Jan advises on corporate, contract and occupational pension law issues arising in the HR context. He regularly advises on executive compensation (including option, share and other LTI plans). He assists clients in outsourcing and sales transactions. He also argues litigation and arbitration cases in these areas. Jan has a specific expertise in questions of corporate and pension fund governance and the regulatory aspects of remuneration in banks, insurance companies and listed companies.
Jan is a founding member and honorary Chairman of BePLA, the Belgian Pension Lawyers Association (www.bepla.be). He is also a member of IPEBLA, the International Pensions and Employee Benefit Lawyers Association. He regularly participates as a speaker at seminars on pension and corporate topics. He has published extensively on corporate governance and pension law issues.
Jan is mentioned in the 2017 edition of Legal 500 EMEA as follows: "Market leader Claeys & Engels handles a full range of issues for national and international companies in the private sector, and also acts for public sector bodies. Recent non-contentious work includes advising clients on large-scale restructurings, stock options and setting up pension funds. Contentious mandates included litigation arising from workplace incidents. Chris Engels, Jan Van Gysegem and Ann Witters are names to note.".
Furthermore, Who’s Who Legal: Labour & Employment 2017 has Jan listed amongst the 26 Belgian experts in Labour, Employment & Benefits Law.
Jan graduated from the Law School of the University of Ghent in 1989, after studying at the "Facultés Universitaires Notre-Dame de la Paix" in Namur (Belgium). He received a Master of Laws degree from the New York University School of Law in 1990. Prior to joining Claeys & Engels as a partner in July 2004, he was counsel at international law firm Cleary Gottlieb, where he had developed a wide-ranging expertise in Belgian and European corporate and labour law, in particular in the context of mergers and acquisitions.
He is a member of the Bars of Brussels, Ghent and New York.