Fanny Coton

Fanny Coton is a partner in Lexing (Belgium), practicing in Liège and Brussels (Belgium) since 2006. Ms. Coton focuses her practice on IT, IP, information security and privacy compliance, and unfair competition. Ms. Coton is admitted to practice law in Belgium. She holds a certificate in privacy law (Decision of Liege Bar Council). She advises her clients both on GDPR compliance and on litigation, whether in the context of traditional legal proceedings or before the Belgian Data Protection Authority and the Market Court. She also acts as external DPO. She is the Administrator of Lexing-Belgium SCRL.

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Jean-François Henrotte

Jean-Francois HenrotteJean-François Henrotte is a partner in Lexing Belgium in Brussels and Liège. Mr. Henrotte focuses his practice on information technology; intellectual property licensing and litigation; information security and privacy compliance; intellectual property protection; and the law of unfair competition.

Mr. Henrotte obtained a D.E.S. in Droit et Gestion des Technologies de l’Information et de la Communication from the University Notre Dame de la Paix in Namur and a LL.M. on Intellectual Property and Competition Law from the University of Liège. Mr. Henrotte is a regular speaker at conferences on information technology law. He is Chairman of the journal Revue du Droit des Technologies de l’Information ( He is admitted to practice law in Belgium.

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Leonard W. N. Hawkes

Leonard Hawkes is a practicing solicitor and of Counsel to in Brussels, Belgium, where he is the firm’s Data Protection Officer. He is a certified member (CIPP/E) of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP).

Mr. Hawkes was the UK national rapporteur to the 2021 FIDE Conference, on “The New EU Data Protection Regime: Setting Global Standards,” the Hague, November 2021. He presented “Adequacy and Divergence The United Kingdom & Data Protection” at the 65th UIA Congress in Madrid in October 2021.

Originally practicing as a barrister Mr. Hawkes re-qualified as a solicitor in 1993 before becoming the Brussels Partner of a City of London firm of solicitors. He subsequently became European Counsel in Brussels & London to a major, New York headquartered, U.S. law firm.

Qualified as a European Mediator in 2016, a Commercial Mediator in 2019, Mr. Hawkes is a member of the UK Association of European Law (UKAEL), of the ‘Privacy and Rights of the Digital Person’ and the ‘Mediation and Conflict Prevention’ committees of the Union Internationale des Avocats (UIA).

Mr. Hawkes obtained his law degree from the University of Kent and speaks English and French. He is a registered member of the French Speaking Order of the Brussels Bar (OBFG).

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