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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 is also 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 Team and the French and German Region Team. 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 2022 (WWL).

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Memberships

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

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

What others say

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‘Filip Saelens is a pleasure to work with. Knowledgeable and responsive.’
The Legal 500 EMEA (2022)
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"good judgement and pragmatic approach."
Chambers & Partners Europe (2022)
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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 - Employment (2021)
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"Filip Saelens has an intelligent, pragmatic approach, balancing legal and business realities"
Legal 500 EMEA - Employment (2021)
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EU regulatory: Privacy and data protection
Legal 500 EMEA (2020)
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