Professional Profile and Bio
Tim co-heads the Technology, Outsourcing and Privacy department in our Brussels' office. He is a specialist data protection and e-commerce advisor and an information technology contract negotiator and litigator.
He provides strategic and practical advice on global data protection compliance issues to start-ups, large multinationals and public organisations. He has a particular interest in privacy challenges relating to digital technologies and services (geo-localisation, IoT, cloud computing, big data, cookies etc.).
Another important part of his practice consists of drafting and negotiating complex IT service and outsourcing agreements and advising on e-commerce matters.
In the past, he has been seconded to Accenture and Euroclear, where he managed many complex IT contract negotiations and the data protection aspects related to them.
Tim has a significant experience servicing clients in the TMT, Life Sciences and Financial Services sector.
He is a member of the European Advisory Board and of the Teaching Faculty of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) and holder of their CIPP/E certification.
Tim is a regular speaker at high-profile data protection conferences and he regularly publishes in the field of data protection. He is ranked in both Chambers and Legal 500 and identified as thought leader in The International Who's Who Legal: Data.
What others say…
Tim Van Canneyt is praised by one client for his strong willingness to understand the customer's business specificities, pragmatism, clarity of advice and availability.
Tim Van Canneyt balances his practice between contentious and non-contentious matters with a deep understanding of creating and developing IT service agreements and outsourcing projects.
Clients describe him as a "very pragmatic and straight-to-the-point lawyer," adding that he is "practical and knowledgeable about data protection".
Fieldfisher’s team provides ‘pragmatic advice’ on GDPR, data breaches and international data transfer matters, to name a few areas. The ‘extremely efficient’ Tim Van Canneyt is advising Euroclear on its multinational GDPR compliance project; he jointly heads the team with Olivier Proust.
‘Committed, reliable and practical’, Fieldfisher’s team has ‘a strong ability to consider the business implications’. Tim Van Canneyt is ‘very knowledgeable on complex outsourcing and GDPR’.