Firms in the Spotlight Industry focus: Information technology
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Industry focus: Information technology in Netherlands
Allen & Overy LLP
The team at Allen & Overy LLP is highly recommended for areas such as outsourcing and IT contracting and is 'extremely knowledgeable when it comes to data protection – it is passionate about the topic'. Team head Herald Jongen 'is an exceptionally effective negotiator and has an excellent command of the practical issues involved with IT outsourcing', while both Madeleine Vos and Wanne Pemmelaar 'are dedicated experts who can provide practical advice with good business sense'. In typical work, it advised Schuberg Philis on negotiating an IT outsourcing and cloud services agreements with GSN, a joint subsidiary of ABN AMRO, Rabobank, and ING.
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.
The team at Brinkhof is led by the 'particularly impressive' Wieke van Angeren, who is 'an excellent negotiator, effortlessly switching between negotiation styles as is required for the situation'. Together with Eliane de Vilder and Quinten Kroes, the group offers comprehensive IT, outsourcing, and data protection expertise to WhatsApp, Google, and various corporations in the transport and logistics sectors. In the words of one client, the team 'completely lived up to our high expectations and were exactly what is needed for a high-stakes and high-pressure project'.
Thomas de Weerd heads a practice at Houthoff which is highlighted for 'its personal approach' and for collaborating with various specialists within the firm. Junior team member are also well regarded, particularly associate Jurre Reus 'who always provides suitable advice'. The team is advising Marktplaats (eBay Classifieds Group) on a range of matters including data protection, commercial contracting, and consumer protection issues.
Kennedy Van der Laan is highlighted for its 'fast and in-depth advice, ability to understand business problems, and for offering the right solutions'. In addition to outsourcing and other IT projects, the team also handles IT disputes, e-commerce mandates, cybercrime, and public procurement matters. Patrick Wit is in demand for his 'negotiation expertise', while other well-regarded partners include Joost Linnemann, Hester de Vries, and Christoph Jeloschek; senior associate Joost Schmaal is also a name to note. The team counts TNT, McDonald’s and Stichting BKR among its broad client base.
Judica Krikke, who leads the practice at Stibbe, has extensive expertise across ICT sourcing and procurement projects, software licences, related disputes, and is an arbitrator for the Dutch ICT Arbitration Institute. The department continues to advise the state, most recently on an assessment of Microsoft cloud services and the negotiation of contractual terms. Rogier Raas has a focus on the financial sector and is part of the team that advises Crédit Agricole Consumer Finance on various procurement and other matters.
'A well skilled and dedicated team of lawyers who deliver what they promise' is one verdict on Van Doorne; others report 'it has great industry knowledge' and due to the size of the practice 'can handle tough deadlines'. Bart van Reeken 'is an example of a negotiator who achieves business goals using his knowledge and charm in a very balanced way', while Elisabeth Thole is also highlighted for 'combining incredible knowledge of the law and an economical approach'. Counsel Louis Jonker co-heads the firm’s FinTech and the digital health practices. Kees Stuurman left the firm.
De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek is credited with being 'willing to go above and beyond to look for solutions and deal with possible hurdles' relating to data privacy and security issues. Richard van Staden ten Brink's focus is on cybercrime, information security, data privacy, and international data transfers. The team acted for Verbond van Verzekeraars – the Dutch Association of Insurers – on the completion of the Data Governance Code of Conduct which translates the general provisions of the GDPR into sector-specific guidance.
At DLA Piper, Joris Willems, data protection specialist Richard van Schaik, and M&A expert Daphne Bens are the key partners who advised a raft of clients including the Rijks Museum on data privacy compliance. The team is also advising ING Bank on a variety of IT and IT outsourcing matters such as a SaaS outsourcing to Aeos.
Meine Dijkstra and senior associate Jeroen Naves are the key contacts at Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV together with data protection expert Gerrit-Jan Zwenne. The team has a track record on complex governmental IT projects; it advised the Dutch Ministry of Justice in relation to the delivery of several e-gates for Schiphol Airport. The practice also advised APG and PGGM, two of the largest pension administrators in the Netherlands, on issues including data protection in relation to a project to put their pension administration in a blockchain application.
Project Moore Advocaten
Project Moore Advocaten has a highly rated team of 'enthusiastic specialists in IT law' credited with having 'a state of the art knowledge of IT and data protection laws and an ability to really connect with its clients'. In addition to outsourcing matters, the 'highly skilled' Christian Van Seeters and Irene Feenstra handle procurement work; Jeroen Koëter and Eva Visser are also data protection experts. The 'excellent' Lieneke Viergever is recommended for 'her availability and practical way of thinking on GDPR issues' and is also credited with delivering 'a blue chip level of work'. The department's clients range from government agencies to corporates, including Canon Europe and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines.
Vondst Advocaten N.V 'combines expertise, approachability, and practical advice' and is especially recommended for its outsourcing expertise and disputes work. Polo van der Putt, who 'is not only an expert but also very approachable, very practical, and solution-oriented', advised Evry, one of the biggest Scandinavian IT companies, in the outsourcing by Geldservice Nederland (GSN) of all its ATM processing activities. Tjeerd Overdijk and Herwin Roerdink are also recommended.
