Mr Geert Somers > time.lex > Brussels, Belgium > Lawyer Profile

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Work Department

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


Co-founder of TMT & IP boutique law firm time.lex in 2007. Affiliated researcher at the Interdisciplinary Center for Law and ICT (ICRI) of the University of Leuven (Belgium). Formerly an associate at Lawfort (TMT & IP) (2004-2007) and Freshfields (Commercial & Litigation) (2000-2004) and an intern at the DG Competition of the European Commission (1998-1999). Clerked at the Italian Constitutional Court (1999-2000).


Dutch, English, French, German, Spanish, Italian.


Brussels Bar. Chairman of the Legal Working Group of the Belgian Internet Service Providers Association (ISPA).


Master in intellectual property law (University of Brussels, 2006). Master in EU law (Europa Institut Saarbrücken, 1998). Law degree (University of Leuven, 1996).



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.