Patrick Van Eecke


I guide the leading companies of today and tomorrow, through complex global regulatory landscapes, ensuring their businesses are as successful as possible.

Patrick co-chairs Cooley’s global cyber/data/privacy practice. Patrick has more than 25 years of experience guiding clients on complex issues spanning data protection, cyber, consumer protection, advertising and electronic signatures. He advises startups, scaleups and multinationals in diverse industry sectors, from technology and life sciences, to communications, entertainment, retail and consumer products. He also has significant experience representing telecommunications companies, internet service providers, software developers, governments and companies using IT-related services. Patrick is also involved in diverse consulting projects for the European Commission, national governments and multinational global corporations.

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  • Horizon Therapeutics to Be Acquired by Amgen for Approximately $28 Billion 

  • Poseida Therapeutics Enters Strategic Collaboration and License Agreement With Roche 

  • Prodege Agrees to Acquire BitBurst 

  • Digital Shadows Agrees to Sell to ReliaQuest 

  • Grindr Agrees to Merge With SPAC Tiga Acquisition Corp. 

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A real expert on data protection…he breaks down difficult topics, takes them apart and explains them. – Chambers Europe

  • Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
    PhD, Law, 2003

  • Universität Trier
    LLM, 1993

  • KU Leuven
    Law, 1992

Admissions & Credentials

Brussels, Belgium


  • Brussels Bar

  • International Bar Association

  • Editorial Committee: Computerrecht, Kluwer, Netherlands

  • Editorial or Professional Board of Computer Law & Security Review (CLSR), Elsevier, United Kingdom

  • Editorial Committee: Revue du Droit Commercial (RDC), Larcier, Belgium

  • Editorial Committee: Journal of Internet Law, Aspen/Wolters Kluwer, United States

Rankings & Accolades

    Best Lawyers Belgium: Lawyer of the Year – Information Technology Law

    Chambers Europe: TMT: Data protection – Band 1

    Legal 500 Belgium: EU Regulatory: Privacy and data protection – Tier 1 & Leading Individual

    Chambers Belgium: Fintech – Legal – Band 2

    Legal 500 Belgium: EU Regulatory: Information Technology – Tier 1

    Legal 500 Belgium: Fintech – Tier 1

    Listed as Acritas Star™ Lawyer since 2017

Legal 500

The team is led by the 'exceptional' Patrick Van Eecke. His analytical yet very pragmatic style is unique. He takes the time to listen to client's needs and he has the ability to understand the business needs and to translate them into readily usable advice and guidelines.