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  1. Industry focus: Telecoms
  2. Hall of Fame
  3. Leading individuals
  4. Next generation lawyers

Hall of Fame

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Leading individuals

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    • Peter Eijsvoogel - Allen & Overy LLP
    • Piet Sippens Groenewegen - NautaDutilh
    • Winfred Knibbeler - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
    • Quinten Kroes - Brinkhof

Next generation lawyers

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The team at Allen & Overy LLP provides ‘technically excellent, practical’ advice. Peter Eijsvoogel and associate Tjarda van der Vijver represented KPN in competition proceedings and in a case concerning its mobile and fixed call-termination rates. Veon and Liberty Global are also clients.

EU regulatory work and competition are the key pillars of Bird & Bird LLP’s practice; its ‘creative’ electronics patent litigators are also ‘a joy to work with’. Marjolein Geus, Paul Waszink and senior counsel Frank Simons represented Tele2, Vodafone and T-Mobile respectively in competition proceedings relating to unbundled access.

Known for its contentious capabilities, strength in depth and experience in competition law, Brinkhof’s department has ‘excellent business acumen and industry knowledge’. Pepijn van Ginneken heads the group, and along with Quinten Kroes is ‘hands-on and up-to-speed with business perspectives’. KPN, Tele2 and Eurofiber Holding are clients.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s full-service practice is led by competition specialist Winfred Knibbeler, who acted for Liberty Global and Ziggo in proceedings regarding mobile and fixed call-termination rates. The team has strong cross-border capabilities, advising CK Hutchison on its Italian joint venture with VimpelCom.

The practice at Clifford Chance, which frequently acts on cross-border matters, is headed by technology and IP specialist Alvin Khodabaks. Corporate and M&A partners Gregory Crookes and Hans Beerlage are also recommended.

IT and telecoms expert Joris Willems heads DLA Piper’s practice, with support from regulatory, competition and procurement specialist Léon Korsten. Willems advised Veon on the establishment of a global shared services centre. Vodafone Libertel is another client.

Houthoff’s department is led by IT and technology expert Thomas de Weerd. Corporate expert Michiel Wesseling acted for Yealink Network Technology on the Dutch law aspects of its IPO on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange. High Point is a patent litigation client.

Competition boutique Maverick Advocaten N.V. has excellent regulatory capabilities. T-Mobile instructed Bas Braeken on numerous matters, including its appeal against the competition authority’s decision to regulate its call termination rates using a certain cost-allocation method. Martijn van de Hel is also recommended.

Telecoms ‘veteran’ Piet Sippens Groenewegen leads NautaDutilh’s full-service practice. He, Leo Groothuis and Lieke van der Velden acted for Vodafone Libertel on its joint venture with Liberty Global; Groenewegen also represented Vodafone in regulatory litigation.

Key clients of Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV’s practice, which is noted for its regulatory strength and contentious capabilities, include the Dutch Telecommunications Authority and Agentschap Telecom. Elisabeth Pietermaat heads the department; she, Jannetje Bootsma and Arnoud Boorsma are administrative law experts.

bureau Brandeis’ ‘flexible, approachable, highly experienced’ department has ‘great industry knowledge’. The ‘sociable, honest, enthusiasticMachteld Robichon is ‘a good listener’ who has ‘great regulatory experience’; she leads the team with Christiaan Alberdingk Thijm. Robichon assisted Talpa Radio with commercial and regulatory matters.

Competition specialist Jolling de Pree and commercial litigator Daan Beenders head the team at De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek; de Pree splits his time between Amsterdam and Brussels. Clients include Ericsson, Nokia and Vodafone.

Well-positioned at the cutting edge of legal issues’, Loyens & Loeff delivers ‘on-point, comprehensive advice regardless of the matter’s breadth or complexity’. Litigators Serge Zwanen and Kim Lucassen head the department; senior associate Joanne Zaaijer is ‘very widely knowledgeable’. Interxion Holding is a client.

At Stibbe, Jan Reinier van Angeren and senior associate Christien Saris are the key regulatory experts, while Egbert Vroom is the name to note for corporate and commercial work.

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