Amsterdam, March 2019
We proudly announce our international recognition as a leading law firm and internationally recognised practitioner in the recently published editions of major and independent global legal directories Chambers Europe, Acritas™ and The Legal 500 Series EMEA.
In addition, Martijn van Broeckhuijsen, founder of Shearwaters, is a “highly recommended and leading lawyer” in the 2019 guide of Chambers and Partners featuring the best lawyers and law firms across Europe. Martijn has been recognised as such since 2014. Our co-head Maarten Vestering is a recently named Acritas™ star lawyer in a new global database of client nominated star lawyers (also featuring some of our friends at BakerMcKenzie, Linklaters and Kirkland & Ellis).
This is what clients say about Maarten:
“A bold presence, exceptional knowledge, and great to work with. He is able to adapt quite easily; you can put him in different situations and he is comfortable.”
This is what clients say about Martijn:
“[He] is described by commentators as “responsive, commercial and knowledgeable”. Another source reports that “he is an effective negotiator with a high level of clarity in communication”. He has a broad practice that encompasses individual dismissals, restructuring processes and the Dutch employment law aspects of significant global M&A transactions.”
These international awards are based on in-depth, objective research (including feedback from our clients) on our firm’s work over the preceding 12 months.
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Shearwaters thanks its clients, its peers and the legal directories for their continued support.
Martijn van Broeckhuijsen and Maarten Vestering, co-heads of Shearwaters, said:
“This confirms a wonderful start of 2019. Our great team continues to bring in high profile mandates of Dutch corporate employment law in the international business environment, acting for leading international businesses and top executives.
We are humbled by this repeated, valuable and reliable international praise. We remain very crisp, confident and optimistic, as this confirms the relevance of the niche we found, as well as our strong track record as a seasoned team of committed and trusted advisors with a distinct global mindset. The rankings motivate us to continue to move onward and upward and underpin the real measure of success for the work we do: client satisfaction. Many thanks!”
Amsterdam, June 2017
Shearwaters has secured victory for a leading international paper manufacturer in a landmark appeal case.
In 2016, the company turned to Shearwaters to terminate the legal relations with one of its prominent Management Board members.
In the course of this mandate, Shearwaters already obtained the first delicate, court ordered, termination of a board member’s employment agreement since new and stricter Dutch dismissal laws entered into force in 2015.
That 2016 verdict by the District Court was appealed by the former board member, but to no avail. The verdict has now been confirmed by the Amsterdam-based Court of Appeal.
Lead-counsel and co-heads of Shearwaters, Martijn van Broeckhuijsen and Maarten Vestering, said:
“This appeal court ruling is significant in that it confirms the very first lower court decision on complex dismissals of managing directors under current Dutch dismissal laws.
The appeal court agreed with the lower court (and as such: with our client) 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 at the time of his dismissal did not prevent the dismissal since the illness was unrelated to the company’s request for the dismissal.
We are satisfied with the outcome of this court case in appeal. 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.
“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 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.
“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.”
Who? The University of Amsterdam in cooperation with Shearwaters.
What? The 62nd AOM-meeting.
When? Friday 13 October 2017 at 9:15am.
Where? At Shearwaters, the unique boutique law firm focusing solely on Dutch corporate employment law in the international business environment. Located @ Spaces Zuidas in Amsterdam: www.spacesworks.com/amsterdam/zuidas
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.
Shearwaters helps its clients navigate through the complexities of Dutch corporate employment law in the following three areas:
- Transactional support;
- Strategic advice;
- Litigation and mediation.
The lawyers at Shearwaters are a seasoned team of committed and trusted advisors to corporate clients and executives facing the challenges of Dutch corporate employment law in the international business environment.
They are highly specialised and highly experienced in this field, having worked at global law firms Baker McKenzie and Linklaters and at prominent Dutch firm Houthoff Buruma for a combined period of some 90 years.
The lawyers at Shearwaters 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).
Shearwaters is best known for its strong track record as a seasoned team of committed and trusted advisors to corporate clients and executives and for its (other) strengths, which are:
- fostering personal relationships with companies and executives;
- being consistent and pragmatic, business oriented, 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.