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  Chris Van Olmen Partner    
"Founding partner Chris Van Olmen is widely respected by peers for his excellent domestic practice. Clients value his 'entrepreneurial approach and outstanding communication skills,' and note that his "depth of knowledge really inspires trust and confidence."
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Chris Van OlmenChris Van Olmen
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Chris Van Olmen is founding partner of the law firm Van Olmen & Wynant and head of the employment law practice. He is also chairman of L&E Global, an integrated alliance of premier employment law boutique firms.

Chris covers all aspects of employment and industrial relations, including employment-related issues connected to reorganisation and restructuring processes, collective dismissals and closures and individual and collective employment disputes, including litigation for the Belgian Labour Courts. His clients include national and international companies and top executives.

Chris regularly writes and lectures on a variety of employment law topics. Most recently he contributed the Belgian Chapter in 'Employment and Labour Law', published in: The European Lawyer 2015, and 'The Employment Law Review', published in: Law Business Research 2015.

Chris is listed as a leading individual in The Legal 500 (2015), in Chambers Europe (2015), in The International Who's Who of Management Labour & Employment Lawyers 2014, in the Labour & Employment Expert Guides (2015) and in Best Lawyers (2015).

Chris has been a speaker or moderator at numerous national and international seminars and conferences and will act as moderator at the upcoming IBA conference in Mexico in April 2016.

Chris served as a member of the Brussels Bar Council, and is Board Member of the 'Association for Social Law'. Since 1999, he has been lecturing on social law in the traineeship programme organised by the Brussels Bar.

Chris is Co-Chair of the IBA Employment and Industrial Relations Law Committee and a Council Member of the Global Employment Institute. Chris is also a member of EELA (European Employment Lawyers Association) and of the American Bar Association (Labour and Employment Law Section).

 

  Luc Wynant Partner     
"Founding partner with ample expertise in both transactional and finance work."
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Luc WynantLuc Wynant
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Luc Wynant is founding partner of Van Olmen Wynant and head of the corporate law, private equity and M&A practice.

Luc has extensive experience in all aspects of corporate law, in particular regarding mergers & acquisitions and private equity in both transactional and financial work. He focuses especially on international and domestic share and assets acquisitions, venture capital and debt capital markets, (leverage) management buy outs, divestitures, funds formations, mergers and company reorganisations.

Luc is listed as recommended lawyer in the PLC Handbooks and in The Legal 500.

Luc regularly publishes on corporate and financial law. He is the author of the Belgian Chapter in the Private Equity Handbook and the Venture Capital Handbook (Practical Law Company). He also lectures on private equity and corporate law issues at his Alma Mater and at various national and international congresses and seminars.
Luc is fluent in Dutch, French and English. He was admitted to the Brussels bar in 1989.

Luc graduated from the University of Leuven (KUL) in 1989 and obtained an MBA degree from the Vlerick Leuven Ghent Business School (1990). He was an assistant teacher at the law department of his Alma Mater for several years.

 

  Alexei Loubkine Partner     
"A truly exceptional attorney"
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Alexei Loubkine is partner at Van Olmen Wynant, specialized in general commercial law with a focus on related litigation.

Alexei advises national and international clients, including public authorities, with regard to various aspects of commercial and business law in industrial, service and financial sectors, among others, on matters related to distribution and cooperation agreements. He is a member of the International Distribution Institute. Alexei has extensive experience in litigation both before Belgian judicial and administrative courts (Council of State) and before arbitral tribunals, and in enforcement related issues.

Alexei is fluent in Dutch, French, English and Russian. In 2003, he was admitted to the Bar and joined Van Olmen Wynant.

Alexei graduated from the University of Leuven (KUL) in 2002. He holds a Master in European law from the University of Brussels (2003).

 

  Valérie De Cook Counsel     

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Valérie De Cook is counsel at Van Olmen & Wynant, specialized in corporate law. Valérie has extensive experience advising national and international corporates on domestic and cross-border M&A and joint ventures; private equity; flotation; loan finance, banking & finance and general corporate and commercial matters.

