Stéphanie De Smedt
Senior associate - Attorney at Law

Stéphanie De Smedt

Stéphanie De Smedt, attorney-at-law, is a member of the Litigation & Risk Management practice group in our Brussels office. She is head for Belgium of the IP/IT Team, the Data Protection Team and the Life Sciences Team.

About Stéphanie De Smedt

Stéphanie is an expert in intellectual property law (technology transfers, trademark and copyright licensing and counterfeit matters), ICT law (e-commerce, telecom, software and other Internet-related contracts) and privacy and data protection.

She has a particular focus on GDPR compliance, the structuring of (cross-border) data flows, and large scale “privacy by design” projects. She also regularly advises clients active in the life sciences industry on regulatory compliance, in particular in the context of clinical trials.

Stéphanie represents clients in court as well as before the Belgian Data Protection Authority and in alternative dispute resolution proceedings in her areas of expertise. She has been appointed by CEPANI, the Belgian Centre for Arbitration and Mediation, to act as Third-Party Decider in alternative dispute resolution proceedings for .be domain names. She has also been appointed teaching assistant at the Centre for IP & IT Law at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium).

She also regularly publishes articles, speaks at conferences and (internal and external) seminars, and participates as a coach / legal expert to hackathons focussing on the use of Blockchain and Artificial Intelligence.

Stéphanie has been recognized by the Legal500 EMEA 2020 as a “Rising Star” in the category EU regulatory: Privacy & Data Protection.


  • Brussels Bar (Nederlandse Orde van Advocaten), 2012
  • International Trademark Association (INTA)
  • International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP)
  • International Technology Law Association (iTech Law)
  • Professional Union of DPOs in Belgium (DPO-Pro)


  • LL.M. in European Competition and Intellectual Property law, Université de Liège (Belgium), 2012
  • Master’s degree, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium), 2011
  • Summer school in international business, Haas Business School, University of California (Berkeley, United States), 2010


  • Dutch
  • English
  • French

T: +32 2 773 23 77


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