Gert-Jan Fraeyman focuses on Belgian commercial law, information technology law and intellectual property law.

His practice includes advising clients on and assisting clients with contracting (terms and conditions, IT/outsourcing contracts, distribution contracts, etc.), data protection (data processing and transfer agreements, GDPR compliance, privacy-related advice, etc.), e-commerce and market practices, trade mark, design and copyright law, as well as litigation and other related aspects.

He has particular experience in the retail and technology sectors, as well as the life sciences, financial services and media, sports and entertainment sectors. 

Prior to joining Van Bael & Bellis, Gert-Jan worked as a commercial, IP and IT associate in the Brussels office of a leading international law firm and as in-house legal counsel with a focus on IT/outsourcing contracts and data protection at a regulated Belgian financial institution. Gert-Jan also gained vast experience during a one-year legal secondment at a multinational e-commerce and technology company. 


Dutch, English, French


  • Stockholm University, LL.M. in European Intellectual Property Law, 2016
  • Ghent University, Master of Laws, 2015
  • Vilnius University, Erasmus Exchange Programme, 2014
  • Ghent University, Bachelor of Laws, 2013

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    • 31/08/2023
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    Belgium - New Rules on Consumer Debt Collection - Update Your General Terms and Conditions Now

    On 1 September 2023, the Law of 4 May 2023 inserting Book XIX “Consumer debts” into the Belgian Code of Economic Law (Wet van 4 mei 2023 houdende invoeging van boek XIX “Schulden van de consument” in het Wetboek van economisch recht / Loi du 4 mai 2023 portant insertion du livre XIX “Dettes du consommateur” dans le Code de droit économique – the Law) will enter into force for consumer contracts which are concluded on or after that date. As of 1 December 2023, the Law will also apply to the recovery of consumer debts from contracts concluded before 1 September 2023 if the delay in payment or the amicable recovery occurs after 1 September 2023.

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    • 19/08/2022
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    CJEU Adopts Broad Interpretation of "Special" Personal Data

    In a recent judgment, the Court of Justice of the European Union (the CJEU) held that personal data from which sensitive information can be inferred may qualify as a “special” category of personal data under the GDPR. In particular, the CJEU held that the publication of the name of a person’s partner could indirectly disclose the person’s sexual orientation and therefore should be treated as a “special” category of personal data under Article 9 of the GDPR. Many data – alone or used together – is liable to disclose indirectly sensitive information, even if an organization avoids collecting sensitive categories of data as such. Therefore, data controllers will need to review whether their databases may infer special categories of data and may need to take measures to avoid this, or implement a proper legal basis for processing special categories of personal data. Please click on the link below to read our client alert on this CJEU judgment..

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    • 03/06/2022
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    Implementation of the Omnibus Directive into Belgian Law leads to New Consumer Protection Rules

    On 28 May 2022, the Belgian Act of 8 May 2022 implementing the Omnibus Directive (Directive (EU) 2019/2161) into Belgian law entered into force. The Omnibus Directive introduces a number of modernised and new consumer protection rules and aims to strengthen the protection of consumer rights through increased transparency obligations as well as a more strict and consistent application of enforcement measures. The Belgian Act was published in the Belgian Official Gazette on 2 June 2022 and it does not provide for a transition period. It is therefore important for undertakings falling within the scope of the new consumer protection rules to review existing transparency measures as well as contractual and commercial practices in order to bring these up to date and in line with the new rules. Please click on the link below to read our client alert on this matter.

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