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Industry focus: Information technology in Netherlands
Allen & Overy LLP
Allen & Overy LLP fields a team, which combines specific expertise with broad technology sector experience. Team members advise technology companies, private equity houses and investors on all aspects of corporate and M&A, commercial, financing, competition, employment and capital markets matters. The group is also handling work on the development and financing of major data centres. Frits Gerritzen, Kees Schillemans and Gijs Linse are the key senior advisors. Herald Jongen has departed to Greenberg Traurig LLP.
‘Niels de Ru, Charlie Jenkins and Sophie Chamberlin are always responsive and available. Scheduling a call during the weekend, no problem at all, even on short notice, and the entire team dials in. Managed to refinance with their patience and help.’
- Advised TomTom on the €910m sale of its telematics business to Bridgestone Europe.
- Advising long-standing client Wolters Kluwer, a global leader in professional information and software solutions, on technology and media M&A transactions including two major acquisitions and a sale.
- Advised Strikwerda Investments on the acquisition of a majority stake in NEH, ICT outsourcer. NEH will be merged with Strikwerda Investments subsidiary VANCIS to form Total Specific Hosting.
Roelien van Neck, who jointly leads the team at Bird & Bird with Jeroen van der Lee, is hailed for being 'in a class of her own'. Olaf Trojan is also a name to note for his IT advisory and disputes work with a media industry slant. Wilfred Steenbruggen was recently promoted to senior counsel and the team's associates, including Margot van der Veen, are also highly regarded. The team handles the full spectrum of projects spanning IT outsourcing work and issues relating to new technologies including the internet of things, XAAS (everything-as-a-service), AI and robotics.
‘Hands on advice, and broad experience.’
‘Pragmatic, and customer friendly.’
‘The information technology department at Bird & Bird is a pleasure to work with. We have developed a fairly complex self-regulatory system which is accompanied by a complex governance structure. The dedication with which Bird & Bird has assisted us has been of great value to me. The quality of the advice, the speed of work and the way in which the employees of Bird & Bird have mastered our business is great. The extra time and effort spent by partner Roelien van Neck is highly appreciated by me. Her personal dedication is unprecedented to me.’
‘Margot van der Veen is an associate who works in the team of partner Roelien van Neck. Margot works very efficiently, is highly qualified and was well informed in a short time about the details of our organization and the sensitivities of the market in which we operate. Margot was easily accessible and responded quickly when I needed her. Moreover, a very pleasant person to work with.’
‘Roelien van Neck is in a class of her own. Roelien has shown an incredible amount of dedication, provided sharp advice and has drawn up solid contracts for us. She has invested a lot of her own time in refining until the agreements were just right. Her advice was essential to achieve the best result possible. Roelien is also a pleasant person. It’s nice to work with her. Despite her busy schedule, she is always easily accessible and responds quickly. A top lawyer. I could not have wished for a better one.’
- Acted for ACE Software on the negotiation of its cloud solution licences and other commercial agreements worldwide including recent deals with financial institutions in the Netherlands, Belgium, Canada, Germany, India, Italy, Malaysia and the UK.
- Assisting ForeScout Technologies, a leading IoT security company listed on Nasdaq, with the acquisition of SecurityMatters.
- Performed an EU-wide study for the European Commission into the implementation of the Net Neutrality provisions of the EU Telecom Single Market (TSM) Regulation.
Brinkhof has a well-established reputation in the IT, telecoms, media and data protection arenas. Practice co-heads Eliane de Vilder and Wieke van Angeren have expertise in software and IT matters, and advise on complex, multi-jurisdictional outsourcing projects, distribution agreements and the related disputes. The team assists an impressive roster of Dutch and international clients with the full gamut of IT mandates including issues relating to cutting-edge technologies and regulatory regimes. Senior associate Teun Burgers is also noted for his IT transactional and disputes skills.
‘Hands-on, deep knowledge, understands the business, and is cost efficient.’
‘Very knowledgeable IT law firm who actually understand IT. Highly approachable and good quality control. We switched to Brinkhof from another firm as we were not happy with the performance of that (previous) firm. We are therefore happy to recommend them.’
‘Remy Chavannes, Anke Strijbos and Teun Burgers are highly motivated professionals who understand the core of IT. Complex cases are quickly understood which makes the interaction between customer and law firm a very pleasant one.’
