Speakers

Erik Valgaeren
Partner, Stibbe; Brussels, Belgium

Erik Valgaeren’s practice focuses on IT, internet, e-commerce and electronic communications law, as well as on IP issues relating to the aforementioned subjects. He has a thorough understanding of technical issues relating to communications. His work includes the drafting of contracts, advising on legislation and regulatory aspects and litigation both before national courts and arbitral tribunals. Typical projects include web services, outsourcing, facilities management, system integration, software implementation, data transmission, databases, privacy, distribution and partnerships. His IP-related activities are mainly driven by the increasing interaction between infrastructure and the content / information communicated thereby. Prior to joining Stibbe in 1993, Erik Valgaeren was an associate in the Washington DC and Brussels offices of Wilmer Cutler Pickering.

Mr. Valgaeren is a member of the Brussels Bar and the New York Bar. He graduated from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (lic.jur. K.U.Leuven, 1990), and obtained a Master of Laws (LL.M.) from the University of Chicago School of Law in 1991. Furthermore, he attended the Master in Computer Management Courses at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB, 1999-2000).

Mr. Valgaeren is member of the legal committee of Belcliv, the Belgian association for IT security.
He is chief editor of “Computerrecht”, a Belgian-Dutch legal periodical on ICT law, since 2009.
He is also a member of the FITCE (Federation of International Telecom Engineers), and a member of the Technology Committee of the International Bar Association (IBA) since 2005. Since 2009 he is also the Committee's Secretary and Treasurer. He is also co-founder of BeTech, a new association of Belgian technology professionals.