I am Erik Valgaeren
Data Protection specialist
Technology, Media and Telecommunications specialist

Erik Valgaeren

With a thorough understanding of technology in many areas, Erik advises a broad spectrum of clients from high-profile businesses to financial institutions. 

His practice focuses on IT, internet, e-commerce and electronic communications law. Erik also deals with intellectual property issues relating to these areas driven by the increasing interaction between infrastructure and the content/information communicated.

Furthermore, Erik drafts complex contracts, assists clients with legislation and regulatory aspects, and litigates both before national courts and arbitral tribunals.

He regularly advises on a range of projects including web and cloud services, outsourcing, IT security, system integration, software implementation, information management, databases, health IT, privacy, consortia and partnerships.

Erik is an officer and former chair of the Technology Law Committee of the International Bar Association (IBA). He was admitted to the New York bar in 1992.

  • Languages: Dutch, French, English, German, Spanish
  • Admitted to the Brussels Bar: 1993
  • Partner since: 2001

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