Chris Van Olmen
Van Olmen & Wynant
Chris Van Olmen is founding partner of the law firm Van Olmen & Wynant in Brussels, Belgium, 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 regularly writes and lectures on a variety of employment law topics. Chris is Vice Chair of the Global Employment Institute of the IBA and is also a member of EELA (European Employment Lawyers Association) and of the American Bar Association (Labour and Employment Law Section).
Kyutchukov & Velichkov
Kalina Tchakarova is a partner, co-heading the Employment practice at Djingov, Gouginski, Kyutchukov & Velichkov /DGKV/ in Sofia, Bulgaria. She’s provided expert, practical and tailored legal advice to major international and domestic corporate companies, helping them achieve their management and business goals in a manner consistent with local employment laws and regulations. Kalina is a member of the European Employment Lawyers Association and author of numerous publications on employment law.
George Z. Georgiou
Georgiou & Associates
George Z. Georgiou is the Managing Partner at George Z. Georgiou & Associates LLC, which is an award-winning, full-service Cypriot law firm consisting of over 45 experienced lawyers, arbitrators, legal consultants and support staff. The Firm is recognized in Cyprus and abroad as a leader in the areas of employment and pensions law. George studied law at Bristol University, England and was called to the Bar of England & Wales by the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple. Upon his return to Cyprus, he was called to the Cyprus Bar. He practices all fields of law, but is internationally recognized for his expertise in all employment and pensions (contentious and non-contentious), arbitration, and litigation matters. He regularly speaks on HR law and procedure abroad and has written for many publications, including chapters for international books, magazines and online journals.
Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs
Michael Košnar works as a legislator at the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs of the Czech Republic in Prague. He gained the title doctor of law (JUDr. degree) at Charles University in labour law and social security law. Besides his work, he also publishes, gives lectures and participates in research projects focused on labour law, particularly transfer of undertakings.
Christian K. Clasen
Christian K. Clasen is a partner at Norrbom Vinding Law Firm in Copenhagen, Denmark. Norrbom Vinding provides labour and employment law advice to employers in the public and private sectors. The firm is the largest labour and employment law practice in Scandinavia and considered the market leader in Denmark. Christian advises on all aspects of labour and employment law, but his areas of special interest are industrial relations in relation to both private and public employers, HR aspects of business transfers and company restructures and discrimination law. For years, Christian has been an external lecturer at both the University of Copenhagen and the Copenhagen Business School, and he is a member of the European Employment Lawyers Association (EELA), the Danish Society for Labour Law and Danish Employment Lawyers.
Allen & Overy
Claire Toumieux heads the employment law department at Allen & Overy in Paris, France. Allen & Overy is an international law firm providing legal services for global business and industry. Claire has built a strong reputation by advising businesses seeking to define implement and/or improve their human resource management strategies. Claire is a board member of the European Employment Lawyers Association (EELA), after serving for two years as chair, and is also an active member of the Employment and Discrimination committees of the International Bar Association (IBA). She is co-author of the publication on New Forms of Employment in Europe (Woters Kluwer, 2016) and a frequent speaker at international and French conferences.
Paul Schreiner is Partner at Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH in Essen, Germany and heads the employment law practise. Luther is a large full service law firm employing more than 300 lawyers, more than 40 of them are specialized in employment law. Paul primarily deals with restructuring projects and collective disputes between employers and works councils. He also provides comprehensive advice on employment law issues including legal disputes in court procedures. Paul is a guest lecturer at the Ruhr Universität Bochum and author of numerous publications on labor law.
CMS Cameron McKenna
Gabriella Ormai is former Managing partner (1999-2018) and now Partner at the Budapest office of CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP, co-heading the Commercial practice in Hungary.
Her main areas of expertise include: employment, commercial, tax, insurance, litigation and corporate law. Gabriella’s involvement ranges from HR aspects of setting up an affiliate over ongoing collective and individual employment advice to legal advice on high-profile termination matters.
Gabriella is recommended by Legal 500 in Employment as well as by Chambers & Partners in Corporate/M&A.
