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 has ‘a broad intellectual property practice with a responsive team of lawyers that provide thorough, practical and cost-efficient assistance to clients‘. Frederic Debusseré (‘detail-oriented and pragmatic‘) shares leadership of the practice with Edwin Jacobs and Geert Somers.

Belgium > Industry focus: media and entertainment

time.lex is a niche law firm recognised for its ‘strong focus on IT and privacy work‘ paired with IP, media and entertainment expertise. The group handles a range of contentious and non-contentious matters and is representing the Belgian Data Protection Authority in high-profile litigation against Facebook. The practice is jointly led by IT, software and e-business expert Frederic Debusseré, Geert Somers, who handles data protection, privacy and IP matters; and Edwin Jacobs, who focuses on IT and data protection work.

Belgium > Industry focus: IT and telecoms

Boutique IT and media firm time.lex is highlighted for its strength in data IT and data protection regulatory and compliance matters and also handles litigation. The group frequently advises European, national and foreign governments and governmental bodies, and is representing the Belgian Data Protection Authority in high-profile litigation against Facebook. The team has substantial sector expertise and is jointly led by Jos Dumortier, Hans Graux, Geert Somers, Edwin Jacobs, Frederic Debusseré and Ruben Roex.

Belgium > Fintech

time.lex has a niche focus on IT,  IP and privacy and data protection, and offers coverage of a broad range of legal, commercial and regulatory issues, with Edwin Jacobs at the helm. Jacobs has experience of the fintech and payments industry, having previously served as a General Counsel at Belgian e-services provider Isabel. Brexit has been a major driver of work for the firm: Jacobs assists international fintech companies with establishing operations in Brussels and handles their associated licence applications before the National Bank of Belgium. His workload also includes advising on GDPR compliance in the context of marketing and payments matters, mobile financial services (apps), IT contracting and cybersecurity. He assisted open platform Juru with drafting the terms and conditions of its platform and license contract.

Belgium > EU regulatory: Privacy and data protection

time.lex‘s practice stands out for its ‘great expertise in matters concerning international data transfers and in working with government institutions‘ and is ‘one of the top legal experts in the area of EU data protection law‘, according to a client. Key names in the team include Geert Somers (a ‘good communicator‘); IT and data protection expert Jos Dumortier; the ‘reliable advisorFrederic Debusseré; the ‘responsiveHans Graux; Edwin Jacobs, who is very experienced in fintech matters; and Ruben Roex, who has a ‘very hands-on, pragmatic and no-nonsense approach‘.

Belgium > EU regulatory: information technology

time.lex‘s ‘responsive‘ team has ‘great knowledge of the EU regulatory framework regarding information technology‘ and provides ‘always hands on, understandable and usable‘ advice. Cybersecurity matters have been prominent in the group’s workload over the past year. Hans Graux and Geert Somers are ‘impressively tech-savvy‘ and ‘solution focused‘; Frederic Debusseré, Jos Dumortier, Ruben Roex and Edwin Jacobs are also key practitioners.