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Food and beverages

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  1. Industry focus: Food and beverages
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Barbara Mutsaers is the key partner at AKD, and is well known for her expertise in food law, including nutrition and health claims, product liability and recalls. Alongside Eveline Sillevis Smitt, administrative food law expert Erik Dans represented Plukon Food Group in proceedings against the Dutch state regarding new food hygiene regulations. Huib Berendschot is recommended for IP, advertising and labelling matters.

The β€˜pragmatic, service-oriented’ team at Hoogenraad & Haak, advertising + IP advocaten is headed by the β€˜commercial, enthusiastic, energetic’ Ebba Hoogenraad, and handles health claims, ingredients, labelling and product recalls as well as advertising and IP. Hoogenraad and β€˜motivated, efficient’ associate Sarah Arayess represented Solgar in a mutual recognition case against the Dutch state. Ahold Delhaize, Lidl, Heineken and Barilla Group are longstanding clients.

NautaDutilh’s β€˜knowledgeable’ team, which is led by administrative law specialist Norbert de Munnik, is praised for its strength in depth. M&A is its key strength, though it also handles financing, IP and product recalls. Jeroen Preller is often active in the space, advising NPM Capital on the sale of part of Royaan’s brands portfolio and food service activities to Van Geloven.

β€˜Open, honest’ M&A expert Pieter van Uchelen leads the group at Simmons & Simmons LLP, which is also active in restructuring, employment, tax and criminal law. Employment specialist Joris Oster assisted Koninklijke Peijnenburg with the reorganisation of its main production facility. Other clients include DOC Dairy Products, Plukon Food Group and Coca-Cola European Partners.

M&A, commercial contracts, litigation and IP are core pillars of Van Doorne’s practice. Arnout Stroeve acted for Cott on its €470m purchase of Eden Springs, while Kriek Wille advised Meatless on a range of activities, including corporate work, negotiating technology transfer agreements and terminating licensing agreements. Group head Lisette Bieleveld counts Struik Holding among her clients.

Allen & Overy LLP’s β€˜deeply knowledgeable, always available’ practice is known for its corporate capabilities; Karine Kodde, Jan Louis Burggraaf and finance expert Niels de Ru are the key contacts. Clients include Refresco, Jumbo and Interfood Holding. On the contentious side, β€˜extremely diligent’ arbitrator and litigator Marieke van Hooijdonk is β€˜a persuasive advocate’ with β€˜a sharp mind and a good helicopter view’.

CMS’ team is led by corporate expert Mark Ziekman, and is especially active in M&A, competition and IP matters. Reinout Slot acted for Cott on the approximately $1.2bn sale of its non-alcoholic beverage bottling activities to Refresco Holding, and counsel Rogier de Vrey represented Syngenta in anti-counterfeiting proceedings against ZeeNop. Albron is also a client.

Loyens & Loeff’s department is active in corporate and competition work as well as in food regulatory matters. Bas Vletter acted for Collins Foods (Australia) on its purchase of 16 Netherlands-based KFCs and its roll-out of 20 more restaurants in the Netherlands. Senior associates Natasja Brusik and Victor van Ahee are food regulatory specialists.

The team at Norton Rose Fulbright handles a wide range of food- and beverage-related work, including M&A, product liability, employment and regulatory food work. Group head Saskia Blokland advised ZuivelcoΓΆperatie DeltaMilk on amending its regulatory framework, as well as on liability issues affecting the Dutch dairy sector. Other clients include Deliveroo, Darling Ingredients and Unilever.

Healthcare and life sciences

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  1. Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences
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Patent litigator Rutger Kleemans leads Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s full-service practice, which also handles high-value M&A and life sciences regulatory work. Kleemans advised Bedrocan International on the regulatory issues surrounding medicinal cannabis. Other clients include Novartis, Bristol-Myers Squibb and Boehringer Ingelheim.

Patents and regulatory work are the core pillars of Hogan Lovells International LLP’s department, which counts Zimmer Biomet, Eli Lilly and Sanofi among its clients. Patent expert Bert Oosting heads the team jointly with counsel Hein van den Bos, a regulatory specialist.

