Vincent Wellens is a partner with NautaDutilh Avocats Luxembourg and head of the Luxembourg Intellectual Property, Information & Communication Technology and Competition law practice groups.
His core practice focuses on:
- IT and outsourcing projects and contracting (including related (pre-)litigation) with a focus on the financial and public sector;
- Data protection with a focus on contracting and representation in (judicial and administrative) procedures (including on-site investigations and data breach notifications);
- IP litigation with a focus on patent litigation in the pharma sector and trademark and design liti-gation for luxury, consumer and media brands;
- Telecom and media regulatory (including broadcasting licensing);
- Competition law with a focus on hard-core cartels, abuse of dominance in the telecom and postal sectors, vertical restraints in the retail sector and state aid.
Prior to joining NautaDutilh Avocats Luxembourg, Vincent gained in-house experience as a competition and technology lawyer with POST Luxembourg, the largest telecom and postal operator in Luxembourg. He also practiced IP, ICT and competition law at several top-tier firms in Luxembourg and Brussels, with a focus on regulated industries (financial sector, pharma, telecom, energy, media and transport).
Vincent earned his law degree from the University of Leuven (KUL) in 2001. He also holds a diploma in Legal Studies from King's College London (2000) as well as LL.M. degrees in EU law (Europa Institut Saarbrücken, 2002) and intellectual property law (Katholieke Universiteit Brussel, 2005). He is a researcher in consumer and competition law at the University of Louvain (UCL).
Vincent is a board member of the commission on IP and ICT law of the Luxembourg Bar, the Luxembourg Association of IT Professionals (APSI) and the Benelux Association for Trademark and Design Law (BMM). He is further involved in other professional organisation such as the French-Luxembourg Organisation of Archiving Professionals (FedIsa), the Luxembourg Competition Association (ALEDC), the Luxembourg Fund Association and the Luxembourg Banker's Association (ABBL). In his capacity as a member of these organisations, he is regularly asked to advise on legislative and regulatory proposals relating to outsourcing, cloud computing, data protection and e-archiving. Vincent was recently appointed as a representative of the Luxembourg Banker's Association (ABBL) in the working group on IT support financial sector professionals within the prestigious think-thank platform for the Luxembourg financial sector, the Haut Comité pour la Place Financière.
Vincent is the author of numerous publications and often speaks at conferences and seminars. He is a regular contributor on technology topics to the Luxembourg business journal Agefi.
Clients praise his commercial awareness and pragmatic approach, with one stating that "he is very business-oriented in the way that he approaches the client and the way he explains the procedure. When he communicates his strategy he takes into account that he is representing a business and he is very pragmatic." (Chambers 2018). Another client quoted that "he is open-minded, pragmatic and not afraid of taking unconventional routes. He knows how to build confidence with his clients" (Chambers 2017).
Vincent was admitted to the Brussels Bar in 2002 and to the Luxembourg Bar in 2007.
He is fluent in English, Dutch, French, German and Luxembourgish.