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Industry focus: media and entertainment
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 litigator’ Olaf 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-minded’ Jens 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 powerhouse’ Visser Schaap & Kreijger. Jacqueline Schaap, Dirk Visser and Paul Kreijger are highly regarded.
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.
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.