With more than 15 years of experience, Laurent De Muyter's practice covers the regulation of electronic communications, data protection, and antitrust. Laurent ensures clients' regulatory compliance and litigates before the EU Commission and national regulators/courts in infringement procedures and related damage claims.
In electronic communications, Laurent has advised operators and regulators, such as T-Mobile and KPN, on liberalizing markets, allocating spectrum, rolling-out and sharing networks, interconnection and interoperability, roaming, access regulations, universal services obligations and financing, numbering, and legal tapping.
Laurent's data protection experience includes advising companies like Cardinal Health and ICANN on issues such as handling data breaches, drafting privacy policies, establishing direct marketing and whistleblower schemes, transferring data outside the EU (including approvals of binding corporate rules [BCRs] and standard contractual clauses [SCCs]), data portability, data retention, and cybersecurity.
Laurent's antitrust experience covers anticompetitive practices and merger filings at the EU and national levels across various industries, including automotive, chemicals, consumer goods, pharmaceuticals, oil, telecoms, and waste management. He regularly advises clients on compliance matters in relation to cooperation agreements, distribution, and technology licensing.
Laurent has been a member ("assessor") of the decisional body of the Belgian Competition Authority since 2013, as well as a research fellow at the University of Liège since 2008. He teaches the regulation of data at the FEB program on artificial intelligence. He has been an officer of the IBA Communications Law Committee since 2016 and is also a member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP). Laurent's in-house experience includes a secondment at the GSMA in London in 2008.
Antitrust Alert: French Competition Authority Concludes Online Advertising Sector Inquiry And Announces Possible Further Actions
- September 2018
Belgium finalizes GDPR implementation: A practitioner’s view, iapp
Chapter XVI on Telecommunications in the Bloomberg BNA Portfolio n°7451 - Business Operations in the European Union – Regulatory (new edition)
- November 2017
Section on Belgium in "Annual Review Data protection & Privacy Laws 2017", financierworkdwide.com.
- June 2016
Roaming Regulation IV: Implementation Challenges Ahead, IBA communications newsletter
- June 2016
EU Roaming Regulation IV: implementation challenges ahead
From Safe Harbor to Pearl Harbor: The European Court of Justice decision in Maxilian Schrems, ABA/Section of International Law, The Year in Review 2016, vol. 50, p. 595
- August 2015
Antitrust Law Answer Book, PLI
- January 2015
A New EU Commission for the Digital Single Market: Time for a Legislative Rethink? Who's Who Legal
"Net neutrality: from a catch-all to a catch 22?” in Strowel (éd), Net Neutrality in Europe, Collection de l’IEJE de l’université Saint Louis, Bruylant
- May 2013
La protection des nouveaux entrants en droit de l’Union Européenne, Concurrences, art. n° 51598
- April 2013
The Belgian Parliament enacts a new competition law,e-Competitions, n°51813
New Fining Guidelines in Belgium: if not a spotlight, then a glimmer?, European Competition Law Review, Issue 3
- 12 octobre 2012
Le blocage des prix, une tempête dans un verre d'eau? L'Echo
- August 2012
Regulatory Asymmetry? The Competition Between Telecommunication Operators and Other ICT Players, JECLAP
Vers une révision de la loi sur la protection de la concurrence économique?, Revue de la Concurrence Belge, TBM-RCB, Vol.1, p. 35-46
Une transaction en droit belge de la concurrence? Revue de la Concurrence Belge, TBM-RCB, Vol. 2-3
- February 2011
L'application du droit belge de la concurrence aux secteurs libéralisés, in. N. Petit (éd), Le nouveau droit belge de la concurrence, Commission Université Palais, Anthémis
- October 2010
Interplay of Ex post and Ex ante regulations: converging on substance but diverging on institutional processes?, Intermedia, Vol. 38, Iss. 4, p.30.
- April 2009
Price Squeeze Abuse in the EU Telecommunications Sector: A Reasonably or Equally Efficient Test?, GCP Magazine
- December 2008
Does Europe Need a Single European telecom Regulator?, European Competition Journal, Vol. 4, p.561.
