Academic background:

  • LL.M., Antwerp University;
  • LL.M. Intellectual Property Law, Catholic Universities of Brussels & Louvain
  • LL.M. Corporate Law, Catholic Universities of Brussels & Louvain
  • LL.M. Business Law, Antwerp University
  • Researcher, University of Antwerp and the Institute of European Studies

I am an attorney-at-law with a key focus on intellectual property, information technology, media and telecommunications law.

During my professional career, I have worked for PwC, a Belgian law firm that works closely with Deloitte, and a US law firm.

When working for PwC, I developed the policies and processes for and directed the most extensive and complex audit of intellectual property rights ever performed. This audit consisted of the verification and validation of claims based on intellectual property rights made by applicants in the context of the launch of the .eu top-level domain in 2015-2016. During this timeframe, I managed a team of more than a hundred experts in 11 different jurisdictions during a timeframe of more than a year.

On the basis of this experience, I directed similar processes for about 15 other internet top-level domains, including the .mobi, .asia, .tel, and .co extensions, and developed in this context the blueprint and proofs of concept of the Trademark Clearinghouse, a system helps brand owners protecting and enforcing their rights in new internet top-level domains.

Through my experience in working with experts and professionals from diverse backgrounds (finance, tax, risk management, procurement, operations, compliance, etc.), I have managed to develop a truly multidisciplinary offering that allows me to assist clients in various areas relating to intellectual property and information technology.

With my own law firm, I am working with clients in protecting, managing, commercializing and enforcing their intellectual property rights before the Belgian and European courts, including in transactional matters. I am also advising on general business law matters, mergers & acquisitions and data protection.

Over the past ten years, I have handled arbitration and mediation cases before CEPANI (Brussels, Belgium), the International Chamber of Commerce (Paris, France), the American Arbitration Association / the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (New York, USA), and the World Intellectual Property Organization (Geneva, Switzerland).

Furthermore, I have been consulting for and was appointed as an expert by the European Commission, the European Patent Office, the European Union Intellectual Property Office, the United Nations and the Internet Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers.