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Bird & Bird LLP

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Netherlands

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

Bird & Bird LLP

Bird & Bird LLP partners are 'super hands-on and proactively involve the right specialists within the firm, drafting side documents, and proposing alternative solutions to concerns'. Practice head Pauline Vos 'proposes solutions that always take account of the bigger picture and the deal specifics'. Sophie Dingenen and René Rieter are also noted. Vos and Rieter advised Telindus Netherlands on its acquisition of Umbrio Group, a leading specialist in IT and network operations, monitoring, and analytics. They also advised Riverside Partners, the Boston-based private equity firm, and portfolio company Calero Software on the acquisition of A&B Groep and cMerge IT.

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Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation
Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 2

Bird & Bird LLP

Bird & Bird LLP‚Äôs ‚Äėresponsive‚Äô team is ‚Äėeasy to work with‚Äô; it has a core focus on the technology, communication and media sectors, and maintains a strong reputation in the field of liability and insurance disputes. Olaf Trojan¬†and¬†practice head¬†Evelyn Tjon-En-Fa, who is acting as Supreme Court counsel on the matter, are¬†representing¬†Skyscanner in appeal proceedings regarding allegations of misleading ticket offerings. The 'very dedicated' Tjon-En-Fa also successfully represented Allianz and Zurich in a ‚ā¨3.5m claim submitted by AtteroHolding N.V. Other clients include Crocs, Tele2, and Ablynx, a Belgian bio-pharmaceutical company.

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 2

Bird & Bird LLP

Bird & Bird LLP’s competition and public procurement practice is a key name for clients in the information technology, communications, electronics, media, energy, banking and financial services sectors. Well-regarded practice head Pauline Kuipers provides ongoing advise to MasterCard on competition-related topics pertaining to its interchange fees. Janneke Kohlen and Hein Hobbelen are also noted.

Next generation lawyers

Janneke Kohlen - Bird & Bird LLP

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 3

Bird & Bird LLP

Bird & Bird LLP's team head Philip Hartman¬†is a 'brilliant lawyer with a doggish and can-do attitude'. The group is considered 'excellent ‚Äď with extensive experience and a deep bench' and a 'strong footing in European works council matters and cross-border transactions'. It provides advice on the gamut of employment matters to clients such as Teva,¬†Philip Morris, and¬†Bureau Veritas.¬† Partner Marcus Huisman¬†is a key contact in the team.

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Energy: regulatory
Energy: regulatory - ranked: tier 3

Bird & Bird LLP

Corporate and projects partner Sophie Dingenen heads up the team at Bird & Bird LLP providing expertise especially in the renewables space; she is counsel to URENCO ChemPlants where she advises on all project-related matters. Dingenen is assisted by associate Tialda Beetstra who has a focus on regulatory matters. The practice has counted Air Products, ENGIE Group, and Rendant among its clients. Michelle de Rijke joined Van der Feltz Advocaten in October 2018.

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Energy: transactional
Energy: transactional - ranked: tier 2

Bird & Bird LLP

Bird & Bird LLP handles the structuring and development of national and international energy projects, especially in the wind and solar sectors. Sophie Dingenen, who is dual-qualified in the Netherlands and the UK, is advising Unisun Energy Group on the acquisition of a solar portfolio and on the development of future projects. She is also project counsel to URENCO ChemPlants and provides strategic advice to the URENCO board. Other clients include Suntech, Eurus Energy Europe, and Better Energy Group.

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Industry focus: Information technology
Industry focus: Information technology - ranked: tier 1

Bird & Bird LLP

Bird & Bird LLP is reported to be 'very pragmatic and fast with an eye for detail'; team head Jeroen van der Lee 'is very pragmatic, easy to reach and makes you feel like you are the only client'. The firm offers an impressive range of specialists with a broad IT focus and it looks to stay abreast of developments in AI, robotics, and FinTech. Recent work includes advising Adyen, the global payment platform, on data protection, IP matters, and contractual negotiations. Roelien van Neck is a key partner in the group.

