Employment & Employee Benefits

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EMPLOYMENT LAW EXPERTISE AT THE HIGHEST LEVEL

Handling complex and multi-disciplinary employment matters, with market-leading experience in proceedings brought before the Supreme Court

We advise on the employment law and co-determination aspects of national and international mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures and outsourcings, as well as individual and collective dismissals. Our expertise focuses on advising large companies on the appointment and dismissal of higher management, remuneration schemes, reorganisations, collective labour agreements (CAOs), pensions law, national and European co-determination and industrial actions (strikes). Our lawyers deal with all aspects of employment litigation, and have an unequalled position in Supreme Court litigation.

As employment law is ever evolving, we ensure that our lawyers are fully abreast of current developments and market practices. Our lawyers are actively involved in the academic and judicial development of employment law, as speakers, university lecturers or members of the judiciary, and also publish regularly on various employment law issues.

We offer our clients specialist legal knowledge in multidisciplinary matters, in close cooperation with our regulatory, tax and corporate expertise groups.


Recent Matters

8 November 2022

Infinite Electronics to acquire Cable Connectivity Group from TKH and Torqx Capital Partners

De Brauw acted as co-counsel together with U.S. firm Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton for Infinite Electronics, Inc. (Infinite Electronics) in its acquisition of the Cable Connectivity Group (CCG).Infinite Electronics, a leading global supplier of electronic components serving the needs of customers through a family of highly recognized and trusted brands, has announced on 8 November 2022 that it signed a definitive agreement to acquire Cable Connectivity Group (CCG) from Torqx Capital Partners (Torqx) and TKH Group NV (TKH). The transaction is subject to customary regulatory approval and is expected to close in Q1 2023.CCG is a leader in the production, distribution and assembly of specialty cables and cable connectivity solutions. The company operates across Europe with offices and production and distribution facilities in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Poland, Italy and China. CCG is comprised of the following brands: Jobarco, Pantaflex, Capable, TKD, ConCab, Schrade Kabeltechnik and KC Industrie. CCG has a global customer base across industrial and electronics end-markets.
22 October 2022

Athora Netherlands to acquire WTW's PPI in the Netherlands

De Brauw is advising Athora Netherlands on the acquisition of WTW's premium pension institution (PPI) in the Netherlands. The parties announced on 18 October 2022 that they have agreed on Athora Netherlands' takeover of the PPI. The transaction is expected to close early 2023, subject to regulatory approvals and the consultation of employee representative bodies. After the closing of the transaction, the PPI will become an integrated part of Athora Netherlands' market leading Zwitserleven PPI. The combined scale and capability will provide the opportunity for greater innovation and enhanced services for clients and members.
14 September 2022

Rivean Capital and other shareholders agree on the sale of Muon to IDEX

De Brauw advised Rivean Capital on the sale of the Muon group to IDEX. The Muon Group is headquartered in the Netherlands and is a global leader in mission critical micro precision solutions.

'Very pleasant to work with' - the firm's diligence is a source of praise among clients, one underlining its 'well thought through and comprehensive advice'.

Chambers Europe, 2021

Insights

22 September 2022

Full steam ahead: despite objections, bill on future of pension system likely to take effect in 2023

Earlier in 2022, following years of preparation, a bill on the future of the Dutch pension system was submitted to parliament. If passed, the new law will introduce several sweeping changes, notably that all future pensions will have to become defined contribution schemes.
26 July 2022

New remuneration rules for financial enterprises in the Netherlands

On 1 January 2023, the Financial Markets Supervision Act will change, introducing a new scheme on remuneration at financial enterprises (such as banks and insurers). The new scheme includes a five-year statutory retention period for shares and other financial instruments that managing directors or employees receive as part of their fixed pay. In their remuneration policies, financial enterprises will also have to account for the relationship between the remuneration of their directors and employees and their social function. The new legislation includes a transitional regime. We describe the key features of the new law below.
20 June 2022

Deliveroo riders in Netherlands are employees, according to Advocate General

On 17 June 2022, Advocate General (AG) De Bock issued an advisory opinion in a fundamental case between FNV, the largest Dutch trade union, and online meal delivery company Deliveroo. In a ruling contested by Deliveroo, the Amsterdam Court of Appeal had previously decided that FNV had a cause of action and that Deliveroo riders qualify as employees despite having entered into contracts for services - as independent contractors - with the company. According to the AG, the court of appeal's decision was correct, and should be upheld by the Supreme Court. Although the Supreme Court is not bound by the opinions of the AG, it does follow them in most cases, putting FNV in a favourable position. The Supreme Court's decision is expected in late December 2022.