Benoit is a strategic and tactical lawyer who has an excellent reputation in the business and legal sector, specialising in both litigation and transactional work.
Benoit is a data protection specialist and a partner in our Brussels office. He leads our Data Protection, Tech & Comms and Media practices in Belgium. Benoit advises clients on a variety of legal matters around privacy, data, e-commerce, digital marketing, cloud computing, the internet of things, AI, 3D printing, cookies, electronic signatures, intermediary liability and automated objects.
Benoit has extensive experience in drafting and negotiating complex TMT contracts, including public procurement, energy digitalisation and distribution.
He also has exceptional expertise in counseling clients on issues that require the coordination and integration of a variety of legal solutions, such as intellectual property (IP), information technology, media, sport, competition and telecommunications issues.
He advises on non‑contentious and contentious matters in front of arbitral tribunals and both national and EU courts.
Benoit has also successfully conducted matters with the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) and lobbied public authorities in the context of CJEU procedures and legislative processes, including a landmark privacy case (Scarlet – CJEU).
Benoit has participated as a legal partner in different H2020 EU funded consortia.
Benoit has written and spoken at a variety of events around data/IP/ICT related subjects. He is a guest lecturer at the Katholieke Universiteit Brussel and at the University of Valenciennes (France). He acts as a substitute commercial judge and mediator/arbitrator at the World Intellectual Property Office.
He recently co-authored the book "Vers un droit européen de la protection des données?" published by Larcier, where he focused on companies' compliance obligations with respect to the GDPR.
Benoit is one of the twelve expert members of the Belgian Council of Intellectual Property which is a body that advises the Government on new IP legislation.
Benoit studied law at the University of Brussels. He also holds a DAAD diploma from the University of Tübingen and a LL.M. from the University of Cambridge. He has been a member of the Brussels bar since 1984.
He speaks French, English, Dutch and German.