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Energy

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Project finance expert Werner Runge and energy transactional specialist Karine Kodde are the key contacts at Allen & Overy LLP, along with ‘proactive, knowledgeable’ counsel Marinus Winters. The practice’s key strengths include project finance, M&A, and international arbitration.

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek’s department head Anja Mutsaers is ‘quick and sharp’. Marnix Leijten and Nicolien van den Biggelaar defended NAM against €1bn-worth of mass tort claims regarding the alleged depreciation of property values in Groningen brought about by NAM’s activities locally. TenneT is a key client.

Competition specialist Winfred Knibbeler is the partner to contact at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer; he has ‘excellent knowledge of energy law’. Clients include Essent, Enexis, Shell International and Total E&P.

Highly experienced in various areas, including M&A, restructuring and insolvency, project finance and high-profile litigation, Houthoff Buruma’s department is active in oil and gas, conventional power, and renewable energy. The practice is headed by ‘very pragmatic’ corporate partner Willem de Nijs Bik.

NautaDutilh’s practice is jointly led by Harm Kerstholt, who advised energy supplier and digital service provider Delta on the unbundling of its network and commercial businesses, and Jaap Jan Trommel, who assisted Carlyle with its investment in Mazarine Energy.

Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV’s department is particularly strong in high-profile project development and contract-related negotiation and litigation; it also handles M&A, and is active in oil and gas, conventional power and renewable energy. It is led by the ‘very client-focusedIman Brinkman, who has ‘in-depth knowledge of the sector’, and ‘experienced’ competition expert Berend Jan Drijber.

Renewable energy is a key strength of Bird & Bird LLP’s ‘communicative, energetic’ practice, which also handles conventional power matters. It is very strong in energy contracts and tariff agreements, and is led by the ‘well-connectedMichelle de Rijke. Corporate partner Sophie Dingenen, an expert in project agreements and project development, joined from Baker & McKenzie Amsterdam N.V..

Delta and DONG Energy are among the clients of CMS, which is active in areas including project development, corporate finance, M&A, litigation and restructuring. Practice head Cecilia van der Weijden advised WIRCON on its purchase of SunPort Delfzijl.

M&A expert David Griston leads the team at Clifford Chance, whose clients include Eneco, Chevron and PowerChina. Counsel Liesbeth Buiter is recommended.

Eversheds Sutherland B.V. has been assisting Statkraft with establishing solar PV projects in the Netherlands. Michel Chatelin, Rob Faasen and practice head Miriam van Ee are recommended.

Loyens & Loeff’s clients include ConocoPhillips and Eneco. Max Oosterhuis, Waldo Kapoen and senior associate Roland de Vlam head the four-partner team.

Norton Rose Fulbright’s practice head Wouter Hertzberger has ‘a thorough understanding of finance documentation’. He, Daphne Broerse and Jan Jakob Peelen regularly advise high-profile clients. Other experience includes project development, energy supply arrangements and environmental litigation.

Ploum Lodder Princen’s ‘responsive’ team shows ‘excellent legal and industry knowledge’; M&A, energy contracts and unbundling advice are key strengths. Department head Stephan Sluijters is supported by Maayke Maas-Cooymans and civil law notary Jolande van Loon.

Reijnoud Homveld and ‘incredible regulatory lawyerJan Erik Janssen lead Stek’s practice, which is ‘very good value for money’. Recent work includes handling transactions for Zenith Energy and regulatory disputes for Liander and Stedin.

Stibbe’s department acts for clients such as Air Liquide, Chevron and Engie. Martin In de Braekt heads the team, which includes ‘good negotiatorKirsten Berger.

Weero Koster leads the ‘responsive, knowledgeable’ team at Baker & McKenzie Amsterdam N.V., which acted for the developers of the NOP Agrowind wind farm.

The ‘proactive, always available’ Rutger Jansen leads Biesheuvel Jansen advocaten’s practice, with support from the ‘quick, practical and committed’ Inge Timmerman. Corporate work and project development are particular strengths; the team’s regulatory abilities are also noteworthy. Clients include Engie Energie Nederland.

