Chambers and Legal 500 have recognized several Wijn & Stael Advocaten sections in their international law firm rankings. See the below list of team and individual recognitions. We have also included the feedback from our clients to Chambers and Legal 500.

Chambers 2020

Strong practice assisting Dutch clients with shareholder disputes and bankruptcy litigation. Also advises claimants on class actions relating to securities and mismanagement claims. Clients include substantial financial institutions and institutional investors. Additionally offers expertise representing clients in cassation proceedings at the Supreme Court. Chambers Global, 2020 - Dispute Resolution

Koen Rutten is ranked as Up and Coming. Chambers Global, 2020 - Dispute Resolution
Cliënt feedback: 'a real pleasure to work with,' highlighting his experience and 'very good strategic insight.'

Thijs van Zanten is ranked as Up and Coming. Chambers, 2020 - Dispute Resolution: Supreme Court Litigation

Client feedback: "very well known and well reputed." "good niche for Supreme Court insolvency proceedings."

Renowned for its strong experience and capabilities in bankruptcy law, regularly acting as administrators or trustees on major insolvency cases. Also recognised for its work on restructuring matters and its niche experience of cases in the retail sector. Additionally active representing multinational clients in the healthcare, financial services and energy industries. Assists lenders and debtors with financing and liability issues. Chambers, 2020 - Restructuring/Insolvency

Willem Jan van Andel is ranked as notable practitioner. Chambers 2020 - 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."

Remco Vermaire is ranked as notable practitioner. Chambers 2020 - Restructuring/Insolvency: administration

Cliënt feedback: "always well prepared and very well spoken in court."

Noor Zetteler is ranked as notable practitioner. Chambers 2020 - Restructuring/Insolvency: administration & Restructuring/Insolvency


Chambers 2019

Wijn & Stael has wide-ranging expertise and is well-known nationally and internationally as an expert in restructuring & insolvency issues. Wijn & Stael’s experience in this area is also extremely useful when having to deal with corporate restructurings, such as examining the options to prevent insolvency. Chambers, 2019 - Restructuring & Insolvency en Restructuring & Insolvency: Administration

Cliënt feedback: 'broad experience in restructuring and insolvency.' 'Very hands-on and practical approach.'

Koen Rutten is ranked as Up and Coming. Chambers, 2019 - Dispute Resolution

Cliënt feedback: 'High technical knowledge.' 'Good negotiator.'

Thijs van Zanten is ranked as Up and Coming. Chambers, 2019 - Dispute Resolution: Supreme Court Litigation

Cliënt feedback: 'Very practical approach that makes him very accessible and gives him a clear view on what really matters.'

Noor Zetteler is ranked as notable practitioner. Chambers 2019 - Restructuring/Insolvency: administration & Restructuring/Insolvency

Cliënt feedback: 'Very fast analysis.' 'She provides answers and is straight to the point.'

Willem Jan van Andel is ranked as notable practitioner. Chambers 2019 - Restructuring/Insolvency: administration & Restructuring/Insolvency

Cliënt feedback: 'Very technical lawyer.' 'Brings a pragmatic approach.'


Chambers 2018

Particularly renowned for its strong experience and capabilities in bankruptcy law, regularly acting as administrators or trustees in major insolvency cases. Also recognised for its work on restructuring matters and its niche experience of cases in the retail sector. Assists lenders and debtors with enforcement of security, business recovery and financing issues. Chambers, 2018 - Restructuring & Insolvency en Restructuring & Insolvency: Administration

Client feedback: 'They've seen it all and that helps you to make decisions; in addition they really understood the business and they knew how to go for solutions.' 'The knowledge is at a high level and that's important to start with, but they also can bring parties together.'

Koen Rutten is ranked as Up and Coming. Chambers, 2018 - Dispute Resolution

Client feedback: 'effective and proactive throughout the entire process.' 'understands the commercial background of a case.'

Noor Zetteler is ranked as notable practitioner. Chambers 2018 - Restructuring/Insolvency: administration & Restructuring/Insolvency

Client feedback: 'Her knowledge is on a high level, she knows what's reachable and she lets you know when things aren't possible, which is very important. She's a straight talker and she's down-to-earth.'

Willem Jan van Andel is ranked as notable practitioner. Chambers 2018 - Restructuring/Insolvency: administration & Restructuring/Insolvency

Client 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 AND INSOLVENCY (TIER 3)

Clients value Wijn & Stael Advocaten N.V.'s 'high level knowledge' of insolvency law particularly their expertise in the retail sector. The firm has advised key players in the retail market including Sissy Boy and Perry Sport on bankruptcy proceedings. Practice heads Noor Zetteler and Remco Vermaire are representing Rabobank in several proceedings in relation to the bankruptcy of Eurocommerce. Willem Jan van Andel also heads the practice and is a key individual in advising Perry Sport.

Testimonials:

‘Their high level of knowledge makes them one of the better practices to work with. Also their decisiveness and tenacity distinguishes them from others‘.

‘They have practical and thorough knowledge of insolvency and restructuring law, specifically of the Retail sector and are acknowledged as such by their competitors in the Netherlands. They are perceived as a top (niche) firm for insolvency‘.

‘Willem Jan Van Andel – eminence grise of insolvency laws. Remco Vermaire – very practical and hands-on approach. Noor Zetteler – upcoming with broad knowledge on insolvency‘.

