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

Willem Jan


Willem Jan van Andel has been with Wijn & Stael since 1990 and is an attorney and partner. Chambers and Partners, a legal ranking agency, describes him as ‘a well-known player in the insolvency field, and is noted for his high-quality work and client-friendly attitude’, placing him among the top three insolvency and restructuring attorneys in the Netherlands. Willem Jan counsels financial institutions, executive and supervisory directors, shareholders, accountants and creditor groups. He also brings inquiry proceedings before the Commercial Division and is regularly appointed as administrator and/or trustee in major moratorium and bankruptcy cases. Willem Jan serves as arbitrator via the Netherlands Arbitration Institute.

Legal and Business Acumen

Willem Jan’s excellent grasp of figures and business acumen, wide-ranging interest in social issues, keen analytical skills and tremendous drive earn him wide praise. “I studied law and mathematics and the combination, which still benefits me every day, helps me understand my clients’ legal and financial situation and provide added value in complex cases.”

Passion for Social Issues

Next to his legal work, Willem Jan is involved in a variety of social causes promoted by charitable organizations, such as the Isai Ma(i)yam Foundation. He is also a member of the State Review Committee on Insolvency Law.

Professional Activities & Memberships

  • Member, State Review Committee on Insolvency Law
  • Member, Social and Economic Council (SER) Disputes Committee on Merger Codes
  • Member, professional associations INSOLAD and INSOL Europe
  • Member, Association of Corporate Litigation
  • Regular annotator of professional journal Jurisprudentie Onderneming & Recht (JOR)
  • Chair, Children in India Foundation (Stichting Isai Ma(i)yam)

Academic Background

  • Dutch Law, cum laude, 1989, University of Groningen Mathematics, cum laude, 1988, University of Groningen

Bar register of legal practice areas

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.

Bankruptcy reports