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What the team is known for Large and versatile team offering market-leading expertise on pensions. A strong option for multi-jurisdictional mandates in addition to frequently representing work councils in contentious cases and advising on co-determination rights. Strong corporate litigation expertise, with a notable focus on the retail, media and entertainment sectors.

Strengths Clients appreciate that the lawyers are "very experienced" and say: "They are proactive and meet deadlines."

"For pensions law the firm is just outstanding," says one market commentator, while another states: "It is the best full-service firm for pensions law."

Work highlights Advised the works council of Intergamma on a dispute with minority shareholders relating to the intended restructuring and refinancing of the company.

Notable practitioners

Erik Lutjens attracts considerable attention from market commentators for his academic contributions to the field of pensions law. One impressed source remarks: "What he has done for Dutch pensions law is amazing."

Johan Zwemmer joined DLA Piper in October 2019. He has an exceptional reputation for his understanding of issues relating to platform workers and flexible labour. He is described by one client as "an out-of-the-box thinker," while another source praises Zwemmer's "strong analytical skills and strategic thinking." Interviewees further praise his "ability to explain highly specialised matters in a very straightforward way, both to legal advisers and to directors with no legal expertise."

Marnix Holtzer is particularly well known in the field of co-determination rights and regularly acts for employee bodies on contentious matters arising from corporate transactions. According to one source, Holtzer is "clearly focused on his clients' interests" and is "not only technically strong but fights for his clients as well.""He is proactive and tries to be one step ahead of the process," states another interviewee. Holtzer advised the works council of Bugaboo on the sale of the company to Bain Capital.