Tanguy Van Overstraeten



Partner, Global Head of Data Protection, Head of TMT & IP

Tanguy heads Linklaters' Global Data Protection and Privacy practice as well as the Technology Media & Telecommunications/Intellectual Property practice in Brussels. He also chairs Linklaters' Data Protection Executive Board.
With over 30 years’ experience as a lawyer, Tanguy has developed a comprehensive practice in the field of IT law with a strong focus on data protection and information governance projects as well as IT procurement and outsourcing. Tanguy has been ranked as leading individual in both IT and Data Protection for years and is acknowledged as a "very experienced lawyer”. The work of his team has equally been praised for being “amazing”, “the work the team does is of incredibly high quality and the members are very proactive and thorough” (Chambers Europe: Belgium, Data Protection, 2019).
Tanguy has a thorough expertise in advising multinationals on local and international large scale transactions and regulatory projects for a large spectrum of corporates in a variety of industries. He has been involved in GDPR implementation projects as well as intercontinental data transfer solutions for a significant number of clients across the world.
Tanguy is Data Protection Issue Lead of the Digital Economy Committee of the American Chamber of Commerce to the EU, where he has been recently elected as Board member. He has been member of the European Advisory Board of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) for four years. He is also a member of the Editorial Boards of Digital Health Legal (Cecile Park Media) and the Computer and Telecommunications Law Review (Thomson Reuters). He lectures on data protection and sourcing at the University of Brussels (Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management). 

In 2018, Tanguy was elected to join the multi-stakeholder expert group of the European Commission to support the application of the GDPR.
Tanguy graduated from the University of Brussels (1987). A fellow of the Belgian American Educational Foundation (1990), he also holds a LL.M. degree from the University of Chicago Law School (1991).


Contributions by Tanguy Van Overstraeten

  • Your Processor and You: Successfully Negotiating DPAs, or It Takes Two to Tango
    Speaker at IAPP Europe Data Protection Congress 2019
  • Satisfaire les demandes des personnes exerçant leurs droits
    Speaker at IAPP Data Protection Intensive France 2019
  • Two Revolutions Face Off: the GDPR and FinTech, A Look into Our Future
    Speaker at IAPP Europe Data Protection Congress 2017
  • A Processor’s View on the GDPR: Contracting in Times of New Responsibilities
    Speaker at IAPP Europe Data Protection Congress 2016
  • Data Transfers
    Speaker at GDPR Comprehensive: London
  • Core Principles
    Speaker at GDPR Comprehensive: London
  • Member of European Advisory Board 2016 - 2018
  • Enforcement: A Global Convergence?
    Moderator at IAPP Europe Data Protection Congress 2015
  • The General Data Protection Regulation: Taking Stock of the Trilogue?
    Speaker at Brussels, Belgium KnowledgeNet: November 03, 2015