Before joining Van Olmen & Wynant in 2012, she has worked for over 5 years as a corporate finance lawyer at the Benelux law firm NautaDutilh. From 2007 until 2012, Valérie has worked as legal counsel in the M&A and Restructuring Division within the Legal Department of Dexia Group.

Valérie is fluent in French, English and Dutch. She was admitted to the Brussels Bar in 2002.

Valérie graduated from the University of Namur (FUNDP) in 1998. She holds a law degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Louvain (UCL) in 2001, a post-graduate degree in financial law, cum laude, from the University of Ghent (RUG) in 2002 and a diploma in English commercial law from the College of Law of London in 2006.

 

  Cecilia Lahaye Counsel     

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Cecilia Lahaye is attorney at Van Olmen & Wynant, specialized in labour law.

Before joining Van Olmen & Wynant in 2014, she has worked within the labour law department of Stibbe and later as legal counsel to attorneys appointed to the Belgian Supreme Court, specializing in labour and social security law related cases.

Cecilia is fluent in Dutch, French and English. She was admitted to the Brussels Bar in 1994.

Cecilia graduated from the University of Leuven (KU Leuven) in 1989. In 2007 she obtained a certificate of aptitude in Supreme Court proceedings.

 

  Jeroen Mues Counsel     

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Jeroen Mues is counsel at Van Olmen & Wynant, specialized in corporate law.

Jeroen has over 10 years of experience and his corporate practice includes national and international transactional work for companies active in diverse industries. Jeroen specializes in (de)mergers, acquisitions, liquidations, joint ventures, corporate real estate and financing transactions and business restructurings, and has experience working for national and international non-profit organizations.

Before joining Van Olmen & Wynant in 2016, he worked for several law firms with a focus on national and international corporate and financing transactions.

Jeroen is fluent in Dutch, English and French. He was admitted to the Brussels Bar in 2005.

Jeroen holds a Master’s degree in law from the University of Leuven where he graduated in 2003 (KU Leuven). Furthermore, he holds a post-graduate Master’s degree in Economic Law (French-speaking University of Brussels (ULB), cum laude, 2004) and a post-graduate Master’s degree in corporate law (University of Brussels (KUB), cum laude, 2005).

 

  Nicolas Simon Attorney     

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Nicolas Simon is attorney at Van Olmen Wynant, specialised in employment law.

Nicolas is fluent in Dutch, French and English. He joined Van Olmen Wynant and was admitted to the Brussels Bar in 2007.

Nicolas graduated from the University of Brussels (ULB) in 2006. He holds a Master in Business law from the University of Ghent (2007).

 

  Vincent Vuylsteke Attorney     

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Vincent Vuylsteke is attorney at Van Olmen Wynant, specialised in social and administrative law.

Vincent is fluent in French and Dutch. He was admitted to the Brussels Bar in 2007 and joined Van Olmen Wynant in the same year.

Vincent graduated from the University of Louvain (UCL) in 2007. He was an assistant at his Alma Mater in the Department for Public and Administrative law.

 

  Timothy Baete Attorney     

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Timothy Baete is attorney at Van Olmen & Wynant, specialised in commercial law.

Timothy is fluent in French, Dutch, English and Italian. He was admitted to the Brussels Bar in 2008 and joined Van Olmen & Wynant in 2013.

Timothy graduated from the University of Brussels (ULB) in 2008.


  Tom Lootens Attorney     

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Tom Lootens is attorney at Van Olmen & Wynant, specialised in Commercial law.

Tom is fluent in Dutch, French and English. He was admitted to the Brussels Bar in 2010 and joined Van Olmen & Wynant in 2016.

Tom graduated from the University of Leuven in 2010. He holds a Master in Corporate law from the University of Brussels (HUB, 2011).


  Thomas De Jongh Attorney     

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Thomas De Jongh is attorney at Van Olmen Wynant, specialised in employment law.

Thomas is fluent in Dutch, English and French. He was admitted to the Brussels Bar in 2011 and joined Van Olmen Wynant in the same year.