Richard Fens, Gerard Kneppers and Bart Koolhaas lead the team at DLA Piper, which recently assisted Rabobank and ING with the financing of Parcom’s acquisition of Main Energie.

Corporate partners Jan Willem de Boer and Anouk Oosterom lead Linklaters’ team, whose clients include Alkion Terminals, Engie E&P Nederland and Uniper Benelux.

Intelligent, practical and experienced’ finance expert Kees Hooft leads Orange Clover Law’s energy team, which provides ‘high-quality service in M&A, project finance and regulatory matters’.

Simmons & Simmons LLP’s department is headed by the ‘strategic, skilful’ Rogier Schellaars, who represented 53 municipalities in proceedings before the Dutch Competition Authority. The team has strong transactional capabilities.


Food and beverages

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AKD advises various clients on food regulations, with Huib Berendschot and Erik Dans having represented companies in food hygiene cases. Martin Hemmer assisted Herbalife with various IT, trade mark and data protection issues. Nestlé is another IP client. Barbara Mutsaers heads the practice.

Mark Ziekman leads CMS’ department, which is strong in IP, advertising and corporate matters. Senior associate Herman van Aerts advised DIDIX on its sale of Tastecard and The Gourmet Society to Bridgepoint Development Capital. Ellen Gielen assisted Worlée with various food law matters. IP experts Marcoline van der Dussen, Willem Hoorneman and Rogier de Vrey are recommended.

The ‘very responsive, client-focused’ team at Loyens & Loeff provides ‘top-class know-how and skill, and a good balance of business and legal advice’. Recent work includes assisting dairy producer Hoogwegt Groep with financing, handling corporate work for G. Kramer & Zonen and Intersnack Group, and representing Dawn Foods and Sligro Food Group in contentious matters. Remco Bäcker and tax adviser Joost van Helvoirt head the group.

Nestlé, Unilever and Danone are among the clients of NautaDutilh’s practice, which is led by public law specialist Norbert de Munnik. Petra Zijp advised Coca-Cola Enterprises on the €14.9bn merger to create Coca-Cola European Partners, as well as the new entity’s €16.5bn IPO. Associate Silvia Gawronski is ‘insightful and efficient’.

Commercial expert Lisette Bieleveld leads Van Doorne’s department, which is active in areas such as M&A and IP. Onno Boerstra advised Plukon Food Group when Gilde and Agrifirm sold their stakes in the company to De Heus and EW Group. Senior associate Sjoerd Kamerbeek advised Tony’s Chocolonely on the nationwide recall of one of its products.

Corporate partners Karine Kodde, Justin Steer and the ‘highly experienced, very well-connected’ Jan Louis Burggraaf are the partners to contact at Allen & Overy LLP. Burggraaf advised Vermaat Groep during its acquisition by Partners Group and Kodde assisted Marel with its €382m purchase of MPS meat processing systems. Other clients include Jumbo and Refresco Gerber.

Norton Rose Fulbright is active in several areas, including insurance, employment and project finance. Clients include AIG, VION, Zuivelcoöperatie DeltaMilk and Darling Ingredients. ‘Incredible’ corporate partner Saskia Blokland heads the practice.


Healthcare and life sciences

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Christiaan de Brauw, who joined from NautaDutilh in May 2016, leads Allen & Overy LLP’s team alongside the ‘talented, communicative’ Frits Gerritzen, who was recently made partner. It excels in a range of life sciences work and also handles healthcare finance. Clients include Mylan and Erasmus MC.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is active in several areas, with recent work including advising Advent on competition law and assisting AstraZeneca with an equity transaction. ‘Very thorough’ patent litigator Rutger Kleemans leads the team.

Hogan Lovells International LLP’s team is led by ‘legendary’ patent litigator Bert Oosting and regulatory specialist counsel Hein van den Bos. Clients include Sanofi, Biogen and OrbusNeich Medical.

