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Elke Duden


CMS DeBacker
Generaal Lemanstraat 55
2018 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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"Elke Duden is accessible and attentive to detail. I am particularly impressed by her ability to drill down to the heart of our issue or concern immediately."

Feedback from a client - Legal 500, 2024

"Elke Duden is practical in her advice and answers questions very quickly."

Chambers Europe, 2023

"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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  • E. DUDEN, "De Wet Aanvullende Pensioenen is 10 jaar oud: De Belgian Pension Lawyers Association maakte een balans op", Kluwer, 2014
  • E. DUDEN, "Arbeidsrechtelijke, sociaalzekerheidsrechtelijke en pensioenaspecten bij bedrijfsovernames", Kluwer, 2010
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  • 2008 - University of Leuven, KU Leuven (Leerstoel pensioenrecht)
  • 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, UA (Master of Laws)
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On your radar | Issue 24
Key employment issues to be aware of internationally
On your radar | Issue 23
Key employment law developments and expected trends for 2024
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On your radar | Issue 22
Key employment issues to be aware of internationally
On your radar | Issue 22
Key employment issues to be aware of internationally
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On your radar | Issue 21
Key employment issues to be aware of internationally
On your radar | Issue 21
Key employment issues to be aware of internationally
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