Business Lease Group
Credit Linked Beheer
De Lage Landen
First Dutch Innovations (previously: TNO Companies)
Perfetti van Melle
Santander Consumer Finance Benelux
- Advising Cybersprint, a Dutch cybersecurity company and the European leader in digital risk protection, on cutting-edge issues including contracts and complex compliance issues.
- Advising De Lage Landen on several outsourcings and other IT, sourcing and privacy related matters.
Houthoff provides its high-profile roster of clients with the full range of TMT services including IT outsourcing advice, litigation representation and transactional support, especially in the financial sector. The group is also sought out for its expertise in data protection and storage matters and its understanding of new technologies including drones, connecting cars and virtual reality devices. Thomas de Weerd is the well-known team head, and Jurre Reus and Robbert Santifort are up-and-coming names in the field.
‘This practice is unique in their friendly and practical approach. They give good, quick and workable advice. The firm is also very easily accessible.’
‘Thomas de Weerd and Robbert Santifort stand out because of their friendly and practical approach to problems or advice I ask of them. They always treat every matter with great professionalism. They are very easily accessible which makes it easy to approach them with a variety of questions to which they always provide practical input.’
Marktplaats (largest Dutch classifieds website)
Volvo, Kia, Renault, FIAT, Subaru, Mazda, Ford, Pon’s Automobielhandel (Volkswagen Netherlands), Jaguar Land Rover
Telegraaf Media Group
RDW (Dienst Wegverkeer; the Dutch Driver and Vehicle Licensing
Stichting BREIN (the joint anti-piracy foundation of rights owners)
- Representing Stichting BREIN in Supreme Court litigation against Usenet provider News-Service Europe.
- Advising the receivers of DSB Bank on the renewal and renegotiation of the BPO outsourcing of the servicing of its €5bn Dutch mortgage portfolio and related IT systems to financial service provider Quion.
- Acted for PayPal on its acquisition of iZettle, a Swedish payment platform and supplier of mobile credit card readers for $2.2bn.
Kennedy Van der Laan provides sound advice combined with an understanding of current technologies. The team, which is led by Patrick Wit, handles the full gamut of transactional, regulatory and contentious work, which extends to e-commerce, blockchain, smart contracts and cybersecurity mandates. Wit's client roster encompasses financial and retail sector clients undertaking digital transformations and fintech start-ups. Reinoud Westerdijk and associate partner Joost Schmaal, who has 'tremendous insight into the IT landscape', are other key team members.
‘Kennedy Van der Laan is making an (in my view) exceptional effort to know our business and act as if the assisting lawyers are part of our internal legal function. They have direct contact with our internal and external stakeholders and know very well when to involve members of the legal team. They have a neat feeling for internal politics and with KDVL involved I know that our best interest is always taken into account.’
‘Joost Schmaal and his team have been providing high-quality support in relation to our IT contracting needs. Joost has tremendous insight in the IT landscape and understands our business very well. Due to a mixture of legal knowledge and technical understanding he is able to narrow down on key requirements. This, combined with his excellent negotiation skills, makes him a vital link in the successful closure of many IT projects. Joost is also very approachable and committed.’
‘I would also like to mention associate Esther van Genuchten who is very bright and capable.‘
Koninklijke Ahold Delhaize
ABN Amro Bank
Northgate Public Services
- Advised Amsterdam Universitair Medisch Centrum on the drafting and negotiation of contracts for a highly technical and complex sourcing project.
- Represented Northgate Public Services in a dispute with Uniface, a Dutch supplier of software, which is used as part of the software solution offered by NPS to its healthcare customers in the UK.
- Advising Lumileds Holding and Lumileds LLC on the transition of its IT vendors from its former parent company, Philips, to Lumileds and handling the related IT agreements.
Stibbe is praised for its depth of understanding of the IT market and its 'pragmatic and hands-on' approach. Judica Krikke heads up the TMT practice and co-heads the newly created digital economy group with Jaap van Slooten and the fintech group with Rogier Raas. Senior associate Roderik Vrolijk is also highlighted for his experience in the finance regulatory sphere. Key areas of expertise for the practice include ICT sourcing and procurement transactions, disputes and restructurings; the group also advises on new technologies and the regulations around data storage and use.
