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Van Olmen & Wynant
AVENUE LOUISE 221
1050 BRUSSELS
Belgium

Belgium > Employment Tier 2

Anchored by its strong capabilities in international collaborations, Van Olmen & Wynant works with many of the region’s largest, well-known companies on a host of advisory and contentious employment matters, regularly representing clients before various courts and labour tribunals. The team is especially noted for its capabilities in civil service law and EU employment law, where Vincent Vuylsteke , Gautier Busschaert and Pieter Pecinovsky have significant expertise. Practice head Chris Van Olmen maintains a broad labour practice that encompasses reorganisations, collective dismissals, and litigation before the Belgian labour courts. Senior attorney Thomas De Jongh is regularly praised by clients on account of his commercial sensibility and deep understanding of US markets.

Practice head(s):

Chris Van Olmen

Other key lawyers:

Vincent Vuylsteke; Gautier Busschaert; Pieter Pecinovsky; Thomas De Jongh; Nicolas Simon

Testimonials

‘For years now, Chris Van Olmen is top of the bill in employment law, leading a law firm with over 30 lawyers. Always doing a great job.’

‘Special credits to Thomas De Jongh who is a young lawyer with the enormous potential to become a leading lawyer in employment law in the years to come.’

‘Good availability, quick responses, good knowledge of labour law with pragmatic approach.’

‘Thomas De Jongh embodies the qualities of the firm and mixes it with his own pleasant personal hands-on approach.’

‘Van Olmen & Wynant is able to deal with a variety of Belgian employment law issues, whether very complex or simple, in a very smooth manner. Their advice is always straight to the point and clearly understandable by the client. I can rely on them and I know that I will get an answer within the allocated deadline.’

‘Chris Van Olmen and Nicolas Simon give very clear and reliable advice, pragmatic and client-oriented approach, and responsive at any time.’

‘Thomas De Jongh is an excellent Belgian lawyer – he is what makes this team.’

‘It is all about Thomas De Jongh really. He understands US clients and the US market like no other Belgian lawyer that I am aware of. He is commercial, responsive and a pleasure to work with – always my first choice for Belgian employment law advice.’

Key clients

Proximus

Bpost

NMBS-SNCB / HR Rail

Eurofins

Vivaqua

Loterie Nationale

STIB/MIVB

Ted Baker

Deutsche Post DHL

Gartner

Work highlights

  • Representing the employer of the Belgian public railway companies (HR Rail) before the European Court of Justice in a preliminary ruling proceeding concerning the question of whether the duty of reasonable accommodation should encompass the search for an alternative position within the company and not only adaptations within the function itself.
  • Drafting a report for the ECA on the applicable rules regarding hiring out of employees between air carriers for several European countries.
  • Assisting Proximus with the information and consultation procedure for a collective dismissal, and helped the company to set up a social plan in order to avoid forced dismissals and to prevent collective actions by the trade unions.

Belgium > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 4

Van Olmen & Wynant‘s broad corporate offering encompasses corporate law issues such as stock options, equity offerings, and restructurings, M&A, venture capital and private equity transactions, and corporate ligitation including shareholder and director disputes. The firm advises domestic companies and a number of multinational names, particularly within the financial services and private equity spaces, and works within a diverse range of industry sectors. The team is led by Luc Wynant, who focuses on M&A and private equity deals, with Koen Hoornaert regularly advising on cross-border transactions and counsel Jeroen Mues offering broad corporate law expertise.

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Testimonials

‘My experience with Van Olmen & Wynant has taught me that their corporate and M&A team strives to live up to the customer promise.’

‘The corporate team at Van Olmen & Wynant, and more in particular Jeroen Mues, provides in-depth research, giving a clear and structured insight on the findings and solutions.’

‘Van Olmen & Wynant ensures a concrete solution to a certain question. The corporate lawyers live up to their customer promise and ensure a swift deal execution on a cost-efficient basis. Van Olmen & Wynant and Jeroen Mues in particular creates value for the client by advising on complex legal questions.’

‘I was impressed by Jeroen Mues following our recent collaborations. His pragmatic approach with focus on the important (legal) issues and understanding of the business were deeply appreciated, as well as the quick response time and outstanding quality and experience of Jeroen and his team of lawyers.’

‘Jeroen Mues understands the needs of his client, no or very little guidance needed, and is pro-active in flagging issues but also opportunities.’

‘The corporate lawyers at Van Olmen & Wynant, and especially Jeroen Mues, provide in-depth research, giving a clear and structured insight on the findings and solutions.’

‘Jeroen Mues is a top-quality lawyer with an in-depth knowledge of corporate law and M&A. Jeroen is client and detail oriented and has an effective hands-on approach when dealing with legal issues. He has vast experience managing and completing cross-border transactions, goes the extra mile for clients, even in complex and though situations. Jeroen is very responsive, reachable and always ready to make time for any pending issues.’

‘Luc Wynant epitomises all the strengths of the corporate team of Van Olmen & Wynant. He has thorough understanding of the law as well as commercial and financial matters and he is an excellent negotiator.’

Key clients

Destiny NV

Collibra NV

ING Private Equity NV

BNP Paribas Fortis Private Equity NV

Newion BV

Soda Data NV

NannyML NV

KRKA Belgium

Accelleran NV

De Gentse Kluis NV

Work highlights

  • Advised the co-owners of the Televic group on the sale of a minority stake in the group’s holding company to Gimv NV.
  • Advised Group Joos NV on the sale of 100% of the shares of its subsidiary, Joos Hybrid NV, to Etablissementen Franz Colruyt NV.
  • Advised Destiny NV on the acquisition of 100% of the shares in Hexacom B.V., including its subsidiary Voips B.V.
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Van Olmen & Wynant is an independent law firm offering quality services in employment and corporate law and litigation. Established in 1993, we are a stable and established player in the Brussels legal market.

Our double niche strategy offers a double win for our clients. We have the resources to dig deep and offer highly specialised advice in our niche areas. But our niche approach also allows us to remain agile and flexible, resulting in tailored solutions with a personal and pragmatic touch.

A dedicated team of experienced, multilingual professionals serves a wide range of business clients such as growth companies, multinationals, public companies and government institutions.

Our core values underlie and drive our services: We achieve results. We bond and we share. We care and unburden.

Based in Brussels, the firm enjoys outstanding international contacts and has developed close working relationships with high quality law firms across the globe.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Labour law (including individual labour law, collective labour relations, restructuring and transfer of undertakings) Chris Van Olmen
Labour law (including individual labour law, collective labour relations, restructuring and transfer of undertakings) Nicolas Simon
Labour law (including individual labour law, collective labour relations, restructuring and transfer of undertakings) Vincent Vuylsteke
Corporate law (including private equity law) Luc Wynant
Corporate law (including private equity law) Alexei Loubkine
PhotoNamePositionProfile
Gautier Busschaert photoMr Gautier BusschaertSenior associate
Koen Hoornaert photoMr Koen HoornaertPartner
Alexei Loubkine photoMr Alexei LoubkinePartner
Nicolas Simon photoMr Nicolas SimonPartner
Chris Van Olmen photoMr Chris Van OlmenMr. Van Olmen is a founding partner of the law firm Van…
Séverine Vincke photoMrs Séverine VinckeSenior Associate
Vincent Vuylsteke photoMr Vincent VuylstekePartner
Luc Wynant photoMr Luc WynantFounding partner, head of Corporate department
Number of lawyers : 30
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