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A leading international paper manufacturer turned to Shearwaters to terminate its legal relations with one of its high profile Management Board members.

Amsterdam, July 2016

A leading international paper manufacturer turned to Shearwaters to terminate its legal relations with one of its high profile Management Board members.

In the course of this mandate, Shearwaters obtained the first delicate, court ordered, dissolution of a managing director’s employment agreement since new and stricter Dutch dismissal laws entered into force in 2015.

Lead-counsel and co-heads of Shearwaters, Martijn van Broeckhuijsen and Maarten Vestering, said:

“This court ruling is significant in that it marks the very first court decision on complex dismissals of managing directors under current Dutch dismissal laws.

The court agreed with us that an irreconcilable difference of opinion between all stakeholders regarding the organisational and management structure of the company qualifies as a reasonable ground for dismissal. The fact that the managing director was ill did not prevent his dismissal since the illness was unrelated to the company’s request for the dismissal.

We are satisfied with the outcome of this court case. This mandate reflects the strength of our strategic advice and litigation capabilities, next to our other pillar: providing first class support in M&A deals.”

Former international partner of Baker & McKenzie’s Amsterdam employment and pensions team, Karin Bodewes, will join Dutch boutique Shearwaters as of counsel per 1 July 2016.

Amsterdam, 10 June 2016

Upon joining Shearwaters, Karin Bodewes (pictured) will reunite with her former colleagues Martijn van Broeckhuijsen, Maarten Vestering and Barbara-Ellen Bruin.

Karin Bodewes has been practicing employment law for nearly 30 years. She is adept at solving employment issues, particularly in individual employment matters, for corporates, financial institutions and top executives operating internationally.

 

Karin Bodewes

Joining Shearwaters and working alongside my former colleagues is just wonderful. I’m looking forward to contributing to the firm’s further growth”.

Martijn van Broeckhuijsen and Maarten Vestering

Co-heads of Shearwaters:

We are delighted with Karin’s arrival. She is widely recognized as a leading practitioner with an excellent reputation and vast experience at the world’s largest international law firm. Her arrival enhances our offering to clients. At the same time, it underpins our strength and goal: fostering personal relationships with companies and executives alike, enabling us to consistently and successfully resolve their high-end matters of Dutch corporate employment law.

Former associate of Baker & McKenzie’s Amsterdam employment and pensions team, Barbara-Ellen Bruin, has joined forces with Dutch boutique firm Shearwaters.

Amsterdam, 4 May 2016

Barbara-Ellen Bruin (pictured) has been working in the international business environment for over 10 years. She will continue to do so alongside her former colleagues Martijn van Broeckhuijsen and Maarten Vestering, who left Linklaters and Baker & McKenzie in 2015 to set up Shearwaters.

During her tenure at Baker & McKenzie, Barbara-Ellen Bruin gained relevant experience in solving employment issues in international transactions and in standalone employment matters for corporates, financial institutions and executives operating internationally.

In the past five years, Barbara-Ellen Bruin lived and worked in Houston (United States of America) where she obtained HR-qualifications at a leading university and managed the day-to-day business of a Houston based communications and project management firm operating in the Texas energy industry.

 

Barbara-Ellen Bruin

It is wonderful to be working with Shearwaters and alongside my former colleagues Martijn van Broeckhuijsen and Maarten Vestering. I look forward to contributing to the firm’s further growth”.

Martijn van Broeckhuijsen

Founding Partner of Shearwaters:

We are delighted with Barbara-Ellen’s arrival. She has an excellent reputation and the distinctive international mindset, approach and behaviour that sit well with our expansion strategy. Her arrival enhances our offering to clients. At the same time, it underpins our firm’s strength and goal: fostering personal relationships with companies and executives alike, enabling us to consistently and succesfully resolve their high-end matters of Dutch corporate employment law.

Former and seasoned employment law expert of Baker & McKenzie’s Amsterdam employment and pensions team, Maarten Vestering, has joined Dutch boutique firm Shearwaters as a partner.

Amsterdam, 1 September 2015

Maarten Vestering has reunited with his former colleague Martijn van Broeckhuijsen, who left Baker & McKenzie in 2010 to head up Linklaters’ Amsterdam employment and pensions team.

Maarten Vestering brings with him 15 years of experience in advising corporates, financial institutions and executives operating internationally, on stand-alone employment law matters and on the employment law aspects of mergers, acquisitions, closures and relocations of businesses.

Maarten Vestering

I am excited about joining Shearwaters and reuniting with my former colleague Martijn van Broeckhuijsen. We will continue to build our track record as committed and trusted advisors to corporate clients and executives facing the challenges of Dutch corporate employment law in the international business environment”.

Martijn van Broeckhuijsen

Founding Partner of Shearwaters:

We are very happy with Maarten’s arrival. He has an excellent reputation and vast experience at the world’s largest law firm. His arrival enhances our offering to clients. At the same time, it underpins our strength and goal: fostering personal relationships with companies and executives alike, enabling us to consistently and successfully resolve their high-end matters of Dutch corporate employment law.”

About Shearwaters

We are Shearwaters, the boutique law firm focusing solely on Dutch corporate employment law. We work from Amsterdam’s financial district (Zuidas). Our clients are internationally operating corporates, financial institutions and (senior) executives.

As committed and trusted advisors we are particularly adept at advising clients on delicate (executive) dismissals, works council consultation processes, executive remuneration, collective redundancies and reorganisations including negotiations with trade unions on social plans).

Our lawyers are highly specialised and very experienced in their field, having worked at global law firms Baker & McKenzie and Linklaters for a combined period of over 50 years.

Shearwaters helps its clients navigate through the complexities of Dutch corporate employment law by providing:

  • Transactional support;
  • Strategic advice;
  • Litigation and mediation.

Shearwaters and its lawyers are best known for:

  • A strong track record;
  • Being consistent, pragmatic, business oriented, crisp, focused, and well networked;
  • Getting things done, cutting through to key issues;
  • Providing sound judgement, not just technical expertise.

Shearwaters is recognized as a leading firm by independent global legal directories Chambers and Partners and The Legal 500.

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