‘The pragmatic and hands-on approach of the team is much appreciated. Knowledgeable and at the same time driven to think in line with the client’s interest.’
‘Judica Krikke is very knowledgeable and hands-on.’
‘The financial regulatory team of Stibbe has provided us with best in class support in an intensive regulatory process. Although our main contact point has been Roderik Vrolijk throughout the process, we felt that the whole team supported our company. At moments where more viewpoints were needed the whole team, from starting lawyer to experienced partner, provided feedback on our issues. The team seems to truly work together and prioritises their work accordingly.’
‘The Stibbe team puts the needed work in when necessary. We have worked with multiple lawyers and consultants and Stibbe has by far exceeded all others. The interdisciplinary office has been able to answer all questions regarding our company and the overall market. Furthermore, as a client we felt assisted by the whole office. This provides an innovative company like us, with all needed advice and a backbone of experienced professionals to call up on when needed.’
‘Stibbe provides us with all guidance necessary to fit into the global financial ecosystem. Our main point of contact has been Roderik Vrolijk. Roderik acts as our counsel in communications with the regulatory authority and assists in the actual licence application. He has a strong background in the regulatory approach of the Dutch Central Bank. Furthermore, Roderik has extensive expertise with getting a company like ours up to speed to become a regulated institution. A definite strength of Roderik is the ability to interpret the (sometimes) ambiguous guidance of the regulatory authority and translate this into practical directions for the management. Roderik truly goes the extra mile for his clients. We had a perfect win for the management.’
University Medical Center Groningen
Delivery Hero N.V.
The Dutch State
Northwest Clinics (Noordwest Ziekenhuisgroep)
Trumpf GmbH & Co. K.G.
Royal Flora Holland
Erasmus Medical Center Rotterdam
- Represented four academic medical centres (Erasmus Medical Center Rotterdam, University Medical Center Groningen, VU Medical Center and Academic Medical Center Amsterdam) in a major software licence dispute with software supplier Micro Focus Corp. (formerly Attachmate Corporation).
- Advising the Dutch State on its strategic software supplier management issues relating to its relationship and contracts with Oracle, SAP and Microsoft.
- Advised Noordwest Ziekenhuisgroep on a tender for key IT services. The group also acted for the client in a transition dispute with the previous supplier.
The Van Doorne practice is praised by clients for its customer care and the breadth of its expertise. Team head Bart van Reeken is singled out for his 'personal touch' whilst dealing with high-stakes cases. His clients range from large corporates to start-ups, which he assists with outsourcings, joint ventures and a range of IT contracts. Louis Jonker stands out for his 'smart, highly driven' approach to transactions and contentious work; he has a focus on the digital health and fintech sectors. Arno Voerman is noted for his expertise in fintech regulation and Elisabeth Thole is well known on the data protection front.
‘Van Doorne is well equipped, extremely responsive and professional. They have a number of very experienced lawyers in different fields of law. People you will work with in Van Doorne are all good lawyers as are many in similar law firms but at Van Doorne they are extremely businesses orientated, capable of perfectly understanding objectives client wants to achieve and thinking out of the box all the time.’
‘Mr. Louis Jonker stands out with his legal knowledge, understanding of the IT and gambling industry and dedication to the client’s needs.’
‘Without a doubt their general knowledge was very strong related to my issues. I had to take on a large publicly listed multinational. This conflict would and could have had a major financial impact on my company. Being a smaller sized company, this wasn’t easy. Mr. Reeken helped me in an incredible way and we literally blew our opponent away in court and we won everything we asked for.’
‘For me, they were worth every Euro they charged me and I will highly recommend them to anybody. I assume in the same way as they were recommended to me.’
‘Next to being an excellent professional, I was impressed with the personal touch from Mr Reeken. He supported me legally, and he didn’t forget about what this case meant personally for me. He spent a lot of time as well giving me confidence and trust that we had a great chance to win. He advised and supported me so not to let this case have a too big impact on my personal life. Even when he was on holiday rather than simply delegating this to his colleagues, we had almost daily communication going on. I wasn’t expecting this at all.’
‘Also Kiek Brink I shouldn’t forget to mention. She supports me as well in an excellent and very personal way.’
