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Mr Geert Somers
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).
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.
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.
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.
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 advisor‘ Frederic Debusseré; the ‘responsive‘ Hans Graux; Edwin Jacobs, who is very experienced in fintech matters; and Ruben Roex, who has a ‘very hands-on, pragmatic and no-nonsense approach‘.
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.
- EU regulatory: information technology - Belgium
- EU regulatory: Privacy and data protection - Belgium
- Industry focus: IT and telecoms - Belgium
- Intellectual property - Belgium
- Industry focus: media and entertainment - Belgium