Takeshige Sugimoto

Takeshige Sugimoto

Partner Belgium Law Firm - Bird & Bird

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Take is recognised as the leading Japanese EU data protection law expert and enjoys a strong reputation as an EU competition lawyer

Takeshige (Take) Sugimoto is a partner in our International Privacy & Data Protection Group and our Competition & EU Law Group, based in Brussels.

A dual-qualified (Japanese and US) lawyer registered with the Brussels Bar, Take specialises in EU Data Protection, EU Cybersecurity and EU Competition law.

Take regularly conducts large-scale GDPR compliance projects including data protection audits for high-profile Japanese clients. He also represents clients in their Binding Corporate Rules application to European Data Protection Authorities, advises on third-party data processing agreements, and assists clients in building their global personal data breach response plans and in selecting a data protection officer.

Take also has a longstanding reputation as an EU competition lawyer. His practice includes merger control, cartel investigations (including internal investigations and leniency applications), as well as complaints against competition law violations and counselling. In particular, he has significant experience in representing clients in EU cartel investigations having been involved in the auto parts, bearings, capacitors and car carrier cartel cases. His in depth knowledge of EU and Japanese competition law was endorsed by the Japan Fair Trade Commission whose Competition Policy Research Centre appointed him as a Visiting Researcher from 2016 to 2017 for conducting research on the EU commitment procedure.

Take holds a Magister Juris (Sasakawa Scholar) from the University of Oxford, a Master of Laws from the University of Chicago Law School and a Bachelor of Law from Keio University. He is admitted to the Bars of Brussels (2013), New York (2013) and Japan (2006).

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