Thomas graduated from the University of Ghent (UG) in 2010. He holds a master in Social Law from the University of Brussels (ULB, 2011).


  Tom De Koster Attorney     

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Tom De Koster is attorney at Van Olmen & Wynant, specialised in corporate law.

Tom is fluent in Dutch, French and English. He was admitted to the Brussels Bar in 2013 and joined Van Olmen & Wynant in the same year.

Tom graduated from the University of Ghent (UG) in 2013.


  Frederik Vermaerke Attorney     

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Frederik Vermaerke is attorney at Van Olmen & Wynant, specialised in corporate law.

Frederik is fluent in Dutch and English. He was admitted to the Brussels Bar in 2013 and joined Van Olmen & Wynant in the same year.

Frederik graduated from the University of Ghent (UG) in 2013.


  Joachim Verhaeghe Attorney     

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Joachim Verhaeghe is attorney at Van Olmen & Wynant, specialised in commercial law.

Joachim is fluent in Dutch, French and English. He was admitted to the Brussels Bar in 2013 and joined Van Olmen & Wynant in 2015.

Joachim graduated from the University of Leuven in 2012. He holds a Master in Tax law from the University of Leuven (2013). Additionally he holds a Master in Corporate law from the University of Brussels (HUB, 2014).


  Gautier Busschaert Attorney     

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Gautier Busschaert is attorney at Van Olmen & Wynant, specialised in employment law.

Before joining Van Olmen & Wynant in 2013, Gautier was a teaching assistant at his Alma Mater in the Department for European and international law from 2011 to 2013.

Gautier has spoken at several international conferences on EU citizenship and social Europe and has published articles on the same subjects. Gautier has also co-drafted several reports for the Commission-funded network of experts on free movement of workers in the EU.

Gautier is fluent in French and English. He was admitted to the Brussels Bar in 2013 and joined Van Olmen & Wynant in the same year.

Gautier graduated from the University of Louvain (UCL) in 2005 and obtained a Masters in European Law from the University of Brussels (ULB) in 2006. He holds a PhD in law from the University of Leicester which he obtained in 2014.


  Giancarlo Provenzano Attorney     

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Giancarlo Provenzano is attorney at Van Olmen & Wynant, specialised in corporate law.

Giancarlo is fluent in Dutch, French and English. He was admitted to the Brussels Bar in 2014 and joined Van Olmen & Wynant in the same year.

Giancarlo graduated from the University of Brussels (VUB, 2013). He holds an LL.M in Comparative Corporate & Financial Law from the University of Leeds (2013). Additionally he obtained an advanced Master in European Law at the University of Brussels (ULB, 2014).


  Tine De Nys Attorney     

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Tine De Nys is attorney at Van Olmen & Wynant, specialised in corporate law.

Tine is fluent in Dutch, French and English. She was admitted to the Brussels Bar in 2014 and joined Van Olmen & Wynant in 2015.

Tine graduated from the University of Ghent (UG, 2013). She holds a Master of Corporate Law from the University of Leuven (KU Leuven, 2014).


  Karel Devloo Attorney     

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Karel Devloo is attorney at Van Olmen & Wynant, specialised in employment law.

Before joining Van Olmen & Wynant, Karel was Advisor to the Belgian Minister of Employment Monica De Coninck until 2014.

Karel is fluent in Dutch, English, French and Spanish. He was admitted to the Brussels Bar in 2015 and joined Van Olmen & Wynant in the same year.

Karel holds a Master in political science from the University of Ghent (UG, 2010). In 2013 he obtained a Master of Laws from the University of Ghent (UG).


  Idriss Anbari Attorney     

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Idriss Anbari is attorney at Van Olmen & Wynant, specialised in social and administrative law.

Before joining Van Olmen & Wynant, Idriss was an intern at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (The Hague) until 2015.

Idriss is fluent in French, English and Arabic. He was admitted to the Brussels Bar in 2015 and joined Van Olmen & Wynant in the same year.

Idriss graduated from the University of Brussels (ULB) in 2014.