The β€˜outstanding’ team at Houthoff, which specialises in healthcare, provides β€˜fast, sharp, clear’ advice. β€˜Steadfast, well-connected’ competition expert Weyer VerLoren van Themaat has β€˜extensive sector knowledge’; he heads the group jointly with regulatory expert Marry de Gaay Fortman. Clients include VUmc and NVZ Vereniging voor Ziekenhuizen.

As well as handling M&A and care-sector real estate, Loyens & Loeff’s β€˜top-performing’ team advises healthcare providers on regulatory issues, and assists life sciences companies with incorporations and data privacy. Tom van Helmond and the β€˜impressive’ Kim Lucassen head the healthcare and life sciences teams respectively.

Active in a wide range of activity, including M&A, competition and IP, Allen & Overy LLP’s team is headed jointly by corporate partner Christiaan de Brauw and β€˜very experienced, strategic, business-oriented’ IP expert Frits Gerritzen. Clients include Regeneron Pharmaceuticals and Gilde Healthcare.

Life sciences boutique Axon Lawyers is especially strong in regulatory work, and covers biotechnology, novel foods and diagnostics as well as pharmaceuticals. Carine van den Brink and associate Karin Verzijden are the key contacts for IP; Erik Vollebregt and counsel Hanneke Later-Nijland are regulatory experts.

Led by β€˜extremely personable’ regulatory and patents expert Marleen van den Horst, who has β€˜a depth of experience few can rival’, BarentsKrans’ team counts Focus Care, Accord Healthcare, Bayer and Sun Pharmaceutical Industries among its clients. Caroline van Gent is recommended for healthcare employment matters.

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.

CMS’ team is noted for its life sciences regulatory expertise, for which Ellen Gielen is the key contact; she co-heads the practice with patent litigator Willem Hoorneman. Clients include Amgen, Eli Lilly and Boston Scientific. Of counsel Gertie Lintjens is recommended for her industry knowledge.

IP boutique Hoyng Rokh Monegier’s team, which is noted for its deep bench, is headed by β€˜proficient’ regulatory expert Carla Schoonderbeek and patent litigator Simon Dack. Both lawyers, alongside managing partner Willem Hoyng and Geert Theuws, assisted Teva with defending its patent for Copaxone.

The β€˜fast, well-connected’, β€˜very alert’ team at competition boutique Maverick Advocaten N.V. is headed by the β€˜courageous’, β€˜strategic and to-the-point’ Diederik Schrijvershof. Martijn van de Hel assisted Parnassia Groep and Stichting Antes with obtaining competition approval for their merger. Bayer and Omega Pharma are also clients.

NautaDutilh’s department is led jointly by M&A specialist Ruud Smits and β€˜experienced, always well-prepared’ patents expert Anne Marie Verschuur. Leo Groothuis advised Thermo Fisher on its $7.2bn acquisition of Patheon. Other clients include Johnson & Johnson Innovation, Incyte and Global Bio-Chem Technology.

Stibbe’s full-service practice is notably strong in IT-related matters. Group head Judica Krikke assisted several university medical centres with tendering servers and storage supplies, and represented VUmc and Erasmus Medical Centre in a software licence dispute against MicroFocus. Mylan and Genmab are life sciences clients.

Though increasingly active in life sciences, Van Doorne’s department is particularly strong in healthcare. Healthcare specialists Willemien Bischot and Marg Janssen head the team jointly with M&A expert Dimitri van Hoewijk, who assisted Atalmedial and MC Groep with establishing a joint venture.

IP boutique Vondst Advocaten N.V also has regulatory capabilities. Its patent litigation clients include Troge Medical, Teva and Modern Dental; Orion Pharma instructed Ricardo Dijkstra on a parallel import matter. Otto Swens and Tjeerd Overdijk are other names to note.

Known for its strength in patent litigation and enforcement, Brinkhof’s practice counts Johnson & Johnson, Novartis, Sandoz and Accord Healthcare among its clients. Mark van Gardingen is, according to some clients, β€˜head and shoulders above the rest’; he co-heads the group with β€˜superstar’ Daan de Lange.

Though known mostly for its patent capabilities, the team at DLA Piper often handles commercial contracts, corporate structuring and data privacy. Paul Reeskamp heads the group jointly with patent attorney Johan Renes, who arrived from JPWaVe in March 2017. Merus and Fresenius Kabi are clients.

