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Chambers en Legal 500 hebben verschillende secties van Wijn & Stael Advocaten opgenomen in hun internationale ranglijsten van advocatenkantoren. Zie hieronder een overzicht van zowel de team als de individuele vermeldingen. Ook hebben we de feedback van onze cliënten aan Chambers en Legal 500 opgenomen.


Wijn & Stael Advocaten is mentioned several times in the recently published Chambers Europe 2023 guide. We are proud of the rankings of our Dispute Resolution (band 4) and Restructuring & Insolvency (band 2) practices and very grateful for the great feedback we received from our clients. See the overview of the entries and quotes from our clients below.

Willem Jan van Andel is mentioned as Senior Statespeople for his work in the section Restructuring & Insolvency.

Chambers feedback:
“Willem Jan Van Andel has notable experience advising clients on solvency issues. He also offers longstanding expertise acting as a bankruptcy administrator”.

Remco Vermaire is mentioned for his work in the section:

  • Restructuring/Insolvency: administration (Band 4)

Remco Vermaire often assists lenders and creditors with financial restructuring matters. He also has experience advising directors on liability issues.

Client feedback:
"Remco knows exactly what we want. He is efficient and knows our business like the back of his hand."

Thijs van Zanten is mentioned for his work in the section:

  • Dispute Resolution: Supreme Court Litigation (Band 2).

Thijs van Zanten represents clients before the Supreme Court, often acting for bondholders or insolvency administrators. He also advises clients on disputes around pricing.

Client feedback:
"It was a very nice cooperation - he is very strong strategically, very technical and overall excellent."

Noor Zetteler is mentioned for her work in the sections:

  • Restructuring/Insolvency administration (Band 3)
  • Restructuring/Insolvency (Band 4).

Noor Zetteler is often appointed as an insolvency trustee or member of the committee of representation. She also assists clients with directors' liability matters and disputes with trustees.

Client feedback:
"She is a strong player in the field who is very accessible."

What Chambers says about our two practices
Restructuring & Insolvency
Wijn & Stael is an excellent firm known for its holistic offering representing both debtors and creditors, as well as its role as administrator in high-profile bankruptcy cases. Team members regularly act as court-appointed trustee on insolvency and bankruptcy cases, representing clients from the retail sector. The law firm is further noted for its expertise in litigation concerning insolvency liability and preliminary relief proceedings. It also assists with insolvency investigations, trustee negotiations and restructurings.

Client feedback:
"The team is knowledgeable and very experienced."
"The lawyers know exactly where they want to go, and they are open to discuss the strategy, so this is really helpful."

Dispute resolution
Wijn & Stael handles a range of contentious matters. The law firm is also well regarded for assisting clients with insolvency proceedings. Team members have notable experience in Supreme Court mandates.

Client feedback:
"The lawyers have a really open-minded and entrepreneurial mindset."
"The lawyers have a hands-on mentality and a strong strategic focus on achieving their clients' goals in the most efficient and quick way."

The rankings of Wijn & Stael in the Chambers Europe Guide can be found here.

Chambers 2023

Dispute Resolution - Netherlands Band 4
What the team is known for
Wijn & Stael handles a range of contentious matters, including representing claimants in class action claims and acting for clients on commercial disputes. The law firm is also well regarded for assisting clients with insolvency proceedings. Team members have notable experience in Supreme Court mandates.
"The lawyers have a really open-minded and entrepreneurial mindset."

"The lawyers have a hands-on mentality and a strong strategic focus on achieving their clients' goals in the most efficient and quick way."

Work highlights
Wijn & Stael represented a user of Airbnb before the Supreme Court in a dispute concerning the fact that Airbnb charges both tenants and landlords.
Notable practitioners
Thijs van Zanten is a key point of contact.

Chambers 2022

Wijn & Stael is a leading law firm based in Utrecht with a modern and practical approach. Wijn & Stael acts on behalf of large and medium-sized companies, financial institutions, healthcare institutions, government bodies, non-profit organisations and aggrieved civil parties in class actions. It represents clients inside and outside the Netherlands.

