Frederik Van Remoortel, Senior Counsel Brussels
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7, Rue Joseph Stevens
Brussels, B - 1000

Frederik Van Remoortel is a senior counsel in the Brussels office of Crowell & Moring and has been admitted at the Brussels bar since 1998. He joined Crowell & Moring in 2001.

Frederik focuses on corporate, commercial, data protection, and labor & employment law.

Frederik regularly assists international companies in setting up, operating, and restructuring their business in Belgium. This includes corporate transactional matters including acquisitions, mergers, joint ventures, and other collaborative arrangements, as well as general corporate counseling.

A substantial part of Frederik's work consists of the drafting and negotiation of a wide variety of commercial contracts, such as shareholders agreements, asset transfer agreements, licensing and distribution agreements, agency agreements, co-operation agreements, software and cloud computing contracts, complex telecommunication agreements such as (Full) MVNO agreements, outsourcing, supply agreements, independent contractor agreements, various types of lease agreements, and terms and conditions.

To complement his corporate practice, Frederik also advises clients with respect to individual and collective Belgian labor and employment law, in particular in the framework of restructurings.

Since the start of his career in 1998, Frederik has advised clients with respect to Belgian and EU data protection and privacy legislation. He has been a member of the firm's privacy group for many years. He regularly performs global privacy audits for multinational clients. He assists clients with the adoption and implementation of compliance programs and questions related to international data transfers. Frederik closely monitored the negotiations on the comprehensive reform of EU data protection rules, which resulted in the introduction of a new European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) that will be directly applicable in all EU Member States starting in mid-2018.

Frederik is a Certified Information Privacy Professional/Europe (CIPP/E). He was also a member of the IAPP European Advisory Board 2015-2016.

Frederik's experience includes both contentious and non-contentious work. He has extensive litigation experience before the Belgian Courts in corporate, commercial and labor & employment matters (shareholder disputes, termination of distribution agreements, employee termination cases, etc.). He also has successfully represented clients in several import duty recovery projects which included both the argumentation towards the Belgian customs authorities as well as litigation to obtain reimbursement of import duties. Frederik also has valuable experience as a substitute judge at the Brussels Commercial Court (August 2010 - March 2015).

Representative clients whom Frederik works for include telecom operators, pharmaceutical companies, software developers, internet service providers, record companies, electronic consumer and professional electronic equipment manufacturers and distributors, defense/aerospace companies, manufacturers of medical equipment, carpet manufacturers, and clothing companies, all based in various jurisdictions. Frederik also assists several U.S. and Belgium based nonprofit and trade associations.

Frederik is a qualified lawyer in Belgium and obtained his law degree from the Universities of Namur and Leuven. He obtained a postgraduate degree in tax law from the University of Leuven. During his studies at the University of Leuven, he studied six months at the University of Stellenbosch (South-Africa).

Frederik is recommended in the Legal 500 EMEA 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017 (Tier 5) editions for corporate and mergers & acquisitions and was praised in the 2016 edition as being "reliable like a Swiss watch." The 2014 guide stated that the Brussels office's Corporate and M&A groups' advice is regarded by clients as being "great value for money" and the 2016 edition mentions that is "stands out in terms of reliability."

In the 2016 edition of the Legal 500 EMEA, Frederik is mentioned as a “superb data privacy lawyer” and the Brussels data protection team is ranked Tier 2 in the 2017 edition.

The Brussels Labor and Employment Group is lauded in the Legal 500 EMEA as a "very efficient" team that provides "thoughtful legal advice" and "great value for money" (2014), that produces 'a very high service level" (2015), is "well known for its restructuring work" (2016), and "is also experienced in domestic and cross-border restructurings, compliance, privacy and other regulatory issues" (2017 – Tier 4).


Admitted to practice: Belgium and before the European Court

Other Affiliations

  • Substitute judge at the Brussels Commercial Court (August 2010 - March 2015)
  • CIPP/E


  • Former board member of the Young Brussels Dutch Bar Association 
  • Member of the European Advisory Board of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), 2015-2016