‘I feel I owe both Bart and Kiek a lot and I feel lucky that I met them and that they were representing me in this case.’
‘I have also found the Van Doorne team to be very responsive (managing tight timescales very well) and, perhaps most importantly, very pragmatic and commercial with their advice.’
‘Louis Jonker is very good at explaining the implications of Dutch law to a non-Dutch lawyer in a commercially pragmatic manner.’
‘Van Doorne has broad knowledge of legal/regulatory aspects of a business in technology, commercial and regulatory. This is specifically beneficial if you are a regulated business. The model applied is also suitable for small and medium-sized businesses where van Doorne is a partner that can grow with a company as you implement your own legal departments.’
‘Arno Voerman is the most knowledgeable lawyer on regulatory and legal aspects related to payments in the Netherlands I have met. He is the authority in this area. In the incidental cases where he did not know the answer his network and drive ensured he comes up with an answer very quickly.’
‘Louis Jonker has a strong background in technology related contracts and the ability to properly manage related liability questions towards clients and partners.’
‘The firm has a good knowledge of healthcare business. High standards in execution and delivering on promised dates. Specific knowledge of contracting software vendors.’
‘Good knowledge and maps IT issues to legal contracts.’
‘Very knowledgeable regarding licensing of technology and unique aspects of Dutch law on licences. Practical approach that helped craft solutions instead of acting as a blocker.’
‘Their partners understand our industry and the nature of legal contracts we have with our suppliers.’
‘We have primarily worked with two contacts at VD in our recent activities: Bart van Reeken and Kiek Brink. Both individuals worked effectively to provide solutions for a complex set of legal issues which resulted in shortening the expected duration of the contract negotiations.’
‘Hands-on, pragmatic and highly qualified practice which keep on finding the best results from a legal perspective with continuously keeping in mind the business interests.’
‘Louis Jonker stands out as an eager, smart, highly driven and fast delivering lawyer who always delivers up to and beyond our high expectations. In his domains, he is one of a kind.’
CBS (Statistics Netherlands)
European Merchant Services (EMS)
Hrvatska Lutrija (Croatian Lottery)
Jacobs Douwe Egberts
‘s Heeren Loo
TransIP Group B.V.
- Assisting a large European industrial company with the negotiation of a seven-year telecoms contract worth over €50m.
- Assisting a global trading company with negotiating improved agreements with SAP.
- Assisted Hrvatska Lutrija (the Croatian State Lottery) with negotiating a ten-year contract with Intralot.
The 'highly effective' team at DLA Piper handles the full gamut of IT mandates and its expertise extends to fintech and data security issues. Much of its work is multi-jurisdictional, often involving the outsourcing or migration of IT systems. Joris Willems is a 'hard core IT specialist with an impressive clientele', which includes Atos, beIN Sports and the Dutch Central Bank. Richard van Schaik is a name to note for his experience across IT, especially data protection and media-related work. Legal director Khaled Dadi is also 'highly recommended' for advisory and contentious matters.
‘The IT/IP practice of DLA Amsterdam is a highly effective and diverse team with experienced lawyers. They deliver top tier quality.’
‘Joris Willems: very experienced, sharp and pleasant negotiator. With Joris on your side, you will get the best outcome and results. Joris is a long term hard core IT specialist with an impressive clientele.’
‘Broad diverse expertise, where can assess risks and give practical advice. Always appreciate business perspective.’
‘Joris Willems and Khaled Dadi are in particular our go to people – always willing to prioritize, and give efficient practical advice. Highly recommend both of them.’
De Nederlandsche Bank
Interactive Advertising Bureau Nederland
- Advised ING Bank on a wide variety of IT and outsourcing transactions including the SaaS outsourcing of access management for all ING facilities to Aeos.
- Acted for the Dutch National Bank on a strategic IT outsourcing transaction.
- Assisting beIN Sports with the global rollout of a next generation OTT platform.
The Loyens & Loeff IT team, which has 'exceptional analytical skills', is part of an extensive TMT offering, which works with the corporate, IP and litigation practices to provide clients with a comprehensive service including risk management experience. The group's expertise covers all aspects of IT contracting across software implementation projects, AI work and blockchain issues; the firm is also a partner with DutchChain (formerly known as Blockchaingers). 'Positive thinker' Yannick Geryszewski plays a central role in the team's risk management and litigation work; Serge Zwanen and senior associate Mariska Kool are also key contacts.
