Mr Frederic Debusseré > time.lex > Brussels, Belgium > Lawyer Profile


Work Department

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


Joined TMT & IP boutique law firm time.lex in January 2012. Affiliated researcher at the Interdisciplinary Centre for Law and ICT (ICRI) of the Law Faculty of the University of Leuven (Belgium). Formerly an associate at Stibbe in Brussels (TMT & IP) (2001-2003 and 2004-2011) and Fenwick & West LLP (California, US) (2004).


Dutch, English, French.


Brussels Bar. Benelux Association for Trademark and Design Law. Stanford Alumni Club of Belgium.


Master in Intellectual Property Law (University of Brussels, 2009). Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Law, Science and Technology (Stanford University, 2004). Law degree (University of Leuven and Northwestern University (Chicago, US), 2001).



Lawyer Rankings

Belgium > EU regulatory: Privacy and data protection

(Leading individuals)

Frederic Debusseré


time.lex is a specialist firm offering deep expertise in data, privacy, and IT regulations, advising corporate clients on compliance as well as providing representation in high-profile litigation, as well as working with public sector bodies including the European Commission on the drafting and implementation of new legislation, as well as representing data protection authorities in court proceedings against corporates. The team includes a number of senior data practitioners, notably Jos Dumortier, who drafted the Belgian Data Protection Act, Edwin Jacobs, Frederic Debusseré, Geert Somers , Hans Graux, and the ‘second to noneRuben Roex.

Belgium > EU regulatory: Information technology

An ‘exceptional‘ boutique firm focused on IT and data protection work, time.lex combines strategic advice to major domestic and European businesses on European IT regulation, representation in high-stakes litigation, including regular work on behalf of the Belgian Data Protection Authority and public sector organisations, and standout advice to government bodies on the drafting and implementation of new legislation. The highly experienced team includes Jos Dumortier, a doyen of the Belgian tech and data regulatory scene, AI and cloud specialist Hans Graux , Frederic Debusseré, who combines IT contracts expertise with litigation work, and Ruben Roex, also a standout litigator, alongside Edwin Jacobs and Geert Somers.

Belgium > Industry focus: Media and entertainment

time.lex is noted for its wide-ranging and cross-disciplinary media and entertainment sector capabilities, encompassing privacy and data protection, IT, and IP matters. The department is jointly headed up by fintech specialist Edwin Jacobs, data protection and IP focused Geert Somers, and Frederic Debusseré, a specialist in software and e-business matters.

Belgium > Industry focus: IT and telecoms

The team at time.lex is noted for its work with the European Commission and various domestic government bodies, among other clients, on legislative work in the data protection realm. Hans Graux is proficient in cloud services, including artificial intelligence and e-identification and trust services, whereas Frederic Debusseré is reputed for his expertise in technology related litigation, advising on proceedings related to digital copyright and data protection infringements. Ruben Roex assists domestic and international clients as a data protection officer, while other key names within the practice include Geert Somers, Edwin Jacobs and Jos Dumortier.

Belgium > Intellectual property

A niche firm focused on IP, IT, data, and privacy, time.lex advises on the IP aspects of transactions and represents clients in disputes concerning copyright, trade marks, patents, and designs. The team is headed by Frederic Debusseré, Geert Somers, and Edwin Jacobs, and has additional experience in consultative policy development work.