Alex van der Wolk

Alex van der Wolk


Columbia University (BA/LLB, 2004)
University of Amsterdam (LL.B., 2005)
University of Amsterdam (LL.M., 2005)
Columbia Law School (LL.M., 2006)

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Alex van der Wolk, Global Co-chair of Morrison & Foerster’s Privacy + Data Security Group, specializes in data protection information/communications technology law. He advises global companies on data protection strategy and compliance governing all aspects of information management.

His experience includes helping clients develop privacy strategies for Big Data, social media, loyalty programs, vendor relations, e-commerce and other areas. Mr. van der Wolk is often called upon to head crisis management teams for clients facing investigations by regulators and data protection authorities, as well as responding to cybersecurity incidents. He also assists companies in setting up their global privacy compliance programs (Binding Corporate Rules) and has developed and maintained a global BCR e-learning program. Mr. van der Wolk also has competition law experience, having assisted in large international merger control cases both before the Dutch Competition Authority and the European Commission, and with telecommunications proceedings before Dutch courts.

Mr. van der Wolk received an LL.M. from Columbia University and a postgraduate degree in ICT law from the University of Nijmegen. He earned his undergraduate and Master’s degree from the University of Amsterdam. Mr. van der Wolk is a frequent speaker at international data privacy conferences, including IAPP, and is a guest lecturer at the Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology, and Society of Tilburg University.

Legal 500 EMEA 2018

Recommended for privacy and data protection, clients assert that “Mr. van der Wolk is impressive and knowledgeable and enables clients to make the right decisions”. Alex's team at Morrison & Foerster advises on the full spread of EU privacy and data protection matters, but data breaches and cybersecurity stand out as particular sweet spots. Among other matters, the group advised a global logistics company on various compliance and breach response issues.

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