Patent litigator and β€˜excellent strategist’ Gertjan Kuipers heads De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek’s β€˜effective’ practice, which provides β€˜value for money on high-profile cases’. The team also handles M&A and commercial litigation for clients including AkzoNobel. Other clients include Biogen, Merck Sharp & Dohme and Ferring.

The β€˜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.

Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV’s team is particularly strong in regulatory healthcare work. Elisabeth Pietermaat represented the Dutch Healthcare Authority in cases regarding the fees general practitioners can charge healthcare insurers and patients. Marije Batting, Karlijn Teuben and Wemmeke Wisman are also recommended.

β€˜Extensively knowledgeable’ patent litigator Bas Berghuis van Woortman heads the team at Simmons & Simmons LLP, which is noted for its β€˜particularly good business acumen’. Outside of IP, counsel Machteld Hiemstra advised Wright Medical on mass product liability claims for one of its hip implant products.


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  1. Industry focus: IT
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Clients have β€˜never met a more responsive practice’ than Herald Jongen’s at Allen & Overy LLP. Jongen assisted Vattenfall with its global business process outsourcing to Accenture and Capgemini.

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’.

Outsourcing expert Eliane de Vilder heads Brinkhof’s practice jointly with data protection specialist Quinten Kroes. β€˜Impressive’ commercial software expert Wieke van Angeren assisted Perfetti van Melle with licensing and implementing a software solution for managing its global supply chain. Gerrit-Jan Zwenne joined Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV in September 2018.

The β€˜proactive, business-oriented’ team at Houthoff is β€˜very knowledgeable on all aspects of IT’. It is led by the β€˜very reliable, practical’ Thomas de Weerd, who advised numerous major car companies including Volvo, Renault and Ferrari on issues relating to β€˜connected cars’.

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.

Judica Krikke leads the team at Stibbe, which counts IT contracting, data protection and dispute resolution as its key pillars. Krikke advised the Dutch state on its contracts with suppliers such as Oracle, and on its use of cloud services. Rogier Raas is a fintech expert.

Data protection and healthcare-related IT are particular strengths of Van Doorne’s practice, which welcomed Bart van Reeken from De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek in November 2017. β€˜Deeply knowledgeable, internationally connected’ privacy expert Elisabeth Thole advised Dutch Ophthalmic Research Centre (International) on data protection matters. Kees Stuurman is β€˜very experienced’ in outsourcing; Louis Jonker is β€˜highly knowledgeable’.

DLA Piper’s team is jointly headed by Joris Willems and M&A expert Daphne Bens, with support from data protection specialist Richard van Schaik. Willems advised Naspers on negotiating agreements with over 25 IT service providers.

Data protection expert Richard van Staden ten Brink heads De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek’s β€˜prompt, knowledgeable’ practice; he counts Ahold Delhaize, Heineken, Tesla and Rabobank among his clients. Bart van Reeken left to join Van Doorne in October 2017.

β€˜High-quality, client-oriented’ IT boutique Project Moore Advocaten handles a very wide range of work, and is especially active in the financial, healthcare, consumer goods and public sectors. Jeroen KoΓ«ter, Lieneke Viergever and Eva Visser are data protection experts; Christian van Seeters is recommended for outsourcing.

Vondst Advocaten N.V’s team is headed by outsourcing expert Polo van der Putt; he and Herwin Roerdink are recommended for data privacy. Clients include Talpa and Nationale Postcode Loterij. Tjeerd Overdijk is also recommended.

Wouter Seinen leads the team at Baker McKenzie; he defended Niantic in a case brought by the municipality of The Hague regarding the virtual PokΓ©mon characters that appeared on private territory, inducing players of PokΓ©mon Go to enter such territory.

Netflix, Vodafone and Fujitsu Technology Solutions are among the clients of Hogan Lovells International LLP’s β€˜quick, pragmatic, deeply knowledgeable’ team. Klaas Bisschop, Anita de Jong and of counsel Marc Wallheimer head the practice; senior associate Joke Bodewits is widely recommended.

Louwers IP|Technology Advocaten is β€˜a highly skilful, very communicative and knowledgeable’ boutique that counts PostNL, Vesteda and Deloitte among its clients. β€˜Widely experienced’ β€˜problem-solver’ Huub de Jong heads the team; the β€˜calm, result-oriented’ Tom de Wit is β€˜exceptionally good’.

