Mr Tom Heremans > CMS > Brussels, Belgium > Lawyer Profile





Tom specialises in copyright, trademark and patent law, advertising and marketing law, Internet and electronic commerce, media and technology, privacy, distribution law and commercial litigation. His clients include major food stuff manufacturers, domain name registries, retailers, e- commerce companies and international football organisations.


English, Dutch, French, German


1998 – University of California – Los Angeles, USA (LL.M. )
1993 – University of Brussels, ULB – Belgium (Postgraduate in Business Law)
1991 – Bar admission (Brussels, Belgium)
1991 – University of Brussels, VUB – Belgium (Law Degree)

Lawyer Rankings

Belgium > Industry focus: Retail

Jointly led by Renaud Dupont and Tom Heremans, the practice at CMS routinely works across multiple departments to handle commercial leasing contracts, distribution networks, IP protection cases, and e-commerce issues.  The team is also adept at cross-border restructurings and high-profile court proceedings before the domestic and European courts. Dupont’s broad knowledge of distribution agreements makes him a key port of call for various multinational retailers, while Heremans works with major food stuff manufacturers and e-commerce companies on the full spectrum of IP and TMT concerns.

Belgium > Intellectual property

Leveraging its formidable global footprint and cross-departmental practice, CMS handles IP mandates for blue-chip clients from the tech, media, consumer goods, chemicals and manufacturing sectors. Recent highlights for the team include counterfeit disputes, trademark oppositions and high-profile trademark infringement proceedings before both the Brussels Court and the Court of Justice of the European Union. The practice is jointly led by Tom Heremans, whose key clients include e-commerce companies and international football organisations, and Renaud Dupont, whose broad practice encompasses licence agreements and franchising. Lisbeth Depypere is recommended for her knowledge of trade secrets and advertising practices.

Belgium > Industry focus: Media and entertainment

A litany of blue-chip media conglomerates, sports associations, and major corporations turn to the sizeable team at CMS for assistance with contentious and non-contentious assignments. IP disputes are a key strength for the cross-practice group, with recent highlights including high-profile anti-counterfeiting actions, trademark infringements and contractual breaches.  Tom Heremans acts for world-leading entertainment companies and international football organisations in a range of copyright and patent litigation proceedings. Managing partner Renaud Dupont is noted for his expertise in distribution agreements.