Shoosmiths expands Privacy & Data team with Brussels appointment of life sciences expert

Law firm Shoosmiths has announced the appointment of Gauthier Broze as a Privacy & Data partner and life sciences specialist in Brussels.

Gauthier joins Kiran Desai, competition partner and Head of Shoosmiths’ Brussels operation whose hire established the firm’s EU presence.

With a strong focus on building a robust EU capability post-Brexit, Shoosmiths recognised the need to enhance its expertise in Privacy and Data to serve multi-jurisdictional international clients effectively. Gauthier’s appointment marks a significant milestone in this endeavour, addressing key strategic aims and aligning with the firm’s broader vision to position itself as a law firm clients choose for excellent service, incisive thinking and above all for its ability to focus on what matters.

Gauthier’s appointment not only enhances Shoosmiths' ability to offer comprehensive UK and EU data protection advice but also strengthens its position in the expanding life sciences market and health data space. With his deep understanding of EU data regulations and proven track record in advising prominent industry players, Gauthier will play a pivotal role in driving the firm's growth initiatives.

Gauthier brings more than two decades of experience as a certified data privacy lawyer, having worked with renowned international law firms and served as General Counsel at an international company. His expertise spans various aspects of data protection, including GDPR compliance and the intricate EU regulations governing healthcare, clinical trials and artificial intelligence. Gauthier is a member of the board of the Belgian Clinical Trials College.

Shoosmiths' Privacy and Data team, part of the wider commercial group, has established itself as a leading practice. With a strong international client base, the team's focus on delivering high-quality legal support positions it at the forefront of innovative projects across various sectors, including Technology, Mobility, and Financial Services.

Kiran Desai, partner and head of Shoosmiths’ Brussels operation, commented, "We're thrilled to welcome Gauthier to Shoosmiths. His extensive experience and specialisation in data privacy law, particularly within the healthcare and life sciences sectors, perfectly complements our existing capabilities as a part of the firm’s Privacy & Data team and marks our journey towards a more significant presence in Brussels.”

Sherif Malak, Head of Privacy & Data at Shoosmiths, added, "Gauthier's appointment reinforces our commitment to delivering top-tier expertise in Privacy and Data matters to our clients. His wealth of experience and industry knowledge, particularly in life sciences, will undoubtedly strengthen our capabilities, allowing us to continue providing innovative solutions and strategic guidance in an ever-evolving regulatory landscape."

Gauthier Broze said, "I am excited to join Shoosmiths and contribute to the growth of its highly regarded Privacy and Data team. Shoosmiths' commitment to excellence and its forward-thinking approach aligns  perfectly with my professional ethos."

With Gauthier on board, Shoosmiths is poised to further cement its reputation as a leading provider of legal solutions, delivering a first-class service and innovation to clients. His appointment comes after a number of strategic senior hires into the firm – including, IP partner Graham Burnett-Hall from Marks & Clerk, commercial partner Ben Gardner from Pinsent Masons and dispute resolution and litigation partner Andrew Whalley from DWF.


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