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Emmanuel Plasschaert


Emmanuel Plasschaert is a partner in Crowell & Moring's Brussels office and head of the Brussels Corporate, Commercial & Employment Practices. He primarily focuses on individual and collective labor law, including international employment and HR data protection and privacy issues. Emmanuel also regularly advises on corporate transactions and restructurings. He is held in high regard for his strategic assistance to clients dealing with complex restructurings, both on a national and international level.

Not only is Emmanuel a trusted advisor, he is also a seasoned litigator. For more than 25 years, he has represented Belgian and multinational companies, as well as individuals, before the Belgian courts in commercial and complex litigation matters, including seizures and cross-border litigation issues. He was one of the first to represent a client in class action proceedings in Belgium.

Emmanuel has been a member of the Brussels Bar since 1993 and is currently vice president (2020 – 2022).

Legal Rankings

  • Personally ranked in Chambers Europe for Employment.
    • "Emmanuel Plasschaert offers his experience working on termination, restructuring, and employee incentive mandates. A client comments: 'I like his expertise and pragmatic approach.' Plasschaert also represents clients in employment litigation." (2021)
    • Emmanuel “is ‘always constructive’” “clients appreciate that he ‘delivers outstanding work, is very creative, and very much involved’” (2020)
    • “routinely handles company restructurings, as well as day-to-day HR advice and GDPR compliance. Clients appreciate his ‘sharp technical knowledge and excellent responsiveness’” (2019)
    • “excellent technical knowledge and customer-oriented’ approach” (2018)
    • “often advis[es] on matters involving European law aspects and litigation” (2017)
    • “‘has a good knowledge of the difficult issues for foreign companies in the Belgian environment.’ He also assists with data protection and privacy law from an employment perspective” (2016)
  • Recommended in Legal 500 EMEA for Commercial, Corporate and M&A, Dispute Resolution, Employment and EU Regulatory: Privacy and Data Protection.
    • “key name” (dispute resolution); “highly regarded” “a name to note” (privacy and data protection); “an excellent employment lawyer, very responsive, pragmatic and solution orientated” (2020)
    • “recommended particularly for commercial and employment advice”; “highly regarded” (dispute resolution) (2019)
    • “strong negotiator” (2018)
    • “responsive and pragmatic” “shows exceptional attention to detail” (2016)
    • “‘service-oriented’ lawyer, who provides ‘excellent, timely, well-reasoned advice’” (2013)

Emmanuel is the author of a large number of publications, including a reference work on Belgian union delegations. Emmanuel is a member of the editorial board of "Chroniques du droit social/Sociaalrechtelijke Kronieken," one of the leading labor law journals in Belgium, and leads the individual labor law practice group of the journal. 

He frequently conducts seminars for in-house counsel, HR managers, and executives and officers.


  • Catholic University of Namur (1989) cum laude
  • Catholic University of Leuven (1992) cum laude
  • University of Sienna (Erasmus) (1992)


Admitted to practice: in Belgium and before the European Court


  • Member, Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB)
  • Treasurer and Member, Council of the Brussels Bar
  • Member of the editorial board of “Chroniques de droit social/Sociaalrechtelijke Kronieken”

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Crowell & Moring Partner Emmanuel Plasschaert Named President of Brussels Bar (August 29, 2022)
Firm News / Announcement
"The EU Whistleblower Directive - Follow Up," Crowell & Moring Webinar, 2022. (June 23, 2022). Speakers: Emmanuel Plasschaert and Evelien Jamaels.
"Contract Drafting in Light of Recent Legislative Changes," Crowell & Moring Webinar, 2022. (May 19, 2022). Speakers: Emmanuel Plasschaert, Federik Van Remoortel, Delphine Keppens, Sakine Yilmaz, and Charlotte Stynen.
Chambers Ranks Five Crowell Lawyers and Four Practice Groups in 2022 Europe Guide (March 18, 2022)
Firm News / Announcement
"Whistleblowing – A Guide to Compliance: Part 7 - The Scope of Whistleblower Protection," Labor & Employment Law Alert - Europe (February 21, 2022). Contact: Emmanuel Plasschaert
Client Alert / Newsletter
"The New Belgian Labor Deal," Labor & Employment Law Alert - Europe (February 18, 2022). Contacts: Emmanuel Plasschaert, Evelien Jamaels
Client Alert / Newsletter
"Late Payment in Belgian Commercial Transactions: What is the Impact of the Changes to the Payment Term Rules?," Corporate Alert (February 14, 2022). Contacts: Frederik Van Remoortel, Emmanuel Plasschaert, Charlotte Stynen, Delphine Keppens
Client Alert / Newsletter
"Need to Hire a High-Profile Non-European Worker for your Business in Belgium/Europe? What are your Current Options?," Labor & Employment Law Alert - Europe (February 10, 2022). Contacts: Emmanuel Plasschaert, Evelien Jamaels
Client Alert / Newsletter
"Discrimination in the workplace 2022," Crowell & Moring Webinar, 2022. (February 8, 2022). Speakers: Emmanuel Plasschaert and Evelien Jamaels.
"La motivation du licenciement en 109 questions & réponses," Etudes Pratiques de Droit Social, Wolters Kluwer (December 31, 2021). Co-Authors: Emmanuel Plasschaert and Evelien Jamaels.

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