Marry de Gaay Fortman and the ‘smart, strategicWeyer VerLoren van Themaat head Houthoff Buruma’s multidisciplinary practice, whose clients include MEE NL, Leger des Heils and various medical centres.

Nelleke Krol is the life sciences partner to contact at Loyens & Loeff; Tom van Helmond heads the healthcare side. The team is active in numerous areas, including litigation, competition and M&A. Clients include Pfizer and VGZ.

NautaDutilh’s practice is led by ‘communicative’ corporate partner Ruud Smits and IP specialist Anne Marie Verschuur. Smits advised Acerta Pharma on AstraZeneca’s €4bn purchase of a 55% stake in Acerta Pharma – the largest-ever Dutch pharmaceuticals deal.

Though BarentsKrans’ life sciences practice is largely IP-focused, while its healthcare work covers real estate, employment and restructuring. ‘First-class’ department head Marleen van den Horst is widely recommended.

Patents expert Marc van Wijngaarden heads the ‘well-connected, very knowledgeable’ team at Bird & Bird LLP, which also has capabilities in M&A, commercial contracts, arbitration and competition. Teva and Ablynx are key clients.

Brinkhof is a patent litigation powerhouse whose life sciences practice is led by Richard Ebbink, with support from Mark van Gardingen and ‘rapidly rising star’ Daan de Lange.

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek’s department is led by patent litigators Gertjan Kuipers and Jan Pieter Hustinx, as well as ‘phenomenal’ soft IP specialist Tobias Cohen Jehoram. The firm recently assisted Teva with M&A.

IP boutique Hoyng Rokh Monegier counts AstraZeneca, Royalty Pharma and Pfizer among its clients. ‘Very experienced’ healthcare expert Simon Dack and life sciences specialist Carla Schoonderbeek lead the team.

Stibbe excels at IT-related apects of healthcare; clients include VUmc and Erasmus MC. Judica Krikke heads the team, which also handled competition and M&A work for Mylan and Sonova, respectively.

At Van Doorne, recently promoted partner Dimitri van Hoewijk advised Amstelring on the sale of its medical devices centres to Medux. Willemien Bischot and Marg Janssen are key contacts.

Vondst Advocaten N.V is particularly strong in life sciences IP, where clients include Teva, Amgen and ImmunoGen. Otto Swens, Ricardo Dijkstra and Tjeerd Overdijk are the names to note.

CMS’ clients include Medtronic, Bayer and Syngenta. IP specialist Willem Hoorneman leads the team, which is particularly strong in M&A, capital markets and investment funds. Regulatory expert Ellen Gielen is recommended.

Counsel Simone Peek leads Clifford Chance’s practice, which is very active in life sciences litigation and also has strong competition, project finance and regulatory capabilities. Pfizer and Hologic are clients.

Competition boutique Maverick Advocaten N.V. has ‘profound knowledge’ of the healthcare and life sciences sector. Diederik Schrijvershof, Martijn van de Hel and Bas Braeken are the names to note.

Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV’s Melita van der Mersch recently defended the Medicines Evaluation Board against a patent claim by Pfizer subsidiary WLC.

Simmons & Simmons LLP’s clients include Terumo Europe, GlaxoSmithKline and Wright Medical. The recommended Bas Berghuis van Woortman heads the team.

Fenna van Dijk and Maarten Schut respectively lead the healthcare and life sciences teams at Kennedy Van der Laan. Clients include VUmc and Syngenta.

Insurance is a particular strength of Van der Feltz advocaten’s practice, which is headed by Martin Gelpke. It also assists clients such as Federatie Medisch Specialisten with regulatory matters.


IT

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  1. Industry focus: IT
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Herald Jongen, ‘one of the best lawyers in his field’, leads Allen & Overy LLP’s ‘highly responsive’ team, which acts for clients such as ABN AMRO, Randstad and TNT Express. Outsourcing, regulatory litigation and data privacy are strengths, though the practice also handles big-ticket IT-sector M&A.

At Bird & Bird LLP, practice head Jeroen van der Lee is particularly strong in IT transactions, while Roelien van Neck is a commercial contracts expert. Clients include TomTom and Skyscanner.

