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CMS Belgium strengthens its employment department with the appointment of a new partner


Law firm CMS is pleased to announce that Elke Duden will join CMS as partner, as from 1 May 2018. Elke, a specialist in pensions and employment law, will be based in Antwerp and continue the practice of Jef Degrauwe, who headed the social law team there and will be retiring after a career of more than 40 years.

Tom Heremans, Managing Partner of CMS Belgium "looks forward to working with Elke, given her wide experience in the field of pensions and employment law, with both national and international clients. With her arrival, the Employment and Pensions Department at CMS Belgium based in Brussels and Antwerp, will consist of 13 lawyers, including 3 partners."

Before joining CMS, Elke was Counsel at Linklaters, where over a period of more than 20 years she acquired a considerable reputation in the areas of individual employment and collective labour laws, with a focus on pensions law.

In the international legal directory Chambers and Partners 2018, Elke Duden is “praised as an "excellent pensions lawyer." She is particularly active on pension schemes and incentive plans. One client finds Duden to be "very knowledgeable and well connected." Another interviewee describes her as "intelligent, empathetic and resilient."

CMS Belgium is a full-service law firm with offices in Brussels, Antwerp, and Luxembourg and a turnover in excess of EUR 25 million in 2017. The firm currently has over 110 lawyers, all experts in their respective fields, working together to provide clients with the best service in all legal and tax matters.

The Belgian Employment and Pensions team is part of the CMS International Employment and Pensions sector group comprising of 280 specialists spread across 33 countries with the aim to help clients solve any problems in all jurisdictions, whether the issues relate to employment contracts, pension schemes, redundancies, M&A, collective labour law, social security or litigation.

Elke can be reached on her mobile +32 478 40 15 38 or by email at elke.duden@cms-db.com for any queries relating to pensions and employment law.

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