Thijs van Zanten moves up in the rankings on the back of a number of positive comments, with one interviewee reporting: "He has an excellent reputation for Supreme Court litigation," while another commentator praises his advocacy skills, explaining that "he is very persuasive," and adding: "The court goes with him." Thijs van Zanten has a broad Supreme Court practice, representing clients in financial litigation, damages claims and insolvency proceedings.

Noor Zetteler is regularly consulted by national and international clients regarding liability issues and internal investigations. She also acts as a trustee on bankruptcy cases. A client reports that she is "fast and very clever," while another interviewee appreciates her "collaborative approach."

Remco Vermaire is noted for acting on cross-border restructurings, Dutch schemes of arrangement, internal investigations and insolvency liability issues. He has particular experience acting for lenders. A client reports that "Remco Vermaire is a very smart lawyer with great business sense."

Market leader Willem Jan Van Andel regularly acts as a bankruptcy trustee and has strong expertise in the restarting of companies. He is also well respected on the market for his expertise in insolvency matters.

Chambers 2021

The practice's user-friendly style is commended by interviewees, one saying it offers a "casual approach while providing top-notch advice." Clients highlight the practice's dedication, one deeming it "very committed." Chambers Europe 2021

Willem Jan Van Andel wordt vermeld als noticable practioner. Chambers Europe 2021: Restructuring/Insolvency

Cliënt feedback: "He is top in the Netherlands for administration work, he's really outstanding."

Noor Zetteler wordt vermeld als noticable practioner. Chambers Europe 2021: Restructuring/Insolvency

Cliënt feedback: "She is hands-on and able to combine complex legal issues with financial aspects that are important to businesses."

Willem Jan Van Andel wordt vermeld als noticable practioner. Chambers Europe 2021: Restructuring/Insolvency

Cliënt feedback: "He is top in the Netherlands for administration work," adding that “he's really outstanding.”


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

Thijs van Zanten wordt vermeld als 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 wordt vermeld als 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 wordt vermeld als notable practitioner.

Chambers 2020 - Restructuring/Insolvency: administration
Cliënt feedback: "always well prepared and very well spoken in court."

Noor Zetteler wordt vermeld als notable practitioner. 

Chambers 2020 - Restructuring/Insolvency: administration & Restructuring/Insolvency


Recentelijk verscheen The Legal 500 waarin Wijn & Stael Advocaten vermeld staat bij de secties Commercial Litigation (tier 3), Restructuring & Insolvency (tier 3) en Employment (tier 4).

Wij zijn trots op deze vermeldingen en dankbaar voor de mooie feedback die wij mochten ontvangen. Hieronder vindt u een overzicht van de vermeldingen en de citaten:

Based in Utrecht, the independent Dutch firm Wijn & Stael Advocaten N.V. has a track record of insurance insolvencies, with particular strength advising financial and retail clients, including large Dutch financial institutions and key real estate finance and commerce companies, on a range of restructuring and insolvency matters. The firm is also active in court appointments and was appointed by the Amsterdam Court in the Conservatrix insolvency case. The practice is collectively led by Noor Zetteler, Willem Jan van Andel, Remco Vermaire and Robert van Faassen, while associate Anne Mennens focuses her practice on financing securities, restructuring and bankruptcy-related litigation.

Leading individuals: Noor Zetteler
Rising star: Anne Mennens

Testimonials van onze cliënten:

  • ‘Outstanding expertise and experience; practical approach.’
  • ‘Remco Vermaire has years of experience, is proactive, practical and always quick to reply.’
  • ‘Wijn & Stael always offers us good and practical advice in our day-to-day operation and special projects. Furthermore, they have stepped-up when we were facing resources problems.’
  • ‘W&S has a broad team and is one of the few quality teams not located in Amsterdam. The restructuring team is also quite sizable.’
  • ‘Noor Zetteler is pleasant to work with and knows how to align parties when needed, without losing sight of her client’s interests.’
  • ‘Very good quality versus cost balance. Have strong expertise in Dutch real estate market (financing, bankruptcy, lease and zoning/environmental issues). Transparent, easy to approach and highly knowledgeable.’
  • ‘The team has a strong position in the Dutch insolvency law market, especially their insolvency practitioners.’
  • ‘Noor Zetteler is a strong player in the field and very pleasant to work with. Apart from being a good lawyer, she is also financially savvy.’

