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Belgium > Competition: EU and global Tier 5

Germany > Information technology > Data protection

WilmerHale is renowned for its data protection litigation expertise and has a correspondingly remarkable track record of ECJ proceedings and proceedings before the European Data Protection Board and before national authorities; The long-standing relationship with the technology company Meta, which is supported in numerous procedures, is noteworthy here. Martin Braun focuses on international data transfer and social media, he is supported by Hans-Georg Kamann and Frédéric Louis, who also frequently take the lead. The capacities in EU competition and regulatory law were strengthened with the partner appointment of Anne Vallery in January 2022.

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Key clients

Meta Platforms, Inc.

WhatsApp Ireland Limited

Work highlights

  • Advice on data protection and European law aspects to Meta Platforms Ireland Limited (Facebook) in the proceedings of the German Federal Cartel Office regarding the merging of user data.
  • Representation of Meta Platforms Ireland Limited (Facebook) in the fan page proceedings before the Court of Justice of the European Union and the German courts.
  • Representation of Meta Platforms Ireland Limited (Facebook) in proceedings regarding the so-called Like button.

WilmerHale’s experienced Brussels team helps clients from all over the world and a wide range of industries navigate the complex world of EU law, regulation and policy, particularly when they face European Commission competition law procedures and European Court proceedings of any kind.

Established in 1990, WilmerHale’s Brussels office is home to a team of lawyers experienced in advocacy for clients in a wide range of industries whose commercial dealings are affected by EU regulatory rules and policy issues. Our Brussels team brings together lawyers from across the European Union with deep insight into the way legal and regulatory issues are handled by the EU institutions, and in various national jurisdictions. Our Brussels lawyers work closely with their WilmerHale colleagues based in Berlin, Frankfurt, London and the firm’s US offices to help clients with EU merger clearance proceedings, European Commission antitrust and competition investigations, litigation in the European Courts in Luxembourg, EU State aid issues, global trade and investment policy disputes, EU regulatory issues, corporate transactions, cross-border crisis management and strategic response, litigation in the national courts of the EU Member States, and—most recently—adapting to Brexit.

Department Name Email Telephone
Regulatory & Government Affairs Christian Duvernoy Christian.Duvernoy@WilmerHale.com 32 2 285 49 06
Photo Name Position Profile
Christian  Duvernoy  photo Christian Duvernoy Partner-in-Charge of WilmerHale’s Brussels Office
Frédéric Louis photo Frédéric Louis Partner
Cormac O'Daly photo Cormac O'Daly Partner
John Ratliff photo John Ratliff Partner
Anne Vallery photo Anne Vallery Partner