Mr Edwin Jacobs > time.lex > Brussels, Belgium > Lawyer Profile


Work Department

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


Partner. FinTech, E-payment, e-money, e-banking and e-invoicing; IT services, outsourcing, software, internet; privacy & data protection; copyright, trademarks, designs, patents, domain names; media & entertainment; distribution & franchising; unfair competition; litigation, arbitration and mediation.


Partner at TMT & IP boutique law firm time.lex since 2008. Assistant Professor of Mediation and Negotiation at the University of Antwerp. Lecturer (practical course) at the Center for IT and IP (CITIP) of the University of Leuven (Belgium). Formerly head of TMT (2007-2008) and associate (1995-2001) at Monard-D’Hulst, and General Counsel at Isabel, a provider of e-services for the financial sector (2001-2007).


Dutch, English, French, German.


Brussels Bar. Accredited mediator at the Belgian Centre for Mediation and Arbitration (CEPANI) and WIPO. Member of iTechlaw and IBA. Sympathising member of the Belgian Institute of Company Lawyers.


Europaïsche Studien (Europa-Institut Saarbrücken, 1995). Law degree (University of Leuven and Namur, 1994). Postgrad in company management (Brussels university, 2003).

Lawyer Rankings

Belgium > Fintech

Fintech specialist Edwin Jacobs leads the team at time.lex, advising European and domestic banks and fintech scale-ups on PSD2 licensing, GDPR compliance, cybersecurity and other regulatory issues, and payment services approvals, as well as working increasingly on blockchain and crypto matters. In particular, the firm has increased its work with US clients looking to expand EU and Belgian operations, and on NFT and other tokenisation matters. The team is able to draw upon strong tech and regulatory expertise, encompassing IT, intellectual property, and data considerations.

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.

Belgium > EU regulatory: Privacy and data protection

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.