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

16 January 2023

Rivean Capital to acquire CED Group from BlackFin Capital Partners

De Brauw is advising Rivean Capital on its planned acquisition of the CED Group. The CED Group is a Dutch headquartered company and offers its clients a full range of claims management services, ranging from risk taxation and inspection to emergency assistance, together with (injury) claim loss adjustment and handling, repair in kind and recourse. CED is active in the Property, Mobility and Vitality domains and has a strong cross-border claims organisation. Besides the Netherlands, the CED Group is active in France, Belgium and Spain and has offices in 8 other countries for cross-border claims activities.
3 January 2023

Scheybeeck sells a majority stake in BUKO Infrasupport and BUKO Waakt to Equistone

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20 December 2022

De Brauw advises Thomas H. Lee Partners on its acquisition of Bynder, a leading global digital asset management platform

De Brauw advised Thomas H. Lee Partners ("THL") on the acquisition of Bynder from multiple sellers including Insight Partners.THL, based in Boston, is a premier private equity firm investing in growth companies. Bynder is a global leader in Digital Asset Management (DAM), headquartered in Amsterdam and with major office hubs in the United States, Spain, UK, Australia, and UAE. Bynder's powerful, intuitive, and deeply integrated DAM platform unifies and transforms the creation, management, and distribution of marketing assets. The partnership will accelerate Bynder’s ability to help brands overcome the complexity of proliferating content, enabling delivery of exceptional content experiences and unlocking revenue growth.

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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.

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Mirjam Kerkhof

Senior Associate