International firms frequently refer clients to Wijn & Stael Advocaten N.V. for its experienced and robust handling of Supreme Court and Enterprise Chamber disputes for claiming parties. Thijs van Zanten heads up the Supreme Court litigation practice, Noor Zetteler represents clients in accountancy issues before the Auditor’s Office and the Trade and Industry Appeals Tribunal, and Remco Vermaire acts for financial institutions in restructuring matters.

Testimonials van onze cliënten:

  • ‘Wijn & Stael is a rock-solid medium-sized firm. Their insolvency practice in particular is excellent.’
  • ‘Noor Zetteler and Willem Jan van Andel are stand-out individuals. They act as court-appointed bankruptcy trustees. Their appointment is a clear illustration of their excellent reputation. Their handling of that matter is cool-headed, expeditious and fair.’
  • ‘The team is well equipped to deal with complex, cross-border collective securities litigation. Both when it comes to the legal and strategical side of cases, the team’s output is outstanding.’
  • ‘The firm is committed to deliver quality, they are easy to reach and very responsive. Its advice is clear, to the point and concise and always turns out to be correct. Finally, the lawyers are a pleasure to work with, kind and with the right sense of humour.’
  • ‘Wijn & Stael Advocaten offers good value-for-money assistance in proceedings before the Dutch Supreme Court.’
  • ‘Thijs van Zanten is an excellent Supreme Court counsel who is very mindful of the client’s interest.’

Offering a ‘solid, reliable practice’, Wijn & Stael Advocaten N.V. has experience of advising on employment matters in the payment platform and technology sectors, as well as in relation to senior executive employment matters and board disputes, corporate reorganisations and collective bargaining agreements. The practice is led by firm managing partner Else Loes Pasma, who specialises in workplace sexual harassment allegations, and Leendert Kruidenier. Associates Maaike Faber and Karlijn van der Heijden focus on works council consultations.

Testimonials van onze cliënten:

  • Good values, high standards, accurate and precise advice, personal involvement, team effort.’
  • ‘Else Loes Pasma stands out for her good preparation, sensible advice, social intuition, fairness and teamwork. “Does what she says, says what she does”.’
  • ‘Solid, reliable practice.’
  • ‘Great cooperation. Very capable lawyers.’
  • ‘Sophie Wierenga is always willing to do something extra even on her days off, and she is thorough in her way of working without slowing the process down, which is very important in a fast-moving business environment.’
  • ‘Both in advisory work and at trial, when a challenge or problem arises the practice stands out – they see opportunities, work shoulder to shoulder and win.’
  • ‘Empathetic, very smart, forceful if needed.’

The environmental and planning law department at Wijn & Stael Advocaten N.V. was established by Shanna Derksen, and advises on permitting and administrative matters, with a growing focus on issues relating to the new Environment Act.

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Legal 500 - 2022

Wijn & Stael is a leading law firm, based in Utrecht, with a modern and practical approach. Wijn & Stael acts on behalf of large and small companies, financial institutions, healthcare institutions, government bodies, non-profit organisations, private individuals and aggrieved civil parties in class actions. It represents clients inside and outside of the Netherlands.

Wijn & Stael staat vermeld bij Restructuring and Insolvency, Dispute Resolution: Commercial Litigation en Employment.

The ‘outstanding litigation practice’ at Wijn & Stael Advocaten N.V. is well regarded in the market for its experience in class actions. The practice has notable expertise in financial disputes and insolvency matters, and often handles proceedings before the Enterprise Chamber.

Testimonials van onze cliënten:
‘Outstanding litigation practice’.

‘Super available, down-to-earth, real-life advice’.

‘Excellent capability for mass claim litigation and insolvency law’.

‘The legal knowledge of the team is exceptional’.

‘The quality of the work they deliver and the speed with which they deliver it is equally exceptional’.

‘The team is also a great sparring partner when it comes to making strategic decisions’.

 Wijn & Stael Advocaten N.V. fields ‘a very experienced and professional team’, which advises clients on domestic and international restructuring and insolvency matters. Its practitioners are frequently appointed by the courts as trustees in bankruptcy cases and has a strong track record in insurance insolvencies. Willem Jan van Andel acts for financial institutions, directors, shareholders and creditor groups and is an experienced arbitrator; Remco Vermaire is recommended for restructuring work; and Noor Zetteler focuses on financing, securities and insolvency law.

