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Commercial, corporate and M&A
Commercial, corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 4

Bird & Bird LLP

Bird & Bird LLP’s team has β€˜many industry experts that can answer sector-specific questions’. β€˜Reliable, decisive’ practice head Pauline Vos is β€˜a pleasure to work with’. β€˜Communicative, approachable’ energy expert Sophie Dingenen joined from Baker & McKenzie Amsterdam N.V. in June 2016.

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 3

Bird & Bird LLP

Bird & Bird LLP’s practice continues to grow and recently picked up a number of clients across the technology, telecoms and education sectors. Pauline Kuipers leads the team, which has vast experience across a range of competition and public procurement law issues.

Next generation lawyers

Janneke Kohlen - Bird & Bird LLP

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Employment - ranked: tier 2

Bird & Bird LLP

Philip Hartman heads Bird & Bird LLP’s team, which has β€˜good business sense’ and strong cross-border capabilities. Strengths include large-scale reorganisations, disputes with trade unions, and Europe-wide collective dismissals; Hartman advised Teva on the latter. Marcus Huisman is β€˜very helpful and experienced’.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 2

Bird & Bird LLP

Bird & Bird LLP’s β€˜very responsive, convincing’ practice head Wouter Pors recently represented Ablynx in a patent case against Unilever. Manon Rieger-Jansen is β€˜quick, practical and personable’; Armand Killan is also recommended.

Leading individuals

Armand Killan - Bird & Bird LLP

Wouter Pors - Bird & Bird LLP

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Tax - ranked: tier 2

Bird & Bird LLP

Bird & Bird LLP’s β€˜knowledgeable and proactive’ team is well known for work in the technology, life sciences and energy sectors, where the tax team works closely with the firm’s industry specialists. The β€˜very experienced, balanced and calm’ Ernst Barten heads the practice; Brian Mulier leads the customs and trade group.

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Netherlands: Dispute resolution

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

Bird & Bird LLP

The β€˜quick, creative and friendly’ disputes department at Bird & Bird LLP is particularly strong in the TMT and insurance sectors. It boasts a Supreme Court litigator in the form of Evelyn Tjon-En-Fa and β€˜an excellent lawyer and top litigator’ in Olaf Trojan.

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Netherlands: Industry focus

Industry focus: energy - ranked: tier 2

Bird & Bird LLP

Renewable energy is a key strength of Bird & Bird LLP’s β€˜communicative, energetic’ practice, which also handles conventional power matters. It is very strong in energy contracts and tariff agreements, and is led by the β€˜well-connected’ Michelle de Rijke. Corporate partner Sophie Dingenen, an expert in project agreements and project development, joined from Baker & McKenzie Amsterdam N.V..

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

Bird & Bird LLP

Patents expert Marc van Wijngaarden heads the β€˜well-connected, very knowledgeable’ team at Bird & Bird LLP, which also has capabilities in M&A, commercial contracts, arbitration and competition. Teva and Ablynx are key clients.

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

At Bird & Bird LLP, practice head Jeroen van der Lee is particularly strong in IT transactions, while Roelien van Neck is a commercial contracts expert. Clients include TomTom and Skyscanner.

Leading individuals

Jeroen van der Lee - Bird & Bird LLP

Next generation lawyers

Quirine Tjeenk Willink - Bird & Bird LLP

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

Bird & Bird LLP

β€˜Top litigator’ Olaf Trojan and competition specialist Pauline Kuipers lead the team at Bird & Bird LLP, which hired counsel Paul Waszink from NautaDutilh; his clients include Nederlandse Publieke Omroep, the Netherlands’ public broadcaster.

Leading individuals

Olaf Trojan - Bird & Bird LLP

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Industry focus: telecoms - ranked: tier 1

Bird & Bird LLP

Bird & Bird LLP’s department head Marjolein Geus and the β€˜very business-minded’ team have an β€˜an unbeatable work ethos’. Highly regarded counsel Paul Waszink was hired from NautaDutilh in December 2015; Quirine Tjeenk Willink joined from Allen & Overy LLP in December 2016.

Leading individuals

Marjolein Geus - Bird & Bird LLP

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Legal Developments by:
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  • gTLDs Update: List of gTLD applications published

    Earlier this month, we reported that the list of gTLD applications would be published on 13 June 2012. "Reveal Day" has arrived and the list of gTLD applications has been published on ICANN's website. Please click here to downloadΒ a PDF copy of this list for your review.
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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

    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