time.lex > Brussels, Belgium > Firm Profile

time.lex
JOSEPH STEVENSSTRAAT
7 RUE JOSEPH STEVENS
1000 BRUSSELS
Belgium

Belgium > EU regulatory: Information technology Tier 1

The ‘skilled and specialised’ team at time.lex advises European, national and foreign governments and governmental bodies on drafting IT legislation, pre-legislative studies, and e-government projects, as well as representing regulatory authorities in litigation relating to non-compliance and IT disputes. The firm also represents international corporate clients and team members regularly contribute to thought leadership. Key names include the vastly experienced Jos Dumortier and Hans Graux, who regularly advises the European Commission on legislation relating to cybersecurity and electronic transactions.

Practice head(s):

Jos Dumortier; Hans Graux; Geert Somers; Edwin Jacobs; Frederic Debusseré; Ruben Roex

Testimonials

‘Very skilled and specialised IT experts in the field of IT contracts, failed automation, fintech and cybercrime.’

‘Jos Dumortier, Geert Somers, Hans Graux, Edwin Jacobs, Frederic Debusseré, all very thorough, specialised, active.’

‘In depth knowledge of the law and very helpful and nice to work with.’

‘Very helpful, quick and pleasant.’

‘They have great knowledge both on technology and on the relevant legal aspects and extremely strong academic background on the matter. Their expertise is outstanding.’

‘They have great knowledge both on technology and on the relevant legal aspects and extremely strong academic background on the matter. Their expertise is outstanding. Also, the communication is on time and professional’

‘Timelex have an exceptional TMT practice with some of the most prominent experts in this area that I have had the pleasure to meet. They have tremendous experience and are widely looked up to as trend-setters and innovators in this area.’

‘Jos Dumortier is a living legend in the TMT area. Hans Graux is an extremely able and knowledgeable TMT lawyer, always seeking to add value for his clients.’

Key clients

European Commission

Belgian Data Protection Authority

European Union Agency for Cybersecurity (ENISA)

Belgian Government

Flemish Government

Government of the Brussels Region

Luminus

ECPAT International

Bank van Breda

Samsonite

Port of Antwerp

Komatsu

Doosan Bobcat

Arvesta

Work highlights

  • Advising the European Commission on drafting the proposal for an EU Regulation on the European Health Data Space.
  • Representing the Belgian Data Protection Authority in proceedings before the EU Court of Justice against Facebook regarding the scope of the GDPR’s one-stop-shop mechanism.
  • Advising the European Union Agency for Cybersecurity on reviewing and updating the legal aspects of its 2017 guidelines regarding the EU eIDAS Regulation 910/2014 on Electronic Identification and Trust Services.

Belgium > EU regulatory: Privacy and data protection Tier 1

Specialising in data protection and IT regulatory work, time.lex advises a range of domestic and international businesses on data protection compliance issues, as well as handling representation in high-level litigation before European courts. Additionally, the firm regularly advises European and global governments and public sector bodies on drafting data and cybersecurity legislation, and representing them against multinational companies in disputes. Key names in the team include Jos Dumortier, who drafted the Belgian Data Protection Act, Frederic Debusseré, Hans Graux, Ruben RoexGeert Somers , and Edwin Jacobs.

Testimonials

‘Geert Somers, Edwin Jacobs, very specialised, practical, very good knowledge and quality.’

‘In depth knowledge and experience and very pleasant to work with’

‘Highly qualified professionals and very pleasant to work with’

‘This is the only data protection team that I have worked with that makes this data protection law and the regulations easy to understand and to work with. It is exceptional.’

‘Timelex advises quickly and comes up with practical solutions. It doesn’t complicate things but really helps.’

‘Geert Somers is valued for his friendly, practical and quick advice in the field of advertising law and data privacy.’

‘They have unique expertise (both practical and academic) in the area.’

‘Their approach is always professional, backed up with strong expertise.’

Key clients

Belgian Data Protection Authority

European Commission

Belgian Government

Flemish Government

Komatsu

Bosal

Samsonite

Luminus

Murata

University of Leuven’s Research and Development Department

Doosan

Work highlights

  • Advising the European Commission on performing the data protection adequacy assessment for South Korea.
  • Advising Luminus on its GDPR implementation.
  • Advising Murata on a GDPR compliance assessment.

Belgium > Fintech Tier 2

time.lex has a strong focus on the payments and fintech industries, advising clients on PDD2 licensing, GDPR compliance, cybersecurity, and mobile platforms, as well as EU regulatory considerations, making it a strong choice for US and Israeli clients looking to operate within Europe. The team, led by innovation tech and regulatory specialist Edwin Jacobs, has also recently expanded its work in the fields of blockchain and tokenisation.

