Maarten Vestering > Shearwaters > Amsterdam, Netherlands > Lawyer Profile


Work Department

Corporate Employment Law




Maarten has been practising employment law and related litigation for over 18 years. He is a former senior lawyer of Baker McKenzie’s Amsterdam employment and pensions department. He joined Shearwaters as a partner on 1 September 2015 and co-heads the firm with Martijn van Broeckhuijsen.

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

Maarten is a strong litigator with a reputable track record. He is also familiar with alternative dispute resolution (e.g. mediation).

Maarten advises corporates, financial institutions and executives operating internationally, on stand-alone employment law matters and on the employment aspects of mergers, acquisitions, closures and relocations of businesses.

For the second year in a row (2018 and 2019), Maarten was named an Acritas™ star lawyer by global database Acritas. Please visit for more information.

This is what clients say about Maarten:

A bold presence, exceptional knowledge, and great to work with. He is able to adapt quite easily; you can put him in different situations and he is comfortable.”

“Provides advice without allowing the heat of the situation to interfere with timing and decisions.”


Dutch, English, German


National Association of Employment Lawyers (“VAAN”)
Regional Association of Employment Lawyers (“VvAA e.o.”)
National Association for Employment Law (“VVA”)
International Bar Association (“IBA”)
Amsterdam Bar Association
Dutch Bar Association

Lawyer Rankings

Netherlands > Employment

Boutique firm Shearwaters is known for its expertise in corporate employment law and often acts as local counsel to international law firms on their employment mandates in the Netherlands. The firm also assists various international clients with the employment aspects of M&A transactions and potential follow-up litigation. Martijn van Broeckhuijsen and Maarten Vestering co-chair the practice, supported by Hester van den Dorpel.