The team of β€˜responsive experts’ at Loyens & Loeff is strong in data protection, outsourcing and litigation. Group head Serge Zwanen and Kim Lucassen acted for Jaguar Land Rover on data protection matters relating to β€˜smart’ cars.

Often involved in M&A, NautaDutilh’s department also advises on internet law matters. Anne Marie Verschuur defended Ziggo in a case brought by BREIN regarding Ziggo granting its subscribers access to The Pirate Bay. Piet Sippens Groenewegen leads the team.

Data privacy and outsourcing are the key pillars of Osborne Clarke’s practice, which is also frequently active in commercial contracting and fintech. Group head Jeroen Lub acted for UBM on two large outsourcings. Microsoft, Facebook and Snapchat are also clients.

Though it acts mostly for public bodies, Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV’s team also counts KPN as a client. Senior associate Jeroen Naves represented KPN in commercial litigation against Entropia. Meine Dijkstra and Sikke Kingma head the practice. Gerrit-Jan Zwenne was a new arrival in September 2018 from Brinkhof.

IT projects expert and litigator Wanda van Kerkvoorden is the key partner at TMT boutique SOLV Advocaten; Menno Weij and Thomas van Essen are also recommended.

Outsourcing and data privacy are particular strengths of Whitebridge’s team, which is led by Anja Dekhuijzen. Myriad International Holding instructed Dekhuijzen on various matters, including the contracts for a new data centre and a new identity management platform.

Digital copyright is a particular strength of bureau Brandeis’ team, which is headed jointly by β€˜true expert’ Christiaan Alberdingk Thijm and Machteld Robichon. Clients include Netflix, Sanoma, XS4ALL and the Amsterdam Internet Exchange.

CMS’ department is praised for its β€˜contracting and negotiating skills’. Group head Hendrik Struik acted for Advanced Encryption Technologies (AET) on a deal with a public body regarding the use of AET’s technology in a national platform involving medical data. Associate Simon Sanders is also recommended.

Data protection and contracting are the key pillars of Dentons Boekel’s β€˜practical, hands-on’ department, which has β€˜great industry knowledge’. Practice head Marc Elshof, who has β€˜a comprehensive technical understanding’, advised Unibail-Rodamco, Feld Entertainment and the Van Gogh Museum on GDPR matters.

HΓΆcker Advocaten provides β€˜swift service’, and counts BREIN, Sony Interactive Entertainment and Stichting de Thuiskopie among its clients. Willem Roos and Jacqueline Seignette head the team; associate Marijn Kingma provides β€˜solid, high-quality advice’.

The key partners at Leopold Meijnen Oosterbaan are the β€˜service-oriented, friendly and very reliable’ Olivier Oosterbaan and β€˜strong litigator’ Quirijn Meijnen, who has β€˜real fighting spirit’. Meijnen represented XS News in proceedings brought against an American company regarding Usenet users’ personal data.

Media and entertainment

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  1. Industry focus: Media and entertainment
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Herald Jongen heads the full-service team at Allen & Overy LLP. β€˜Legendary’ consultant Eric Keyzer advised Sky Radio Group on contracts and collaboration agreements regarding the "Top 1,000 in Concert" live event series. Other clients include De Persgroep and Telegraaf Media Group.

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.

Though particularly strong in litigation and regulatory advice, Brinkhof’s practice also handles commercial contracts. Department head Remy Chavannes defended GS Media in copyright infringement and tort proceedings brought by Sanoma. Quinten Kroes and Dorien Verhulst are also recommended.

The β€˜no-nonsense’ team at Kennedy Van der Laan is led by Jens van den Brink, who along with counsel Christien Wildeman β€˜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.

Media boutique Boekx Advocaten is especially strong in defamation litigation, and is active across all media industries and platforms. Matthijs Kaaks heads the group; Otto Volgenant, Marc de Boer, Fulco Blokhuis and Diederik Stols are also recommended. The Dutch Association of Journalists is a client.

