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Welcome to N-square Consulting, Brussels based public affairs & government relations firm specialised in the online environment.
Analysing and improving policy and regulation that affect our clients is our core business.
We assist our clients in assessing the impact of policy and regulation based on our experience and understanding of the online ecosystem.
Building together a strategy and supporting our clients in its roll-out, either as back office or front office support, is part of the N² approach.
Successful public affairs requires a proper use of all communication tools, from traditional position papers to web 2.0 campaigns.
Our training covers lobbying as well EU 2.0 tips and tricks and we often intervene as speakers or moderators on online policy matters.
We consider that lobbying is a key element in the policy-making process, as it allows decision-makers to get real-life perspectives and refines impact assessments.
Who we are
N-square (N²) Consulting is a public affairs firm specialised in the telecoms, new media and Internet sectors, and offering support to a variety of companies and associations in Brussels since 2007.
We pride ourselves on being a boutique outfit, with two collaborators and the assurance that every dossier is handled directly by the Managing Director, Caroline De Cock.
What we do
Our expertise ranges from handling complexe regulatory dossiers in the Internet, telecoms or general online services sector, to assisting clients in defining their lobbying strategy at EU level (with possible actions at national level if required), writing position papers and representing them with relevant decision-makers in Brussels and abroad.
N-square’s blog can be found at Lobbynomics.com and Caroline sporadically blogs at Lobbyplanet.eu .
Our main activities
Event organisation 20%
Caroline De Cock
Caroline De Cock (LL.M.) is N-square‘s Founder and Managing Director. Prior to that, she was Director of Regulatory Operation and Policy for the COLT Telecom Group and Director of EU Affairs at Cable & Wireless. She also worked as Legal Adviser at Stanbrook & Hooper, a Competition law firm, and was Deloitte’s youngest Manager worldwide at the age of 24. She is the author of ‘iLobby.eu: Survival Guide to EU Lobbying, Including the Use of Social Media’.
Herman Rucic is Policy Advisor at N-square Consulting since September 2010 and a Researcher at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel’s IBBT-SMIT, where he notably assists in the organisation of events such as EuroCPR and works on multi-stakeholder programmes.
He is a Bachelor in Information Management and Systems and currently specializes in Communications Science.
N-square Consulting is part of KDC GROUP BVBA, a Belgian company with VAT / Registration number BE 0887.992.240 vested at Kreupelstraat 33, 1703 Dilbeek (Brussels), Belgium. We are registered in the EU Transparency Register (see here).
Caroline De Cock has written a book about EU lobbying, contributed to several Internet law books, taught on the subject at various business schools and Universities and intervened as a speaker in international fora.
iLobby.eu: Survival Guide to EU Lobbying, Including the Use of Social Media
by Caroline De Cock, Eburon, 2010
iLobby.eu sets out how to lobby the EU from the perspective of an actual lobbyist sharing her experience (both good and bad). It also looks at the social media tools that must be taken into consideration when campaigning and details examples of worst and best practices.
The New Virtual Money: Law and Practice
by Olivier Hance and Suzan Dionne-Balz, Kluwer, 1999
Caroline continued her collaboration with Olivier Hance with this book, which attempted to analyze the appropriateness of the relevant existing legal instruments that regulated internet payment systems, including the rapidly increasing use of `electronic cash’ – on smart cards or in the form of dematerialized electronic tokens.
Business and Law on the Internet
by Olivier Hance, McGraw-Hill, 1996
Caroline discovered Internet law by working as a researcher and collaborator to this book, the first European one-stop guide to doing business on the Internet within the context of North American and European laws.
Courses and Speaking Interventions
- Speaker at a Greens/EFA organised panel on Network Neutrality, Brussels, Belgium, 2009.
- Speaker at the ECTA Annual Regulatory Conference, Brussels, Belgium, 2004. Topic: “Implementation of EU Legislation – Panel Discussion”.
- Speaker at the Nihon University, Tokyo, Japan, 2000. Topic: “A Guide to European E-commerce legislation”.
- Speaker at the Japanese Institute of International Business Law, Tokyo, Japan, 2000. Topic: “A Business Lawyer’s Guide to European E-commerce legislation”.
- Speaker for the Annual IFT Conference (Dun & Bradstreet), 2000. Topic: “Effects of the project of Royal Decree on Data Protection under Belgian and European Law, especially as regards marketing”.
- Speaker for the Diplôme Spécial en Commerce Electronique, 1998, organised by the I.C.H.E.C., Brussels, Belgium. Topic: “Intellectual Property Rights in the Digital Era”.
- Speaker for the Diplôme Spécial en Commerce Electronique, 1998, organised by the I.C.H.E.C., Brussels, Belgium. Topic: “Legal aspects of electronic payments”.
- Speaker at the 1998 inaugural meeting of the Electronic Association of South Africa (ECASA), organised in Johannesburg, Republic of South Africa. Topic: “The current situation of electronic commerce in Europe and North America: commercial impact and legal implications”.