‘The team houses all disciplines we as a real estate financier need in our daily work regarding insolvency, foreclosure and litigation. The team has very good in depth knowledge of the law and how to use it in approaching difficult cases and files. Compared to other firms Wijn & Stael delivers outstanding work‘.

DISPUTE RESOLUTION: COMMERCIAL LITIGATION (TIER 4)

Utrecht-based Wijn & Stael Advocaten N.V. is home to a strong litigation team, which represents clients at all levels of the Dutch courts including cassation. A key area in which the firm stands out from its competitors is in insolvency-related litigation, particularly in the Supreme Court, where Thijs van Zanten is one of the key national figures. Van Zanten heads the firm's cassation arm, with Noor Zetteler and Koen Rutten jointly fronting the firm's corporate, financial, and commercial litigation offerings, specializing personally in director's liability and class action disputes, respectively.

Testimonials:

‘Very much on top of subject and very thorough in preparation of the case. Listen very well to input from customers but hold strict line of defence in the case itself.‘

‘Wijn & Stael’s commercial litigation practice, particularly the cassation practice, operates at the highest standards of quality, while maintaining an important sense of independence, both as a practice as well as a source of independent ideas.‘

‘Koen Rutten is a good team member, easy to work with, and works well with clients and co-counsel in other countries.‘

‘My firm has worked in various cases with Thijs van Zanten who stands out in his in-depth knowledge of ligation and more specific insolvency law/litigation. He is very easy going and extremely capable to explain difficult stuff in easy wording which is quite remarkable for a supreme court litigator.‘

‘Koen Rutten is approachable and down to earth, open-minded while legally rigorous, and respected by his peers.‘

‘Thijs van Zanten has the rather unique profile of being both very intelligent and very practical. He is extremely responsive and has the ability to deliver first-class work within a very limited amount of time. He is the top of the list expert in the field of insolvency law Supreme Court litigation.‘

‘Associate Ida Lintel is a bona fide rising star.‘

EMPLOYMENT (TIER 4)

Wijn & Stael Advocaten N.V. is home to an employment team which is particularly prominent in the field of flexible and temporary employment, and the firm is instructed by several employment agencies to handle contracting, disputes, and regulatory advice. Senior associate Joyce Snijder is highly recommended in this area. The overall employment team is jointly-led by Leendert Kruidenier and Else Loes Pasma, while Sophie Wierenga-Heintz is notable for her expertise on the privacy aspects of employment law.

Rising stars

Joyce Snijder - Wijn & Stael Advocaten N.V.

Testimonials:

‘Wijn & Stael has great knowledge of Dutch employment law. They react quickly on requests.’

‘We can always rely on Wijn & Stael, their attorneys deliver good quality of work. Quick responses to our requests.‘

‘Our main contact person Sophie Wierenga always looks for practical solutions to solve a legal issue. Out of the box thinker, pro-active, dedicated, knowledgeable, good communicator, responds quickly to questions.‘

‘Sophie Wierenga-Heintz has a no-nonsense approach. She has a unique mixture of warm personal skills combined with hard result-driven solutions. She is analytical and a pleasant sparring partner in law matters.‘

‘Joyce Snijder really stands out on her knowledge on Labour law in the flex-market (contingent workforce).’


Legal 500 - 2019

Else Loes Pasma and Leendert Kruidenier head the team at Wijn & Stael Advocaten N.V. and are assisted by senior associate Joyce Snijder. The practice provides a full range of expertise from collective dismissals and redundancy schemes to restrictive covenants and matters arising from the transfer of undertakings. Recent work includes advising on flexible and temporary employment contracts. Senior associate Sophie Wierenga-Heintz joined from Kneppelhout & Korthals Advocaten. Legal 500, 2019 - Employment

Wijn & Stael Advocaten is ranked in the section Commercial litigation. Legal 500, 2019 - Dispute resolution; Commercial litigation

At Wijn & Stael Advocaten N.V., many of the team's lawyers also act as court-appointed trustees. Willem Jan van Andel, who can 'quickly come to the point of a case', acted for V&D, the largest department store in the Netherlands, while Noor Zetteler and Remco Vermaire, who is 'hands-on and has a good feeling for business', acted for Rabobank and the trustees in several proceedings concerning the bankruptcy of Eurocommerce – the total claim exceeded €400m. Legal 500, 2019 - Restructuring & Insolvency.


Legal 500 - 2018

'Fast, knowledgeable' managing partner Else Loes Pasma and ‘strategic thinker’ Leendert Kruidenier jointly head the 'down-to-earth' team at Wijn & Stael Advocaten N.V., which handles M&A- and insolvency-related matters, reorganisations, dismissals and strategic work. Clients include Sweco, Brainnet and Meurs Werkt. Senior associate Joyce Snijder is especially recommended for flexible employment matters. Legal 500, 2018 – Employment

Wijn & Stael Advocaten is ranked as 'recommended firm' in the section commercial litigation. Legal 500, 2018 – Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation

The 'in-depth knowledge' of Wijn & Stael Advocaten N.V.'s 'business-oriented' practice is key to its 'case-winning track record'. The 'highly experienced' Remco Vermaire co-heads the team with 'excellent insolvency trustee' Noor Zetteler. Willem Jan van Andel 'combines legal and financial expertise'. Clients include Rabobank, Vossenberg Kranenpool and the trustees of Meavita. Legal 500, 2018 – Restructuring & Insolvency

Willem-Jan wordt is ranked as 'leading individual' in Restructuring & Insolvency. Legal 500, 2018 – Restructuring & Insolvency