β€˜Decisive’ IP specialist Tobias Cohen Jehoram heads the group at De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek, which provides β€˜swift, thorough advice’ and has β€˜top-level knowledge and an international perspective’. Clients include RELX and the Dutch Broadcasting Organisation. Senior associate Vivien RΓΆrsch is a recommended litigator.

Houthoff’s practice is particularly strong in corporate work and litigation. Senior associate Thijs van Aerde acted for Golden Earring in a Supreme Court case regarding the publishing rights to a large part of its repertoire. Thomas de Weerd leads the team.

IP boutique Hoyng Rokh Monegier is especially active in media litigation, and also advises corporates on unfair advertising matters. Group head Joris van Manen acted for BREIN in a case against Ziggo and XS4ALL regarding Ziggo granting its subscribers access to The Pirate Bay.

The β€˜very knowledgeable’ team at NautaDutilh is headed by Piet Sippens Groenewegen. Anne Marie Verschuur defended Ziggo in a case brought by BREIN regarding Ziggo granting its subscribers access to The Pirate Bay. Other clients include PathΓ© and the NPO.

Judica Krikke heads Stibbe’s practice, which frequently assists clients with the internet roll-out of media and entertainment products and services. It is also often active in high-value M&A. Rakuten Kobo, Omroep Max and Talpa are clients.

Jeroen Sombezki is the key corporate partner at Van Doorne’s practice, while the β€˜IP experts’, led by Kriek Wille, β€˜know all relevant case law’. Wille defended Erdee Media in an appeal case regarding keeping news articles in online archives, and the β€˜right to be forgotten’.

β€˜Absolute legend’ Jacqueline Schaap is the key partner at Visser Schaap & Kreijger, which is noted for its litigation capabilities and handles media, IP and competition law. Paul Kreijger, IP expert Dirk Visser and associate Patty de Leeuwe are also recommended.

β€˜Flexible, approachable and experienced’ boutique bureau Brandeis β€˜fits the media industry like a glove’. The β€˜sociable, honest’ Machteld Robichon is β€˜enthusiastic and very experienced in regulatory work’; Hans Bousie and Christiaan Alberdingk Thijm are also recommended. Clients include Netflix, Sanoma and XS4ALL.

At DLA Piper, IP expert Richard van Schaik, who is frequently active in data protection and advertising matters, is the key name. Clients include beIN Media Group, HBO Netherlands and Netflix. Barbara van Hussen left the firm.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s β€˜proactive, insightful’ team is especially strong in corporate and competition work. Group head Harald Spruit acted for Talpa Holding on its purchase of the remaining 75% stake in RadioCorp Investors. Telegraaf Media Group and WPP are also clients.

HΓΆcker Advocaten has β€˜in-depth knowledge of very complex issues’. Jacqueline Seignette, who has β€˜an extremely high level of expertise’, heads the group jointly with Willem Roos. Associate Marijn Kingma is β€˜a very approachable, knowledgeable and decisive’ copyright and data privacy expert. BREIN and LIRA are among its clients.

Le Poole Bekema’s β€˜dedicated’ department has β€˜in-depth knowledge’ and β€˜strong litigation experience’; its lawyers β€˜work exceptionally well together’. Bas Le Poole, who co-heads the team with Anne Bekema, acted for Telegraaf Media Group in defamation proceedings brought by Loterijverlies. SEKAM and the NOS are also clients.

β€˜Knowledgeable, generous sage’ Bertil van Kaam heads Van Kaam IP & Media’s practice; he is β€˜an experienced, analytical and pragmatic litigator who is wired in to the Dutch creative and media scene’. He acted for Avrotros in separate defamation and injunction proceedings.

Media boutique Dikhoff van Dongen Advocaten is especially active in music, theatre, film, television and digital media. Sander Dikhoff and Gaico Bos are film and television experts; Rob van Dongen specialises in music. Clients include Nederlands Film Festival, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment and Julio Iglesias.

Hofhuis Alkema Groen’s team is led jointly by Adonna Alkema, digital, copyright and database rights expert Arnout Groen and trade mark litigator Jesse Hofhuis. Hofhuis handles all trade mark work for Warner Bros. Other clients include Sanoma, Imation and BREIN.

Known mostly for its advertising expertise, Hoogenraad & Haak, advertising + IP advocaten is also active in copyrights, collective rights, trade mark work and defamation cases. Ebba Hoogenraad and DaniΓ«l Haije head the practice, which counts advertising agencies including Publicis, HavasLemz and BBDO as clients.

