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 Van Eecke is head of Cooley’s European cyber/data/privacy practice and vice chair of its global c/d/p 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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  • Zoom to Acquire Five9 for $14.7 Billion 

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

  • KU 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

    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

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