  Yassine Laghmiche Attorney     

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Yassine Laghmiche is attorney at Van Olmen & Wynant, specialised in social and administrative law.

Yassine is fluent in French and has a good knowledge of Dutch and English. He was admitted to the Brussels Bar in 2016 and joined Van Olmen & Wynant in the same year.

Yassine graduated from the University of Brussels in 2016.


  François-Xavier Istace Attorney     

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François-Xavier Istace is attorney at Van Olmen & Wynant, specialised in Commercial law.

Before joining Van Olmen & Wynant, François-Xavier worked in various international tribunals in The Hague.

François-Xavier is fluent in French and English, and has a good knowledge of Dutch. He was admitted to the Brussels Bar in 2016 and joined Van Olmen & Wynant in the same year.

François-Xavier graduated from the University of Louvain (UCL, 2013). He also holds an LL.M from the University of Aberdeen (2014).


  Guillaume Peeters Attorney     

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Guillaume Peeters is attorney at Van Olmen & Wynant, specialised in Employment law.

Guillaume is fluent in French and English and has a good knowledge of Dutch. He was admitted to the Brussels Bar in 2016 and joined Van Olmen & Wynant in 2016.

Guillaume graduated from the University of Brussels (ULB) in 2016.


  Eugénie Mairlot Attorney     

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Eugénie Mairlot is attorney at Van Olmen & Wynant, specialised in employment law.

Eugénie is fluent in French, Dutch, English and has a good knowledge of Spanish. She was admitted to the Bar in 2015 and joined Van Olmen & Wynant in 2016.

Eugénie graduated from the University of Louvain-la-Neuve (UCL, 2014). She also holds an LL.M in Intellectual property law from the University of Leuven (KUL, 2015).


  Bart Vingerhoets Attorney     

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Bart Vingerhoets is attorney at Van Olmen & Wynant, specialised in employment and administrative law.

Bart is fluent in Dutch, French, English and Spanish. Bart started his career as in-house counsel in an international company. He was admitted to the Antwerp bar in 2015 and to the Brussels Bar in 2017. He joined Van Olmen & Wynant in 2017.

Bart successfully graduated as a Master of Law from the University of Antwerp (UA) in 2013. He holds an LL.M in Social Law from the University of Brussels (VUB, 2015).


  Laurent Detaille Attorney     

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Laurent Detaille is attorney at Van Olmen & Wynant, specialised in corporate law.

Laurent is fluent in French, Dutch and English. He was admitted to the Brussels Bar in 2017 and joined Van Olmen & Wynant in the same year.

Laurent graduated from the University of Louvain (UCL, 2017).


  Sarah Snauwaert Attorney     

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Sarah Snauwaert is attorney at Van Olmen & Wynant, specialised in commercial law.

Sarah is fluent in Dutch, French and English. She was admitted to the Brussels Bar in 2017 and joined Van Olmen & Wynant in the same year.

Sarah graduated from the University of Leuven in 2016. She holds an Master in Corporate Law from the University of Leuven (KUL, 2017).


  Siemen Buttiëns Attorney     

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Siemen Buttiëns is attorney at Van Olmen & Wynant, specialised in Employment law.

Before joining Van Olmen & Wynant, Siemen was a research assistant at the Institute for Social Law, University of Leuven (KUL) until 2017.

Siemen is fluent in Dutch and English, and has a good knowledge of French. He was admitted to the Brussels Bar in 2017 and joined Van Olmen & Wynant in the same year.

Siemen holds a Bachelor in History from the University of Leuven (2011). In 2016 he obtained a Master of Laws from the University of Leuven (2016).


  Stéphanie De Somer Of Counsel     

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Dr. Stéphanie De Somer is of counsel at Van Olmen & Wynant, specialised in public law.

Stéphanie is fluent in Dutch, French and English.

Stéphanie graduated from the University of Antwerp (UA) as a master of Laws in 2011. Additionally, she obtained the degree of Doctor of Laws at the University of Antwerp (UA) in 2015.

Currently, Stéphanie works as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Antwerp. As an academic advisor, she brings an expertise in administrative law to Van Olmen & Wynant.