Mrs Stéphanie De Smedt > Loyens & Loeff > Brussels, Belgium > Lawyer Profile

Loyens & Loeff

Work Department

Stéphanie De Smedt is Senior Associate in the Litigation & Risk Management practice group. She specialises in Intellectual Property, Privacy and Data Protection.


Stéphanie specialises in general commercial law (with a focus on e-commerce), intellectual property law (including technology transfers, trademark and copyright licensing and counterfeit litigation), and ICT law (including privacy and data protection). She advises clients in the Technologies, Automotive, and Fashion & Retail sectors. She also represents clients in court and in alternative dispute resolution proceedings. Stéphanie is a guest lecturer at the Universiteit Antwerpen (IP law course).


She has been a member of the Brussels Bar since 2012.

Stéphanie has been mentionned as a “Rising Star” by the Legal500 EMEA (Edition 2020) in the category EU regulatory: Privacy & Data Protection.


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She is a member of  the International Trademark Association and the International Association of Privacy Professionals.


Stéphanie obtained her Master’s degree at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium) in 2011 and holds a LL.M. degree in European Competition and Intellectual Property law from the Université de Liège (Belgium, 2012). She also attended a summer school in international business at the Haas Business School, University of California (Berkeley, United States, 2010).

Lawyer Rankings

Belgium > Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences

Fielding a cross-office Benelux group that works collaboratively on a litany of multi-jurisdictional mandates, the team at Loyens & Loeff is ideally positioned to assist an array of key life sciences companies with major transactions and disputes. The team is jointly led by IP and data protection expert Stéphanie De Smedt and public procurement specialist Valentijn De Boe, who works with various public hospitals, pharmaceutical companies, and financial institutions on high-value developments. Wannes Buelens is noted for his broad knowledge of health law, encompassing medical devices, clinical trials and patient rights.

Belgium > EU regulatory: Privacy and data protection

(Rising stars)

Stéphanie De SmedtLoyens & Loeff

Loyens & Loeff advises a wide range of corporate clients on privacy, data protection and cybersecurity issues, alongside handling privacy and data-related litigation, including major class action cases. The firm has a strong focus on employment-related data matters, including internal and external data transfers, data registration compliance, and data breach response. The team also works closely with its fintech and digital economy practices. Counsel Stéphanie De Smedt heads up the practice, specialising in e-commerce and IT sector work, and is an expert in privacy and data law.