life advice’.

‘Excellent capability for mass claim litigation and insolvency law’.

‘The legal knowledge of the team is exceptional’.

‘The quality of the work they deliver and the speed with which they deliver it is equally exceptional’.

‘The team is also a great sparring partner when it comes to making strategic decisions’.

Key clients




Mentha Capital




Transportinsurer TVM


Energie Concurrent


Wellsbridge Limited


Upper Brook Companies

Newstyle Healtcenters

Paradigma Group

Hudson’s Bay Company ULC


Work highlights

  • Representing Stichting R.O.O.S. in various proceedings, defending the interests of the expropriated bondholders of SNS Bank.
  • Representing California Public Employees’ retirement system, Norges Bank, Fidelity Investment Funds, Kookmin Bank (South Korea), HSBC, Allianz, State Street Bank and others – together with Deminor on a claim for damages of approximately EUR 700m against Steinhoff, members of its board and the chairman of its supervisory board.
  • Represented Promontoria in preliminary reference proceedings before the Dutch Supreme Court.

Netherlands > Restructuring and insolvency Tier 3

Wijn & Stael Advocaten N.V. fields ‘a very experienced and professional team’, which advises clients on domestic and international restructuring and insolvency matters. Its practitioners are frequently appointed by the courts as trustees in bankruptcy cases and has a strong track record in insurance insolvencies. Willem Jan van Andel  acts for financial institutions, directors, shareholders and creditor groups and is an experienced arbitrator; Remco Vermaire  is recommended for restructuring work; and Noor Zetteler  focuses on financing, securities and insolvency law.

Practice head(s):

Noor Zetteler; Remco Vermaire; Willem Jan van Andel


‘Top-notch firm in the Netherlands in the area of restructuring and insolvency’.

‘They have extensive experience and a very good theoretical and practical approach’.

‘Willem Jan van Andel has a lot of experience’.

‘Remco Vermaire is an excellent communicator’.

‘The Wijn & Stael insolvency and restructuring team has excellent individuals and truly operates as a team’.

‘They are a highly regarded player in the field.’

‘Noor Zetteler and Willem-Jan van Andel are analytical, efficient and excellent lawyers’.

‘Remco Vermaire is a very smart solution-driven lawyer with excellent analytical capabilities and social skills’.

Key clients


Boemer Rental Services Group

Rabobank (Eurocommerce)





De Lage Landen

Phone House

Work highlights

  • Appointed as trustees to administer the insolvency of Conservatrix.
  • Assisted the financing parties including Rabobank and De Lage Landen with the restructuring of the pan-European Boemer Group and its subsequent insolvency.
  • Acted on behalf of RNHB regarding the termination of a €20m finance facility and the execution by RNHB of its security rights resulting in several preliminary relief proceedings.

Netherlands > Employment Tier 4

Advising on a broad range of contentious and non-contentious employment matters, Wijn & Stael Advocaten N.V. stands out from many of its peers with its capacity for Supreme Court litigation. Else Loes Pasma is recommended for individual and collective dismissals, corporate governance and disputes, while Leendert Kruidenier  is experienced in restructuring and TUPE matters. Senior associate Joyce Snijder  is also recommended.

Other key lawyers:


‘The employment team thinks along with us to solve our problem as an employer’.

‘The team performs very well in terms of adequate advice, proactiveness and availability’.

‘Leendert Kruidenier knows and understands our business very well’.

‘Leendert Kruidenier gives adequate advice and has a good sense of business’

‘Very flexible and quick responses to urgent issues’.

‘Wijn & Stael is approachable, nice to work with, and most importantly, always correct with professional judgements’.

‘Joyce Snijder stands out as the person to go to for everything about contingent workforce, diversity and inclusion and negotiating with both suppliers and clients’.

‘Good at identifying risks but at the same time proposing solutions to overcome them’.

Key clients

Brainnet B.V.


Oceaneering AGV Systems B.V.



Board Members/Cornelis Haga Lyceum

5C Alliance

Work highlights

  • Advised the former CFO of state-owned bank De Volksbank regarding his dismissal as a statutory director and his EUR 3m claim for compensation.
  • Represented VNC on the collective dismissal of cabin staff following the restructuring of national airline KLM.
  • Advised the board members of Cornelius Haga Lyceum regarding their dismissal in a case provoked by a report from the government’s Education Inspectorate.

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.

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
Restructuring and insolvency Robbert van Faassen
Litigation and Corporate law Maarten Mussche
Patricia Kleijn photoMr Patricia KleijnPatricia Kleijn is a fast-working and precise attorney who aims to win.…
Leendert Kruidenier photoMr Leendert KruidenierLeendert specialises in business and employment law, focusing particularly on restructuring, disputes,…
Else Loes Pasma photoMr Else Loes PasmaElse Loes Pasma specialises in employment law and cooperation disputes, acting on…
Remco Vermaire photoMr Remco VermaireRemco Vermaire is specialising in leasing, financing, securities and insolvency law. He…
Sophie Wierenga-Heintz photoMr Sophie Wierenga-HeintzSophie Wierenga-Heintz specialises in employment law and has an advisory and litigation…
Noor Zetteler photoMr Noor ZettelerNoor Zetteler is a specialist in finance, security and insolvency law. Noor…
Willem Jan van Andel photoMr Willem Jan van AndelWillem Jan van Andel is a well-known player in the insolvency field,…
Thijs van Zanten photoProf Mr Thijs van ZantenThijs van Zanten is every inch a litigator. He advises on and…
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