‘Exceptional analytical and communication skills, demonstrate exceptional professional standards and strategic insight. Has the ability to oversee and develop/have understanding of the core business and operational interests within a very short period of time in a complex technical field, even on the details.’
‘Ability to create/design a neutral (that respects the interests and needs of both parties involved in the conflict) process that results in moving forward in a complicated conflict situation. The team stays away from playing games.’
‘Mariska Kool has exceptional analytical skills and is a creative thinker and is a very strong mediator.’
‘Mr. Yannick Geryszewsk is also a positive thinker with exceptional personal and communication skills.’
‘Being truly open and prudently bringing that to practical action with new technologies – always with an eye on the future, it’s a pleasure and an honour to work with such smart people. They have a pioneering mindset.’
Dutch knowledge and quality institute for the treatment of cancer patients
3i Infrastructure plc
- Advised SAI Global, a portfolio company of Baring PE Asia and a recognised global provider of integrated risk management, on its acquisition of Nasdaq-subsidiary BWise.
- Advised the Dutch knowledge and quality institute for the treatment of cancer patients on establishing a data warehouse for the management of research data.
- Advised Rohr-Idreco (part of the Markel Corporation group) on issues arising from the infringement of its trade secrets and intellectual property.
Jeroen Lub heads up the team at Osborne Clarke, which has complete IT sector experience ranging from multi-jurisdictional outsourcings and licensings to online marketing, data privacy and fintech work. Head of the financial regulatory practice Johannes de Jong advised Blockport, a cryptocurrency exchange and broker, on its initial coin offering (ICO) and the structuring of its cryptocurrency e-wallet feature. Cristine Brinkman advises technology companies and private equity houses investing in the sector. The team has also expanded at the junior end with associate-level hires.
Uber Technologies Inc
- Advising Facebook on a range of work related to the rollout of its marketplace across Europe including advising WhatsApp on advertising and compliance matters and providing advice on global advertising policy and privacy issues.
- Advising Infosys on its acquisition of a 75% stake in Stater NV from ABN AMRO.
- Advising VolkerWessels Telecom and its Hyrde IoT subsidiary on a range of matters including drafting a suite of documents covering all external relationships for the procurement and sale of hardware and software.
The Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV team is 'insightful' and has 'great analytical skill'. The group is home to practitioners with a high degree of technical experience, and assists with IT procurements and new technology issues including blockchain, cryptocurrency, AI and IoT. The multidisciplinary team acts for a range of corporate, government, university and healthcare clients and is a participant in the Dutch Blockchain Coalition and the EU Sherpa Project on AI. Meine Dijkstra leads the team; he is highly experienced in the advisory and contentious aspects of IT law and data analytics matters. Gerrit-Jan Zwenne adds notable data protection and privacy expertise to the group, and Jeroen Naves is 'skilled in privacy and IT-related matters'.
‘The conversations about IT didn’t take long because their base knowledge about ICT is high. This in combination with the experience from other practices made it possible that we could act quickly. Furthermore, the firm, has a wide range of other lawyers which we had easy access to.’
‘Our lawyer who, in the lead, had good knowledge about IT within organizations but also how they work. This made it possible that we quickly discussed the issues/problems we had. He understood the context. Furthermore the team were flexible and could manage the deadlines very well.’
‘They have in-depth knowledge of the ICT market and its products, as well as knowledge of licence agreements. So not only the legal perspective, but also considering the (ICT) market and the business interests.’
‘The personal approach, easily accessible, knowledge of the market and client. To the point and honest about the legal issues at hand. Good time management and always honouring commitments.’
‘Strong in privacy and data protection and very pragmatic advice. Gerrit-Jan Zwenne has very strong knowledge of privacy law and related regulations and has a great reputation in the field of privacy. Jeroen Naves provides pragmatic advice and is very knowledgeable and skilled on the topics of privacy and IT-related matters.’
‘The information technology team has a great ability to understand the needs of their clients and work with the client to figure out the best solutions to certain problems.’
‘They are insightful and have great analytical skills.’
