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Netherlands

Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 3

Kennedy Van der Laan

Noted for its strength in tendering procedures, Kennedy Van der Laan’s practice is particularly active in healthcare-related construction. Practice head Richard-Jan Roks is advising Prinses Maxima Centrum voor Kinderoncologie on the procurement and construction aspects of its new 50,000sqm building. Stichting de Lawei is a construction arbitration client.

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 4

Kennedy Van der Laan

Kennedy Van der Laan’s ‘very professional and prompt’ team has a strong focus on handling competition matters for clients in the banking and finance, retail and healthcare sectors. Annemieke van der Beek is assisting the Port of Amsterdam with state aid issues arising from a number of construction, real estate and community projects. Martine de Koning is a name to note.

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 3

Kennedy Van der Laan

Kennedy Van der Laan’s ‘very skilful, knowledgeable’ department is led jointly by Chris Nekeman and the ‘engagingEva Knipschild, who is ‘reassuringly strong and clear’. Healthcare and technology are sector strengths of the team, which is also noted for its employee co-governance capabilities. Thijs Ridder is ‘a very helpful, effective’ senior associate; the ‘absolutely brilliantSoo-ja Schijf made associate partner in January 2017.

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Insurance
Insurance - ranked: tier 2

Kennedy Van der Laan

Kennedy Van der Laan’s practice handles all kinds of insurance, including directors’ and officers’ (D&O) liability, personal injury and medical malpractice. Group head Erik van Orsouw is supported by Chris van Dijk, Frits van der Woude, Peter van den Broek and Jan Broekhuizen. AIG and Zurich are clients.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 4

Kennedy Van der Laan

Hotels and healthcare are particular strengths of Kennedy Van der Laan’s department. Practice head Nico Jacobs acted for HR Group on its €14m purchase of the Dorint Airport Hotel, and advised the Port of Amsterdam on a land sale worth over €10m. Eline Goemans is recommended for leasing matters.

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Netherlands: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation
Other recommended firms - ranked: tier 1

Kennedy Van der Laan

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Mediation
Dispute resolution: Mediation - ranked: tier 1

Kennedy Van der Laan

Kennedy Van der Laan’s team has experience in acting as mediator on a broad range of matters, including employment issues and shareholder disputes. Eva Knipschild heads the group.

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Netherlands: Industry focus

Healthcare and life sciences
Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences - ranked: tier 3

Kennedy Van der Laan

The ‘friendly’ practice at Kennedy Van der Laan counts Ambulance Amsterdam and VUmc as clients. Fenna van Dijk and IP expert Maarten Schut head the healthcare and life sciences teams respectively; van Dijk assisted GGZ inGeest with transferring its youth mental healthcare activities to De Opvoedpoli.

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IT
Industry focus: IT - ranked: tier 1

Kennedy Van der Laan

Kennedy Van der Laan’s team is led by Joost Linnemann, with support from Reinoud Westerdijk, outsourcing expert Patrick Wit and data protection specialist Hester de Vries. Microsoft, ABN Amro and Capgemini are clients. Litigator and arbitrator Christoph Jeloschek made partner in January 2017; Joost Schmaal is also recommended.

Leading individuals

Hester de Vries - Kennedy Van der Laan

Joost Linnemann - Kennedy Van der Laan

Patrick Wit - Kennedy Van der Laan

Next generation lawyers

Christoph Jeloschek - Kennedy Van der Laan

Joost Schmaal - Kennedy Van der Laan

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Media and entertainment
Industry focus: Media and entertainment - ranked: tier 1

Kennedy Van der Laan

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.

Leading individuals

Jens van den Brink - Kennedy Van der Laan

Next generation lawyers

Christien Wildeman - Kennedy Van der Laan

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Retail
Industry focus: Retail - ranked: tier 2

Kennedy Van der Laan

Best known for franchising, distribution and commercial contracts, Kennedy Van der Laan’s practice has cross-border capabilities, and is ‘particularly knowledgeable about e-commerce’. Group head Martine de Koningcombines great commercial, legal and competition law knowledge’. Fenna van Dijk advised Planetree on a healthcare licensing dispute with former licensee Creative Power. Ahold Delhaize is another client.

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Netherlands: Intellectual property

Trade marks, copyrights and design rights
Intellectual property: Trade marks, copyrights and design rights - ranked: tier 3

Kennedy Van der Laan

Alfred Meijboom leads the ‘extremely efficient’ team at Kennedy Van der Laan; he and Maarten Schut are ‘deeply knowledgeable about trade marks, copyrights and design rights’, and have ‘a remarkable understanding of the market’. Schut represented Converse in anti-counterfeit proceedings, and advised Tommy Hilfiger on various soft IP infringement matters.

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Legal Developments by:
Kennedy Van der Laan

  • New Late Payments Directive

    Despite the implementation of Directive 2000/35/EC on combating late payment in commercial transactions in 2002, the European Commission (the “Commission”) concluded in 2008 that late payments were still widespread in the EU. It also turned out that public authorities in certain Member States were stipulating unjustifiably long contractual payment periods for transactions.
    - Kennedy Van der Laan

Legal Developments in Netherlands

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  • New Late Payments Directive

    Despite the implementation of Directive 2000/35/EC on combating late payment in commercial transactions in 2002, the European Commission (the “Commission”) concluded in 2008 that late payments were still widespread in the EU. It also turned out that public authorities in certain Member States were stipulating unjustifiably long contractual payment periods for transactions.
  • Amendment of the Collective Redundancy Notification Act

    On 1 March 2012 the Collective Redundancy Notification Act (Wet Melding Collective Outslug, "WACO") will be amended. What changes does this involve?
  • New Corporate Law Legislation

    In the field of corporate law, there are four (coming) Acts that attract attention, namely the introduction of the tenth book of the Dutch Civil Code, the amendment of the Marital Property Act and, to conclude, the coming entry into effect of the Management and Supervision Act and the Flexibilization of BV Act. Please find below a short explanation of each Act.
  • Shipping & Transport - Netherlands

    Attaching maritime assets in insolvency
    - AKD
  • The employment of foreign workers. What issues do you need to be aware of as an employer?

    The employment of foreign workers regularly raises questions. A brief summary of the most important areas of attention will be dealt with in this article.
    - AKD
  • Non-solicitation agreement violated via LinkedIn

    A non-solicitation agreement usually restricts the ability of an employee - after an employment contract has ended - to approach the clients of the former employer. The former employee of a software company recently discovered that the scope of such an agreement can also include contacts made via LinkedIn.
    - AKD
  • NETHERLANDS AS A GLOBAL FINANCE CENTRE

    Few jurisdictions can boast a foreign direct investment record like the Netherlands. As the world's seventh largest inward receiver of investments, housing approximately 9000 foreign-owned companies, the country's dynamic business environment provides an invaluable insight into macro investment trends.
    - AKD
  • Forming a company in the Netherlands

    The Netherlands and Dutch law The Netherlands is a perfect business location for foreign entrepreneurs (2,000 subsidiaries in Amsterdam, 140,000 jobs). It is the gateway to densely populated Western Europe and has a well-developed logistic and technical infrastructure.
  • Leasing of commercial premises in the Netherlands

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  • Employment of foreign workers in the Netherlands

    The employment of foreign workers in the Netherlands regularly raises questions. What issues do you need to be aware of as an employer? A brief summary of the most important areas of attention will be dealt with in this article.
    - AKD