Leading individuals

Jeroen van der Lee - Bird & Bird LLP

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

Bird & Bird LLP

Led by Olaf Trojan and Paul Waszink, the Bird & Bird LLP team offers a comprehensive service across the media sector ranging from freedom of speech to violations of the Media Act and issues surrounding loot boxes. Recent work includes representing Skyscanner in a high-profile case concerning accusations it presented misleading ticket offerings in its search results; following a District Court ruling, the team is representing the client on its appeal to the Supreme Court. Other clients include NPO, Discovery and Sony Pictures. Senior associate Berend van der Eijk has a strong focus on the tech side and there have been a number of recent new hires including Marianne Minnecré from the Dutch Media Authority.

Leading individuals

Olaf Trojan - Bird & Bird LLP

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

Bird & Bird LLP

Head of the Bird & Bird LLP life sciences group, Marc van Wijngaarden 'is a joy to work with, has a great eye for detail and leaves no stone unturned to explore possible arguments'. His team, which 'has a unique spread across Europe', is also home to Armand Killan and Wouter Pors who together have an impressive roster of pharmaceutical, biotech, medical devices, and research clients. With an especially strong IP offering, typical work includes advising Polpharma on patent disputes with Biogen over an antibody treatment for MS; it is also handling a range of corporate work for clients in the life sciences and healthcare sectors.

Leading individuals

Armand Killan - Bird & Bird LLP

Marc van Wijngaarden - Bird & Bird LLP

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Industry focus: telecoms
Industry focus: telecoms - ranked: tier 1

Bird & Bird LLP

As well as leading Bird & Bird LLP’s consulting and regulation practice, Marjolein Geus heads the Hague-based global tech and communications sector group. She led a team appointed by the European Commission in an extensive public tender procedure to perform the EU wide study on the implementation of the Net Neutrality provisions in the EU. Other key team members include Paul Waszink, who has a focus on regulatory regimes, and senior counsel Frank Simons. New hires include Marianne Minnecré from the Dutch Media Authority and Wilfred Steenbruggen previously with Leijnse Artz.

Leading individuals

Marjolein Geus - Bird & Bird LLP

Next generation lawyers

Paul Waszink - Bird & Bird LLP

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Insurance
Insurance - ranked: tier 3

Bird & Bird LLP

Bird & Bird LLP has 'a very proactive and collaborative way of working'. The team takes on policy coverage disputes in the infrastructure and construction arenas. It is acting for Allianz and Ducor, which have filed an appeal against Nalco in a long-running case concerned with a range of defects and other issues in connection with a cooling water conditioning system at the Ducor plant in Rotterdam. Evelyn Tjon-En-Fa and senior associate Laura Grijpma are two of the key advisors.

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Intellectual property: Patents
Intellectual property: Patents - ranked: tier 2

Bird & Bird LLP

The Bird & Bird LLP team is considered to be 'one of the strongest patent litigator teams in the Netherlands and has great collaboration with patent attorneys'. Wouter Pors and Armand Killan, 'who does an outstanding job', are two of the senior and highly regarded practitioners; Killan continues to act for Nokia in patent infringement actions against Apple; the notable Marc van Wijngaarden counts Teva among his clients; associate Peter van Gemert is reported to 'have the skills to really become a great attorney'. The team is acting for biopharma company Ablynx in a complex, cross-border case again Unilever pertaining to the scope of patent licence agreements and the difference between medicinal products and functional foods.

Leading individuals

Armand Killan - Bird & Bird LLP

Wouter Pors - Bird & Bird LLP

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

Bird & Bird LLP

At Bird & Bird LLP, 'all the attorneys are extremely smart, have the highest legal skills, and understand client needs'. Wouter Pors¬†heads the practice and noted practitioners including Manon Rieger-Jansen, who leads the brand protection team. Armand Killan¬†counts¬†Nestl√© among his clients, acting on a range of patent and trade mark matters in Europe including the protection of¬†the Maggi and Felix brands. The team is noted for its blue-chip clientele ‚Äď it acts for the¬†Kraft Heinz Group on the protection of its marks and designs.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 2

Bird & Bird LLP

Bird & Bird LLP‚Äôs team is 'strong in international tax matters, especially for businesses in the technology space'. ‚ÄėAttentive and knowledgeable‚Äô group head Willem Bongaerts¬†is assisting US private equity firm, Privateer, with investment structuring in the Netherlands. Senior associate¬†Rik van de Meerendonk¬†¬†is also singled out.

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