Patrick Van Eecke has deep experience in e-commerce related legal issues such as data protection, electronic signatures, consumer protection and advertising. He advises telecommunication companies, internet service providers, software developers, governments and companies using IT related services.

He is extensively involved in diverse consulting projects for the European Commission and several national governments.

Patrick is Global Co-chair of the firm's e-business practice, steering its multijurisdictional e-business legal strategy. This entails focusing on internet law, data protection, e-commerce and e-government.

He is also a domain names arbitrator for the Belgian Centre for Mediation and Arbitration (CEPINA) responsible for deciding on '.be' domain name disputes.

Patrick is Head of the Internet law group.

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