Mr. drs. W.J.M. van Andel

Willem Jan

Managing Partner

Willem Jan van Andel joined Wijn & Stael in 1990. Chambers and Partners, the international league table of the best attorneys, describes him as ‘a well-known player in the insolvency field, and is noted for his high-quality work and client-friendly attitude (...) and superb skill’, placing him among the top three attorneys in the Netherlands in the area of insolvency law and restructuring. He advises financial institutions, executive and supervisory directors, shareholders, accountants and groups of creditors.

Willem Jan’s excellent grasp of figures and business sense (thanks to his mathematical background), wide-ranging interest in social issues, keen analytical ability and tremendous drive earn him wide praise. He is asked to carry out inquiries for the Enterprise Division of the Amsterdam Court of Appeal and is also regularly appointed by the court as a trustee in major suspension of payments and insolvency cases, such as Econcern and Landis. He is, therefore, thoroughly familiar with all the issues that large companies, their shareholders, executive directors and supervisory directors may be confronted with. Alongside his legal work, Willem Jan is engaged in a variety of causes including the IsaiMa(i)yam Foundation.


  • President of the Advisory Board of the Netherlands Bar Association
  • Member of the Social and Economic Council (SER) Disputes Committee on Merger Codes
  • Member of the professional associations INSOLAD and INSOL Europe
  • Member of the Association of Corporate Litigation
  • Permanent annotator of professional journal Jurisprudentie Onderneming & Recht (JOR)
  • Chair of the Children in India Foundation (Stichting Isai Ma(i)yam)


  • Dutch law, Groningen University (1989, with distinction)
  • Mathematics, Groningen University (1988, with distinction)
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