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 > Intellectual property

time.lex‘s team has a wealth of experience acting for clients in IP litigation and on transactional matters. Frederic DebusseréGeert Somers and Edwin Jacobs are the co-heads of the practice. Debusseré was appointed by CEPANI to act as the sole arbitrator in a domain name dispute about the domain name Elsewhere, the team advises on IP policy and legislation issues.

Belgium > Industry focus: Media and entertainment

time.lex is known for its strong IT and IP practices, which handle regulatory, transactional and contentious matters including GDPR-related compliance and copyright infringement disputes, as well as the negotiation of film, television and publishing contracts. The practice is jointly led by software and e-business expert Frederic Debusseré, along with Geert Somers, who handles data protection and privacy matters, and commercial agreements specialist Edwin Jacobs. Recent clients include the Belgian Data Protection Authority and AlfaVision.

Belgium > Industry focus: IT and telecoms

time.lex‘s position as a niche IT, IP and media law firm results in ‘very good knowledge‘ of the sector, and particular strength in regulatory and compliance instructions – both contentious and non-contentious – including from the national government and the Belgian Data Protection Authority. Founding partner Jos Dumortier leads the team along with international legislative adviser Hans Graux, contracts negotiators Geert Somers and Edwin Jacobs, and GDPR experts Frederic Debusseré and Ruben Roex.

Belgium > EU regulatory: Privacy and data protection

The ‘very pragmatic‘ team at time.lex is ‘very strong in privacy law‘ and demonstrates an ‘excellent combination of academic knowledge and practical approach‘. The client roster includes government bodies and energy, construction and healthcare sector entities, among others. Key contacts include Jos Dumortier, who has established expertise in IT and data protection law, and Frederic Debusseré, who provides ‘clear and practical advice‘. Also recommended are Geert Somers (‘an excellent lawyer‘), fintech expert Edwin JacobsHans Graux and Ruben Roex, who ‘combines a very pragmatic approach with deep knowledge of both the law and the latest technological developments‘.

Belgium > EU regulatory: Information technology

At time.lex, the ‘very available‘ team garners praise for its ‘expert knowledge and experience in the field of IT‘. The client base includes prominent government entities and multinational corporations. The notable individuals in the group are Ruben Roex, the ‘very knowledgeableGeert Somers, cloud computing expert Hans Graux, Jos DumortierEdwin Jacobs (who has expertise in fintech) and Frederic Debusseré, who handles IT contracts.

Belgium > Fintech

In the words of a client, time.lex‘s ‘combination of financial regulatory, data protection and IT specialists creates a strong fintech profile‘ for advising on PSD2 licensing and contracts-based work. Practice head Edwin Jacobs is ‘extremely proactive and practical in his advice‘, and also ‘knows his way around the market‘ in terms of GDPR compliance for payments platforms, mobile financial services (apps) and cybersecurity. He recently assisted European credit insurance group Credendo with its launch of a new service for online marketplaces.