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Filip Van Elsen

Partner, Global Co-head of Technology


Van Elsen Filip
Filip Van Elsen

Partner, Global Co-head of Technology


Filip heads the IP/IT department of Allen & Overy in Belgium and chairs our global Telecommunications, Media & Technology sector group. He is also a member of our global Client Group, which aims at developing and managing client relationships in an integrated and collaborative way.

Filip works internationally, advising both established multinationals as well as early stage technology companies from IP-rich sectors. He specialises in both the contentious and non-contentious aspects of digital transformation and technology related projects. He focuses on new emerging technologies and assists clients wherever digital transformation underpins fundamental change in their business (eg fintech, cyber security, AI, digital medicine and connected cars).

He advises our clients on large complex outsourcing transactions, cloud computing, software licensing as well as on technology driven M&A and joint ventures. In addition, he advises on data protection, cyber security and big data projects. Finally, he also helps to resolve disputes arising from significant technology projects.

Filip lectures at the Law Faculty of the University of Leuven on the legal aspects of digitalisation (cyber security, cloud computing, big data and artificial intelligence, block chain and digital health). He is regularly invited to speak at conferences and industry roundtables on IT law, outsourcing and data protection, including the implementation of the GDPR and the NIS Directive on cyber security. Independent legal directories (including Chambers & Legal 500) have been highly recommending Filip for the past 10 years and have consistently ranked his practice in tier one.

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Allen & Overy (Belgium) LLP
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Stagiair, Belgium, 1990

Admitted as advocaat, Belgium, 1993

Exempt European lawyer, England and Wales, 2004


Master, International & Comparative Law, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), 1988

Law Degree, Universitaire Instelling Antwerpen (UIA), 1987

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Publications: 24 MAY 2021

Key provisions of the Draft AI Regulation

On 21 April 2021, the European Commission published its proposal for the Artificial Intelligence Regulation (the Draft AI Regulation).

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Webinar EUs new Digital Finance and Retail Payments Strategies

Publications: 02 DECEMBER 2020

Webinar: EU’s new Digital Finance and Retail Payments Strategies

This webinar is aimed at payment service providers, payment systems and technology providers and considers potential areas of impact and opportunity within the EU’s new Digital Finance and Retail…

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Publications: 29 SEPTEMBER 2020

New EU digital finance strategy and proposals – September 2020

The European Commission yesterday adopted a new digital finance package, made up of a digital finance strategy, a retail payments strategy, legislative proposals for an EU regulatory framework on…

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Publications: 19 JUNE 2020

Covid–19 coronavirus: emerging data protection and cybersecurity guidance (Updated 18 June 2020)

The Covid-19 coronavirus is creating a need for organisations to process personal data, for a variety of specific purposes (including managing and protecting their workforce, customers and the…

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