Great negotiator’ Bart van Reeken is De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek’s outsourcing specialist; he heads the team with privacy and data security expert Richard van Staden ten Brink.

Houthoff Buruma’s clients include eBay, Marktplaats and PayPal. ‘Very practical’ practice head Thomas de Weerd advised Volvo, Renault, Ferrari and Ford on the legal aspects of connected cars.

Joost Linnemann leads the team at Kennedy Van der Laan along with ‘resourceful’ outsourcing expert Patrick Wit. Clients include Koninklijke Ahold and Microsoft.

Van Doorne’s practice, whose clients include Capgemini and Statistics Netherlands, is headed by the ‘responsive and extremely knowledgeableKees Stuurman and ‘quick, clear’ privacy expert Elisabeth Thole.

Data privacy expert Gerrit-Jan Zwenne joined Brinkhof from Bird & Bird LLP in February 2016. The practice’s key strengths include multi-jurisdictional outsourcing and advising household-name clients on data privacy. Eliane de Vilder, Wieke van Angeren and Quinten Kroes are other names to note.

Daphne Bens and Joris Willems are practice co-heads at DLA Piper; the latter advised Naspers on its global cloud services agreement with Oracle Nederland. Senior adviser Nico van Eijk joined from NautaDutilh in April 2016.

Five-partner IT boutique Project Moore Advocaten is ‘very experienced in handling IT disputes’; its non-contentious offering is also very strong. Jeroen Koëter and Christian van Seeters are the key contacts.

Founding partner Wanda van Kerkvoorden leads the ‘savvy’ team at SOLV Advocaten, with support from Menno Weij and Thomas van Essen.

Stibbe’s department head Judica Krikke acts for Erasmus MC and the Dutch government. The team advises on cloud services, licensing disputes and outsourcing, among other things.

Contracts, litigation and privacy are the key strengths of Vondst Advocaten N.V’s practice, which is led by the ‘knowledgeable, realistic’ Polo van der Putt. Clients include Randstad.

Baker & McKenzie Amsterdam N.V.’s department head Wouter Seinen is ‘very knowledgeable in IT and privacy’, and ‘ahead in many topics in which others are not’.

The key partners at Hogan Lovells International LLP are IP specialists Klaas Bisschop and Marc Wallheimer, as well as strategically minded employment expert Anita de Jong. Clients include Netflix.

The ‘multidisciplinary’ practice at Louwers IP|Technology Advocaten is led by the ‘no-nonsense, practical’ Huub de Jong, with support from the ‘experienced and efficient’ Ernst-Jan Louwers and the ‘exceptional’ Tom de Wit. Clients include Deloitte and CycloMedia Technology.

Loyens & Loeff’s practice head Serge Zwanen recently advised Jaguar Land Rover on the data protection aspects of intelligent cars. Other clients include Acer and Arthrex.

NautaDutilh represented Ziggo in a case against Brein Foundation regarding the client’s subscribers having access to The Pirate Bay. Piet Sippens Groenewegen and Tycho de Graaf head the practice.

Meine Dijkstra, who specialises in public procurement and commercial contracts, leads Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV’s team. Strong arbitrator Martijn Scheltema is active in the space.

Anja Dekhuijzen is the key partner at IT boutique Whitebridge, which is particularly strong in outsourcing and data security. Clients include Bridgestone Europe and the municipality of Haarlemmermeer.

The ‘helpful, approachable and very well informedMarc Elshof leads Dentons Boekel’s team, whose work includes advising clients such as Unibail-Rodamco and Hyatt on data protection.

Christiaan Alberdingk Thijm leads bureau Brandeis’s team, which is well known for its contentious capabilities. In other work, Machteld Robichon advised Interxion on data protection. Other clients include Netflix and XS4ALL.

CMS’ practice head Hendrik Struik acted for Centric in a dispute with a municipality over implementation of an IT project. Amazon Web Services and Capgemini are other clients.

