Meet Sven Demeulemeester

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Sven Demeulemeester has extensive experience advising corporate clients about the transfer of businesses, outsourcing and co-sourcing projects and employment issues related to the sale or purchase of businesses or parts of businesses.

Sven regularly advises on and co-ordinates the procedure for collective dismissals or closures of companies or their divisions and acts for a wide variety of clients regarding the day-to-day issues concerning individual and collective labour and social security law.

In addition, Sven has extensive experience in sport litigation and arbitration and is recognised by legal directories as a leading practitioner in sports law, which is a topic upon which he regularly speaks and writes.

Sven is a member of the European Employment Lawyers Association, the ‘Vereniging Sociaal Recht’, the ‘Association Internationale des Avocats du Football’, and the International Association of Young Lawyers.

  • Special Degree in Employment Law (Free University of Brussels – VUB)
  • Erasmus Exchange Programme (University of Paris Nanterre)
  • Lic. Juris (University of Ghent)
  • Sven is fluent in Dutch, French and English
Selection of publications
  • “The Kristofferson ruling: the EFTA targets athlete endorsement deals” , Asser 2018 (with N. Verborgh)
  • “ De huidige registratieperiodes in het voetbal vanuit Europeesrechtelijk perspectief”, Sport & Recht 2018
  • “The legality of fixed-term employment contracts in European professional football – The Müller case and beyond, Law In Sport, 2016
  •  “Business Transfers and Employee Rights in Belgium”, in Business Transfers and Employee Rights (J. McMullen ed.), Lexis Nexis, 2013
  • “ Sports Justice in Belgium”, in European sports law and policy bulletin 2013 (with W. Lambrecht).
  • “Cross-border reorganisations in Belgium” in European Cross-Border Mergers and Reorganisations (J. Vermeylen and I. Vande Velde ed.), OUP, 2012
What our clients say about us

“In terms of employment law knowledge in the specific sector of football, Sven Demeulemeester’s expertise is unrivalled. He’s always available and hands-on. He knows the law in detail and is able like no other to translate the legal provisions into practical, actionable advice.” – Legal 500 EMEA, 2024

“Sven Demeulemeester has very wide knowledge and expertise in both employment and sports related matters, a very experienced lawyer in the sector.” – Legal 500 EMEA, 2024

“Sven is very approachable, hands-on and pragmatic. This makes him great to work with.” – Chambers Europe, 2024

“Sven Demeulemeester has remarkable knowledge and expertise in sports and employment-related matters. He is always available and his work is always very detailed and complete.“– Legal 500 EMEA, 2023

Sven Demeulemeester is a top-notch lawyer with a pragmatic mindset.” – Legal 500 EMEA, 2022

I call Sven Demeulemeester when I have a very urgent problem and I need support from a top-notch lawyer,” declares a client. – Chambers Europe, 2021

Sven Demeulemeester is a one-of-a-kind lawyer, having an excellent knowledge of his field of law combined with strong business acumen.” – Legal 500 EMEA, 2020

Clients admire Demeulemeester’s availability, in addition to his “effective and wonderful client service.” Clients also highlight his “clear and result-oriented advice” and note that he is “easily accessible in urgent cases.” – Chambers Europe, 2019

WWL Thought Leader Sport 2024