The Belgium TMT table covers the leading law firms and lawyers acting for clients from the telecommunications, media and technology sectors. The lawyers are ranked in subtables according to their individual specialization. There are a number of top firms in this area, such as Allen & Overy, CMS, Crowell & Moring, DLA Piper, Linklaters and Stibbe. In addition to the full-service firms, this table also includes a number of boutiques, such as AdaStone and Timelex.
The Telecommunications ranking focuses on lawyers who advise clients on contentious matters, tender procedures, network sharing and other issues before both Belgian and European regulators. Key figures for telecoms companies to contact include Dirk van Liedekerke of CMS, Thomas de Meese of Crowell & Moring and Alexandre Verheyden of Jones Day. Some of the matters in this area overlap closely with aspects of competition law.
Among the Information Technology specialists, the most notable lawyers are Filip van Elsen of Allen & Overy, Kristof de Vulder of DLA Piper, Erik Valgaeren of Stibbe and Tanguy van Overstraeten of Linklaters. The work reflected in this table includes IT outsourcing, regulatory compliance and litigation, including contractual disputes.
There are close links between the technology rankings and the Data Protection rankings, with several lawyers including Erik Valgaeren and Tanguy van Overstraeten appearing in both tables. The other top ranked lawyers for GDPR compliance, data breaches, data transfer matters and regulatory investigations are Patrick van Eecke of Cooley and Daniel Cooper and Henriette Tielemans who are both based in the Brussels office of Covington & Burling.
The Media table ranks the best lawyers for advertising mandates, domain name issues, neighbouring rights and contentious matters within the sector. There is also a close link to intellectual property law, particularly in the area of copyright disputes. The leading specialists in this area are Agnès Maqua of AdaStone, Tom Heremans of CMS and Fabienne Brison of Hoyng Rohk Monegier.