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

Bird & Bird LLP

Bird & Bird LLP counts TMT, energy, healthcare and life sciences as its core sector strengths. Department head Pauline Vos, who β€˜meets deadlines some deem unmeetable’, acted for Cellnex Telecom on its €109m acquisition of 261 Dutch telephony sites from Protelindo. Energy expert Sophie Dingenen is β€˜very conscientious and reliable’, β€˜strong in negotiating complex contracts’ and β€˜a pleasure to work with’.

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 3

Bird & Bird LLP

Bird & Bird LLP’s β€˜quick’, β€˜proactive’ competition and public procurement practice specialises in handling competition matters for clients in the technology and telecoms sectors. Well-regarded practice head Pauline Kuipers is advising TomTom on competition and compliance issues concerning various matters, including commercial agreements. The practice, which includes the β€˜stand-out’ Janneke Kohlen, was bolstered by the arrival of Hein Hobbelen from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.

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Janneke Kohlen - Bird & Bird LLP

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Employment - ranked: tier 3

Bird & Bird LLP

With particularly deep expertise in the pharmaceutical, IT, media and tobacco industries, Bird & Bird LLP’s β€˜client-friendly’ department is led by the β€˜outstanding’ Philip Hartman; clients β€˜wonder if he ever sleeps’. The team is noted for its β€˜enormous experience in pan-European matters’; Hartman conducts all Teva’s European employment matters. β€˜Personable expert’ Marcus Huisman provides β€˜custom-made counsel’.

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Insurance - ranked: tier 3

Bird & Bird LLP

β€˜Very knowledgeable strategist’ Evelyn Tjon-En-Fa leads the β€˜commercial, highly enthusiastic’ team at Bird & Bird LLP. She and senior associate Laura Grijpma advised Allianz and Zurich on a €4m coverage claim submitted by Attero Holding. Ducor Petrochemicals is another client.

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Tax - ranked: tier 2

Bird & Bird LLP

Primarily known for its β€˜good technical knowledge’, Bird & Bird LLP’s team handles a broad range of tax matters, including compliance and customs issues. Group head Willem Bongaerts is handling tax planning issues for a Luxembourg Stock Exchange-listed IT company concerning IP ownership and incentives, as well as VAT compliance matters. The β€˜friendly’ Brian Mulier specialises in indirect tax and cross-border transactions.

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Netherlands: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation
Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 3

Bird & Bird LLP

Bird & Bird LLP’s β€˜very dedicated’ team is β€˜great to work with’ and best known for its strength in the TMT and insurance sectors. Olaf Trojan is acting for Skyscanner in appeal proceedings regarding allegations of misleading ticket offerings. β€˜Excellent project leader’ Evelyn Tjon-En-Fa, who is β€˜very accurate and communicative’, heads the practice. Other clients include Zurich, FNsteel and Allianz.

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Netherlands: Energy

Energy: Regulatory - ranked: tier 2

Bird & Bird LLP

Mostly active in renewable energy and electricity, Bird & Bird LLP’s β€˜impressively knowledgeable’ team handles contentious and non-contentious work. β€˜Calm, experienced’ department head Michelle de Rijke β€˜has specialised knowledge of energy regulatory frameworks’; she handles administrative litigation, while Evelyn Tjon-En-Fa is the key civil litigator. Clients include Cogas and HVC Energie.

Leading individuals

Michelle de Rijke - Bird & Bird LLP

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Energy: Transactional - ranked: tier 2

Bird & Bird LLP

Bird & Bird LLP’s β€˜proactive, client-oriented’ practice head Sophie Dingenen has β€˜in-depth sector knowledge’; she assisted Kinect Energy Group with structuring two corporate power purchase agreements. Other clients of the β€˜very conscientious, reliable’ department include Unisun Energy Group and Urenco.

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Netherlands: Industry focus

Healthcare and life sciences
Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences - ranked: tier 2

Bird & Bird LLP

Bird & Bird LLP’s team is led by β€˜widely knowledgeable’ IP expert Marc van Wijngaarden, who β€˜thinks outside the box’. Patent litigation is a particular strength of the practice: Wouter Pors acted for Ablynx in a case against Unilever. Armand Killan is also recommended.

Leading individuals

Armand Killan - Bird & Bird LLP

Marc van Wijngaarden - Bird & Bird LLP

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Industry focus: IT - ranked: tier 1

Bird & Bird LLP

Bird & Bird LLP’s β€˜extremely responsive’ team has β€˜great business acumen’. β€˜Practical, friendly’ group head Jeroen van der Lee advised TomTom on various IT, data protection and cybersecurity matters. Roelien van Neck is β€˜commercial and empathetic’.

Leading individuals

Jeroen van der Lee - Bird & Bird LLP

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

Bird & Bird LLP

Bird & Bird LLP’s β€˜highly reliable’ department is led jointly by Paul Waszink and the β€˜highly knowledgeable’ Olaf Trojan, who β€˜thinks outside the box’. Trojan represented De Persgroep in several defamation cases; Nederland.FM and the Nederlandse Publieke Omroep (NPO) are also clients.

Leading individuals

Olaf Trojan - Bird & Bird LLP

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Industry focus: Telecoms - ranked: tier 1

Bird & Bird LLP

EU regulatory work and competition are the key pillars of Bird & Bird LLP’s practice; its β€˜creative’ electronics patent litigators are also β€˜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.

Leading individuals

Marjolein Geus - Bird & Bird LLP

Next generation lawyers

Paul Waszink - Bird & Bird LLP

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Netherlands: Intellectual property

Intellectual property: Patents - ranked: tier 3

Bird & Bird LLP

Bird & Bird LLP’s β€˜efficient, effective’ department is known for its deep bench of technical experts. The β€˜supreme’ Armand Killan, who is β€˜an excellent manager of complex international lawsuits’, acted for Nokia in various patent proceedings against Apple. The team is increasingly active in biotech: B Braun Melsungen instructed Marc van Wijngaarden on a complex patent case. Wouter Pors leads the team.

Leading individuals

Armand Killan - Bird & Bird LLP

Wouter Pors - Bird & Bird LLP

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Trade marks, copyrights and design rights
Intellectual property: Trade marks, copyrights and design rights - ranked: tier 2

Bird & Bird LLP

Trade mark and trade secrets expert Wouter Pors heads Bird & Bird LLP’s team. It is noted for its bench of technical experts, which includes senior counsel Maurits Westerik, and has strong contentious capabilities: Pors and Manon Rieger-Jansen acted for Facebook in numerous opposition and trade mark infringement proceedings.

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