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Thomas de Weerd

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Thomas specialises in IT, privacy, outsourcing and intellectual property. His daily work involves advising a wide range of national and international clients on IT, privacy and intellectual property matters, technology-related transactions, outsourcing transactions, and technology contracts. He has experience as an in-house counsel for technology and internet companies. Thomas is a board member of the Netherlands Association for Information Technology and Law and the Dutch Privacy Law Association and a member of INTA and the Licensing Executives Society (LES).


Industry focus: Information technology

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Thomas de Weerd - Houthoff

Within: Industry focus: Information technology

Thomas de Weerd heads a practice at Houthoff which is highlighted for 'its personal approach' and for collaborating with various specialists within the firm. Junior team member are also well regarded, particularly associate Jurre Reus 'who always provides suitable advice'. The team is advising Marktplaats (eBay Classifieds Group) on a range of matters including data protection,   commercial contracting, and consumer protection issues.

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Industry focus: Media and entertainment

Within: Industry focus: Media and entertainment

Houthoff's practices are grouped into IT/internet, outsourcing, telecoms, media and technology, and privacy and data protection. Thomas de Weerd heads the TMT group and counsel Thijs Van Aerde specialises in media and IP cases. In recent work, the team advised the owners of Spinnin Records on its sale to Warner Chappell Music Group. It also acted for the Telegraaf Media Group in Supreme Court litigation against the Dutch state concerning the incorrect implementation of the European Database Directive, which would have prevented the client from publishing its own programme guide.

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Industry focus: telecoms

Within: Industry focus: telecoms

Houthoff's TMT group has special expertise in corporate matters and litigation including Supreme Court cases and attracts both international and domestic clients. Thomas de Weerd heads the group that acted for New York investment firm Aurelius Capital on its investment in Brazilian telecom provider, the Oi group. In other work, it is handling a range of contentious issues for various telecoms clients.

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Intellectual property: trade marks, copyrights and design rights

Within: Intellectual property: trade marks, copyrights and design rights

Thomas de Weerd heads the practice at Houthoff which is recognised for its 'very strong Supreme Court practice'. Counsel Thijs Van Aerde, who is 'great to work with, is very strong in his field and has a great personality', is acting for Stichting BREIN in copyright litigation before the Supreme Court against Usenet provider News-Service Europe, which offers large amounts of media and entertainment content to subscribers. The case has been referred to the European Court of Justice.

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