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Patrick Van Eecke has been identified by the market as a top lawyer in Europe in the field of Information Technology and Privacy and Data Protection for several years now. Patrick is a household name for strategic advice, large cross-border project work and studies, and is known as a creative and persuasive lawyer. Patrick was recently appointed as the co-chair of DLA Piper's global Data Protection, Privacy and Security practice. Over the years, he has established a stable professional relationship with both national and international clients in the Media & Entertainment sector.


EU regulatory: Privacy and data protection

Within: Leading individuals

Patrick Van Eecke - DLA Piper

Within: EU regulatory: Privacy and data protection

The 'proactive' group at DLA Piper, which is led by Patrick Van Eecke ('an expert in the field'), has been very active in handling cross-border data protection projects for prominent clients; for example, Van Eecke is leading the advice to a cloud-based web development platform on data security matters relating to website creation and hosting. Advertising, GDPR and consumer protection are other key areas of activity. Kristof De Vulder and Peter Craddock are other names to note in the team. Clients include Porsche, Uber, and Mondelēz International.

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EU regulatory: information technology

Within: EU regulatory: information technology

DLA Piper reports an uptick in instructions from the automotive and energy sectors; highlights included advising EDF Luminus on an outsourcing project. Other work includes assisting Prada with implementing its e-commerce platform. Kristof De Vulder and Patrick Van Eecke jointly head the practice.

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Industry focus: IT and telecoms

Within: Industry focus: IT and telecoms

The intellectual property and technology team at DLA Piper has significant experience handling commercial, corporate and regulatory issues, with clients including Vodafone, Cognizant and Tesla. The group is also instructed by SNCB and bpost on the clients' digital transformation projects, including handling the negotiation of significant outsourcing agreements. Practice head Kristof De Vulder is assisting EDF Luminus with its new data centre agreement with a new service provider. In another work highlight, a team, led by Patrick Van Eecke, is advising Adobe on regulatory issues relating to electronic signatures. Ivanka Zdravkova moved to an in-house role.

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Industry focus: media and entertainment

Within: Industry focus: media and entertainment

The media and entertainment department at DLA Piper leverages its international reach to handle domestic and cross-border matters. Patrick Van Eecke, who is known particularly for his e-commerce expertise, heads the group and led a team that advised Medialaan and De Persgroep on a data lake and the companies' joint venture; the practice also advised the same clients on separate GDPR compliance projects. The group also has a dedicated gambling sector team and assists clients, including Unibet, with a range of regulatory matters. European Gaming and Betting Association, Universal International Music and Jagex are among its new clients.

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    In February 2010 the Sentencing Guidelines Council (the SGC) issued definitive guidelines to courts on imposing appropriate sentences for corporate manslaughter and health and safety offences causing death. The SGC states that fines imposed on companies found guilty of corporate manslaughter should not fall below £500,000, while fines in respect of health and safety offences that are a significant cause of death should be at least £100,000. Crucially, the SGC declined to provide for a fixed link between the imposed fine and the turnover or profitability of the offending company.

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