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Netherlands

Commercial, corporate and M&A
Commercial, corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 5

Kennedy Van der Laan

Jan Schouten heads Kennedy Van der Laan’s department; he is noted for his β€˜broad experience in cross-border matters’. The β€˜very responsive, pragmatic’ Louis Bouchez advised Unique Group on its purchase of Oceanwide Safety At Sea.

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 3

Kennedy Van der Laan

Richard-Jan Roks heads the practice at Kennedy Van der Laan, whose clients include Conservatorium Hotel and the Port of Amsterdam. Roks advised Prinses Maxima Centrum voor Kinderoncologie on the construction of its new 50,000sqm building.

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 4

Kennedy Van der Laan

Kennedy Van der Laan specialises in the healthcare, technology and financial services sectors, where it has a large and well-established client base. Annemieke van der Beek is β€˜an excellent competition law practitioner’; Martine de Koning is also recommended.

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 2

Kennedy Van der Laan

Chris Nekeman leads Kennedy Van der Laan’s team, which is praised for its β€˜international focus’; clients include Microsoft and Nike. The practice is particularly adept in trade union negotiations, employee participation matters and outsourcing. Eva Knipschild is β€˜extremely reliable, responsive and client-focused’.

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Insurance
Insurance - ranked: tier 2

Kennedy Van der Laan

Erik van Orsouw, Chris van Dijk and Peter van den Broek at Kennedy Van der Laan are material damages experts and β€˜leading liability insurance specialists’. Clients include AIG and Zurich.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

Kennedy Van der Laan

The β€˜highly practical’ Alfred Meijboom leads the β€˜consistently focused, commercially sound’ practice at Kennedy Van der Laan, with support from Maarten Schut. Clients include Nike and Syngenta.

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Project finance and PFI
Project finance and PFI - ranked: tier 3

Kennedy Van der Laan

ABN AMRO, Bouwbedrijf de Nijs and the Port of Amsterdam are among Kennedy Van der Laan’s clients. Practice head Richard-Jan Roks advised Prinses Maxima Centrum voor Kinderoncologie on the procurement and construction aspects of its new €100m building, which totals 50,000sqm.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 4

Kennedy Van der Laan

Kennedy Van der Laan’s department is strong in development, procurement and tenancy work; β€˜committed, empathetic’ commercial real estate partner Nico Jacobs recently joined from Enspigt.

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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 Eva Knipschild has a strong track record in mediation, particularly in employment disputes.

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Netherlands: Industry focus

Healthcare and life sciences
Industry focus: healthcare and life sciences - ranked: tier 4

Kennedy Van der Laan

Fenna van Dijk and Maarten Schut respectively lead the healthcare and life sciences teams at Kennedy Van der Laan. Clients include VUmc and Syngenta.

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IT
Industry focus: IT - ranked: tier 1

Kennedy Van der Laan

Joost Linnemann leads the team at Kennedy Van der Laan along with β€˜resourceful’ outsourcing expert Patrick Wit. Clients include Koninklijke Ahold and Microsoft.

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

Kennedy Van der Laan’s β€˜absolutely first-class’ team excels in defamation cases and internet-related litigation. The department is led by the β€˜very service-minded’ Jens van den Brink, who is an β€˜excellent litigator’. Christien Wildeman β€˜wins unwinnable cases’.

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

Commercial and competition specialist Martine de Koning leads Kennedy Van der Laan’s practice; she is particularly strong in cross-border franchising, distribution, procurement and commercial contracts. Recent work includes representing Albert Heijn in proceedings against Pollemans regarding the latter’s desired implementation of an age-verification system. The department advised Nike Europe on various contentious and non-contentious 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 β€œCommission”) 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 β€œCommission”) 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