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Axel Viaene

Starbucks Coffee

Amsterdam, , NLD


Axel Viaene serves as EMEA Legal Director, Corporate Counsel for Starbucks Coffee. He joined Starbucks in 2003 and is currently based at the company’s European headquarters and roasting facility in Amsterdam. Mr. Viaene’s responsibilities include advising and training the European and national management teams in a broad range of legal areas, including commercial, licensing, M&A, real estate, competition, employment, corporate, food safety, and environmental law. Prior to joining Starbucks, Mr. Viaene served from 2000 until 2003 as Benelux legal counsel for Dell, based in Amsterdam, advising the Belgian and Dutch management teams. He assisted in the setup of the company’s government relations function in Brussels. From 1997 until 2000, Mr. Viaene worked as International Associate Attorney at the Atlanta global headquarters of the Coca-Cola Company. Mr. Viaene has been a member of the New York Bar since 1998 and currently serves as President of the European Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel. He received an LL.M. from the University of Chicago Law School and is a graduate of the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven Law School in Belgium. He is fluent in English, Dutch, French, German, Spanish, and Italian.
Axel Viaene is associated with the following items:
Treatise Chapters  Treatise Chapters An International Perspective from Starbucks - Pro Bono Service by In-House Counsel: Strategies and Perspectives, Thursday, October 07, 2010
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