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Van Olmen & Wynant

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Managing Partner: Chris Van Olmen
Number of partners: 5
Number of lawyers: 29
Languages: Dutch, English, French, German, Russian

Firm Overview:
Van Olmen & Wynant is an independent law firm offering quality services with a personal touch. A dedicated team of experienced, multilingual professionals serves business clients in employment and corporate law. The firm has developed distinctive expertise in the areas of private equity and venture capital, and civil servants law. Van Olmen & Wynant values empathy, trust and long-term, personal relationships. Its size matters, because it allows the firm to combine professionalism with a personal and pragmatic touch. The firm was one of the driving forces behind L&E Global (www.leglobal.org), an integrated alliance of premier employment law boutique firms, giving the firm a truly international dimension in employment law. Based in Brussels, the firm enjoys outstanding international contacts and has developed close working relationships with high quality law firms across the globe.

Main Areas of Practice:
Employment:
The employment practice is headed by Chris Van Olmen. The firm’s client peer group is essentially composed of large and medium corporations. It also acts for top executives. The firm’s attorneys cover the full spectrum of employment law:
■ Individual employment law, including employment agreements, service agreements, individual dismissals, self-employment and discrimination
■ Collective labour law, including company restructuring, transfer of businesses, collective dismissals, outsourcing, collective bargaining agreements and complex employment issues connected with M&A
■ Compensation and benefits, including executive remuneration and benefits and international compensations schemes
■ International employment, including expatriation and secondments
■ Social security
■ Internal policies and codes of conduct
Van Olmen & Wynant has a substantial litigation practice in these areas, before all Belgian labour courts. Acting for the three largest public companies in Belgium, the firm has developed a specific expertise in civil servants law and litigation before the Belgian administrative courts, including the Raad van State / Conseil d’Etat.
Contact: Chris Van Olmen
Tel: + 32 2 644 05 11  Email: [email protected]

Corporate, Private Equity & M&A:
The corporate department, headed by Luc Wynant, advises and assists clients in all aspects of corporate law, private equity and mergers and acquisitions:
■ Corporate law, including more complex issues such as equity structures, public and private offering of equity and debt securities, stock options and matters regarding corporate governance, restructuring and liquidation
■ Private Equity and Venture Capital, including all kind of strategic investments in private companies, negotiations with investors as well as fund structuring, formation, governance and operation
■ Mergers and acquisitions, including the full range of merger and acquisition transactions, asset purchases, spin-offs, strategic alliances, auctions and leveraged buyouts
Van Olmen & Wynant regularly advises in complex corporate matters regarding disputes between shareholders and/or directors, liability of directors and other key persons.
The firm represents companies at every stage of development, from entrepreneurial startups, family businesses to medium and large companies, as well as funds, financial institutions and investment banks. It strives to act as a strategic partner for its clients by leveraging its expertise to provide innovative, responsive and cost-effective corporate legal services.
Contact: Luc Wynant
Tel: + 32 2 644 05 11   Email: [email protected]