"a particularly efficient lawyer"Legal 500
Charles is a partner in the firm’s global Cybersecurity and Data Privacy practice. He heads the Cybersecurity and Data Privacy team in Brussels.
Charles assists organizations in a number of sectors (hospitality, financial & insurance, travel platforms, aviation, infrastructures) in complying with existing EU and national cybersecurity and privacy laws, such as NIS Directive & GDPR or the Cybersecurity Act and with upcoming developments, such as the ePrivacy Regulation.
He assists clients in implementing compliance programs (and the training of staff post implementation of such programs), developing global data transfers mechanisms and the negotiation of data processing agreements. He has specific experience in developing incident management policies and procedures and in handling incidents in a cross border context (taking into account multiple cybersecurity, privacy and other regulatory frameworks, such as NIS and PSD2). In addition to such work, Charles is active on the transactional side (from cybersecurity and data privacy due diligence to audits and negotiations in the course of M&A operations).
Charles is a member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), holds a CIPP/E certification and serves as co-chair of the Brussels KnowledgeNet Chapter. He is appointed as Legal Expert by ENISA, the European Union Cybersecurity Agency. He is also active in the Digital Economy Committee at AmCham EU.
Charles is regularly in contact with data protection authorities around Europe and represented clients in front of the Working Party No. 29 (now EDPB). Charles regularly publishes articles and is invited as speaker on such topics.
Charles is fluent in English and Dutch, in addition to his native French.
In the Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Area
- Represented a major insurance group in its integration of EU operations from a cybersecurity and data privacy point of view.
- Assisted a regulated institution in the management, follow up and remediation of a data breach. The representation includes dealing with cross-border regulatory context.
- Counselled a chemical manufacturer in the privacy aspects of the deployment of a whistleblowing hotline solution.
- Advised on a pro bono basis the Red Cross EU Office, the European Council on Refugees and Exiles, Medair, and the International Lesbian, Gay, Trans & Intersex Association in the review of their data mapping, legal basis for processing, privacy notices, privacy policies and in their vendor remediation exercise.
- Represented clients in the cybersecurity and data privacy aspects of due diligence, SPA negotiation and integration.
- Counselled a Chinese financial institution in relation to the technical standards, organizational measures and incident reporting under the PSD2 and the interplay with GDPR and national laws implementing the NIS Directive.
- Assisted US B2B marketing companies, email service providers, payment services providers, actor of the entertainment industry in assessing the impact of GDPR on their operations.
- Represented an hospitality client in the management of a high profile data breach taking place at the level of its booking platform.
- Counselled an international financial service institution in designing and implementing a cloud-based SaaS monitoring tool aiming to protect the integrity of its systems and networks.
- Advised the United Nations regarding international legal issues related to e-evidence and processing of personal data for law enforcement purposes.
- Represented an Italian brand of shoes and clothing in its GDPR readiness exercise and in navigating the changes of the CCTV legislation post GDPR in multiple countries.
- Assisted a global company providing payment solutions for e-commerce app in assessing its role (data controller/data processor) and related requirements under GDPR.
- Advised clients in a number of industries such as financial, marketing, insurance, in the drafting and negotiation of Art. 28 GDPR data processing agreements, representing both controllers and processors.
- Represented a leading supplier of automotive parts in dealing with the data privacy aspects of its global HR management and operations. The representation includes the assessment of the role of various group entities and in analyzing appropriate data transfer mechanisms to support the exchange of data necessary for staff appraisal.
- Developed a structured approach to GDPR compliance for several trade associations in multiple EU countries.
- Contributed to the HTNG Working Group on GDPR. The outcome is a White Paper and Self-Assessment Tool adopted in March 2018. The White Paper describes key considerations of GDPR for the hospitality industry. The Assessment Tool aims to help professionals in the industry to evaluate their company's ability to comply with the new regulation. Over 50 companies (from hotel brands, to software companies) participated in HTNG's GDPR for Hospitality Workgroup.
- Part of the team who represented Nestlé S.A. its agreement to acquire privately-held Atrium Innovations, a Montreal-based global leader in nutritional health products, from a group of investors for $2.3 billion.
- Represented a US financial group active in the credit card business in its negotiations with a payment network in France. The representation includes negotiations with the French DPA.
- Represented booking platforms in their challenge in front of the Working Party No. 29 of a new standard developed by the travel industry.
- Assisted a European actor in infusion therapy and clinical nutrition in dealing with the Belgian aspects of the acquisition of a US-headquartered group active in transfusion technology products for blood collection, separation and processing.
In the Transactional Area
- Represented a French bank in its USD 800mio ICO monetization transaction with a Brazilian credit institution.
- Represented a French-listed company and its subsidiaries in the context of a $600 million term loan with a pool of Asian lenders used to refinance existing indebtedness.
- Advised the Brussels branch of the Bank of China (Luxembourg) SA on a €31 million bridge loan facility.
- Assisted a client in the hospitality sector in the negotiation of the disposal of one of its assets to public authorities, as part of the redeployment of the Heysel plateau (Neo project).
- Part of a four-office, five-practice team who advised a French investment fund in the acquisition of a 85 hotels portfolio belonging to a major hospitality actor and other real estate investment funds.
- Represented an international bank in a US $370 million margin financing for a Brazilian credit institution.
- Represented Solvay SA and its affiliates in the $220 million acquisition of the global Ryton polyphenylene sulfide (PPS) business of Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LP.
- Represented a French bank in the refinancing of an hotel portfolio a private equity fund owned in Belgium.
- Assisted a global healthcare company to restructure its Belgian activities, in particular, to structure and negotiate an acceleration of the immovable lease on the former European HQ of an acquired business.
- Advised a group in the hospitality sector in its acquisition and financing of a five hotels portfolio in Belgium.
- Represented the Belgian subsidiary of a European toy group, headquartered in France in a combined EUR equivalent 160 million acquisition, revolving and CAPEX facilities agreements.
- Represented the Belgian subsidiary of a European property management group to access combined EUR 485 million facilities agreements.
- Assisted a Belgian software company in the negotiation of the assignment of a VAT leasing and related aspects on a 7,000 square meter building where it will relocate its headquarters.
- Assisting one of the largest Brazilian chemical companies in the tax structuring and contractual implementation of the Only Representative activities (in the context of the REACH regulation).
- Advised a French telecommunications group in the corporate and tax aspects of the restructuring of EUR 3 billion facility arrangement.
- Advised and assisted the Belgian branch of a Japanese credit institution in launching a new Swap activity in more than twenty countries.
- EUR 208 million securitization of consumer credit loan receivables for a Dutch bank with branches in Belgium and Germany.
- Pan-European structuring and organization of operations of a USD 500 million feeder fund.
Certified Information Privacy Professional/Europe (CIPP/E)
Solvay Business School, Brussels, Master in Tax Management, cum laude
Université Catholique de Louvain, Licencié en Droit (JD), cum laude
Facultés universitaires Saint-Louis, Candidat en Droit (BA)
- Brussels Bar (Ordre Français des Avocats au Barreau de Bruxelles)
- Appointed as Legal Expert by ENISA, the European Union Agency for Network and Information Security.
- Co-chair the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) Brussels KnowledgeNet Chapter
- Member of IAPP.
- Member of Amcham EU Digital Economy Committee.
- Client Choice Award 2019, IP & IT, Belgium: Established in 2005, Client Choice recognizes those law firm partners around the world that stand apart for the excellent client care they provide and the quality of their service. The criteria for this recognition focus on an ability to add real value to clients' business above and beyond the other players in the market. Uniquely, law firm partners can be nominated only by corporate counsel.