- October 2004
Le nouveau règlement d'exemption par catégorie pour les accords de transfert de technologie, Cahier du Juriste - van de jurist, n°2/2004, p. 124
- June 2003
Flawed Reform of the Competition Rules for the European Motor Vehicle Distribution Sector, European Competition Law Review, Vol. 24, p. 254.
- January 10, 2020
Law, Cognitive Technologies & Artificial Intelligence Program, “Artificial intelligence and GDPR”, Federation of enterprises in Belgium
- December 11, 2019
ECTA Regulatory Conference 2019, Panel Chair on “5G Without All Vendors! What Are the Consequences for Operators, Customers and Society?”
- June 6, 2019
ERA Annual Conference on European Media Law 2019 - Licensing practices for audiovisual media services in the EU - recent developments in competition law.
- April 29-30, 2019
Mergers – content, data and digitalisation as drivers for M&A (moderator), 30th Annual IBA Communications and Competition Conference
- March 15, 2019
Big data: legal framework and practice, Law, Cognitive Technologies & Artificial Intelligence Study Programme, Federation of Enterprises in Belgium.
- February 8, 2019
Sport et droit de la concurrence, Délégation des Barreaux de France
- November 2018
New Enforcement Powers: What DPAs Can Learn from Competition Law Practice, IAPP Europe Data Protection Congress 2018
- June 11 & 12, 2018
Infrastructure sharing panel, moderator, IBA Conference
- January 26, 2018
Brussels School of Competition’s New Study Programme on Cognitive Technologies & Artificial Intelligence
- November 23, 2017
Competition law and data protection, AEDC/VSMR half-day study event, ING Auditorium
- June 30, 2017
Cognitive Technology and AI: Legislation and Regulation, Brussels School of Competition
- April 5, 2017
Le RGPD en détail – Analyse des directives des autorités de protection des données et des efforts de mise en œuvre au niveau national
- March 29, 2017
Règlement Général sur la Protection des Données : les nouveaux outils de la de la CNPD, Conférence des Directeurs Juridiques Luxembourgeois, Banque & Caisse d’Epargne de l’Etat
- March 15, 2017
Webinar Series: EU General Data Protection Regulation (three-part series)
- October 17, 2016
Big Data: At the Intersection of Competition and Privacy Laws, Brussels School of Competition, Federation of Enterprises in Belgium
- June 21, 2016
Review of the E-Privacy Directive, ARMA EU Conference
- April 20, 2016
What future for the E-Privacy Directive? IAPP Conference
- October 28, 2014
Presentation to the members of the Belgian Competition Authority on "net neutrality", Belgian Competition Authority Office
- November 28, 2013
Mergers and Market Consolidation in the Telecom Sector, Cullen Law Seminar
- September 24, 2013
A New Belgian Competition Authority: What Impact for my Company?
- March 25-27, 2012
Policies For The Future Internet, EuroCPR 2012 Conference
- December 12, 2011
Settlement Procedure in Competition Law, Federation of Enterprises in Belgium
- February 11, 18 & 25, 2011
The new Belgian competition law, CUP Conference
- April 30, 2010
What comes next in electronic communications?A review of the new EU framework, IEJE Conference
- April 28 & 29, 2010
International Institute for telecommunications' Telecommunications and Media Forum
- May 11, 2009
Is the Guidance Notice on Article 82 EC a Suitable Instrument for Liberalized Markets?, Half Day Conference on the Commission’s Guidance Notice on Article 82 EC
- May 2008
Does Europe Need a Single European Telecom Regulator?
- College of Europe, Belgium (Master's in European Legal Studies magna cum laude 2002; European Law Moot Court Competition laureate, 2002); University of Durham, United Kingdom (LL.M. cum laude 2001); Free University of Brussels, Belgium (J.D. cum laude 2000)
Winner of the 6th Young Lawyers' Writing Competition held by the International Bar Association Communications Law Committee (2008)
Recommended for privacy and data protection by The Legal 500 (2017 to 2019)
Who's Who Legal: Competition — Future Leaders (2017 to 2019)
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