Lokke Moerel

Lokke Moerel

Senior Of Counsel

Berlin, 49 (30) 7262210


Leiden University (LL.M., 1988)
University of Cambridge (LL.M., 1989)

Bar Admissions


Among the world’s best-known privacy lawyers, Lokke Moerel focuses her practice on data protection, cyber security, e-commerce, cloud computing, and communications technology law. Ms. Moerel is consistently ranked as a leader in data protection law by publications including Chambers Global and Legal 500. As the former remarked, she “has a formidable reputation in the field of data protection, advising numerous blue-chip clients. She is doing market-leading work.”

Ms. Moerel advises European and U.S.-headquartered data-driven companies on their global information governance, strategy, and compliance. She is frequently called upon by European regulators for counsel, and heads the Global Privacy Group (GPG), a working group of chief privacy officers and in-house lawyers at leading European multinationals. The GPG developed a set of Binding Corporate Rules (BCR), which have since received EU-wide approval.

BCR. Ms. Moerel is widely recognized as the leading global expert on BCR and authored Binding Corporate Rules, Corporate Self-Regulation of Global Data Transfers, published by Oxford University Press in 2012, which is considered the leading textbook on BCR. She is MoFo’s lead counsel on BCR, with unsurpassed experience advising multinational companies in obtaining their BCR approvals throughout the EU.

Cybersecurity. Ms. Moerel is a member of the Dutch Cyber Security Council, the advisory body of the Dutch cabinet on cybersecurity, which works with government, private industry, academia, and law enforcement to combat cybercrime. Ms. Moerel assists clients in responding to cross-border regulatory investigations and in preparing for and responding to data security incidents. She has represented companies in some of the largest global data breaches, and in inquiries and investigations before regulatory authorities worldwide.

Big Data and the Internet of Things. Ms. Moerel is an authority on big data and the Internet of Things. In February 2014, she accepted her professorship at the University of Tilburg with the inaugural speech: “Big Data Protection: How to Make the Draft EU Regulation on Data Protection Future Proof”. She was further appointed to co-author the 2016 report for the Dutch Lawyers Society (under the auspices of the Dutch Supreme Court) on the societal impact of the digital age: “Privacy for the Homo Digitalis: Proposal for a New Regulatory Framework for Data Protection in the Light of Big Data and the Internet of Things”. Ms. Moerel is particularly regarded for her ability to counsel on the design and implementation of choice architecture based on principles of privacy-by-design, and has done so for leading global e-commerce and social media platforms.

Market Recognition

Ms. Moerel practiced data protection in the Netherlands for over 25 years and was consistently ranked in Band 1 by Chambers for the Netherlands. After joining Morrison & Foerster’s Berlin office in 2015, she was ranked Band 1 in Chambers Europe 2015. She is also a professor of global ICT law at Tilburg University, where she teaches global data protection and e-commerce, and serves as an arbitrator and mediator with WIPO and the Dutch institute for ICT disputes.

Societal Engagements

Ms. Moerel is a member of the 2016 Constitutional Committee, instituted by the Dutch Bar Association to review the election campaign programs of the Dutch political parties for constitutionality. She also sits on the international board of trustees of the World Wildlife Foundation International, chairs the supervisory board of the Dutch World Wildlife Foundation, and sits on the board of “Vereniging Rembrandt”, the Dutch national association for the procurement and preservation of public art collections.

The Best Lawyers in Germany, 11th Edition 2019 Information Technology Law

Chambers Europe 2016 “[Lokke Moerel] has a formidable reputation in the field of data protection, advising numerous blue-chip clients on compliance, investigations and binding corporate rules. ‘She is doing market-leading work,’ confirm sources.”

Chambers Europe 2014 “An authority on data protection matters”.

Binding Corporate Rules

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