Clients β€˜can’t go wrong’ with Leeway, which is active mostly in IP and commercial contracts. Group heads Marga Verwoert and Michiel Odink act for artists, music producers, publishers and film and television companies such as Warner Bros; senior associate Daan van Eek is an advertising expert.

Acting mostly for public sector clients, Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV’s practice is headed by Sikke Kingma. The team also advises private companies: Kingma acted for XS4ALL in a case brought by BREIN regarding the granting of access to The Pirate Bay.

Bas Berghuis van Woortman heads the β€˜swift, deeply knowledgeable’ team at Simmons & Simmons LLP, which excels in litigation and handles transactional and advisory work. β€˜Unbelievably good’ senior associate Paul Tjiam acted for Terumo Europe in a defamation case against Avotros. Warner Bros is another client.


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  1. Industry focus: Retail
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The key partners at Allen & Overy LLP’s team are real estate specialists Leon Hoppenbrouwers and Henry van Geen and public M&A expert Tim Stevens. Competition partner Yvo de Vries defended Jumbo and CBL in proceedings brought by Ageviewers regarding alleged anti-competitive behaviour. Other clients include Naspers, La Place and Ahold Delhaize.

Dentons Boekel’s β€˜practical, hands-on’ department β€˜really knows its stuff’. Litigator and group head Sonja van der Kamp is a retail leasing specialist; she advised Multi, ASR Property Fund and Syntrus Achmea on the termination of lease agreements with the tenants of Forum Rotterdam shopping centre. Real estate expert Wendela Raas and leasing specialist and senior associate Anique Bergers-Kemp are also recommended.

Though particularly active in real estate investments, counting KlΓ©pierre, Blackstone and CBRE Global Investors among its clients, Loyens & Loeff’s team also acts for retail companies such as Coolblue, Converse, Ikea and Group head Bram Linnartz acted for Goldman Sachs on its €151m acquisition of a portfolio of 16 shopping centres from NSI. The practice’s tax capabilities are widely recommended.

Seen by clients as β€˜one of the top players in the market’, NautaDutilh’s practice is headed by corporate and M&A experts Teska van Vuren and Jaap Stoop. Stoop acted for Ikea Centres on its €900m sale of 25 pan-Europe shopping centres to Pradera. David van Dijk advised Media Markt Saturn on all real estate and leasing matters.

Van Doorne’s β€˜outstanding’ full-service department is β€˜very fast and very reliable’. Group head Lisette Bieleveld advised Superunie on contract negotiations with Unilever, and Onno Boerstra acted for Eyes Holdco on its sale of Hans Anders Group to 3i. In the real estate space, AriΓ«n van Heesen assisted M7 Real Estate with all aspects of its €175m purchase of retail properties for its EREIP funds.

Real estate and franchise agreements are the core pillars of Fort Advocaten’s department, which is also active in insolvency. Katinka Verdurmen is the key contact; she assists clients with real estate transactions, leasing issues, and franchise agreements and disputes. Associate Maaike Boomsma is also recommended.

Best known for franchising, distribution and commercial contracts, Kennedy Van der Laan’s practice has cross-border capabilities, and is β€˜particularly knowledgeable about e-commerce’. Group head Martine de Koning β€˜combines 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.

Real estate, employment and commercial contracts are the core pillars of Osborne Clarke’s department. It also has strong contentious capabilities, especially regarding franchises, supply chains and product liability. Commercial litigator and group head Jeroen Bedaux successfully defended Starbucks in two cases regarding the termination of a food service licence agreement. Hema, Jumbo Supermarkten and Deckers Benelux are also clients.

The team at Russell Advocaten B.V. is particularly active in advising fashion companies and luxury brands; it handles corporate and commercial work, employment, leasing matters and regulatory litigation. Jan Dop and managing partner Reinier Russell head the group.

Based across Amsterdam and Utrecht, CMS’ department is headed by corporate expert Mark Ziekman, who assisted Gunters en Meuser with its purchase by Grafton Holdings Netherlands. On the IP side, counsels Marcoline van der Dussen and Rogier de Vrey acted for Birkenstock in a copyright infringement case brought against Big Bazar.

