Of Counsel
Privacy and Data Protection


Laura De Boel is Of Counsel in the Brussels office of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. Her practice is focused on all aspects of European data protection law, including data breaches, international data transfers, and online profiling. She has extensive experience advising clients on pan-European data protection compliance across a range of sectors. She also assists clients in their dealings with privacy and data protection authorities, such as the Belgian Privacy Commission.

Prior to joining the firm, Laura was an associate in the Brussels offices of Hunton & Williams and a leading Belgian law firm.

Laura has been quoted in leading industry and legal publications, including Bloomberg BNA. She is a native Dutch speaker and is fluent in English and French.

  • LL.M., International and European Law, University of Brussels, 2010
    Cum Laude
  • J.D., International, European and Business Law, University of Antwerp (Belgium) and University René Descartes, Paris (France), 2009
    Cum Laude
  • Member, International Association of Privacy Professionals
  • Member, Young Professionals in Foreign Policy
  • Presenter, "General Data Protection Regulation—Selected GDPR Myths," Association of Corporate Counsel, Austin, Texas, June 28, 2018
  • Moderator, "The Future of Privacy Protection Enforcement: What to Expect and How to Prepare," CPDP Conference, Brussels, Belgium, January 25, 2018
  • Presenter, "International Transfers of Personal Data Post-GDPR," Maastricht European Centre on Privacy and Cybersecurity, Maastricht University, January 18, 2018
  • Presenter, "Understanding GDPR Core Notions and Principles," GDPR Workshop: Preparing for Compliance, Geneva, Switzerland, November 13, 2017
  • Presenter, "GDPR: Interactive Overview of the Key Elements with special focus on the employment context in the shipping sector," GDPR Workshop: Implementing the General Data Protection Regulation in the Shipping Industry, Brussels, Belgium, September 29, 2017
  • Speaker, "Doorgifte van persoonsgegevens naar derde landen," Documentatie Conferentie - Voorbereiding op de Inwerkingtreding van de GDPR, CREO Business Information & Seminars, September 7, 2017
  • Presenter, "Data inventories under the GDPR," Data Protection & GDPR, Antwerp, Belgium, March 7, 2017
  • Presenter, "Data Transfer Between the United States and Europe in the Light of the New Regulation," The New EU Data Protection Regulation, Brussels, Belgium, January 27, 2017
  • Moderator, "Do We Need E-Privacy Legislation?" CPDP Conference, Brussels, Belgium, January 26, 2017
  • Presenter, "WSGR Getting Ready for the GDPR Series - Session 5: Regulatory Aspects of the GDPR," WSGR Privacy & Data Protection Webcast, November 17, 2016
  • Presenter, "Safe Harbor/Privacy Shield Agreements and Rules in the new General Data Protection Regulation," How to Prepare for the General Data Protection Regulation and the Privacy Shield?, Cologne, Germany, September 6, 2016
  • Presenter, "WSGR Getting Ready for the GDPR Series - Session 3: The GDPR for Service Providers," WSGR Privacy & Data Protection Webcast, July 12, 2016
  • Presenter, "WSGR Getting Ready for the GDPR Series - Session 2: Enhanced Individuals Rights," WSGR Privacy & Data Protection Webcast, June 8, 2016
  • Presenter, "Getting Ready for the GDPR," WSGR Privacy & Data Protection Webcast, May 2016
  • Presenter, "EU-U.S. Privacy Shield," 6th European Data Protection Days, Berlin, Germany, April 26, 2016
  • Panelist, "Risks Related to International Data Transfers," Data Protection & Privacy Conference, Brussels, Belgium, April 14, 2016
  • Panelist, "Trans-Atlantic Data Flows: In Search of a Long-Term Solution," CPDP Conference, Brussels, Belgium, January 2016
  • "Belgium: CPP Legal Action Against Facebook Commences," Interview with DataGuidance, September 22, 2015
  • Speaker, "Exploration of the Adequacy of Privacy Protection Law of States with Federations: Could the State of California Qualify for Adequacy Status?" CPDP Conference, Brussels, Belgium, January 2015
  • Guest Lecturer, EU Data Protection Law, University of Brussels, 2011-2012
  • Brussels Bar

Contact Information

Rue Montoyer 47
1000 Brussels, Belgium 
Phone | +32 2 274 57 18

Email | Laura De

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