We had the pleasure of hosting the annual Parlex Autumn Meeting in Leuven (Belgium). The Parlex Group is a network of independent law firms specialising in business law, which is active in more than 20 countries. The purpose of The Parlex Group is to ensure that its members' clients can easily obtain specialised legal advice throughout Europe and beyond its borders.
Lawyers from 19 countries were present to discuss amongst others the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) that will enter into force in May 2018. Our colleague Roeland Smits gave a general overview of the GDPR, followed by presentations by Mrs. Sabine Mersch, a “Privacy Architect”, on the importance of the implementation of a privacy management program, and by Mr. Robert W. Anderson, attorney at Lindabury, McCormick, Estabrook & Cooper, P.C. with his view on how U.S. companies prepare to comply with the GDPR.