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Chantal Biernaux

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Labor & Employment; Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation; International Labor & Employment.

Position

Chantal Biernaux, Partner, practices Belgian and European labor and social security law. Her activities are focused on corporate restructuring (collective layoffs and closure of plants), negotiating and drafting collective bargaining agreements, managing collective and individual labor relations, and litigation. She is particularly knowledgeable in occupational pension schemes (pension funds and group insurances). Chantal heads the Firm's Labor & Employment Practice in Brussels. Chantal represents global corporations and major national companies on various labor issues at both the collective and individual levels. In 2012, Chantal was appointed deputy judge in the Brussels Labor Court, and she is a certified mediator in labor affairs. She is a regular speaker at seminars on labor and employment-related topics.

Career

In 1994, Chantal became a member of the Brussels Bar. She joined the Benelux law firm Stibbe in 1996 and became a partner of that firm in 2003. Prior to joining Jones Day, she also worked at the Belgian labor law firm Taquet, Clesse & Van Eeckhoutte.

Languages

Bulgarian, Dutch, English, French, German, Russian.

Member

Admitted to the Brussels Bar.

Education

University of Louvain (J.D. cum laude 1994; Germanic Philology cum laude 1988; 1st Degree Slavonic Languages cum laude 1988).


Belgium

Employment

Within: Employment

Chantal Biernaux’s team at Jones Day has expertise in restructurings, collective bargaining, labour relations and pensions schemes, with notable strength in the automotive, chemical and pharmaceutical sectors. Recent work includes advising Tenneco Automotive Europe on a collective dismissal programme.

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