SPECIALIZATIONS 
FIX CHANGE

For sustainable results there is more to it than just the law in the books as primary gateway to achieve goals. Profound sector knowledge, innovative mindset, right social, psychological and business sensitivity, proven project management skills and extensive experience are equally pivotal. We are praised by our clients in this regard in the following fields:

M&A

By combining strategic advice with practical day-to-day management guidance we help you mitigate risks and achieve goals in all stages of a transaction:

  • exit-readiness

  • due diligence

  • deal shaping

  • negotiations with parties involved

  • closing coordination

  • integrating operations.

We are there to partner with you from deal inception to business integration, perceptive to the legal, practical and tactical issues and the need to address these quickly.

RESTRUCTURINGS

The market is unpredictable. It is critical to be proactive and agile to respond adequately to rapidly changing circumstances. We consider projects like reorganizations and legal entity rationalizations holistically, understanding your short-term needs as well as long-term objectives. We help you deal best with:

  • trade unions

  • works councils

  • special negotiating bodies

  • governmental agencies

  • shareholders

  • employees

  • other stakeholders

We have a connected perspective on legal possibilities, risks and intricacies. Your reputation is front of our mind.

MOBILITY

We know first hand that especially for global mobility the devil is in the details. Non-compliance with rules and regulations can have serious (reputational) consequences, especially in an environment of greater law enforcement and stiffer penalties. Deployment can be at stake and hence business continuity. We make sure you avoid the pitfalls of international personnel transfers and refresh your mobility programs and people operating model.

EQUITY

Stock options, restricted stock, stock appreciation rights and phantom shares, restricted stock units. There are many equity plans we have managed over time and addressed intersecting considerations tailored to client needs. We provide cutting-edge advice on the design, implementation, governance and maintenance of these type of plans for you to be competitive and meet your business objectives to attract and retain top talent in a compliant manner navigating legal interdependencies.

CONTINGENT WORKFORCE

Gig workers are more in the news than ever before. It is important for companies to stay ahead of any issue to avoid surprises and law changes. We help you in a way that manages risks, drives efficiency and seize opportunities. Smart people planning is a major cost saver and a true reputation booster.

Ask us about our much appreciated compliance reviews on e.g. global mobility, health & safety and contract qualification as multi-disciplinary and multi-jurisdictional integrated service offering. We will review your existing documents, interview stakeholders and challenge any standpoint adopted. We will provide you with a concise management report with an executive summary, our impact analysis of identified risks and opportunities as well as detailed implementation step plan, including the project management thereof.
STRATEGY CHALLENGE

Transformation is not a option. It is a business imperative. Uplift your purpose and values by challenging yourself by asking the right questions to find the right answers to what’s next to stand out from the crowd.

  • Contract mix: What is the ideal future-fit workforce configuration in type of contracts in view of the Dutch Balanced Labor Market Act and the Dutch Deregulation Assessment Employment Relationship Act?
     

  • Global mobility: How to deal with cross-border postings in view of the strict requirements and enforcement under the EU Posted Workers Directives, observing factors like the number of postings, their type and duration, as well as country combinations?
     

  • Business transfer: Is a Brexit business transfer to the Netherlands desired in view of local rules about e.g. privacy and/or regarding financial institutions? Should a business transfer to a low wage country be considered?
     

  • Covid-19: How can we best anticipate the business consequences of Covid-19, observing remote working, health and safety compliance, equity reward and talent management? Should we change employment conditions, reorganize, initiate contract negotiations with third parties, request payment deferral or creditors and shareholders for homologation?
     

  • Restructuring: Should we restructure in view of obligations under potentially applicable mandatory collective bargaining agreements and pension funds or create and lobby for a (mandatory) collective bargaining agreement? How to deal with works councils and trade unions, also from a project management perspective?