Els de Wind has over 37 years of experience as an attorney at large lawfirms, since 1998 as a partner. She advises and litigates for national and international clients, particularly in cases at the intersection of labor law and corporate law. Her specializations include cross-border matters, (European) co-determination, reorganizations, employment law in M&A, privacy in the workplace (GDPR), AI, the New World of Work, Sustainability (ESG), governance and compliance, remuneration, appointment and dismissal of directors and managers, collective labor law and partnership issues/team transfers. She is a trusted advisor to clients. Els speaks nationally and internationally, produces podcasts and blogs, and writes articles and book contributions. She represented the Netherlands for many years on the board of the European Employers Association (EELA) and was its Chair from 2009 through 2011. At the International Bar Association (IBA) she was a member of the Employment and Industrial Relations Committee for many years and Co-Chair of the committee in 2012 and 2013. She then served as a member of the Council of the IBA Global Employment Institute and as its Co-Chair in 2020 and 2021. She is recommended by Legal 500 (Leading Individual), Chambers Europe, European Legal Experts, Who's Who Legal Management Labour & Employment (Thought Leader Global Elite), Global Counsel Handbook Labour and Employment Benefits, The Legal Media Group Guides to the World's Leading Labour and Employment Lawyers and Leading Women in Business Law. Els speaks Dutch, English, German and French.
What clients say
“Very experienced group head Els de Wind provides timely, well-thought-out advice and distils complex problems down to commercial solutions.” Legal 500 EMEA 2018
“Els de Wind is highly rated for her remarkable long-standing experience in handling cross-border employment matters and her profile in the profession further distinguishes her and gives her an enhanced and valuable quality.” Legal 500 EMEA 2019
“A really impressive lawyer who is able to go into complex details and draw a winning strategy. Very knowledgeable, very smart, business-oriented practitioner who addresses scenarios from all angles and works towards real solutions.” Chambers Europe 2020
“Els de Wind has a reputation that she gained on the field and is for sure a leading practitioner of labor law not only in Europe but globally.” Legal 500 EMEA 2022
Els has a large network of lawyers, notaries and tax specialists with whom she can work in consultation with the client. This ensures that clients are always provided with expert advice in all areas of law. In 1997 Els set up the global employment law network within PwC and Landwell, which she managed until 2004. Since then she has worked internationally; her network spans the globe.