Stef has been working as an attorney at Wijn & Stael since 2017. His practice is focused on financing, securities & leasing, restructuring & insolvency law and corporate law. He counsels and litigates matters covering a broad spectrum of issues, including financing documentation, pledge, mortgage and lien law, bankruptcy, restructuring and directors’ liability. His clients include banks, financiers, leasing companies, directors of companies and suppliers.​

Always in Pursuit of the Best Solution
As a driven, socially engaged and creative attorney, Stef always works to deliver the best possible solutions for his clients. Sometimes that may be a settlement on which both parties can agree. Other times it may involve taking a case to court. “No two cases are the same. That’s why I take the time to learn about the interests at stake on both sides. Nothing is more motivating than knowing my solutions are helping my clients get to where they want to go. I want to provide added value at the right time.”

Working in other Countries
Stef also enjoys working abroad. He has studied in the Netherlands and England, where he conducted a comparative law study on pre-pack insolvency in the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.

Professional Activities & Memberships

  • Chair, Young Bar Association of Central Netherlands
  • Member, JIRA - Association for Young Insolvency Lawyers

Academic Background

  • Dutch Law and Civil Law, cum laude, Radboud University
  • Corporate & Insolvency Law, cum laude, Nottingham Trent University

Representative Practice

  • Counseled a financier in the settlement of the bankruptcy of a large client. Negotiated with the trustee and creditors and counseled on the legal position of the financier.
  • Counseled an organization facing a substantial claim due to the bankruptcy of a creditor. Several parties claimed security rights, liens and rights of publicity on goods from the bankruptcy. Provided a solution that was beneficial to all parties.
  • Represented a financier in a case where a contracting party failed to comply with its obligation to establish a right of pledge in accordance with Article 26 of the General Banking Conditions. The amount was subsequently paid in full as a result of seizure and initiation of proceedings.

Bar register of legal practice areas
Stef 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)

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.