Clifford Chance LLP

Employment Department

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What the team is known for Notable firm advising a number of financial institutions on executive remuneration policies and contentious matters with high-level employees. Assists with the relocation of employees as part of international restructuring processes. Has further notable experience in pensions planning and litigation. Clients are drawn from sectors including real estate, technology, telecoms and shipping.

Strengths Clients enthuse about lawyers at the firm: "They are immediately up to speed with any mandate, they understand the commercial considerations and intensity, while being highly knowledgeable and remarkably pragmatic."

Sources highlight the practical insight the lawyers offer: "They understand our business really well and are good at balancing risks whilst still providing clear and practical advice. They are not afraid to make a choice in terms of advising which direction we should take, which is highly appreciated."

Work highlights Advised MarketAxess on the establishment of a Dutch office, assisting with the transfer of employees and Dutch remuneration law.

Notable practitioners

Clients endorse Floris Van de Bult for being an "outstanding counsel who understands his clients and delivers exceptional service and quality." Other clients point out that he is "highly responsive, sharp and he always provides practical and high-quality advice with a focus on finding solutions." He has a broad employment law advisory practice, including assisting with the transfer of employees and remuneration matters.

Wijnanda Rutten is recognised for her specialised knowledge in matters related to pensions, including harmonisation and disputes about the closure of pension plans. Market commentators emphasise her "very strong reputation and very broad practice in pensions law," also observing that "she is very thorough."