Prof. dr. J.A.A. (Jan) Adriaanse

  • Professor at Leiden Law School, Institute for Tax Law and Economics, Department of Business Studies
  • Turnaround Management
  • Reorganization and Bankruptcy
  • Strategic Entrepeneurship

Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 7752
Faculty / Department: Faculteit Rechtsgeleerdheid, Instituut Fiscale en Economische vakken, Bedrijfswetenschappen
Office Address: Kamerlingh Onnes Gebouw
Steenschuur 25
2311 ES Leiden
Room number B 3.14

Biographical Sketch
Jan Adriaanse is professor of turnaround management at Leiden University. He is engaged in research projects in the interdisciplinary field of financial distress, turnaround management and insolvency law. He is an author on these subjects and a regular speaker at international conferences. As founder and CEO of think-tank Turnaround Powerhouse® he is providing business development, turnaround and workout advice to a wide range of companies focusing on SMEs and multinational companies. In December 2005 he defended his doctoral thesis called ‘Restructuring in the Shadow of the Law. Informal Reorganisation in the Netherlands’. He is a fellow of INSOLAD, the Dutch professional body of insolvency professionals, and a member of INSOL Europe, as well as the Turnaround Management Association (Dutch chapter). In the Global Insolvency Practice Course of INSOL International he arranges the so-called Workout Clinic.


  • Bachelor of Business Administration, Nyenrode University
  • Master of Law, Leiden University
  • PhD: “Restructuring in the Shadow of the Law”,  Leiden University, 2005
  • SRA-course Accountant-Mediator, 2005
  • Entrepreneurship Colloquium, Harvard Business School, 2007 


  • Recovery management
  • Turnaround management and Bankruptcy Law
  • Introduction to Law & Business

Research Interests

Jan Adriaanse focuses on the following subjects: 
-         Causes of corporate decline;
-         Success and failure factors of corporate turnarounds;
-         Stakeholder behavior in turnaround situations;
-         Theory of business failure and turnaround management;
-         The rescue culture: do we really need bankruptcy law?

Project leader (together with professor Iris Wuisman) of INSOL Europe Research Project: European Best Practice Principles for Insolvency Office Holders 



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Last Modified: 09-08-2016