Chris Van Olmen


Van Olmen & Wynant
Avenue Louise 221
B-1050 Brussels

Tel: +32 2 644 05 11


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).

The employment practice is headed by Chris Van Olmen. Our client peer group is essentially composed of large and medium corporations. We also act for top executives.

Our 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.

We have a substantial litigation practice in these areas, before all Belgian labour courts.

Acting for the three largest public companies in Belgium, we have developed a specific expertise in civil servants law and litigation before the Belgian administrative courts, including the Raad van State / Conseil d’Etat.

Van Olmen Wynant is one of the driving forces behind L&E Global, giving the firm a distinctive international dimension in employment law.

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. We have developed distinctive expertise in the areas of private equity and venture capital, and civil servants law.

We value empathy, trust and long-term, personal relationships. Our size matters, because it allows us to combine professionalism with a personal and pragmatic touch.

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

“Clients praise managing partner Chris Van Olmen for his excellent team co-ordination, his strong market connections and his international capabilities. His practice includes restructurings, collective dismissals and closures.”
Chambers Europe, 2017