Christiaan Oberman



The director
Transgressive behaviour
Partnerships & cooperatives
Unfair competition

Christiaan Oberman is appreciated as a lawyer for his strategic approach. 

Christiaan is involved in:

  • Advising national and international companies, including several listed companies and (semi) governmental bodies.
  • Advising executive and supervisory boards.
  • Guiding boards of directors and HR departments through reorganisations.
  • Representing directors under the articles of association and other officers.

He has been affiliated with Palthe Oberman as a founding partner since the firm’s inception. Christiaan studied at the University of Amsterdam. 

Christiaan publishes regularly on employment law topics and gives lectures and courses. For the Advocatenblad, he writes the annual Kroniek Arbeidsrecht (Chronicle of Employment Law), which contains the most important rulings in the field of employment law.

Christiaan is a board member on behalf of the Netherlands of the European Employment Lawyers Association (EELA).

He is also a member of the Disciplinary Board of the Amsterdam Bar Association.

Christiaan has also been involved in the work of the War Child organisation since its inception.

Chambers and Legal 500 recommend him and write about him:

  • “They offer great responsiveness, an understanding of our needs, and pragmatic solutions.” – Chambers & Partners 2023
  • “Christiaan is a very clever and competent lawyer.” – Chambers & Partners 2023
  • attentive to detail and service-focused” – Chambers & Partners 2022
  • strategic, highly skilled and technical” – Chambers & Partners
  • very good negotiator” – Legal 500
  • clients praise him for “his ability to build relationships with key internal stakeholders” – Chambers & Partners


  • Disciplinary Board of the Amsterdam Bar Association
  • Board member of the European Employment Lawyers Association (EELA)
  • International Bar Association
  • Dutch Employment Lawyers Association
  • Employment Law Association
  • Amsterdam Employment Lawyers Association
  • Board member of several civil society organisations

Christiaan Oberman has registered the following main (and sub) legal practice areas in the Dutch Bar Association’s register of legal practice areas:

  • Employment law
  • Collective dismissals
  • International employment law
  • Employee co-determination

Based on this registration, he is obliged to obtain 10 continuing education points in each registered main legal practice area every calendar year according to the standards of the Dutch Bar Association.

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