Combining technology and law.
I have been obsessed with technology for as long as I can remember. I grew up building my own computer and using Google to learn web development and (web) design. After gaining a degree in law at Ghent University and Columbia Law School, I had a moment where I realised that law and technology were two domains that are increasingly converging. It was a revelation.
When I started my career in 2016 as a corporate and M&A lawyer at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, I was therefore quickly involved with Freshfields' digital transformation and innovation journey. In 2019, I was seconded to the London innovation team as a product owner to develop client-facing products. Throughout this process, I picked up invaluable experience on technology, change management and the delivery of legal services. If I wasn’t working on legal innovation, I was advising both Belgian and international clients on all aspects relating to corporate law.
During my time working as a lawyer, I experienced first-hand the inefficiencies encountered by Belgian companies relating to the management of paper share registers. As a result, I co-founded Clarico, offering an online platform to manage securities registers and everything related thereto.
In 2021, I joined the management team of the new legal venture Ask Q, backed by the boutique law firm Quinz. At Ask Q, I will continue to pursue my passion to find innovative methods to deliver legal services and offer alternatives to the traditional law firm model. I am focusing on implementing technology and efficient business processes to achieve Ask Q’s core mission: helping in-house teams with high-volume workstreams and volatilities in resource needs.
I also closely involved with the Belgian and international legal tech community and co-founded the Columbia Legal Technology Association.