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Andreas Tinhofer



Andreas Tinhofer is a partner at Zeiler Floyd Zadkovich in Vienna ( He has been advising employers and managers for 20 years in all employment law matters including employee data protection and company pensions. For a few years now his areas of special interest are the digital transformation at the workplace, including Artificial Intelligence and its regulation. Andreas is a member of the European Employment Lawyers Association (EELA) and author of numerous publications on employment law.


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 co-founder 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 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).


Kalina Tchakarova

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. 

Dina Vlahov

Dina Vlahov

Schoenherr Attorneys at Law



Legal service: corporate/M&A, labour & employment, ip & unfair commercial practicesAdmitted to the bar: 2011, Croatia

Education: Central European University, Budapest/Hungary (LL.M. International Business Law, 2008)
Emory University, World Law Institute, Budapest/Hungary (2008)
University of Zagreb, Faculty of Law, Zagreb/Croatia (Mag. iur. 2006)

Working experience: National Law Firm, Trainee, Zagreb/Croatia (07/2006)

Languages: Croatian, Italian, English, Russian

George Georgiou

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. 


Michael Košnar

Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs

Czech Republic


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

Norrbom Vinding



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.

Gaabriel Tavits

Gaabriel Tavits

Law Of ce PACTA OÜ and University of Tartu, School of Law



Janne Nurminen




Janne Nurminen is a Helsinki-based Senior Associate specialized in employment law, with a special focus on transactional employment law, reorganization of workforce as well as collective and individual termination of employment. His previous experience includes training at the bench at the District Court of Tampere. Janne was awarded the Attorney of the Year award by the Helsinki Bar Association in 2012 for his work related to the coordination of a pro bono legal advice service offered by members of the Bar.

Janne is recognized in the field of employment by the international legal directory Chambers Europe. Clients describe him as a "polite, knowledgeable, always prepared, quick at answering and a good partner for discussion" (Chambers Europe, 2016).


Claire Toumieux

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

Luther Rechtsanwaltgesellschaft




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.

Effie Mitsopoulou

Effie Mitsopoulou

Kyriakides Georgopoulos



Effie heads the employment law department of Kyriakides Georgopoulos Law Firm. She has also worked for a number of years in the legal department of the National Bank of Greece.

Her experience enables her to deal with complex and various labour issues, such as restructuring, transfer of undertakings on an international level, negotiating and conclusion of redundancy plans, cross border projects, pension plans, employee benefits, as well as immigration and data protection law issues.

Effie has handled a range of civil and commercial cases before all levels of the Greek courts and is an active labour law litigation lawyer. She also advises on general labour law issues of domestic and multinational companies.


Gabriella Ormai

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.

Orla O'Leary

Orla O’Leary

Mason Hayes & Curran



Orla is a Senior Associate in our Employment Law and Benefits Department. She joined Mason Hayes & Curran in 2012 having previously practised at another top Dublin firm for four years post qualification.

Orla advises on all aspects of employment and equality law, relating to both contentious and non-contentious matters. She advises on everyday workplace issues, including recruitment, bullying, harassment, working time and holidays, protective leave, equality and terminations.

Caterina Rucci



Andis Burkevics

Andis Burkevics




Services: Data Protection

Employment: Collective Employment Relations Employment Disputes, Management & Executive Contracts and Incentives Migration & Relocation

Sectors: Real Estate & Construction, Technology, Media & Telecommunications

Vida Petrylaite

Vida Petrylaitė




Dr. Petrylaitė is an expert in labour and social security law, and has more than 10 years’ experience. Dr. Petrylaitė was one of the drafters of the new Lithuanian Social Model (including new Labour Code), and actively pursues scientific and academic activities, and trains professionals in labour law.

Michel Molitor

Michel Molitor




Michel Molitor started his law career in banking after obtaining a law degree from the University of Strasbourg (France) and a PhD in political sciences from the University of Vienna (Austria). For the past 30 years he has been the contact partner for many of the firm’s national and international clients in numerous industry sectors. Michel is known for his technical competences in Luxembourg financial law and is particularly active in Banking and Finance.

