Mr. J.R. van Faassen



Robert van Faassen has worked at Wijn & Stael since 2010 and focuses his practice on bankruptcy law, restructuring, corporate law and financing. He is regularly appointed as trustee in bankruptcy cases and also assists other trustees in legal investigations and the settlement of large bankruptcy claims. Robert also counsels companies and directors on issues relating to bankruptcy, restructuring or financing.

Deliberative and Respectful

Robert is a solid attorney and trustee, who handles bankruptcies in a decisive and efficient manner. “I enjoy being the hub and being responsible for settling a bankruptcy - with respect for the interests of all parties involved - in the best possible way. It’s also energizing to help bankrupt companies, which are fundamentally healthy, make a fresh start within a few weeks.” Even in advisory cases, Robert advocates for his client’s interests and operates in a deliberative and efficient manner.

Wealth of Experience

Over the past ten years, Robert has gained a wealth of experience in all kinds of bankruptcies, moratoriums and offering creditor agreements.

Professional Activities & Memberships

  • Member Nederlandse Vereniging voor herstructurering
  • Member INSOLAD
  • Board member of business association, Fluwelen Handvat
  • Member Insol Europe
  • Member Dutch Turnaround Association

Academic background

  • Financial Economics for Insolvency Lawyers, specialist program, 2020, Erasmus University
  • Insolvency Law, specialist program, 2018, Grotius Academy
  • Dutch Law, Private and Business Law, 2010, University of Groningen

Representative Practice

  • Oversaw the settlement of the moratorium for the administrator of a vehicle manufacturer and the provision of an arrangement with creditors, enabling the company to continue its operations after a complex and extensive process without debts.
  • Represented a large listed retailer during a bankruptcy process to safeguard its interests in the goods it had delivered. Despite the complex negotiations with the trustee, the client walked away with a great result.


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

  • Insolvency law (Bankruptcy, Suspension of payment)
  • 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 Robert van Faassen

Pre-pack na het heiploeg arrest

De pre-packaged insolvency (“pre-pack”) heeft tussen 2011 en 2018 zijn intrede en uittrede gedaan in het Nederlandse insolventierecht. Dit herstructureringsmechanisme biedt in begi...

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De WHOA zonder herstructurering van pensioenpremies: een papieren tijger?

Een rechtspersoon in financieel zwaar weer kan met de Wet Homologatie Onderhands Akkoord (WHOA) zijn schulden buiten faillissement herstructureren. Dat is mogelijk door het opstellen en aanbieden van ...

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Wijziging Insolventieverordening: de WHOA nu ook erkend in lidstaten EU

De Wet Homologatie Onderhands Akkoord (WHOA) is inmiddels een jaar geleden (1 januari 2021) in werking getreden.[1] Met die inwerkingtreding werd het Nederlandse faillissementsrecht een herstructureri...

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Belastingdienst geeft duidelijkheid over haar beleid bij WHOA-akkoorden

Na de invoering van de Wet Homologatie Onderhands Akkoord (‘WHOA’) per 1 januari 2021, heeft de Belastingdienst per 1 juli 2021 de Leidraad Invordering 2008 (‘Leidraad’) gewijzigd en haar bele...

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