Filip Saelens
Partner - Attorney at Law

Filip Saelens

Filip Saelens, attorney at law, is a local partner of the Employment & Benefits practice group in Belgium. He has over 30 years’ all-round experience in collective and individual employment law, with a particular focus on reorganisations and transformations, executive compensation, international mobility and the employment aspects of, mostly international, M&A-deals.

About Filip Saelens

Filip has a strong reputation in cross-border issues and regularly advises on the employment aspects of complex national and international transactions. He has expert knowledge on management / consulting contracts, packages and agreements. He also has been involved in complex company reorganisations on a recurrent basis.

He regularly speaks at conferences on international employment issues and has written various articles on such topics.

Filip is a member of the firm-wide Data Protection & Privacy team, the Healthcare & Life Sciences Teams and the French and German Region Teams. He is a member of several international associations, such as the American Bar Association, AmCham Belgium and American Employment Law Council.

Filip has been recognized as one of the Thought Leaders in Labour & Employment 2020 (WWL).

What others say about Filip 

Chambers & Partners Europe - Edition 2021 - Employment

Filip Saelens handles the employment and pension aspects of transactions and post-merger harmonisations. He also advises on health and safety matters, as well as on termination packages. An interviewee reports that he is "user-friendly."

Chambers & Partners Europe - Edition 2020 - Employment

“He always follows up and is engaged personally. He is a fantastic sparring partner for me, helping me to establish fair but business-oriented solutions in our contracts.”

Chambers & Partners Europe - Edition 2019 - Employment

 “According to clients, Saelens ‘is very client-oriented, strong in strategy and offers business-based solutions’” (2019)

Legal 500 EMEA - Edition 2021 - Employment

"Filip Saelens has an intelligent, pragmatic approach, balancing legal and business realities"

Legal 500 EMEA - Edition 2020 - EU regulatory: Privacy and data protection

Legal 500 EMEA - Edition 2020 - Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences



  • Brussels Bar, 1990
  • American Bar Association (ABA), 2013
  • International Bar Association (IBA), 2013
  • American Chamber of Commerce (Amcham) in Belgium, 2013
  • American Employment Law Council (AELC), 2013
  • Oxford and Cambridge Club of Belgium
  • The Global Forum for Cross-Border Human Resource experts (XBHR)


  • LL.M, University of Cambridge (England), 1999-2000
  • ERASMUS Programme of Studies related to Social Security in the European Community in Leuven (Belgium), 1989-1990
  • Bachelor’s degree in Law and a College Level lecturing diploma, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium), 1990
  • Master in Law, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium), 1990


  • Dutch
  • English
  • French
  • German


T: +32 2 773 23 29
E: [email protected]


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