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Allen & Overy LLP’s team is headed up by of counsel Erik Keyzer, who advised Thuisbioscoop’s shareholders on the purchase of video-on-demand platform Pathé Thuis from Pathé Theatres. EMI and 20th Century Fox are longstanding clients.

Clients comment on the ‘sound, straightforward advice’, ‘outstanding knowledge’ and ‘razor-sharp litigation’ of Bird & Bird LLP’s Olaf Trojan. He heads the widely praised team with the ‘excellentPauline Kuipers. Clients include Sony Pictures, Zodiak Media and the NPO.

Remy Chavannes (‘brilliant lawyer’, ‘great listener’) leads the team at Brinkhof, which is praised for ‘knowing the unwritten dos and don’ts of the media world’. Chavannes defended GS Media against Playboy’s allegations of copyright infringement and tort.

Practice head Jens van den Brink of Kennedy Van der Laan represented Telegraaf Media Group in a high-profile data protection case against NPO, and acted for KRO-NCRV in a successful appeal against an injunction brought by Media Markt regarding a video broadcast.

NautaDutilh’s team is led by Piet Sippens Groenewegen, with support from Paul Waszink and Anne Marie Verschuur. The team acted for Ziggo in a landmark case against BREIN Foundation; the latter unsuccessfully demanded that Ziggo block its subscribers’ access to The Pirate Bay.

Matthijs Kaaks heads the department at Boekx Advocaten; he advised the Roestige Spijker Foundation on libel proceedings against former Ministry of Justice director general Joris Demmink. The team’s high-profile clients include Louis van Gaal and Robin van Persie.

DLA Piper’s practice head Richard van Schaik works alongside Barbara van Hussen in advising Dentsu Aegis Media Nederland on its media activities, including negotiations with major advertisers. The team’s other clients include Vodafone, Expedia and Electronic Arts.

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek’s department is led by Tobias Cohen Jehoram, who advised NOS on its purchase of the broadcasting rights for the Dutch Eredivisie. Jehoram is praised for his ‘level of expertise, very quick response times and natural authority’.

Harald Spruit leads the team at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer; he and the ‘outstanding’ Winfred Knibbeler acted for Talpa Holding on the €1.1bn sale of Talpa Media. Dirk-Jan Smit is ‘hands on’, ‘trustworthy’ and ‘very responsive’.

Houthoff Buruma’s practice is headed up by Thomas de Weerd. ‘Very knowledgeable’ senior associate Thijs van Aerde is ‘to the point’, and is praised for his ‘clear mind’; he defended SBS in a case concerning defamation and a settlement agreement breach.

Hoyng Rokh Monegier’s department is headed by Joris van Manen, who along with Geert Theuws is ‘really impressive’, particularly in court. The team is strong on advertising work. BREIN, Desso and NYSE Euronext are among its clients.

bureau Brandeis’ practice is led by Christiaan Alberdingk Thijm, Hans Bousie and Machteld Robichon. Alberdingk Thijm and Douwe Linders are ‘sharp litigators with a profound knowledge of copyright’. The team’s clients include Netflix, KPN and Pathé.

Willem Roos and Jacqueline Seignette lead the team at Höcker Advocaten, which, on behalf of Stichting de Thuiskopie, reached a €33.5m out-of-court settlement with the Dutch state regarding the unlawful phasing out of private copyright levies.

The department at Hoogenraad & Haak, advertising + IP advocaten is led by Ebba Hoogenraad; it represented the FNV in litigation against the Dutch state regarding a state-funded educational campaign that was proven to be imprecise. Other clients include Suitsupply and Garmin.

Stibbe’s practice is headed up by Judica Krikke, who is praised for being ‘highly experienced’ and ‘easily accessible’. She advised on contract negotiations with its first customer, VIACOM; the companies co-launched MTV Play. Stibbe’s team is commended for its ‘superb service’.

Kriek Wille leads Van Doorne’s department, and advises the Dutch state lottery on matters relating to television programmes, music events, advertising and sponsorship activities. Studio Roosegaarde and Steel Entertainment Group are among the team’s clients.

Bertil van Kaam and Remco Klöters head the ‘excellent’ practice at Van Kaam IP & Media, which is praised for its knowledge, speed, ‘hands-on approach’ and ‘great value for money’. Its clients include RTL Nederland, AVROTROS and QMusic.

Visser Schaap & Kreijger’s practice is led by Jacqueline Schaap, Dirk Visser and Paul Kreijger, all highly regarded in the market. The team represented BREIN in a copyright infringement case against Filmspeler.

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