Axel is a senior associate in our Litigation group and co-head of our Privacy and Cyber Security practice. Axel is best known for assisting clients faced with landmark class action lawsuits and arbitration cases, investigations by Data Protection Authorities and the European Commission. Axel also advises on high-risk data and cutting-edge technology projects, cyber-attacks and data breaches. Axel divides his time between the Amsterdam and Brussels office, the latter of which is at the heart of our EU practice. He is dedicated to delivering fully integrated services to our clients, together with our European competition, administrative law and financial regulatory practices and international partners. Axel stands out for his technical concise understanding of information society, his strategic approach to complex multi-disciplinary cases, his excellent relationship with authorities across the world and his vision on current and future threats and opportunities for our clients. Together, these characteristics allow him to add value to the board rooms of major corporates throughout the world. Axel is a columnist for the Dutch Financial Times. He is a Fellow at the University of Amsterdam, where he obtained in 2015 the first ever PhD thesis on EU cybersecurity law. Axel was a Resident Fellow at Harvard Law School and at Princeton University in the 2013-14 academic year. His academic work has been covered by major academic journals and media, including FT, CNN, CBS and The Wall Street Journal.


  • Profession

    Advocaat, admitted to the Bar in the Netherlands

  • Languages

    Dutch, English, Danish

  • Education

    University of Amsterdam (PhD law

    LL.M. information law)

    Research Fellow at Harvard Law School and Computer Science Faculty at Princeton University

    Leiden University (BA law).


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