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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.

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