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

Willem Jan


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.


  • Chambers 2020 - Notable practitioner Restructuring/Insolvency: administration & Restructuring/Insolvency
    Cliënt feedback: "He gets into the business very quickly, he understands the character of businesses and can guide you through decision making."
  • Chambers 2019 - Notable practitioner Restructuring/Insolvency: administration & Restructuring/Insolvency
    Cliënt feedback: "very technical lawyer" "brings a pragmatic approach"
  • Chambers 2018 - Notable practitioner Restructuring/Insolvency: administration & Restructuring/Insolvency
    Cliënt feedback: "A super expert, very smart and a leading lawyer in the country in this field." "He's practical, pragmatic, direct and he approaches cases looking for solutions.
  • Legal 500 - 2020: Restructuring & Insolvency
    Testamonial: "eminence grise of insolvency"


  • 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)


Willem Jan has registered the following principal (and secondary) legal practice areas in the Netherlands Bar’s register of legal practice areas (rechtsgebiedenregister):

  • Insolvency law
  • Corporate law

Based on this registration, he is required to obtain ten training credits per calendar year in each registered principal legal practice area in accordance with the standards set by the Netherlands Bar.

Publications from Willem Jan van Andel

Faillissement Conservatrix

Willem Jan van Andel en Noor Zetteler zijn op 8 december 2020 aangesteld als curatoren in het faillissement van Conservatrix. Conservatrix is een levensverzekeraar met circa 72.000 verzekerden. Als u ...

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De Tweede Kamer heeft de Wet Homologatie Onderhands Akkoord (‘WHOA’) aangenomen

Op 26 mei 2020 heeft de Tweede Kamer de Wet Homologatie Onderhands Akkoord (‘WHOA’) aangenomen. Deze wet maakt het voor ondernemingen die levensvatbaar zijn maar een te hoge schuldenlast hebben mo...

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