Prof. dr. Patrick Van Eecke is Partner in DLA Piper's Brussels office and co-head of its global data protection practice. He has over 20 years' experience advising clients on privacy and data protection matters.
Patrick is also a professor at the University of Antwerp and is also teaching at Vienna University, King's College and Queen Mary University in London on privacy and data protection.
Patrick has extensive expertise in advising and assisting national and multinational players with respect to data protection and privacy issues and has in-depth knowledge of regulatory developments both in Belgium, EU Member States, and on a pan-European level.
It is this unique combination of both a strong academic background and a day-to-day involvement with the legal issues arising in practice, that gives Patrick a strong advantage in providing sound legal yet ready-to-use practical solutions, which are highly appreciated by clients.
Patrick Van Eecke's European privacy and data protection practice is recommended as a Tier 1 practice in both Legal 500 and Chambers. Chambers & Partners (2014) describes him as "Prominent partner Patrick Van Eecke attracts significant praise from the market, with clients highlighting his IT practice. He focuses on e-commerce, data protection, media and new technologies. Impressed sources describe him as "charismatic and persuasive, with clear commercial instinct.
He is the author of diverse legal articles and books on data protection issues, ecommerce, computer crime, electronic signatures, electronic contracting and is a regular speaker at national and international conferences