Thibaut D’hulst focuses on intellectual property law, new technologies, data protection, pharmaceutical law and competition law.

Thibaut regularly advises clients on all aspects of intellectual property law. His experience ranges from advising on strategies to protect trademarks, databases and other intellectual property to litigation, including patent validity and enforcement cases. He also regularly assists clients in new technology projects in relation to compliance with intellectual property, data protection and/or pharmaceutical laws. 

In addition, Thibaut is a certified Data Protection Officer and assists clients in complying with EU and Belgian data protection rules by conducting data protection audits, drafting company policies, information clauses and processor agreements on data protection, filing notifications, assisting clients in procedures before data protection authorities and advising on the international transfer of personal data.

In the field of competition law, Thibaut’s experience includes compliance training, assisting clients during and after dawn raids, advising on data protection aspects of competition procedures and on litigation concerning damages proceedings.


Dutch, English, French, German


  • Chambers Europe - Data Protection (Associates to watch)


  • Queen Mary, University of London, LL.M. in Intellectual Property Law, 2006
  • University of Leuven, Postgraduate degree in Business Economics, 2005
  • University of Leuven, Master of Laws, 2004
  • University of Namur, Bachelor of Law, 2001

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    • 14/02/2022
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    Belgian DPA Finds IAB Europe’s Consent Framework in Breach of GDPR

    On 2 February 2022, the Belgian Data Protection Authority ruled that the Transparency and Consent Framework (TCF), developed by Interactive Advertising Bureau Europe (IAB Europe), infringes the General Data Protection Regulation 679/2016 (the GDPR). The TCF is a widespread mechanism facilitating the management of users’ preferences for online personalised advertising. The DPA held IAB Europe responsible for the TCF’s failure to comply with the GDPR and imposed a fine of 250,000 EUR. This decision may have an important impact in the digital advertising industry, which relies on the TCF mechanism in the context of the real time bidding process for online advertisements. Please click on the link below to read our client alert on this matter.

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    • 23/12/2021
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    European Commission Adopts South Korea Adequacy Decision

    On 17 December 2021, the European Commission announced its decision on the adequate protection of personal data by the Republic of Korea (South Korea). After the conclusion of adequacy talks in March 2021, the adoption of the decision marks the final step in the adequacy process. With the adequacy decision, personal data can be transferred freely from the EU to South Korea. Please click on the link below to read our note on the subject.

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    • 08/12/2021
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    EDPB Voices Concerns on EU’s Digital Services Package and Data Strategy

    On 18 November 2021, the European Data Protection Board (EDPB) adopted a statement on the Digital Services Package and Data Strategy. The Digital Services Package and Data Strategy is a package of legislative proposals, including the Digital Services Act, the Digital Markets Act, the Data Governance Act, the Regulation on a European approach for Artificial Intelligence and the forthcoming Data Act, which will soon be announced. The proposals aim to: (i) facilitate the further use and sharing of personal data between a greater number of public and private parties; (ii) bolster the use of specific technologies, such as big data and artificial intelligence; and (iii) regulate online platforms and gatekeepers. Please click on the link below to read our note on the matter.

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