Highlights, News & Knowledge

Speeches & Presentations

  • "The EU General Data Protection Regulation: What You Need to Know," Crowell & Moring Brussels (May 12, 2017). Speakers and Participants: Frederik Van Remoortel, Emmanuel Plasschaert, Abhinar Kumar, Kapil Varshney, R. P. Singh, Bruno Gencarelli, Daniele Vecchi, Punit Bhatia.
  • "Selected GDPR Topics and the Privacy Shield: Putting Theory into Practice and International Panel Discussion," Crowell & Moring Brussels (October 20, 2016). Speakers: Frederik Van Remoortel, Jeff Poston, Emmanuel Plasschaert, Jan Baas, Frédéric Sardain, Peter Huppertz and Cynthia O’Donoghue.
  • "Data Protection at the Workplace," Ateliers Data Protection, VBO-FEB, Brussels (September 28, 2016). Presenters and authors: Emmanuel Plasschaert and Frederik Van Remoortel.
  • "De nieuwe Algemene verordening gegevensbescherming (GDPR) – Analyse en actiepunten," ADEB – VBA Presentation (September 13, 2016). Speaker: Frederik Van Remoortel.
  • "De verplichtingen en mogelijke aansprakelijkheid van de verschillende partijen betrokken bij de verwerking van persoonsgegevens (zgn. “verwerkingsverantwoordelijken” vs. “verwerkers”) en hoe daar best mee om te gaan.," Belgian Direct Marketing Association Legal Day (June 21, 2016). Speaker: Frederik Van Remoortel.
  • "Data Protection in Light of the ECJ Decision Regarding Safe Harbor and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)," Seminar in Collaboration with the IBJ (April 27, 2016). Speakers: Emmanuel Plasschaert, Frederik Van Remoortel and Karel Janssens.
  • “EU-US Personal Data Transfers Under the Privacy Shield and New European Data Protection Regulation,” Crowell & Moring Seminar, Washington, D.C. (March 9, 2016). Presenters: Ted Dean (deputy assistant secretary for services with the U.S. Department of Commerce International Trade Administration), Joseph Alhadeff (VP Global Public Policy and Chief Privacy Strategist at Oracle), Christopher Hoff, Robin Campbell, and Frederik Van Remoortel.
  • "Cybersecurity and Data Protection," Crowell & Moring Seminar, Brussels, Belgium (November 18, 2015). Presenters: Emmanuel Plasschaert, Jeffrey L. Poston, and Frederik Van Remoortel.
  • "The Processing of Personal Data of Employees," Kluwer Publishers Webinar (October 16, 2014). Presenter: Frederik Van Remoortel.
  • "The New Collective Bargaining Agreement n° 109 Regarding the Obligation for Employers to Provide the Reasons for a Termination of Employment," Kluwer Publishers Webinar (May 6, 2014). Presenter: Frederik Van Remoortel.
  • "Privacy Rules and Social Media," Social Media: IP, Labor & Employment and Privacy Questions Crowell & Moring Seminar (April 3, 2014). Presenter: Frederik Van Remoortel.
  • "Data Protection: What You Should Know About the Proposed New Data Protection Regulation without Forgetting Current Legislation," Crowell & Moring Seminar (February 20, 2014). Presenters: Frederik Van Remoortel and Emmanuel Plasschaert.
  • "The Uniform Status in Practice: Update and Model Clauses," Crowell & Moring Seminar (January 31, 2014). Presenters: Emmanuel Plasschaert and Frederik Van Remoortel.
  • "Privacy and Data Protection: Proposal for a New EU Data Protection Regulation," Belgian Legal Counsel Institute (BLCI) Seminar on Regulatory and Compliance Developments, Brussels (October 10, 2013). Presenter: Frederik Van Remoortel.
  • "Uniform Status for Blue and White Collar Workers and Other Topical Issues in Belgian Labor & Employment Law," Crowell & Moring Seminar, Brussels (September 19, 2013). Presenters: Emmanuel Plasschaert and Frederik Van Remoortel.
  • "The use of telephone, internet and e-mail by employees in the public sector and the employer’s right to control this use," Seminar organized by the legal publisher Vanden Broele (March 24, 2011). Co-presenters: Emmanuel Plasschaert and Frederik Van Remoortel.
  • "A visit from the social inspection - rights and duties of the employer," Webinar hosted by the Belgian Legal Counsel Institute (BLCI) (December 2, 2010). Co-presenters: Emmanuel Plasschaert and Frederik Van Remoortel.
  • "Risks at the workplace: facing new challenges? - Harassment, Privacy, Discrimination", Belgian Legal Counsel Institute (BLCI) Seminar, Brussels (January 21, 2009). Co-Presenters: Frederik Van Remoortel and Emmanuel Plasschaert.
  • "The employment agreements of executives" at IFE Benelux Seminar on Executives' remuneration (February 16, 2005). Co-Presenters: Frederik Van Remoortel and Emmanuel Plasschaert.


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