Employment & Employee Benefits

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Employment law in the widest sense of the word

... providing employment expertise to the Corporate and Mergers and Acquisitions practices in national and international transactions.

We advise on the social and employment law aspects of mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures and outsourcings, and represent companies in respect of dismissals, collective dismissals, reorganisations, downsizings, national and European co-determination (Works Councils Act and European Works Council Act), Collective Labour Agreements (CAOs), flexible and temporary employment relationships, pensions law, equal treatment and industrial actions (strikes). Our lawyers appear before all courts, up to and including the Netherlands Supreme Court appeals.

The size and depth of the practice and the nature of our client base ensures that our lawyers are fully abreast of current developments and are totally conversant with current market practices. We advocate a practical and pragmatic approach to problem-solving.

Recent Matters

2 May 2022

G-III Foreign Holdings B.V. acquires 80.76% stake in Karl Lagerfeld Holding B.V.

De Brauw advised G-III Apparel Group Ltd in its deal to become the sole owner of luxury-fashion brand Karl Lagerfeld. The New York-based fashion-licensing group agreed to pay 200 million euros ($221.5 million) for the 81% of Karl Lagerfeld that it doesn't already own. G-III has held a 19% stake in the brand since 2015 and also owns a North American affiliate, Karl Lagerfeld Paris.
20 April 2022

Nordian sells BauWatch Group to Haniel

De Brauw advised Nordian on its sale of the BauWatch Group to Franz Haniel & Cie. GmbH. The BauWatch Group provides security, compliance and safety solutions at construction sites. The BauWatch Group is active in the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium and the UK.
23 March 2022

Hunkemöller to be sold to leading Dutch investors

Hunkemöller to be sold to leading Dutch investors, including Parcom and Opportunity Partners, with Carlyle reinvesting for a minority stake. Leading European lingerie brand Hunkemöller has been sold to leading Dutch investors, including Parcom, a Dutch investment company, and Opportunity Partners, the investment company of Dutch entrepreneur Robert van der Wallen. Global investment firm Carlyle (NASDAQ: CG), an existing shareholder, will reinvest for a minority stake. The new investors have an established track record in developing retail and e-commerce consumer goods brands and are ideally suited to support Hunkemöller's strategic ambitions. The board of Hunkemöller is excited and believes that this new partnership will accelerate the company's continued omni-channel growth strategy. The transaction remains subject to employee consultation and customary regulatory approvals.

'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


16 March 2021

Consultation launched on new legal entity for social entrepreneurs

In July 2020, the Dutch government announced its plans to introduce the BVm (maatschappelijke BV) in Dutch corporate law – see our previous In Context article. The BVm is a new type of private limited liability company for social entrepreneurs active in addressing societal issues. The new type of legal entity will make it easier to identify companies with a positive impact on society. This will in turn help social enterprises and stakeholders connect and do business with each other.
9 November 2020

Female workers to be compensated when maternity leave and paid holiday overlap

On 6 November 2020, the Dutch Supreme Court answered preliminary questions about the equal treatment of men and women in the context of collective employment terms. The questions had been put forward by the The Hague District Court in a case raised by a school's female employee. The case centred on a clause in the collective labour agreement for secondary education (CLA) that stated that no compensation would be granted to female employees if their (prenatal or postnatal) maternity leave coincided with school holidays other than those during the summer. The Supreme Court ruled that this provision violates equal treatment legislation, as it makes a direct and unlawful distinction between male and female employees. This ruling makes clear that female employees must be compensated if their maternity leave coincides with holiday leave. It further illustrates that courts may set aside clauses which do not safeguard the equal treatment of men and women in their employment terms. Stefan Sagel, Irina Timp and Fieke Weber of De Brauw's employment team successfully litigated this case before the Supreme Court on behalf of the employee and teachers union AOb.
15 October 2020

NOW-3: Dutch government continues support for employers, but on less generous terms

The government in the Netherlands is extending its salary subsidy scheme to the end of June 2021. Employers will continue to receive assistance under ''NOW-3", but conditions are stricter than in previous NOW regulations. The details of NOW-3 were published in the Staatscourant on 9 October 2020.


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Senior Associate

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