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Frederik Van Remoortel

Partner

fvanremoortel@crowell.com
Phone: +32.2.282.1844
7, Rue Joseph Stevens
Brussels B - 1000
Belgium

Frederik Van Remoortel is a partner in the Brussels office of Crowell & Moring and has been admitted at the Brussels bar since 1998. He joined Crowell & Moring in 2001.

Frederik focuses on corporate, commercial, data protection, and labor & employment law.

Frederik regularly assists international companies in setting up, operating, and restructuring their business in Belgium. This includes corporate transactional matters including acquisitions, mergers, joint ventures, and other collaborative arrangements, as well as general corporate counseling.

A substantial part of Frederik's work consists of the drafting and negotiation of a wide variety of commercial contracts, such as shareholders agreements, asset transfer agreements, licensing and distribution agreements, agency agreements, co-operation agreements, software and cloud computing contracts, complex telecommunication agreements such as (Full) MVNO agreements, outsourcing, supply agreements, independent contractor agreements, various types of lease agreements, and terms and conditions.

To complement his corporate practice, Frederik also advises clients with respect to individual and collective Belgian labor and employment law, in particular in the framework of restructurings.

Since the start of his career in 1998, Frederik has advised clients with respect to Belgian and EU data protection and privacy legislation. He has been a member of the firm's privacy group for many years. He regularly performs global privacy audits for multinational clients. He assists clients with the adoption and implementation of compliance programs and questions related to international data transfers. Frederik closely monitored the negotiations on the comprehensive reform of EU data protection rules, which resulted in the introduction of the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) that is applicable to all EU Member States. He works closely on GDPR implementation with our client’s Data Protection Officers (DPO’s) and other individuals in charge of data protection.

Frederik is a Certified Information Privacy Professional/Europe (CIPP/E). He was also a member of the IAPP European Advisory Board 2015-2016.

Frederik's experience includes both contentious and non-contentious work. He has extensive litigation experience before the Belgian Courts in corporate, commercial and labor & employment matters (shareholder disputes, termination of distribution agreements, employee termination cases, etc.). He also has successfully represented clients in several import duty recovery projects which included both the argumentation towards the Belgian customs authorities as well as litigation to obtain reimbursement of import duties. Frederik also has valuable experience as a substitute judge at the Brussels Commercial Court (August 2010 - March 2015).

Representative clients whom Frederik works for include telecom operators, pharmaceutical companies, software developers, internet service providers, record companies, electronic consumer and professional electronic equipment manufacturers and distributors, defense/aerospace companies, manufacturers of medical equipment, carpet manufacturers, clothing companies, and companies in the automotive sector, all based in various jurisdictions. Frederik also assists several U.S. and Belgium based nonprofit and trade associations.

Frederik is a qualified lawyer in Belgium and obtained his law degree from the Universities of Namur and Leuven. He obtained a postgraduate degree in tax law from the University of Leuven. During his studies at the University of Leuven, he studied six months at the University of Stellenbosch (South-Africa).

Legal Rankings

  • Recommended in Legal 500 EMEA for Commercial, Corporate and M&A, EU Regulatory: Privacy and Data Protection and Employment.
    • a “key name” (2020)
    • co-heads the “strong commercial and corporate team” “corporate law and data protection law specialist […] attracts praise for providing ‘timely and good quality advice’” (2019)
    • “provides ‘practical and to-the-point advice’” “meticulous” (2018)
    • “superb data privacy lawyer” “reliable like a Swiss watch” “Crowell & Moring ‘stands out in terms of reliability’” (2016)
    • “Crowell & Moring produces ‘a very high service level’” (2015)
    • “proactive”Crowell & Moring’s legal advice is regarded by clients as being ‘great value for money’” (2014)

Education

  • Catholic University of Leuven, J.D. (1997)
  • Catholic University of Leuven (1998) postgraduate degree in tax law

Affiliations

Admitted to practice: in Belgium and before the European Court

Other Affiliations

  • Substitute judge at the Brussels Commercial Court (August 2010 - March 2015)
  • CIPP/E

Memberships

  • Former board member of the Young Brussels Dutch Bar Association 
  • Member of the European Advisory Board of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), 2015-2016
  • Member of the Belgian Association of Direct Marketing

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"Return Ready Virtual Summit: Data Protection in the Covid-19 era," Proxyclick Webinar, Brussels, Belgium (September 29, 2020). Speakers: Frederik Van Remoortel, Jarno Vanto, and Stefanie Tack.
Speech/Presentation
"Privacy Shield Invalidated: EU Data Transfers to the U.S. under Siege (again…)," (July 16, 2020). Contacts: Jeffrey L. Poston, Maarten Stassen, Jeane A. Thomas, CIPP/E, Frederik Van Remoortel, Jarno Vanto, CIPP/E, CIPP/US, Laurence Winston, Lee Matheson, CIPP/US/E/A, CIPM, PCIP, Robert Holleyman
Client Alert / Newsletter
"Covid-19 en contracten: Een goed reden tot stopzetting is nog geen geldige reden," Kamer van Koophandel Vlaams-Brabant, Ondernemers Nummer 5 (June 2020). Authors: Jan-Diederik Lindemans and Frederik Van Remoortel.
Publication
"The Impact of COVID-19 on Contracts and Corporate Activities: Your Questions Answered," (May 5, 2020). Contacts: Frederik Van Remoortel, Emmanuel Plasschaert, Margaux van Steenbergh, Blanche Devos
Client Alert / Newsletter
Legal 500 EMEA Recommends Crowell & Moring in 11 Practice Areas and Recognizes 13 Lawyers (Apr.27.2020)
Firm News / Announcement
"Compare and Contrast of Force Majeure Interpretations and Other Business Interruption Contractual Issues," Crowell & Moring Webinar (April 16, 2020). Presenters: Mark A. Klapow, Frederik Van Remoortel, Laurence Winston, and Yao Mao.
Speech/Presentation
"Online COVID-19 Virtual Assistant – Stay informed about Government Regulations Affecting Businesses in Belgium," (Mar.30.2020). Contacts: Emmanuel Plasschaert, Frederik Van Remoortel, Evelien Jamaels, Stefanie Tack
Client Alert / Newsletter
"The European Commission’s Standard Contractual Clauses: Good News from the Advocate General, but We’re Not Out of the Woods," Privacy Law Alert (January 8, 2020). Contacts: Jeffrey L. Poston, Maarten Stassen, Frederik Van Remoortel, Jarno Vanto, CIPP/E, CIPP/US
Client Alert / Newsletter
"Outsourcing," second edition, Chambers Global Practice Guide, Law and Practice Belgium (2019). Co-Authors: Emmanuel Plasschaert, Frederik Van Remoortel, Karl Stas, and Heidi Waem.
Publication
"European Court of Human Rights Confirms the Proportionality Test for Use of Hidden Cameras on the Work Floor," Labor & Employment Law Alert - Europe (December 3, 2019). Contacts: Emmanuel Plasschaert, Frederik Van Remoortel, Evelien Jamaels, Delphine Keppens
Client Alert / Newsletter

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