At Höcker Advocaten, senior counsel Hans Ruitenberg represented Berkleef in a damages claim against Capgemini. The team advised Imbull on M&A. Willem Roos and Jacqueline Seignette are the practice co-heads.

Leopold Meijnen Oosterbaan’s ‘highly competent, commercial and responsive’ practice head Olivier Oosterbaan successfully represented Yieldr, a marketing automation platform for airlines, in an inquiry by the Dutch Data Protection Authority.

Osborne Clarke’s practice head is Jeroen Lub, whose clients include UBM and Facebook. Johannes de Jong, who recently joined from AFM, combines IT and financial regulatory matters.


Media and entertainment

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Q-Music, CMI, Bencis and VUE International are among the clients of Allen & Overy LLP’s practice, which is led by the ‘pragmatic’ Herald Jongen, who ‘understands the business’. Of counsel Eric Keyzer is another name to note.

Top litigatorOlaf Trojan and competition specialist Pauline Kuipers lead the team at Bird & Bird LLP, which hired counsel Paul Waszink from NautaDutilh; his clients include Nederlandse Publieke Omroep, the Netherlands’ public broadcaster.

Brinkhof’s department head Remy Chavannes has ‘up-to-date knowledge of digital technology and legal frameworks’, and assists clients with ‘complex matters’. Egbert Dommering and the ‘always available’ Quinten Kroes are recommended.

Kennedy Van der Laan’s ‘absolutely first-class’ team excels in defamation cases and internet-related litigation. The department is led by the ‘very service-mindedJens van den Brink, who is an ‘excellent litigator’. Christien Wildeman ‘wins unwinnable cases’.

Matthijs Kaaks heads the practice at ‘efficient’ IP and media boutique Boekx Advocaten. Broadcasting and publishing expert Marc de Boer is recommended along with Otto Volgenant and Fulco Blokhuis, whose respective specialisms are journalism and the internet.

DLA Piper’s clients include beIN Media Group, HBO Netherlands, Amazon and Netflix. Barbara van Hussen, who leads the team with Richard van Schaik, advised Dentsu Aegis Network on its €35m acquisition of Achtung.

High-profile expert’ Tobias Cohen Jehoram leads De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek’s department; he ‘knows how to convince a court’, and is ‘extremely knowledgeable about trade mark issues’. NOS, Engie and Booking.com are clients.

Houthoff Buruma recently represented Golden Earring in litigation regarding the publishing rights to the band’s music. IT expert Thomas de Weerd leads the team, in which senior associate Thijs van Aerde is a ‘star litigator’.

Hoyng Rokh Monegier’s practice head Joris van Manen is an ‘efficient, accurate’ expert in soft IP, who successfully acted for Brein Foundation against Ziggo in a case seeking to end Ziggo subscribers’ access to The Pirate Bay.

Piet Sippens Groenewegen leads the team at NautaDutilh, with support from IP specialist Anne Marie Verschuur and corporate partner Geert Raaijmakers. Clients include Ziggo, Indeed and Vodafone.

Stibbe’s practice head Judica Krikke assisted Omroep MAX with initiating widespread objections to the Media Act, leading to the Act being modified by ministers. Other clients include Vigour.

Van Doorne’s department is active in M&A, IP, commercial contracts and media-related litigation. ‘Pragmatic, insightful’ IP specialist Kriek Wille heads the practice, with support from ‘commercial and responsive’ corporate partner Jeroen Sombezki.

IP, media and competition law are the key strengths of ‘litigation powerhouseVisser Schaap & Kreijger. Jacqueline Schaap, Dirk Visser and Paul Kreijger are highly regarded.

Hans Bousie, Machteld Robichon and Christiaan Alberdingk Thijm are the key partners at bureau Brandeis. The team advises Netflix on media, copyright and privacy matters.

Headed by Harald Spruit, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s team largely handles corporate and commercial work. Recent contentious work includes senior associate Jurriaan Jansen defending Ziggo, inter alia, against Norma in a case regarding cable broadcasting status under Dutch copyright law.

Jacqueline Seignette and the ‘precise, experiencedWillem Roos head the department at Höcker Advocaten, which advised WPG Publishers and Omnicom on M&A. LIRA is an IP client.