As well as handling IP, Leeway’s team assists clients with commercial matters, including supply chain issues, franchising, partnership agreements, regulatory compliance, pricing and product recalls. β€˜Great tactician’ Marga Verwoert has β€˜impeccable judgement’ and is β€˜reassuringly calm under great pressure’; she heads the practice jointly with IP experts Remco van Leeuwen and Michiel Odink, who is β€˜pragmatic and personable’. Hema is a client.


Index of tables

  1. Industry focus: Telecoms
  2. Hall of Fame
  3. Leading individuals
  4. Next generation lawyers

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    • Peter Eijsvoogel - Allen & Overy LLP
    • Piet Sippens Groenewegen - NautaDutilh
    • Winfred Knibbeler - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
    • Quinten Kroes - Brinkhof

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The team at Allen & Overy LLP provides β€˜technically excellent, practical’ advice. Peter Eijsvoogel and associate Tjarda van der Vijver represented KPN in competition proceedings and in a case concerning its mobile and fixed call-termination rates. Veon and Liberty Global are also clients.

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.

Known for its contentious capabilities, strength in depth and experience in competition law, Brinkhof’s department has β€˜excellent business acumen and industry knowledge’. Pepijn van Ginneken heads the group, and along with Quinten Kroes is β€˜hands-on and up-to-speed with business perspectives’. KPN, Tele2 and Eurofiber Holding are clients.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s full-service practice is led by competition specialist Winfred Knibbeler, who acted for Liberty Global and Ziggo in proceedings regarding mobile and fixed call-termination rates. The team has strong cross-border capabilities, advising CK Hutchison on its Italian joint venture with VimpelCom.

The practice at Clifford Chance, which frequently acts on cross-border matters, is headed by technology and IP specialist Alvin Khodabaks. Corporate and M&A partners Gregory Crookes and Hans Beerlage are also recommended.

IT and telecoms expert Joris Willems heads DLA Piper’s practice, with support from regulatory, competition and procurement specialist LΓ©on Korsten. Willems advised Veon on the establishment of a global shared services centre. Vodafone Libertel is another client.

Houthoff’s department is led by IT and technology expert Thomas de Weerd. Corporate expert Michiel Wesseling acted for Yealink Network Technology on the Dutch law aspects of its IPO on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange. High Point is a patent litigation client.

Competition boutique Maverick Advocaten N.V. has excellent regulatory capabilities. T-Mobile instructed Bas Braeken on numerous matters, including its appeal against the competition authority’s decision to regulate its call termination rates using a certain cost-allocation method. Martijn van de Hel is also recommended.

Telecoms β€˜veteran’ Piet Sippens Groenewegen leads NautaDutilh’s full-service practice. He, Leo Groothuis and Lieke van der Velden acted for Vodafone Libertel on its joint venture with Liberty Global; Groenewegen also represented Vodafone in regulatory litigation.

Key clients of Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV’s practice, which is noted for its regulatory strength and contentious capabilities, include the Dutch Telecommunications Authority and Agentschap Telecom. Elisabeth Pietermaat heads the department; she, Jannetje Bootsma and Arnoud Boorsma are administrative law experts.

bureau Brandeis’ β€˜flexible, approachable, highly experienced’ department has β€˜great industry knowledge’. The β€˜sociable, honest, enthusiastic’ Machteld Robichon is β€˜a good listener’ who has β€˜great regulatory experience’; she leads the team with Christiaan Alberdingk Thijm. Robichon assisted Talpa Radio with commercial and regulatory matters.

Competition specialist Jolling de Pree and commercial litigator Daan Beenders head the team at De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek; de Pree splits his time between Amsterdam and Brussels. Clients include Ericsson, Nokia and Vodafone.

β€˜Well-positioned at the cutting edge of legal issues’, Loyens & Loeff delivers β€˜on-point, comprehensive advice regardless of the matter’s breadth or complexity’. Litigators Serge Zwanen and Kim Lucassen head the department; senior associate Joanne Zaaijer is β€˜very widely knowledgeable’. Interxion Holding is a client.

At Stibbe, Jan Reinier van Angeren and senior associate Christien Saris are the key regulatory experts, while Egbert Vroom is the name to note for corporate and commercial work.

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