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Allen & Overy LLP’s ‘first-class’ practice is headed by regulatory expert Peter Eijsvoogel. Recommended competition law expert Kees Schillemans represents clients such as KPN, VimpelCom, De Persgroep and Q-Music.

Bird & Bird LLP’s department head Marjolein Geus and the ‘very business-minded’ team have an ‘an unbeatable work ethos’. Highly regarded counsel Paul Waszink was hired from NautaDutilh in December 2015; Quirine Tjeenk Willink joined from Allen & Overy LLP in December 2016.

KPN, Sky Radio, Tele2 and Eurofiber are among clients of Brinkhof’s practice, which is especially strong in competition law; team head Pepijn van Ginneken has ‘in-depth regulatory knowledge’. Quinten Kroes is also recommended.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’ ‘experienced’ team has ‘good industry knowledge’ and gives ‘prompt, to-the-point advice’. Competition specialist Winfred Knibbeler heads the practice, which represents clients such as Telenet and Econet Wireless.

IP and tech specialist Alvin Khodabaks leads the team at Clifford Chance, with support from corporate partners Gregory Crookes and Hans Beerlage. The practice advises high-profile clients on cross-border transactional and regulatory matters.

Joris Willems and competition specialist Léon Korsten are the key figures in DLA Piper’s practice, which has cross-border capabilities. Clients include Vodafone Libertel, VimpelCom and Lebara.

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek’s multidisciplinary team is headed by competition specialist Jolling de Pree and litigator Daan Beenders. Nokia, Vodafone and Ericsson are clients.

Houthoff’s team recently advised Eurofiber Nederland during its €875m sale by Doughty Hanson and Reggeborgh to Antin Infrastructure Partners. VolkerWessels Telecom and LetterOne Telecom are also clients. Thomas de Weerd is the name to note.

Bas Braeken is the key partner at competition boutique Maverick Advocaten N.V.. He represented T-Mobile in its successful appeal against the Authority for Consumers and Markets, which had tried to reduce domestic mobile termination rates.

NautaDutilh’s practice advised flagship client Vodafone on a joint venture between Vodafone Libertel and Liberty Global; it also represented the same client in various unrelated appeal proceedings. Piet Sippens Groenewegen heads the department.

Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV is ‘very good in all respects’, with particularly strong contentious capabilities. Elisabeth Pietermaat heads the practice, which includes the recommended Arnoud Boorsma.

Christiaan Alberdingk Thijm and Machteld Robichon lead the team at bureau Brandeis, whose clients include XS4ALL, Radio 538 and Interxion. The practice is especially strong in litigation.

Tata Communications and Jaguar Land Rover are among clients of Loyens & Loeff’s ‘very knowledgeable’ team. Serge Zwanen heads the practice, with support from Kim Lucassen.

Stibbe’s department head Judica Krikke advised on contract negotiations with Viacom. The team also advises BT, Ziggo, Vodafone and new client Omroep MAX.

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