Stéphanie De Smedt has been appointed as counsel at Loyens & Loeff in Belgium with effect from 1 January 2021. 

Stéphanie is a valuable member of the Loyens & Loeff Litigation & Risk Management Practice Group. She is the Belgian team leader of the IP/ IT and Data Protection & Privacy practice for Belgium and co-heads the Belgian Healthcare & Life Sciences Team. For the past years, she has been building impressive expertise in commercial law, IP / IT law, and privacy & data protection.

In addition to her general commercial and IP law background, Stéphanie has a strong focus on privacy & data protection and on regulatory matters. She acts as third-party decider with CEPINA, the Belgian Centre for Arbitration and Mediation, to deal with domain name dispute resolution and is a Teaching Assistant at the Centre for IP and ICT law of the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven.

Finally, Stéphanie is ranked by Legal 500 as “Rising Star” in Data Protection & Privacy. She is the author of numerous publications in the fields of IP and data protection.

Hakim Boularbah, Head of the Litigation and Risk Management Practice Group of Loyens & Loeff Belgium: “We are proud to support Stéphanie in her new role. Her expertise, knowledge and understanding of the client’s business are more than ever crucial in a world that is becoming each day more digital. We warmly congratulate her and wish her the best in further developing our Commercial Contracts, IP/IT and Privacy & Data Protection practice the years to come.”

Kim Lucassen, Head of the Loyens & Loeff’s firm-wide Life Sciences Team and the Data Protection & Privacy Team: “I am happy to congratulate Stéphanie on her new and well-deserved role as counsel. Stéphanie has not only been a cornerstone of our Data Protection & Privacy team for years, but is also a valuable asset for our firm at large. Well-liked by clients and colleagues both, I trust that she will continue to be a valued binding link between jurisdictions and disciplines. I wish her a lot of success on her journey ahead!”

Stéphanie De Smedt: “I would like to thank the partners of Loyens & Loeff Belgium for their support and look forward to continuing my journey with my valued team of associates.”