Hoogenraad & Haak, advertising + IP advocaten recently represented Lidl and Capital Brands in advertising-related litigation – the firm’s speciality. Ebba Hoogenraad and Daniël Haije head the ‘very knowledgeable’ practice.

Le Poole Bekema’s practice head Bas Le Poole is ‘likeable, good at negotiating, and has considerable experience in all areas of media law’. Anne Bekema is also recommended. Clients include Sekam.

IP and media boutique Van Kaam IP & Media counts Fremantle Media and football manager Louis van Gaal as clients. Practice head Bertil van Kaam acted for Avrotros in litigation against numerous parties, including Pretium and Terumo.

Clifford Chance’s practice is involved in M&A, tax and litigation matters in the sector. Alvin Khodabaks is the key figure.

Soft IP boutique Hofhuis Alkema Groen counts Agicoa, MPA and ANP among its clients. Adonna Alkema, Arnout Groen and Jesse Hofhuis are the key partners.

XS4ALL, Reclame Code Commissie and the City of The Hague are among the clients of Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV’s department, which is led by senior associate Sikke Kingma.

Litigator Bas Berghuis van Woortman heads Simmons & Simmons LLP’s practice. ‘Rising star’ Paul Tjiam successfully represented a business as a complainant in a case against Google regarding unlawful Google Reviews.


Retail

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Corporate specialists Tim Stevens and Jan Louis Burggraaf and real estate expert Henry van Geen are the key partners at Allen & Overy LLP. The team recently advised Jumbo on its acquisition of La Place from V&D, and acted for PAI Partners on divesting Hunkemöller to Carlyle. The ‘proactive, communicative’ Sigrid Jansen assisted Macintosh Retail Group with its restructuring.

The main focus of Dentons Boekel’s retail group is real estate, in addition to which it also has been active in areas such as IP and restructuring. Sonja van der Kamp heads the team, which includes Wendela Raas and Paul Wanders, who are ‘pragmatic and friendly’; Raas advised Unibail-Rodamco on the €300m redevelopment of Leidsenhage shopping centre and Wanders assisted Plaza West Haarlem with its €43m purchase of land from Cobraspen Beheer. Ahold is also a client.

Loyens & Loeff’s department ‘provides pragmatic solutions, mitigates risks and thinks outside of the box’. Real estate specialist Bram Linnartz heads the practice and recently acted for Union Investment Real Estate on its €118m purchase of De Klanderij shopping centre in Enschede; Sofidy is another real estate client. Herman Kaemingk advised Coolblue on selling 20% of its shares to HAL Investments.

Jaap Stoop and the ‘seasoned, practical’ Jeroen Preller lead the team at NautaDutilh, which mainly handles corporate work. The practice advised The Carlyle Group on its buyout of Hunkemöller from PAI Partners and assisted HAL Investments with its purchase of a 20% stake in Coolblue. Anne-Marie Klijn acted for Decathlon and VolkerWessels Vastgoed on a contentious zoning matter. Other clients of the practice include HEMA and MediaMarkt-Saturn.

Van Doorne’s ‘well-informed, focused’ practice regularly handles a range of retail matters. It advised third parties CBR Fashion Group and CB on V&D’s insolvency, while real estate mandates included advising Hornbach on its planned €75m expansion; Hunkemöller International and Karl Lagerfeld are clients for IP work. Lisette Bieleveld heads the seven-partner team, which also handles litigation and arbitration.

Commercial and competition specialist Martine de Koning leads Kennedy Van der Laan’s practice; she is particularly strong in cross-border franchising, distribution, procurement and commercial contracts. Recent work includes representing Albert Heijn in proceedings against Pollemans regarding the latter’s desired implementation of an age-verification system. The department advised Nike Europe on various contentious and non-contentious matters.

Russell Advocaten has a strong retail focus, particularly in fashion and luxury goods. Its client base includes local and international companies; practice co-heads Reinier Russell and Jan Dop advise clients on issues such as real estate, employment, commercial contracts and insurance.

