Dutch lawyer takes reins of Norton Rose Fulbright’s global employment team
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Maartje Govaert

Amsterdam-based Maartje Govaert has been elevated to Norton Rose Fulbright’s global head of employment and labour, in charge of more than 300 lawyers worldwide.

Govaert, who was previously the firm’s employment practice head for Europe, the Middle East, and Asia, succeeds Toronto-based Richard Charney, who is stepping down from the role after more than a decade. Govaert will lead the firm’s global labour group from 22 June.

Govaert has extensive experience of advising on international employment and labour matters, including in the context of cross-border acquisitions as well as ESG, where she has a proven track record of negotiating with works councils and trade unions on employee benefit plans.

As an employment and certified pensions lawyer, Govaert regularly advises boards on corporate governance and remuneration issues (including pensions), executive appointments, and terminations.

She has particular experience of advising on highly sensitive employment matters, including internal investigations (including whistleblowing), harassment and discrimination, diversity and inclusion, health and safety, and GDPR.

Govaert advises multinationals across a range of industries, including consumer markets, life sciences, technology (including the platform economy), energy, and financial institutions.

“Maartje is a leader in employment law and a leader of people, so I am confident that she will be of great value to clients and colleagues in this role,” said Gerry Pecht, the firm’s global chief executive.

“Amsterdam is a European hub for many multinationals, which has allowed Maartje to gain a wealth of international employment and labour law experience that makes her perfectly suited to lead our global group.”

Commenting on her appointment, Govaert, said: “Due in part to the pandemic, the global workplace is undergoing rapid transformation, with many jurisdictions facing common employment and labour challenges. I look forward to sharing my experience of advising clients on international employment and labour matters with my colleagues globally.”

Govaert is a member of the Dutch Association of Employment Lawyers, the European Employment Lawyers Association, the Association of Pension Lawyers, and the Association of Corporate Litigation.