Wouter Seinen heads Baker McKenzie's Amsterdam-based IT industry group which draws on the firm's tax, litigation, and banking and finance experts to provide an all-round service to clients. The group handles technology contracting, outsourcing, and cloud sourcing in a range of sectors including health and finance. It is also noted for its data protection/cyber security services.
The Dentons team advises on negotiating IT implementations and software licenses and is especially well positioned to offer global clients assistance on cross-border data protection/cyber security cases. Coordinating work across eight EU countries, the team assisted TrendMicro, a Japanese multinational cybersecurity company on a European project that would enhance its data loss prevention tool. Marc Elshof heads the group that has been boosted with the addition of John Jansen who joined from De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek in mid-2018.
At Höcker Advocaten, Willem Roos and Jacqueline Seignette head 'a very dedicated and highly skilled team of lawyers who are very pleasant to work with and, in comparison with other firms, are more capable of giving their clients a feeling of certainty for very reasonable fees'. The team provides a blend of expertise in the IT, data protection, and IP spheres and recently advised Jamzone, a health and technology startup, on corporate, IP, and licence agreements as well as GDPR compliance. Marijn Kingma, who was made up to partner in January 2019 is 'amazing – her knowledge, flexibility, and positive mood makes working with her a fun, but still very effective, experience'. She assisted Wazzup in relation to its new CRM product which included issues of data privacy and drafting contracts.
Klaas Bisschop and Marc Wallheimer head up a substantial team at Hogan Lovells International LLP that draws on IP, employment, and corporate expertise in relation to IT mandates and counts Merck, Sensata Technologies, and Uniface among its clients. Counsel Joke Bodewits leads on data privacy and cybersecurity matters and is assisting a number of well-known, international clients on the implementation of GDPR compliance projects. Other current work includes advising on data disclosure orders and data breach response procedures.
Louwers IP Technology Advocaten is recommended for its 'deep understanding of technology matters and its business attitude'. Huub de Jong is acknowledged 'as an experienced international lawyer with an exceptional service level and attitude who has the background of a very large law firm and the service orientation and personal service of a boutique'. Team co-head Tom de Wit also attracts praise 'for his in-depth knowledge and calm crisis-proof attitude', while Ernst-Jan Louwers 'is a bright lawyer who can think out of the box'. The team assists a diverse range of clients on various issues arising from e-commerce and data privacy matters; it has been assisting clients including Greetz, Cyclomedia, and Deloitte with these issues.
Led by Kim Lucassen and Serge Zwanen, the Loyens & Loeff group advises on a comprehensive range of issues including data protection and outsourcing with a focus on resolving disputes and risk management. Sector teams also cover areas such as automotive, food and beverages, healthcare, and energy. It advised Tergooi hospital on acquiring a new patient information system and on transactions with Philips, Siemens, and Toshiba for acquiring high-tech medical systems.
As part of the NautaDutilh Benelux data protection and cyber security group, Albert van der Kolk and Anne Marie Verschuur head the Dutch team that assists clients with a range of IT matters, often arising from M&A and joint ventures. It has acted for clients including Uber Technologies and Vivendi, and current work includes acting in an international arbitration arising from a joint venture for the development of software.
Jeroen Lub, the head of digital business at Osborne Clarke, has expertise across data protection, outsourcing, and broader IT-related commercial agreements. He is supported by a number of senior associates including Coen Barneveld Binkhuysen whose focus is on outsourcing, software development and licensing agreements, and data security. Lub advises an impressive range of international clients including Facebook on a range of issues such as the rollout of its marketplace across Europe and on broader advertising and privacy issues.
At bureau Brandeis, Machteld Robichon attracts public and commercial broadcasters and production companies as clients, and assists with enforcement procedures commenced by regulators including the Gaming Authority and the Data Protection Authority. Christiaan Alberdingk Thijm has accumulated significant experience acting before the Court of Appeals, the Supreme Court, and the ECJ; it has acted on significant digital copyright cases for Netflix and Sanoma. The team also advises on privacy/GDPR compliance and counts eBay, Persgroep, and 538/Talpa Radio among its clients.
CMS handles transactions and disputes in the IT space and can tap into a global network when it comes to cross-border matters. Following the retirement of Hendrik Struik in 2018, Simon Sanders now heads the IT and telecoms practice. His recent work includes representing Bits of Freedom, the digital rights organisation, which has raised objections to the regulator’s interpretation of zero rating. Other clients include Centric, COIN, and Accor Hotels.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Rutger Kleemans heads the IT and IP practice at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer which offers data and know-how protection expertise to local and international companies and benefits from being part of a global data protection group. In representative work, the team is advising Siemens on privacy, commercial, and regulatory issues in relation to the set-up of its new Internet of Things platform. It is also assisting Audi and Volkswagen on the global implementation of a connected car programme including on the regulatory and data protection legislation issues. Associate Mark Egeler is also noted for advising on data protection investigations and compliance matters.