European law firm Fieldfisher is pleased to announce the launch of its Employment practice in Amsterdam with the appointment of Franck van Uden as partner.This move strengthens the firm's existing capabilities to provide both national and cross-border employment law, employee benefits and employment litigation support to clients across a diverse range of sectors. With Franck in place, this appointment brings Fieldfisher's global employment law team to a total of 15 Partners across Amsterdam, Barcelona, Birmingham, Brussels, Dusseldorf, London, Manchester, Munich and Turin.
Franck joins Fieldfisher from law firm Jones Day, where he was a counsel on their employment and litigation team. Prior to this he spent time at Baker & McKenzie. Franck brings a wealth of knowledge across all areas of employment law, particularly complex litigation, restructurings, executive hiring and firing, compliance and investigations, works councils and work in the gig economy. As well as, expertise in fundamental rights issues, to the benefit of Fieldfisher's client base.
Commenting on Franck's appointment, Michael Chissick, Managing Partner at Fieldfisher, said:
"It's fantastic to see the Amsterdam office going from strength to strength.
"Our initial focus for Amsterdam was core corporate work, such as, finance and insolvency, business structuring (including inward investment), commercial contracts, compliance and governance and corporate litigation work. This move to offer employment law is a proactive response to growing business needs in this jurisdiction.
"With Brexit now a likely certainty, Amsterdam will continue to be a key hub for Fieldfisher and I look forward to seeing continued growth and the office playing a greater role in supporting the firm's key sectors; Energy and Natural resources, Financial Services, Life Sciences and Technology."
Marcel Willems, Managing Partner of Fieldfisher Amsterdam, said:
"I'm delighted to welcome Franck to Fieldfisher Amsterdam. Having an employment law expert based in the Amsterdam office was a key strategic move and was driven by client need for both national and international employment advice.
"The Netherlands is and will continue to be a great place to do business and we're thrilled that we are now better positioned to meet more of our client's needs."
Franck van Uden, Fieldfisher Amsterdam, added:
"I'm thrilled to be joining Fieldfisher to develop their employment law offering. Amsterdam is a key business hub for not just strong national businesses but also internationally, with companies expanding out and into Amsterdam.
"I look forward to being able to advise clients based locally and also work with the wider employment law colleagues across Fieldfisher to assist clients with cross border employment law advice."
Fieldfisher is a European law firm with market leading practices in many of the world's most dynamic sectors. We are an exciting, forward-thinking organisation with a particular focus on energy & natural resources, technology, finance & financial services, life sciences and media.
Our network has more than 1,550 people working across 25 offices providing highly commercial advice based on an in-depth understanding of our clients' needs.
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