Hunton & Williams LLP Expands Global Privacy Practice Adding Counsel Wim Nauwelaerts in Brussels

Jun 11, 2010, 09:36 ET from Hunton & Williams LLP

BRUSSELS, June 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Hunton & Williams LLP announces the expansion of its leading Global Privacy and Information Management practice with the addition on August 1, 2010 of Wim Nauwelaerts as Counsel in the Brussels office. Formerly Counsel in Hogan Lovells' Brussels office, Mr. Nauwelaerts brings 15 years of experience in international privacy, data protection, and information security law. He has a broad range of experience in the area of European data protection, and focuses specifically on data privacy issues for healthcare and life sciences clients.

"Wim's addition provides a tremendous advantage to our clients," said Lisa Sotto, head of the firm's Global Privacy and Information Management practice. "We are significantly enhancing our capabilities internationally in the health privacy sector, an area expected to continue to grow throughout the world and to become even more complex."

Christopher Kuner, partner in the firm's Brussels office and head of the European Privacy and Information Management practice, added, "Wim is a well-known leader among data protection lawyers in Europe, and we are thrilled to have him join us."

Mr. Nauwelaerts is recognized as a leading privacy practitioner in Chambers Global 2010 and Legal 500 (Belgium) 2010. He has written and spoken widely on a number of privacy-related topics, including cloud computing, behavioral advertising, trans-border discovery, and privacy compliance in pharmaceutical research.

Michael Rosenthal, managing partner of the firm's Brussels office, said, "Wim is the perfect fit for our office's strategic growth plans. Given his experience in competition and with the healthcare sector, he will be a valuable asset not only to our successful privacy group but also as a privacy advisor to our competition practice -- where privacy issues play an increasingly important role -- as well as to our regulatory practice in Brussels."

Named the top firm for privacy by Computerworld in its three most recent surveys, Hunton & Williams' Global Privacy and Information Management practice group assists organizations in managing privacy and data security risks associated with the collection, use, and disclosure of consumer and employee personal information. The privacy practice also was ranked in the top tier of Chambers Global. Attorneys in the firm's privacy practice counsel clients on new and evolving global legal requirements that affect the use of information and work closely with clients to conduct full-scale privacy assessments. The firm's lawyers understand the public policy issues and business processes that inform the current privacy debate in the United States, Europe, and elsewhere around the globe, and apply that knowledge in providing legal advice.

Established in 1989, the Brussels office of Hunton & Williams is an essential component of Hunton & Williams' cross-border transactional and regulatory practices. Our Brussels office advises clients on all aspects of EC and national competition laws, data protection and privacy laws, and environmental and other regulatory issues, as well as Benelux and cross-border M&A and general corporate matters.

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