André Istad Johansen
André Istad Johansen is partner at law firm Selmer in Oslo, Norway. Selmer is a full service law firm specialising in all key areas of business law. André Istad Johansen has long and extensive experience in all areas of employment law with a special interest in complex reorganisations, downsizing and transactions. He also has built up considerable expertise within pension law. André is ranked among Norway's leading experts within employment law and pensions by the international rating agencies Chambers, Legal 500 and Who's Who Legal.
He is also an external examiner within employment law at the Faculty of Law at the University of Oslo, as well as frequent podcaster of current legal topics. He is a member of EELA and the Norwegian correspondent for the publication EELC. He is also a member of the Norwegian Bar Association.
Drafting and Interpreting Pension Agreements in Employment Relationships (Utforming og tolking av pensjonsavtaler i arbeidsforhold) – Arbeidsrett, 2014
Ksiazek & Bigaj
Marcin Wujczyk is a partner of Baran Książek Bigaj Wujczyk in Cracow, Poland. Baran Książek Bigaj Wujczyk works exclusively on employment and labour law cases, being recognized as Poland’s leading employment team. Marcin Wujczyk's fields of expertise are employment and labour law, especially with regard to employee rights to information and consultation, employee's privacy and discrimination. He is an Assistant Professor at the Labour Law and Social Policy Department of the Law and Administration Faculty of the Jagiellonian University and a Member of the European Committee of Social Rights – Council of Europe . He is also a member of the Editorial Board of the European Journal of Social Security
S.P.R.L. Menzer & Bachmann-Noerr
Andreea Suciu heads the Employment&Data Protection Department at Noerr in Bucharest, Romania. Noerr is one of the top European law firms with offices in eleven countries. Noerr’s office in Romania, founded in 1998, offers seamless service and implements solutions for the most complex and sophisticated legal, tax and financial matters. Andreea’s experience encompasses many years of decision-making responsibilities in individual and collective employment matters for multinational companies. Andreea earned a Master Degree (LL.M.) in South East European Law and European Integration at the Karl-Franzens University in Graz, Austria. She has written numerous articles and guides on employment law (e.g. Littler Mendelson Guide to International Employment and Labor Law). Andreea is also (co-)author of the employment law chapter to a manual on contracts published by Noerr.
Gabriel Havrilla is founding partner of Legal Counsels in Bratislava, Slovakia. Legal Counsels is a law firm, specialised in commercial law, contract law, labour law and other areas of Slovak law and legal services. Gabriel has a special interest in all important areas of commercial law and he has extensive experience with providing advising for various domestic and foreign clients, mostly connected to the important foreign investments in the Slovak Republic. He has experience with mergers & acquisitions incl. due diligence of large local companies, as well as a day-to-day legal support of various local clients in respect of labour law. He is a co-author of the publication regarding the Slovak Labour Code, Nakladatelství Forum, s.r.o., Praha (2012), which has been published and distributed in the Slovak republic.
Petra Smolnikar Law
Petra Smolnikar is the founder of the lawfirm Petra Smolnikar Law in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Her boutique lawfirm is particularly specialised in labour and employment law, as well as privacy and data protection, handling also corporate, civil and regulatory matters. Petra has a special interest in cross-border transactions, transfers of undertakings and contentious and non-contentious employment law cases. She is the member of the Slovenian BAR Association (OZS), a member of the newly founded Professional Center for Personal Data (Strokovni center za osebne podatke – SCOP) and author of various publications on employment law, data protection, food, environmental and energy law.
James Davies is Divisional Managing Partner and Joint Head of the Employment, Immigration and Reward department at Lewis Silkin LLP, a UK law firm. James is recognised as a leading employment lawyer by a variety of legal guides including Chambers, The Legal 500 and The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers. James is on the Executive Committee of the global alliance of employment lawyers, Ius Laboris, and is a member of the Employment Lawyers Association Legislative and Policy committee. He is editor of Age Discrimination (published by Bloomsbury), an author of Partnership and Discrimination Law for Professional Partnerships (published by Legalease) and has been a monthly contributor to Management Today for over ten years.