François Defaix

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François Defaix is a lawyer and partner at AKD who works in the field of collective and individual employment (procedural) law. He specialises in collective dismissals and reorganisations, including the drawing up of social plans and negotiations with the trade unions. His specialism also covers international employment law, due diligence, acquisitions and transfers of business ownership.

François also frequently acts as board room counsel in the appointment, suspension and dismissal of directors (under the articles) and shareholder disputes. In addition, François has a great deal of experience with the introduction of collective employment contracts and co-determination law (Works Councils Act [Wet op de ondernemingsraden]). He advises the management and boards of (large) companies with regard to requests for advice and approval and the role of the Works Council in conjunction with (international) mergers and acquisitions. His extensive litigation practice includes disputes about all these employment law issues. He litigates frequently before the Enterprise Section of the Amsterdam Court of Appeal [Ondernemingskamer] and institutes preliminary injunctions in relation to strikes.