Practice head(s):

Edwin Jacobs

Testimonials

‘Hands-on approach.’

‘Edwin Jacobs is a great attorney with a pragmatic and solution-oriented approach.’

‘Edwin Jacobs knows the need-to-know elements and each time we are in contact with his team we know that we’ll get an answer.’

The team has a strong track record of helping fintech companies with knowledge about: 1) fintech itself 2) IT rights 3) Privacy works 4) Network and introduction in other countries in the same area.

Key clients

LifeisLife

AION

Bpost Bank

Febelfin

DIMOCO

Papaya Global

Nuvei

DJ brothers Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike

Twikey

Work highlights

  • Advising lifeislife on its new online platform for B2B credit and insurance brokerage.
  • Advising AION on its use of software.
  • Advising BPOST Bank on various regulatory matters.

Belgium > Industry focus: IT and telecoms Tier 2

time.lex's boutique practice has a stellar reputation among a number of public sector clients on account of the depth of its capabilities in IT and data protection regulatory matters. The team is routinely sought out by a litany of national, European, and foreign governments for assistance in pre-legislation studies, e-government projects, proposals and drafting tasks. The group also represents various public bodies in high-profile IT litigation before both domestic and European courts. Jos Dumortier is noted for his deep academic and legislative acumen in the IT and data protection fields. Hans Graux regularly works with the European Commission on its future IT policy and legislation, including artificial intelligence liability issues.

Practice head(s):

Jos Dumortier; Hans Graux; Geert Somers; Edwin Jacobs; Frederic Debusseré; Ruben Roex

Other key lawyers:

Hans Graux; Stefan Van Camp

Testimonials

‘They have unique expertise (both practical and academic) in the area.’

‘Their approach is always professional, supported with strong expertise.’

‘Timelex have an exceptional TMT practice with some of the most prominent experts in this area that I have had the pleasure to meet. They have tremendous experience and are widely looked up to as trend-setters and innovators in this area.’

‘Jos Dumortier is a living legend in the TMT area. Hans Graux is an extremely able and knowledgeable TMT lawyer, always seeking to add value for his clients.’

‘Frederic Debusseré is an very effective lawyer in complex IT projects and copyright cases. He understands very well the bridge between legal, IT and business. He is always reachable and brilliant in terms of creatively looking for efficient solutions. Edwin Jacobs is a very experienced in the domain of Fintech and is capable of providing sharp legal advice. He has strong skills in mediation cases. Stefan Van Camp has very good knowledge of IT contracts.’

‘Frederic Debusseré is our “go to partner”, a person you can always count on for an excellent and thorough analysis of even the most complex issues. His approachability as a partner is unequalled, as is the friendliness with which he speaks to you. I have the same experience with Jos Dumortier, who provides very quick and to the point assistance.

‘Timelex has a strong team that is recognised in the market.’

‘Edwin Jacobs has business sense, apart from knowing the law in detail. His knowledge of the market allows him to also address practical opportunities and risks.’

Key clients

European Commission

Belgian Data Protection Authority

European Union Agency for Cybersecurity (ENISA)

Belgian Government

Flemish Government

International Association of Internet Hotlines (INHOPE)

Luminus

Bank van Breda

Arvesta

Port of Antwerp

Samsonite

Komatsu

Katoen Natie

Doosan Bobcat

Work highlights

  • Assisting the European Commission in drafting the proposal for an EU Regulation on the European Health Data Space.
  • Assisting Luminus in drafting the contracts for its e-mobility solutions.
  • Assisting Komatsu in drafting the contracts for a global data centralisation and exploitation project.

Belgium > Industry focus: Media and entertainment Tier 3

Praised by clients for its 'practical and academic' expertise, the multidisciplinary team at time.lex has significant capabilities in IP transactions and patent litigation, working with a mix of high-profile musicians and public bodies. The group is jointly led by Frederic Debusseré, Edwin Jacobs and the 'excellent' Geert Somers.

Practice head(s):

Frederic Debusseré; Geert Somers; Edwin Jacobs

Testimonials

‘Strong team who are experts in their field.’

‘Geert Somers is excellent and I cannot recommend him highly enough.’

‘They have unique expertise (both practical and academic) in the area.’

‘Their approach is always professional, supported with strong expertise.’

‘Timelex have an exceptional TMT practice with some of the most prominent experts in this area that I have had the pleasure to meet. They have tremendous experience and are widely looked up to as trend-setters and innovators in this area.’

