Allen & Overy LLP

Employment Department

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What the team is known for Solid practice with comprehensive coverage across transactional and litigious employment topics. Adept at assisting with complex regulatory and compliance issues, as well as restructurings. Active on mandates concerning dismissals or the hiring of top executives, especially for major financial sector clients. Has a notable pensions offering, advising a number of high-profile clients on the implementation of pension schemes and on the transfer of pensions liabilities through M&A transactions.

Strengths One satisfied client reports: "Allen & Overy stands out for its high-quality advice and service-mindedness."

Work highlights Advised the works council of Air Products Nederland on a court case regarding the works council's right of consent in relation to pension scheme change for employees who are not governed by the company's collective labour agreement.

Notable practitioners

Clients recognise Arnold Keizer 's "knowledge of both the law and the facts of cases he works on," also adding that his "nice personality makes it a pleasure to work with him." Another client praises his client service: "He is extremely proactive, very speedy and extremely efficient." Keizer's specialist expertise covers the dismissal of executives and other employees.

Frank Doornik advises on the employment perspectives of corporate transactions and has special expertise in matters related to pensions. He also deals with contentious labour law matters. Doornik's clients hail from the industrial gas, chemical, logistics and retail industries.

Sander Schouten offers ongoing employment advice for financial and insurance companies. He is also adept at the implementation of remuneration arrangements. Schouten is "responsive, very quick and knowledgeable" according to clients.

The broad experience of Suzanne Sikkink includes employment matters related to corporate restructurings, transactions and court proceedings. "She is very quick on her feet," one client points out, also adding that Sikkink is "knowledgeable and always reachable." Other clients state that she is "a strong partner with the capability to be very flexible."