Maarten Vestering


Barbara Strozzilaan 101
1083 HN Amsterdam

Tel: +31202402761


Maarten Vestering is a Partner of Shearwaters Advocatuur, a boutique law firm based in Amsterdam’s financial district (Zuidas), focusing solely on Dutch corporate employment law.

Maarten specialises in employment law and employee benefits with particular emphasis on litigation and alternative dispute resolution (e.g. mediation). Maarten brings with him 17 years of experience in advising corporates, financial institutions and executives operating internationally, on stand-alone employment law matters and on the employment law aspects of mergers, acquisitions, closures and relocations of businesses.

Maarten advises and litigates on a broad range of Dutch and European employment matters. He has particular expertise and experience in the areas of executive hiring and firing, business restructurings and downsizing of (European) workforces, compliance and investigations, health and safety of employees, restrictive covenants and unfair competition.

Maarten regularly speaks and publishes on various employment law topics.

Shearwaters, the leading Dutch employment law boutique

Shearwaters represents internationally operating corporates, financial institutions and (senior) executives. The firm helps its clients navigate through the complexities of Dutch corporate
employment law by providing:

  • Transactional support
  • Strategic advice
  • Litigation and mediation

The lawyers at Shearwaters are committed and trusted advisors; they are highly specialised and very experienced in their field, having worked at global law firms Baker McKenzie and Linklaters for a combined period of over 75 years. They are particularly adept at advising clients on delicate (executive) dismissals, works council consultation processes, executive remuneration, collective redundancies and reorganisations (including negotiations with trade unions on social plans).

Independent global legal directories Chambers and Partners, Legal 500 and Employment Law Experts recommend and rank Shearwaters as a leading firm.


“Martijn van Broeckhuijsen and Maarten Vestering lead the team at employment boutique Shearwaters. Executive dismissals, works council negotiations and collective redundancies are the practice’s core strengths.”
Legal 500