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Vincent Wellens

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Intellectual Property, Information & Communication Technology and Competition practice


Vincent Wellens is a partner with NautaDutilh Avocats Luxembourg and head of the Luxembourg Intellectual Property, Information & Communication Technology and Competition law practice groups.

His core practice focuses on:

  • IT and outsourcing projects and contracting (including related (pre-)litigation) with a focus on the financial and public sector;
  • Data protection with a focus on contracting and representation in (judicial and administrative) procedures (including on-site investigations and data breach notifications);
  • IP litigation with a focus on patent litigation in the pharma sector and trademark and design liti-gation for luxury, consumer and media brands;
  • Telecom and media regulatory (including broadcasting licensing);
  • Competition law with a focus on hard-core cartels, abuse of dominance in the telecom and postal sectors, vertical restraints in the retail sector and state aid.


Prior to joining NautaDutilh Avocats Luxembourg, Vincent gained in-house experience as a competition and technology lawyer with POST Luxembourg, the largest telecom and postal operator in Luxembourg. He also practiced IP, ICT and competition law at several top-tier firms in Luxembourg and Brussels, with a focus on regulated industries (financial sector, pharma, telecom, energy, media and transport).


Vincent is fluent in English, Dutch, French, German and Luxembourgish.


Vincent is a board member of the commission on IP and ICT law of the Luxembourg Bar, the Luxembourg Association of IT Professionals (APSI) and the Benelux Association for Trademark and Design Law (BMM). He is further involved in other professional organisation such as the French-Luxembourg Organisation of Archiving Professionals (FedIsa), the Luxembourg Competition Association (ALEDC), the Luxembourg Fund Association and the Luxembourg Banker's Association (ABBL). In his capacity as a member of these organisations, he is regularly asked to advise on legislative and regulatory proposals relating to outsourcing, cloud computing, data protection and e-archiving. Vincent was recently appointed as a representative of the Luxembourg Banker's Association (ABBL) in the working group on IT support financial sector professionals within the prestigious think-thank platform for the Luxembourg financial sector, the Haut Comité pour la Place Financière.
Vincent was admitted to the Brussels Bar in 2002 and to the Luxembourg Bar in 2007.


Vincent earned his law degree from the University of Leuven (KUL) in 2001. He also holds a diploma in Legal Studies from King's College London (2000) as well as LL.M. degrees in EU law (Europa Institut Saarbrücken, 2002) and intellectual property law (Katholieke Universiteit Brussel, 2005). He is a researcher in consumer and competition law at the University of Louvain (UCL).


Dispute resolution

Within: Dispute resolution

Led out of Luxembourg by Antoine Laniez, and also regularly working alongside other offices in Holland and Belgium, NautaDutilh excels in handling cross-border corporate and commercial disputes with a Benelux nexus. Working alongside several practitioners from the firm's Amsterdam office, Laniez is representing Moldovan investors in their attempts to enforce the $506.7m arbitral award against the Republic of Kazakhstan. Vincent Wellens handles IP and IT disputes.

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IP and IT

Within: IP and IT

Benefiting from the expertise of five dedicated fee-earners, as well as being able to tap into the complementary knowledge of lawyers in other practice areas, including banking for fintech and regulatory issues, NautaDutilh has the strength in depth to handle a significant volume and diversity of matters for a growing roster of clients including Airbnb, Alibaba, Microsoft and BMW. Team head Vincent Wellens' broad-ranging practice includes IP infringement matters, in addition to IT outsourcing and data protection work.

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