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Elke Duden


CMS DeBacker
Uitbreidingstraat 2
2600 Antwerp
Languages Dutch, English, French, German

Elke is a partner in the Employment, Pensions & Benefits practice, where she heads the Pensions practice.

She deals with all aspects of employment law and occupational pension law. She advises on day to day HR issues, employee incentive schemes, HR restructuring, employment litigation, health & safety, senior executives. Her practice concentrates on two specific niches: (i) collective labour issues of large corporate reorganisations; and (ii) specific projects in the area of pensions (i.e. merger and goverance of pan-european pension funds, restructuring or winding down of pension schemes, complex litigation).

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A client highlights her "pragmatic approach and her ability to consider the interests of all stakeholders in an appropriately balanced way."

Feedback from a client - Chambers Europe, 2022

"Elke Duden has a great pulse on the market and an ability to provide practical advice and solutions to issues we are facing. I am impressed by her ability to hone in on the legal issues that a particular set of facts poses and to explain that to us and our clients."

Feedback from a client, Legal 500, 2022

"Elke Duden has been exceptional in her confident advice, great stakeholder management, depth of understanding and flexibility."

Feedback from a client, Legal 500, 2022

Memberships & Roles

  • Board member BePLA
  • Member IPEBLA
  • Member PensioPlus
  • Member Employment Lawyers Association Antwerp
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  • Arbeidsrechtelijke, sociaalzekerheidsrechtelijke en pensioenaspecten bij bedrijfsovernames, Kluwer, 2010
  • De Wet Aanvullende Pensioenen is 10 jaar oud: De Belgian Pension Lawyers Association maakte een balans op, kluwer 2014
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  • 2008 - Leerstoel pensioenrecht (KUL Leuven)
  • 2002 - The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)
  • 2001 - Admitted to the Antwerp Bar
  • 1997 - Admitted to the Brussels Bar
  • 1997 - University of Antwerp (Master in Law)
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CMS as­sisted Court­side Ven­tures in the series A fin­an­cing round of Venly
CMS as­sisted Court­side Ven­tures, an early-stage ven­ture cap­it­al fund, as lead in­vestor in the series A fin­an­cing round of Venly, a Bel­gian block­chain tech­no­logy pro­vider, rais­ing over 21 mil­lion euro...
CMS Bel­gi­um ad­vised Su­per­bet on its ac­quis­i­tion of Na­po­leon Games Group
CMS Bel­gi­um ad­vised Su­per­bet in con­nec­tion with the ac­quis­i­tion from Wa­ter­land of Na­po­leon Games Group, a lead­ing Bel­gian op­er­at­or act­ive in the on­line, re­tail ar­cade and sports bet­ting busi­ness, with...
Em­ploy­ers can now buy COV­ID self-tests for their per­son­nel
Who can buy a self-test? Fol­low­ing a new Roy­al De­cree of 11 May 2021 (BSG 14 May 2021), the em­ploy­er can buy COV­ID self-tests at phar­ma­cies. The com­pany can provide its per­son­nel with these self-tests...
CMS as­sisted Maxi Toys with re­spect to cross-bor­der re­struc­tur­ing
Nearly one year ago, CMS star­ted as­sist­ing the Maxi Toys group with head of­fices in Bel­gi­um and more than 200 shops and 1.200 em­ploy­ees spread over Bel­gi­um, France, Lux­em­bourg and Switzer­land with re­spect...
CMS Bel­gi­um as­sisted the share­hold­er of Phi Data in the sale of 70% of...
The share­hold­er of Phi Data, spe­cial­ised in smart edge solu­tions, sold 70% of their shares to the Simac Group. This col­lab­or­a­tion strengthens the in­ter­na­tion­al am­bi­tions of both com­pan­ies, with pos­sible...
We­bin­ar re­cord­ings - Cov­id-19 (Coronavir­us) in Bel­gi­um
Watch the re­cord­ings of we­binars where our spe­cial­ists tackle some im­port­ant as­pects and prac­tic­al steps that busi­nesses should take in­to con­sid­er­a­tion in light of the COV­ID-19 (coronavir­us) out­break. ...
UP­DATE – Do em­ploy­ees still be­ne­fit from death cov­er­age or an ac­cru­al of...
What is the im­pact of Cov­id-19 on the ac­cru­al of oc­cu­pa­tion­al pen­sion rights and on death cov­er­age? The Law of 7 May 2020 ob­liges em­ploy­ers to re­view and ad­apt their strategy ac­cord­ingly and com­mu­nic­ate...
CMS We­bin­ar | Cov­id-19: How to re­duce your man­power costs: im­pact on bo­nus,...
Due to the cur­rent Cov­id-19 health crisis, a lot of com­pan­ies suf­fer eco­nom­ic losses. Non-es­sen­tial com­pan­ies that had to close down on 18 March are re-open­ing of­fices as from May 2020. Tele­work is still...
We­bin­ar - In­vit­a­tion Cov­id-19: Pub­lic sec­tor - How to man­age your work­ers...
On 4 May 2020 all non-es­sen­tial com­pan­ies, which had to close on 18 March as they could not guar­an­tee ‘so­cial dis­tan­cing’, have been al­lowed to re­sume their work. However, a series of health meas­ures...
Do em­ploy­ees still have death cov­er or an ac­cru­al of pen­sion rights when...
1. AC­CRU­AL OF PEN­SION RIGHTS The corona crisis is hav­ing an im­pact on many as­pects of every­day life. Cur­rently, a lot of em­ploy­ees are tem­por­ar­ily un­em­ployed due to force ma­jeure. Con­sequently, their...
Min­is­ter of Justice wants to en­force writ­ten pro­ced­ure dur­ing lock­down
In Bel­gi­um, the Min­is­ter of Justice, Koen Geens, has pro­posed a draft Roy­al De­cree aimed at gen­er­al­ising the writ­ten pro­ced­ure for all dis­putes cur­rently pending be­fore the Bel­gian courts. The draft aims...
We­bin­ar Re­cord­ing: Cov­id-19 (Coronavir­us) – Key Em­ploy­ment Con­sid­er­a­tions
Watch the re­cord­ing of our CMS we­bin­ar in which our em­ploy­ment law ex­perts dis­cussed the key is­sues that busi­nesses face in the com­ing weeks and months due to the COV­ID-19 (coronavir­us). The present­a­tion...