Matthew Brincat

Matthew Brincat

Ganado Advocates


Dr Matthew Brincat is a Partner at GANADO Advocates, whose practice mainly revolves around Employment and Pensions, areas of law he believes connect both the human and the corporate aspects of legislation. Matthew is a co-founder and the General Secretary of the Malta Association of Retirement Scheme Practitioners (MARSP), which brings together all the licensed pension administrators in Malta. He has also been heavily involved in the formation of GANADO Advocates’ Employment and Pensions law department and has gained valuable experience of Industrial Tribunal and OAFS proceedings.

Matthew is a member of the Lex Mundi European Employment Practices Group and delivers lectures at the Malta Employers Association on Employment Legislation. Matthew is also the co-author of the Malta volume of the Kluwer Encyclopaedia on Labour law and the author of a number of articles in local and foreign magazines and journals in relation to both Employment and Pensions legislation.


Zef Even




Zef Even is partner at SteensmaEven in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. SteensmaEven is a boutique firm, specialised in employment, pension and privacy law. Zef has experience on all important areas of employment law, with a focus on collective employment law and on private international law. Zef earned a PhD on transnational collective labour agreements and is professor at the Erasmus University Rotterdam. He is a board member of the Vereniging Arbeidsrecht Advocaten Nederland (VAAN), editor of leading employment law journals in the Netherlands and (co-)author of important employment law handbooks.


André Istad Johansen

Advokatfirmaet Selmer



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


Marcin Wujczyk

Wardyński & Partners



Marcin Wujczyk is a attorney at law at Wardyński & Partners, Poland. Wardyński & Partners, founded in 1988, is one of the largest independent law firms in Poland.There are currently over 100 lawyers in the firm serving clients in Polish, English, French, German, Spanish, Russian, Czech, Italian and Korean. Wardyński & Partners has offices in Warsaw, Poznań, Wrocław and Kraków.

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. He was a member of the European Committee of Social Rights – Council of Europe from 2013 till 2018. He is also a member of the Editorial Board of the European Journal of Social Security

Cesar Sa Esteves

César Sá Esteves

SRS Advogados



Partner and Head of the Employment & Social Security Department, César Sá Esteves is ranked as one of Portugal's leading employment lawyers by the most important international directories (Band 1 by Chambers & Partners and Leading Individual by Legal 500). He is particularly highly regarded in the context of corporate restructurings, as well as employment issues related with M&A transactions.

With over 25 years of practice, César has extensive experience in dealing with collective bargaining, disputes and HR/employment strategic advisory services.


Andreea Suciu

Suciu I The Employment Law Firm

Bucharest | Dubai


Andreea Suciu is the Managing Partner of Suciu | The Employment Law Firm. The Employment Law Firm - founded by Andreea after holding the position of Head of Employment & Pensions at one of the most prestigious German law firms in Bucharest for almost 13 years - offers seamless service and implements solutions for the most complex and sophisticated employment law matters. Andreea’s experience encompasses many years of decision-making responsibilities in individual and collective employment matters for multinational companies. She is valued for the passion she puts into her work and especially for her capability of bringing innovative solutions.

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 also written numerous articles and guides on employment law (e.g. Littler Mendelson Guide to International Employment and Labor Law) and co-authored the employment law chapter to a manual on contracts.


Gabriel Havrilla

Legal Counsels



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

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.

Jacobo Martínez Pérez-Espinosa

Eversheds Sutherland Nicea



Jacobo Martínez is Head of the Labour Department at Eversheds Sutherland.

He has extensive experience in the number of subjects which make up the legal-labour advice, having a leading role in the implementation of complex compensation systems and in advising on the labour implications in purchase transactions, mergers and takeovers and business succession. He has also a wide experience in the restructuring of job layoffs, collective bargaining and judicial dispute resolution before the social jurisdiction.


James Davies

Lewis Silkin

United Kingdom


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.