Testimonials van onze cliënten:
 Top-notch firm in the Netherlands in the area of restructuring and insolvency’.

‘They have extensive experience and a very good theoretical and practical approach’.

‘Willem Jan van Andel has a lot of experience’.

‘Remco Vermaire is an excellent communicator’.

‘The Wijn & Stael insolvency and restructuring team has excellent individuals and truly operates as a team’.

‘They are a highly regarded player in the field.’

‘Noor Zetteler and Willem-Jan van Andel are analytical, efficient and excellent lawyers’.

‘Remco Vermaire is a very smart solution-driven lawyer with excellent analytical capabilities and social skills’.

 Advising on a broad range of contentious and non-contentious employment matters, Wijn & Stael Advocaten N.V. stands out from many of its peers with its capacity for Supreme Court litigation. Else Loes Pasma is recommended for individual and collective dismissals, corporate governance and disputes, while Leendert Kruidenier is experienced in restructuring and TUPE matters.

Testimonials van onze cliënten:
‘The employment team thinks along with us to solve our problem as an employer’.
‘The team performs very well in terms of adequate advice, proactiveness and availability’.
‘Leendert Kruidenier knows and understands our business very well’.
‘Leendert Kruidenier gives adequate advice and has a good sense of business’

‘Very flexible and quick responses to urgent issues’.

‘Wijn & Stael is approachable, nice to work with, and most importantly, always correct with professional judgements’.

‘Good at identifying risks but at the same time proposing solutions to overcome them’.


Legal 500 - 2021

Wijn & Stael staat vermeld bij Restructuring and Insolvency, Dispute Resolution: Commercial Litigation en Employment.

Wijn & Stael Advocaten N.V. has a burgeoning standing in the market; the result of a versatile and talented group of litigators instructed in some high-profile, international matters with notable strength in financial issues.

Testimonials van onze cliënten:
‘We have worked with Thijs van Zanten and his team on high-profile litigation at the Dutch Supreme Court. Thijs is a well-established Supreme Court lawyer, with a practical approach. Together with Ida Lintel he delivers output within the desired time frame.’

‘Team is really on top of things. In my case the team has to work together with other lawyers and automatically takes the lead in that process, which helps as they support you as client . Very much involved. Understand the issue and position I am in as client and act accordingly. And when on a joint assignment with other law firms, it is good to see they take the lead in drafting and court processes.’

Wijn & Stael Advocaten N.V. handles national and international restructuring and insolvency matters. Its practitioners often act as court-appointed trustees in bankruptcy cases. Noor Zetteler focuses on finance, security and insolvency law; Willem Jan van Andel acts for companies in distressed situations; and Remco Vermaire specialises in pre-bankruptcy and bankruptcy matters, and restructuring.

Testimonials van onze cliënten:
‘A wide range of skills are incorporated in the team.’

‘Noor Zetteler is quick, accurate and great in communication.’

‘Excellent and in-depth knowledge of bankruptcy law and its application in practice.’

‘Very extensive practical experience with bankruptcy and insolvency, especially in the retail sector.’

‘Niche firm, known for its top level bankruptcy practice.’

The employment law team at Wijn & Stael Advocaten N.V. handles contentious and non-contentious employment matters. On the contentious side, it excels in conflict management and litigation, including cases brought before the Supreme Court.

Testimonials van onze cliënten:

‘High professional knowledge, with a proactive approach’.

‘Leendert Kruidenier is well aware of all details and history of our company and enables him to give immediate and accurate answers or input when needed’.

‘They have extensive expertise on privacy, labour law, corporate litigation and civil law’.

‘With regard to labour law, their expertise on contingent workforce-related legal matters are best-in-class’.

‘Pragmatic, hands-on team’.


Legal 500 - 2020

Wijn en Stael staat vermeld bij Restructuring and Insolvency, Dispute Resolution: Commercial Litigation en Employment.

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 van onze cliënten:
‘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‘.

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 fronting the firm's corporate, financial, and commercial litigation offerings, specializing personally in director's liability and class action disputes, respectively.

Testimonials van onze cliënten:
‘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.‘

‘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.‘

‘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.‘

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. 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.

Testimonials van onze cliënten:
‘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.‘

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