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Emmanuel Plasschaert

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Brussels B - 1000

Emmanuel Plasschaert is a partner in Crowell & Moring's Brussels office and head of the Brussels Corporate, Commercial & Employment Practices.

Emmanuel 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.

Emmanuel is not only a trusted advisor but 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.

Legal Rankings

  • Personally ranked in Chambers Europe for Employment.
    • 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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"COVID-19 and its HR Impact: Social and fiscal support measures and/or restructuring?” Webinar in collaboration with IJE/IBJ, Mythra Advocaten and FINN, Brussels, Belgium (September 10, 2020). Speakers: Emmanuel Plasschaert, Evelien Jamaels and Stefanie Tack.
"Brexit and its Implications for Global Mobility: Where Are We Now?," Labor & Employment Law Alert - UK (September 8, 2020). Contacts: Emmanuel Plasschaert, Nicole Janigian Simonian, Stefanie Atchinson, Evelien Jamaels, Jackson C. Pai
Client Alert / Newsletter
"How Do You Calculate Severance Indemnity if an Employee Is Dismissed During a Temporary Period of Reduced Working Hours?," Labor & Employment Law Alert - Europe (August 17, 2020). Contacts: Emmanuel Plasschaert, Evelien Jamaels, Stefanie Tack
Client Alert / Newsletter
"Need to Hire a High-Profile Non-European Worker for your Business in Belgium/Europe?," Labor & Employment Law Alert - Europe (August 10, 2020). Contacts: Emmanuel Plasschaert, Evelien Jamaels, Stefanie Tack
Client Alert / Newsletter
"Practice Group Effective Dispute Resolution: Resolving disputes caused by the COVID-19 crisis – what options does the in-house lawyer have in the short and longer term?," Webinar in collaboration with IBJ/IJE, Brussels, Belgium (July 3, 2020). Speakers: Emmanuel Plasschaert and Kristof Roox.
Crowell & Moring Partner Emmanuel Plasschaert Elected Vice President of Brussels Bar (Jun.23.2020)
Firm News / Announcement
Emmanuel Plasschaert is the future Bâtonnier of the French Order of the Brussels Bar RTBF (June 22, 2020)
Media Mentions
"COVID-19: The Latest HR Developments in Belgium," Labor & Employment Law Alert - Europe (May 26, 2020). Contacts: Emmanuel Plasschaert, Evelien Jamaels, Stefanie Tack
Client Alert / Newsletter
Crowell & Moring Partner Emmanuel Plasschaert Running for Brussels Bar Vice President (May.26.2020)
Firm News / Announcement
"The Impact of COVID-19 on Contracts and Corporate Activities: Your Questions Answered," (May 5, 2020). Contacts: Frederik Van Remoortel, Emmanuel Plasschaert, Margaux van Steenbergh, Blanche Devos
Client Alert / Newsletter

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