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Geert Somers

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Information Technology, Privacy & Data Protection, Intellectual Property, Media & Entertainment.


Partner. Contracts and litigation regarding IT services, software, internet; privacy & data protection; copyright, trademarks, designs, patents, databases, domain names; media, entertainment & gambling; unfair competition.


Co-founder of TMT & IP boutique law firm time.lex in 2007. Affiliated researcher at the Interdisciplinary Center for Law and ICT (ICRI) of the University of Leuven (Belgium). Formerly an associate at Lawfort (TMT & IP) (2004-2007) and Freshfields (Commercial & Litigation) (2000-2004) and an intern at the DG Competition of the European Commission (1998-1999). Clerked at the Italian Constitutional Court (1999-2000).


Dutch, English, French, German, Spanish, Italian.


Brussels Bar. Chairman of the Legal Working Group of the Belgian Internet Service Providers Association (ISPA).


Master in intellectual property law (University of Brussels, 2006). Master in EU law (Europa Institut Saarbrücken, 1998). Law degree (University of Leuven, 1996).




Intellectual property

Within: Intellectual property

time.lexcombines top expertise with the advantages of a medium-sized law firm’. In particular, the team is noted for its ability to ‘devise pragmatic solutions and take decisive action’. Edwin Jacobs is currently representing a leading financial services provider in a domain name dispute. Geert Somers, Frederic Debusseré and Hans Graux are noted.

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Belgium: EU regulatory

Information technology

Within: Information technology

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’.

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Privacy and data protection

Within: Privacy and data protection

time.lex advised Eurostat on its review of EU and member state statistics and data protection legislation – the ‘quick and practicalGeert Somers led that work. In addition to its high-profile public sector work, it also routinely advises private companies on compliance audits and other data protection matters. Other key names include the ‘resourceful and pragmatic’ Frederic Debusseré; Edwin Jacobs, who is ‘very knowledgeable’; Jos Dumortier; and Hans Graux.

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Belgium: Industry focus

IT and telecoms

Within: IT and telecoms

A niche firm that has succeeded in obtaining a strong presence in the market’, time.lex consists of ‘smart and hands-on lawyers’ who are ‘very much up to speed on recent developments’. The group advises public entities and private companies on a range of technology projects and queries, and also has substantial expertise in the fintech sector; an area in which Edwin Jacobs is highly recommended. Jos Dumortier is ‘knowledgeable, accessible and trustworthy’, and Geert Somers and Frederic Debusseré are ‘experts in their field’.

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Media and entertainment

Within: Media and entertainment

time.lex is highly regarded for digital media, while data protection is another strength. In recent work, Edwin Jacobs represented various photographers who are members of California and Berlin-based online software platform Pixsy in damages claims for online infringement of their photos. Geert Somers and Frederic Debusseré are other key names.

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