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Herald Jongen heads the full-service team at Allen & Overy LLP. ‘Legendary’ consultant Eric Keyzer advised Sky Radio Group on contracts and collaboration agreements regarding the "Top 1,000 in Concert" live event series. Other clients include De Persgroep and Telegraaf Media Group.

Bird & Bird LLP’s ‘highly reliable’ department is led jointly by Paul Waszink and the ‘highly knowledgeableOlaf Trojan, who ‘thinks outside the box’. Trojan represented De Persgroep in several defamation cases; Nederland.FM and the Nederlandse Publieke Omroep (NPO) are also clients.

Though particularly strong in litigation and regulatory advice, Brinkhof’s practice also handles commercial contracts. Department head Remy Chavannes defended GS Media in copyright infringement and tort proceedings brought by Sanoma. Quinten Kroes and Dorien Verhulst are also recommended.

The ‘no-nonsense’ team at Kennedy Van der Laan is led by Jens van den Brink, who along with counsel Christien Wildeman ‘dominates the Dutch media litigation landscape’. Defamation and internet-related litigation are particular strengths. De Persgroep and Facebook are longstanding clients; Vodafone-Ziggo is a recent client.

Media boutique Boekx Advocaten is especially strong in defamation litigation, and is active across all media industries and platforms. Matthijs Kaaks heads the group; Otto Volgenant, Marc de Boer, Fulco Blokhuis and Diederik Stols are also recommended. The Dutch Association of Journalists is a client.

Decisive’ IP specialist Tobias Cohen Jehoram heads the group at De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek, which provides ‘swift, thorough advice’ and has ‘top-level knowledge and an international perspective’. Clients include RELX and the Dutch Broadcasting Organisation. Senior associate Vivien Rörsch is a recommended litigator.

Houthoff’s practice is particularly strong in corporate work and litigation. Senior associate Thijs van Aerde acted for Golden Earring in a Supreme Court case regarding the publishing rights to a large part of its repertoire. Thomas de Weerd leads the team.

IP boutique Hoyng Rokh Monegier is especially active in media litigation, and also advises corporates on unfair advertising matters. Group head Joris van Manen acted for BREIN in a case against Ziggo and XS4ALL regarding Ziggo granting its subscribers access to The Pirate Bay.

The ‘very knowledgeable’ team at NautaDutilh is headed by Piet Sippens Groenewegen. Anne Marie Verschuur defended Ziggo in a case brought by BREIN regarding Ziggo granting its subscribers access to The Pirate Bay. Other clients include Pathé and the NPO.

Judica Krikke heads Stibbe’s practice, which frequently assists clients with the internet roll-out of media and entertainment products and services. It is also often active in high-value M&A. Rakuten Kobo, Omroep Max and Talpa are clients.

Jeroen Sombezki is the key corporate partner at Van Doorne’s practice, while the ‘IP experts’, led by Kriek Wille, ‘know all relevant case law’. Wille defended Erdee Media in an appeal case regarding keeping news articles in online archives, and the ‘right to be forgotten’.

Absolute legend’ Jacqueline Schaap is the key partner at Visser Schaap & Kreijger, which is noted for its litigation capabilities and handles media, IP and competition law. Paul Kreijger, IP expert Dirk Visser and associate Patty de Leeuwe are also recommended.

Flexible, approachable and experienced’ boutique bureau Brandeisfits the media industry like a glove’. The ‘sociable, honestMachteld Robichon is ‘enthusiastic and very experienced in regulatory work’; Hans Bousie and Christiaan Alberdingk Thijm are also recommended. Clients include Netflix, Sanoma and XS4ALL.

At DLA Piper, IP expert Richard van Schaik, who is frequently active in data protection and advertising matters, is the key name. Clients include beIN Media Group, HBO Netherlands and Netflix. Barbara van Hussen left the firm.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s ‘proactive, insightful’ team is especially strong in corporate and competition work. Group head Harald Spruit acted for Talpa Holding on its purchase of the remaining 75% stake in RadioCorp Investors. Telegraaf Media Group and WPP are also clients.

Höcker Advocaten has ‘in-depth knowledge of very complex issues’. Jacqueline Seignette, who has ‘an extremely high level of expertise’, heads the group jointly with Willem Roos. Associate Marijn Kingma is ‘a very approachable, knowledgeable and decisive’ copyright and data privacy expert. BREIN and LIRA are among its clients.

Le Poole Bekema’s ‘dedicated’ department has ‘in-depth knowledge’ and ‘strong litigation experience’; its lawyers ‘work exceptionally well together’. Bas Le Poole, who co-heads the team with Anne Bekema, acted for Telegraaf Media Group in defamation proceedings brought by Loterijverlies. SEKAM and the NOS are also clients.

Knowledgeable, generous sage’ Bertil van Kaam heads Van Kaam IP & Media’s practice; he is ‘an experienced, analytical and pragmatic litigator who is wired in to the Dutch creative and media scene’. He acted for Avrotros in separate defamation and injunction proceedings.

Media boutique Dikhoff van Dongen Advocaten is especially active in music, theatre, film, television and digital media. Sander Dikhoff and Gaico Bos are film and television experts; Rob van Dongen specialises in music. Clients include Nederlands Film Festival, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment and Julio Iglesias.

Hofhuis Alkema Groen’s team is led jointly by Adonna Alkema, digital, copyright and database rights expert Arnout Groen and trade mark litigator Jesse Hofhuis. Hofhuis handles all trade mark work for Warner Bros. Other clients include Sanoma, Imation and BREIN.

Known mostly for its advertising expertise, Hoogenraad & Haak, advertising + IP advocaten is also active in copyrights, collective rights, trade mark work and defamation cases. Ebba Hoogenraad and Daniël Haije head the practice, which counts advertising agencies including Publicis, HavasLemz and BBDO as clients.

Clients ‘can’t go wrong’ with Leeway, which is active mostly in IP and commercial contracts. Group heads Marga Verwoert and Michiel Odink act for artists, music producers, publishers and film and television companies such as Warner Bros; senior associate Daan van Eek is an advertising expert.

Acting mostly for public sector clients, Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV’s practice is headed by Sikke Kingma. The team also advises private companies: Kingma acted for XS4ALL in a case brought by BREIN regarding the granting of access to The Pirate Bay.

Bas Berghuis van Woortman heads the ‘swift, deeply knowledgeable’ team at Simmons & Simmons LLP, which excels in litigation and handles transactional and advisory work. ‘Unbelievably good’ senior associate Paul Tjiam acted for Terumo Europe in a defamation case against Avotros. Warner Bros is another client.

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