CMS’ multidisciplinary practice is ‘available 24/7 and very reliable’. M&A specialist Mark Ziekman heads the team, in which Rogier de Vrey acted for Fossil Group and Royal Auping in several trade mark and anti-counterfeiting matters. Other clients include Prochamp, Ogilvy Groep, Beauté Prestige International, Adidas and Ahrend.

Osborne Clarke’s ‘very pragmatic’ team is ‘great to work with’. Clients include HEMA, Foot Locker Retail, Esprit Europe and new client Jumbo Supermarkten. Senior associate Paul Brouwer is a ‘strong’ litigator. Commercial litigation specialist Jeroen Bedaux has extensive experience in the retail sector. Michiel Odink left to establish his own boutique.


Telecoms

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Allen & Overy LLP’s ‘first-class’ practice is headed by regulatory expert Peter Eijsvoogel. Recommended competition law expert Kees Schillemans represents clients such as KPN, VimpelCom, De Persgroep and Q-Music.

Bird & Bird LLP’s department head Marjolein Geus and the ‘very business-minded’ team have an ‘an unbeatable work ethos’. Highly regarded counsel Paul Waszink was hired from NautaDutilh in December 2015; Quirine Tjeenk Willink joined from Allen & Overy LLP in December 2016.

KPN, Sky Radio, Tele2 and Eurofiber are among clients of Brinkhof’s practice, which is especially strong in competition law; team head Pepijn van Ginneken has ‘in-depth regulatory knowledge’. Quinten Kroes is also recommended.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’ ‘experienced’ team has ‘good industry knowledge’ and gives ‘prompt, to-the-point advice’. Competition specialist Winfred Knibbeler heads the practice, which represents clients such as Telenet and Econet Wireless.

IP and tech specialist Alvin Khodabaks leads the team at Clifford Chance, with support from corporate partners Gregory Crookes and Hans Beerlage. The practice advises high-profile clients on cross-border transactional and regulatory matters.

Joris Willems and competition specialist Léon Korsten are the key figures in DLA Piper’s practice, which has cross-border capabilities. Clients include Vodafone Libertel, VimpelCom and Lebara.

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek’s multidisciplinary team is headed by competition specialist Jolling de Pree and litigator Daan Beenders. Nokia, Vodafone and Ericsson are clients.

Houthoff Buruma’s team recently advised Eurofiber Nederland during its €875m sale by Doughty Hanson and Reggeborgh to Antin Infrastructure Partners. VolkerWessels Telecom and LetterOne Telecom are also clients. Thomas de Weerd is the name to note.

Bas Braeken is the key partner at competition boutique Maverick Advocaten N.V.. He represented T-Mobile in its successful appeal against the Authority for Consumers and Markets, which had tried to reduce domestic mobile termination rates.

NautaDutilh’s practice advised flagship client Vodafone on a joint venture between Vodafone Libertel and Liberty Global; it also represented the same client in various unrelated appeal proceedings. Piet Sippens Groenewegen heads the department.

Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV is ‘very good in all respects’, with particularly strong contentious capabilities. Elisabeth Pietermaat heads the practice, which includes the recommended Arnoud Boorsma.

Christiaan Alberdingk Thijm and Machteld Robichon lead the team at bureau Brandeis, whose clients include XS4ALL, Radio 538 and Interxion. The practice is especially strong in litigation.

Tata Communications and Jaguar Land Rover are among clients of Loyens & Loeff’s ‘very knowledgeable’ team. Serge Zwanen heads the practice, with support from Kim Lucassen.

Stibbe’s department head Judica Krikke advised Vigour.io on contract negotiations with Viacom. The team also advises BT, Ziggo, Vodafone and new client Omroep MAX.


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    Despite the implementation of Directive 2000/35/EC on combating late payment in commercial transactions in 2002, the European Commission (the “Commission”) concluded in 2008 that late payments were still widespread in the EU. It also turned out that public authorities in certain Member States were stipulating unjustifiably long contractual payment periods for transactions.
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