Heidi Waem is a counsel in the Brussels office of DLA Piper, where she heads the Belgian data protection team.

Heidi’s practice focuses on all aspects of technology, intellectual property, (e-)commerce and telecom law with a particular focus on privacy, data protection and data security.

She advises clients on all data protection, privacy and cybersecurity related matters. This includes advising on the establishment of a comprehensive data protection framework; drafting and reviewing relevant notices, policies and contracts; advising on data transfers; assisting in the case of data breach, on pre-litigation issues involving data subject complaints and requests, and in proceedings before the data protection authority.

Recent works include:

  • counselling various multinationals on the impact of the Schrems II decision (CJEU) and the performance of data transfer assessments using DLA Piper’s data transfer methodology.
  • assisting various companies in data protection litigation before the Data Protection Authority and regular courts, on various topics including international data transfers, lawfulness of processing activities (e.g. lawfulness of B2C communications, disclosure of data and direct marketing), information obligation, the position of the DPO, the facilitation and exercise of data subject rights.

Heidi also has extensive experience in the field of contract law. She has reviewed, drafted and negotiated a large number of contracts including consultancy agreements, collaboration agreements, maintenance and supply agreements, software development and license agreements, agreements for funded projects (FP7, Horizon 2020, Marie Curie) and R&D agreements with universities worldwide.

In the area of market practices and consumer law, Heidi advises on a wide range of topics such as advertising, and the rules relating to discounts and consumer contracts. She is also knowledgeable about IP / IT law and follows closely issues concerning e-commerce. Heidi’s clients include major companies in the FMCG, media, life sciences, and retail sectors.