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Clients have ‘never met a more responsive practice’ than Herald Jongen’s at Allen & Overy LLP. Jongen assisted Vattenfall with its global business process outsourcing to Accenture and Capgemini.

Bird & Bird LLP’s ‘extremely responsive’ team has ‘great business acumen’. ‘Practical, friendly’ group head Jeroen van der Lee advised TomTom on various IT, data protection and cybersecurity matters. Roelien van Neck is ‘commercial and empathetic’.

Outsourcing expert Eliane de Vilder heads Brinkhof’s practice jointly with data protection specialist Quinten Kroes. ‘Impressive’ commercial software expert Wieke van Angeren assisted Perfetti van Melle with licensing and implementing a software solution for managing its global supply chain. Data privacy specialist Gerrit-Jan Zwenne is also recommended.

The ‘proactive, business-oriented’ team at Houthoff is ‘very knowledgeable on all aspects of IT’. It is led by the ‘very reliable, practicalThomas de Weerd, who advised numerous major car companies including Volvo, Renault and Ferrari on issues relating to ‘connected cars’.

Kennedy Van der Laan’s team is led by Joost Linnemann, with support from Reinoud Westerdijk, outsourcing expert Patrick Wit and data protection specialist Hester de Vries. Microsoft, ABN Amro and Capgemini are clients. Litigator and arbitrator Christoph Jeloschek made partner in January 2017; Joost Schmaal is also recommended.

Judica Krikke leads the team at Stibbe, which counts IT contracting, data protection and dispute resolution as its key pillars. Krikke advised the Dutch state on its contracts with suppliers such as Oracle, and on its use of cloud services. Rogier Raas is a fintech expert.

Data protection and healthcare-related IT are particular strengths of Van Doorne’s practice, which welcomed Bart van Reeken from De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek in November 2017. ‘Deeply knowledgeable, internationally connected’ privacy expert Elisabeth Thole advised Dutch Ophthalmic Research Centre (International) on data protection matters. Kees Stuurman is ‘very experienced’ in outsourcing; Louis Jonker is ‘highly knowledgeable’.

DLA Piper’s team is jointly headed by Joris Willems and M&A expert Daphne Bens, with support from data protection specialist Richard van Schaik. Willems advised Naspers on negotiating agreements with over 25 IT service providers.

Data protection expert Richard van Staden ten Brink heads De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek’s ‘prompt, knowledgeable’ practice; he counts Ahold Delhaize, Heineken, Tesla and Rabobank among his clients. Bart van Reeken left to join Van Doorne in October 2017.

High-quality, client-oriented’ IT boutique Project Moore Advocaten handles a very wide range of work, and is especially active in the financial, healthcare, consumer goods and public sectors. Jeroen Koëter, Lieneke Viergever and Eva Visser are data protection experts; Christian van Seeters is recommended for outsourcing.

Vondst Advocaten N.V’s team is headed by outsourcing expert Polo van der Putt; he and Herwin Roerdink are recommended for data privacy. Clients include Talpa and Nationale Postcode Loterij. Tjeerd Overdijk is also recommended.

Wouter Seinen leads the team at Baker McKenzie; he defended Niantic in a case brought by the municipality of The Hague regarding the virtual Pokémon characters that appeared on private territory, inducing players of Pokémon Go to enter such territory.

Netflix, Vodafone and Fujitsu Technology Solutions are among the clients of Hogan Lovells International LLP’s ‘quick, pragmatic, deeply knowledgeable’ team. Klaas Bisschop, Anita de Jong and of counsel Marc Wallheimer head the practice; senior associate Joke Bodewits is widely recommended.

Louwers IP|Technology Advocaten is ‘a highly skilful, very communicative and knowledgeable’ boutique that counts PostNL, Vesteda and Deloitte among its clients. ‘Widely experienced’ ‘problem-solver’ Huub de Jong heads the team; the ‘calm, result-oriented’ Tom de Wit is ‘exceptionally good’.

The team of ‘responsive experts’ at Loyens & Loeff is strong in data protection, outsourcing and litigation. Group head Serge Zwanen and Kim Lucassen acted for Jaguar Land Rover on data protection matters relating to ‘smart’ cars.

Often involved in M&A, NautaDutilh’s department also advises on internet law matters. Anne Marie Verschuur defended Ziggo in a case brought by BREIN regarding Ziggo granting its subscribers access to The Pirate Bay. Piet Sippens Groenewegen leads the team.

Data privacy and outsourcing are the key pillars of Osborne Clarke’s practice, which is also frequently active in commercial contracting and fintech. Group head Jeroen Lub acted for UBM on two large outsourcings. Microsoft, Facebook and Snapchat are also clients.

Though it acts mostly for public bodies, Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV’s team also counts KPN as a client. Senior associate Jeroen Naves represented KPN in commercial litigation against Entropia. Meine Dijkstra and Sikke Kingma head the practice.

IT projects expert and litigator Wanda van Kerkvoorden is the key partner at TMT boutique SOLV Advocaten; Menno Weij and Thomas van Essen are also recommended.

Outsourcing and data privacy are particular strengths of Whitebridge’s team, which is led by Anja Dekhuijzen. Myriad International Holding instructed Dekhuijzen on various matters, including the contracts for a new data centre and a new identity management platform.

Digital copyright is a particular strength of bureau Brandeis’ team, which is headed jointly by ‘true expertChristiaan Alberdingk Thijm and Machteld Robichon. Clients include Netflix, Sanoma, XS4ALL and the Amsterdam Internet Exchange.

CMS’ department is praised for its ‘contracting and negotiating skills’. Group head Hendrik Struik acted for Advanced Encryption Technologies (AET) on a deal with a public body regarding the use of AET’s technology in a national platform involving medical data. Associate Simon Sanders is also recommended.

Data protection and contracting are the key pillars of Dentons Boekel’s ‘practical, hands-on’ department, which has ‘great industry knowledge’. Practice head Marc Elshof, who has ‘a comprehensive technical understanding’, advised Unibail-Rodamco, Feld Entertainment and the Van Gogh Museum on GDPR matters.

Höcker Advocaten provides ‘swift service’, and counts BREIN, Sony Interactive Entertainment and Stichting de Thuiskopie among its clients. Willem Roos and Jacqueline Seignette head the team; associate Marijn Kingma provides ‘solid, high-quality advice’.

The key partners at Leopold Meijnen Oosterbaan are the ‘service-oriented, friendly and very reliable’ Olivier Oosterbaan and ‘strong litigator’ Quirijn Meijnen, who has ‘real fighting spirit’. Meijnen represented XS News in proceedings brought against an American company regarding Usenet users’ personal data.

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