Key clients

DJs Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike, and Tomorrowland

Anagram International

Belgian Data Protection Authority

European Commission

Alfavision

AXA

EuropeActive

Uitgeverij Van In

Cosmeyer

International Association of Internet Hotlines (INHOPE)

Work highlights

  • Advising DJ brothers Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike and the festival Tomorrowland on the creation of a digital assets marketplace that brings fans and collectibles together, making use of non-fungible tokens.
  • Representing the Belgian Data Protection Authority before the EU Court of Justice in its lawsuit against Facebook regarding the scope of the GDPR’s one-stop-shop mechanism in the context of Facebook’s use of social plug-ins, cookies and screen pixels to track internet users.
  • Representing some digital privacy organisations and activists in their GDPR complaint proceedings before the Belgian Data Protection Authority against the European ad-tech sector organisation IAB Europe regarding its Transparency & Consent Framework for the real-time bidding system OpenRTB for online behavioural advertising.

Belgium > Intellectual property Tier 3

time.lex has a robust transactional and contentious offering in the IP space, working with a diverse array of Belgian companies on copyright and patent infringement disputes. The team is also experienced in legislative and policy-based work, with recent engagements including legal reviews of Europe-wide design law protection systems. Frederic Debusseré , Geert Somers , and Edwin Jacobs are are the practice heads.

Practice head(s):

Frederic Debusseré; Geert Somers; Edwin Jacobs

Testimonials

‘They have unique expertise (both practical and academic) in the area.’

‘Their approach is always professional, supported with strong expertise.’

‘The practice is very well-developed and covers a really broad range of IP issues, some of which require niche expertise. In my opinion, they are especially good in tech-related IP matters and also in IP litigation. The organisation is very good and everyone plays to their strengths.’

‘Frederic Debussere is an excellent strategist and litigator.’

‘Timelex is a strong team in the domains of IT, Privacy, IP and Fintech. They are experts who know what they are talking about and have very broad experience in handling disputes and litigations in these types of cases. They are extremely professional and dedicated lawyers to work with.’

‘Frederic Debusseré is a very effective lawyer in complex IT projects and copyright cases. He understands very well the bridge between legal, IT and business. He is always reachable and brilliant in terms of creatively looking for efficient solutions. Edwin Jacobs is very experienced in the domain of Fintech and is capable of providing sharp legal advice. He has strong skills in mediation cases.’

‘Frederic Debusseré is our “go to partner”, a person you can always count on for an excellent and thorough analysis of even the most complex issues.’

‘Frederic Debusseré is outstanding and creative.’

Key clients

Shasta

Anagram International

Port of Antwerp

AbbVie

Glowbus

Arvesta

Contassur

CEPS

ERTMS Solutions

J. Cortès Cigars

Work highlights

  • Representing Anagram International in a copyright infringement dispute against a Belgian company.
  • Representing Shasta in a patent infringement dispute against a Belgian company.
  • Assisting the Port of Antwerp as preferred law firm for all intellectual property-related matters.
DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Privacy and data protection Jos Dumortier
Privacy and data protection Hans Graux
IT and software Edwin Jacobs
IT and software Geert Somers
Dispute resolution (litigation, mediation, arbitration) Edwin Jacobs
Dispute resolution (litigation, mediation, arbitration) Frederic Debusseré
Internet and e-business Geert Somers
Internet and e-business Edwin Jacobs
Gambling Frederic Debusseré
Gambling Geert Somers
e-government Hans Graux
e-government Jos Dumortier
e-health Jos Dumortier
e-health Hans Graux
e-invoicing, e-payment, e-banking Edwin Jacobs
e-invoicing, e-payment, e-banking Hans Graux
Computer and cyber crime Edwin Jacobs
Computer and cyber crime Jos Dumortier
Intellectual property rights Geert Somers
Intellectual property rights Frederic Debusseré
Media and entertainment Geert Somers
Media and entertainment Edwin Jacobs
Fintech Edwin Jacobs
PhotoNamePositionProfile
Mr Frederic Debusseré photo Mr Frederic DebusseréPartner. Contracts and litigation regarding IT services, software, internet; privacy & data…
Prof Dr Jos Dumortier photo Prof Dr Jos DumortierPartner. Internationally renowned expert in privacy & data protection; IT, software and…
Mr Hans Graux photo Mr Hans GrauxPartner. Privacy & data protection; IT, internet, e-signatures, e-security, e-authentication, identity management…
Mr Edwin Jacobs photo Mr Edwin JacobsPartner. FinTech, E-payment, e-money, e-banking and e-invoicing; IT services, outsourcing, software, internet;…
Mr Ruben Roex photo Mr Ruben RoexAssociate. Privacy & data protection; Cyber security; E-commerce and consumer protection; E-payment,…
Mr Geert Somers photo Mr Geert SomersPartner. Contracts and litigation regarding IT services, software, internet; privacy & data…
Mr Stefan Van Camp photo Mr Stefan Van CampCounsel. IT services, software, internet; product safety, liability and recalls; copyright, trademarks,…
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