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Stand-out firm’, Allen & Overy LLP has ‘strong knowledge of the industry’. The firm handles the full spread of transactional, contentious and advisory work, with expertise in outsourcing, big data projects, cybersecurity and fintech. Practice head Filip Van Elsen is widely recognised as a market leader. Geert Glas and newly promoted partner Peter Van Dyck are also noted. Clients include Bank of Cyprus, Novartis and Toyota.

Bird & Bird is at the forefront of trends in the IT regulatory space, with expertise in IT contracts, cybersecurity, public procurement, outsourcings and complex litigation. Benoit Van Asbroeck recently advised the EC as part of the Coco-cloud project consortium. Marc Martens is also recommended.

The ‘highly professional’ practice at DLA Piper is jointly headed by ‘exceptional ICT leaderKristof De Vulder and data protection specialist Patrick Van Eecke. The group acts for customers and vendors on the full range of regulatory IT matters including outsourcing, cloud projects and litigation. Adobe, Amazon and bpost are among its key clients.

Arguably ‘Belgium’s leading IT niche’ practice, time.lex’s team ‘really understands business needs’ and is ‘a thought leader in fintech’. The group also excels in data protection and e-commerce matters. Jos Dumortier recently advised the Aegle consortium on an EU-wide framework for big data analytics in the healthcare sector. Edwin Jacobs has ‘deep knowledge of payments matters’; Frederic Debusseré is ‘experienced in IT projects and disputes’; and Geert Somers has ‘broad knowledge of the IT sector’.

Among Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP’s key cases, Thomas Graf, Robbert Snelders and Maurits Dolmans represented Google in the EC investigation into its Android platform. Other clients include IBM, Lenovo and Sony.

Jones Day acts on a broad range of transactional support, data protection, antitrust and regulatory matters for clients such as Adobe, Linear Technology and Verizon. Alexandre Verheyden has strong experience in TMT regulation.

Pragmatic and responsive’, Loyens & Loeff has expertise in e-commerce legislation, electronic signatures, cybersecurity and outsourcing. Group head Yves Van Couter has, according to one client, ‘mastered his field like no other’. Clients include Agilent Technologies, Iconiq Capital and Seaters.

McGuireWoods LLP provides ‘strong partner involvement’ and ‘incredible response times’. The team advised a software company on negotiating a new cloud software solution. Data security and data transfer are also key areas. Paul Van den Bulck joined AKD in December 2018.

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