Otto de Witt Wijnen is a Dutch lawyer specialised in insolvency law and restructuring. In the insolvency practice, he has been involved in large-scale and much discussed bankruptcies. He has also acted many times as trustee in bankruptcy. Courtesy of his experience as trustee, Otto is in the unique position of being precisely the advocate to represent the interests of entrepreneurs, creditors and other interested parties in (threatened) insolvency situations.
Otto quickly analyses complex situations and set actions in motion, especially also to prevent the entry into (threatening) bankruptcy of enterprises from escalating. In this he is decisive, taking into due consideration the often diverse interests which can play a role. As a specialist in insolvencies, he also applies his expertise by acting as advisor and counsel for enterprises which are facing financial difficulties.
He has a large international network of legal colleagues with proven track records in the bankruptcy practice and in other areas. He is therefore in the position to engage the right specialist in other countries in cross-border cases and to actively share knowledge of international law.
Otto started his professional career as attorney-at-law in 1996 with Kneppelhout & Korthals in Rotterdam, where he partner form 2002 until 2018. In 2019 Otto moved his insolvency law and restructuring practice to Legaltree, an exclusive partner firm.
He received his law degrees in 1995 from the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen and studied European law at Université de Rouen in France in 1994. He successfully completed the post-graduate programs Insolvency Law in 2001 and Finance & Securities in 2013 at the Grotius Academie in the Netherlands.
Otto is a member of the Dutch Bar Association (NOvA) and the Dutch Association of Insolvency Lawyers (Insolad) and has been an active member of the Association Internationale des Jeunes Avocats (AIJA), in which association he was the president of the Insolvency Law Commission for three years.
He speaks Dutch, English and French.