EU regulatory: Privacy and data protection in Belgium
Allen & Overy LLP
Allen & Overy LLP has 'great technical knowledge' of data protection law, and is highly regarded for its established strength in cross-border matters. Recent work for the team includes advising a multinational technology company on the implementation of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR); assisting Toyota with the use of data collected via telematics technology; and acting for NxtPort on setting up a data utility platform involving the use of blockchain technology. Filip Van Elsen and Peter Van Dyck jointly lead the practice.
Alston & Bird LLP
GDPR compliance instructions have been prominent in Baker McKenzie CVBA/SCRL's workload, but the team is very well known for its expertise in cross-border data transfers, international investigations, and data security obligations. The client roster includes prominent global clients from the telecoms, postal, technology, financial services, retail and healthcare sectors, among others. Belgium managing partner Daniel Fesler and Elisabeth Dehareng are key names.
At Bird & Bird, Benoit Van Asbroeck’s group has been kept busy with GDPR compliance matters and data breach cases, among other areas. The firm is part of a consortium advising on an ongoing EU-funded big-data project. Takeshige Sugimoto is well known for handling data protection matters for prominent Japanese corporations. Senior associate Julien Debussche is also recommended.
CMS' 'very experienced and pragmatic' team is perhaps best known for its well-established expertise in multinational data protection compliance work, and is equally adept at handling security breaches, privacy matters, and local data protection issues. Practice head Tom De Cordier is assisting McCain with post-GDPR implementation actions, after advising the same client on GDPR compliance across its European business.
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.
Fieldfisher’s team provides 'pragmatic advice' on GDPR, data breaches and international data transfer matters, to name a few areas. The 'extremely efficient' Tim Van Canneyt is advising Euroclear on its multinational GDPR compliance project; he jointly heads the team with Olivier Proust, who is 'knowledgeable, responsive and very practical'. Proust assists Octapharma with global data transfers.
European and international data protection compliance matters are a core focus for Jones Day's team. Cybersecurity, data transfers, and investigations are also prominent in the firm's workload. Practice lead, of counsel Jörg Hladjk, is advising Toyota on data processing matters. Other work includes assisting longstanding client Acelity with European data transfer structures and an international data security investigation. Of counsel Laurent De Muyter is also noted.
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
Covington & Burling LLP
Covington & Burling LLP's data protection practice spans GDPR compliance, data transfer, and data breach cases, among others, for clients from the pharmaceutical, technology and healthcare industries. Henriette Tielemans heads the department, in which special counsel Kristof Van Quathem is also recommended.
Crowell & Moring's practice is well known for advising a client base that spans the energy, healthcare, life sciences and TMT sectors, and the firm reports an increase in instructions from the automotive and media industries; Mercedes Benz is a key client. Senior counsel Frederik Van Remoortel heads the department. Thomas De Meese, who is highly regarded for his expertise in competition law, and employment expert Emmanuel Plasschaert are key names. Senior counsel Maarten Stassen, who has extensive experience in data protection matters, joined from Deloitte Legal in October 2017.
Name partner Catherine Erkelens at Erkelens Law is highly regarded for her expertise in data protection law; she recently advised the Toy Industries of Europe on GDPR implementation. The group is also adept at handling work involving the use of sensitive data, especially in the field of satellite technology. Johan Vandendriessche left the firm in January 2019.
Pierstone acts as global counsel to Prime Alliance AISBL on all data protection matters, including data transfer security issues, and assists the European Business Aviation Association with compliance matters concerning the implementation of a new internet programme for providing cabin attendant services to business operators in the sector. Patrice Vanderbeeken heads the practice.
time.lex garners praise for its 'extensive expertise in GDPR'; for example, Geert Somers is advising the European Commission's Directorate-General for Justice and Consumers on a communication campaign concerning GDPR, and in another matter, Jos Dumortier is assisting the Government of Cyprus with GDPR implementation matters concerning Cyprus' upcoming National Health Scheme. Frederic Debusseré, Hans Graux and Edwin Jacobs are other names to note.