‘They go beyond saying no, but think with you to create a yes, that is very useful.’
‘The people skills are exceptionally good in all employees and partners.’
Dutch National Railways
Total Power & Gas
SPIE The Netherlands
Dutch Tax Authority
City of Eindhoven
Cities of The Hague, Amsterdam, and Rotterdam
All 12 Dutch provincial authorities
State of the Netherlands (all ministries)
Haagse Inkoop Samenwerking (Procurement division of the Dutch Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations)
Kadaster (The Netherlands Land Registry and Mapping Agency)
Logius (Digital government service of the Netherlands Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations)
Stichting Jeroen Bosch Ziekenhuis (Jeroen Bosch Hospital)
Delft University of Technology
- Represented the Jeroen Bosch Hospital in litigation against Portuguese software supplier Alert.
- Successfully represented KPN in various disputes with Entropia, a Belgian network services provider.
- Advised Maastricht University Medical Centre on Labchain, an innovative blockchain project.
Project Moore Advocaten
Project Moore Advocaten is praised for its 'understanding of the IT market in all its legal aspects' and fields 'very motivated and smart lawyers'. 'Stand out' Christian Van Seeters and Irene Feenstra are skilled in IT public procurement and data protection matters. Jeroen Koëter, Lieneke Viergever and Eva Visser also handle IT disputes, e-business work and cloud computing issues. Another core area for the group is IT sourcing and outsourcing work in the financial sector and for government agencies; other sector expertise includes the healthcare, pharmaceuticals and education industries.
‘Hands-on, proactive business approach linked with good knowledge and quality.’
‘Project Moore offers a combination of experts in privacy and IT law. They are accessible, real legal craftsmen and creative in inventing practical solutions for legal issues.’
‘Project Moore offers a high quality of service, they are very clear about costs, have a good availability, hands-on mentality and very important: understanding of the IT market in all its legal aspects. This makes them easy to work with since they don’t need a long introduction. They think along with practical and high quality solutions. Furthermore, I find them very open and customer friendly.’
‘They deliver prompt clear advice on a fixed price basis (which we consider as a plus compared to other firms).’
‘Project Moore has very motivated, smart lawyers, always willing to go the extra mile. They communicate well and adequately, with legal advice explicitly placed in the context of the domain.’
The team consists of professional but down to earth lawyers with a ‘can do’ mentality. They are always ready to support and take a fair and pragmatic approach.’
‘Irene Feenstra and Eva Visser have assisted us successfully in an IT litigation matter. They have a good eye for what is important for our organisation, respond quickly and are overall pleasant to work with.’
‘Lieneke Viergever is pragmatic, able to think along and understand risk appetite of the company.’
‘We worked with Christian Seeters and Irene Feenstra. We valued the prompt delivery, and effective communication.’
‘Eva Visser stands out with in-depth knowledge of the market and is always thinking along with us.’
‘Irene Feenstra is a hard-working professional who is always on standby if needed.’
‘Lieneke Viergever is easy to reach, fast working, extremely knowledgeable in her field, a good sparring partner, no nonsense personality, accurate, a practical thinker, and pleasant to work with on a personal level. She has also introduced us to a few others within the firm where appropriate for certain issues and we have to say that each time this has been a successful collaboration as well.’
‘The team of Project Moore is resourceful, pragmatic and has a lot of know-how. Project Moore is always clear on costs upfront. And it is definitely value for money!’
‘For me Christian van Seeters stands out. He is to the point, clearly aware of the political dynamics of complex governmental IT projects, cost efficient, approachable, both in time as in person. So in short, a very skilled lawyer and a very nice person as well.’
‘Christian van Seeters is a very enthusiastic, shrewd lawyer, who acts very sensibly in a politically sensitive context. He has an eye for detail, but does not miss the bigger picture. He has a lot of knowledge and communicates very accessibly.’
‘Eva Visser is client oriented and willing to help to look for solutions. Flexible in her approach and friendly.’
Dutch State: Ministry of Security and Justice, National Agency of Correction Institutions, Dutch screening authority [Justis]
Employee Insurance Agency
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
MCFE (MitsubishiCaterpillar ForkliftEurope)
SURF (SURFmarket B.V., SURFnet B.V.)
PVH Europe (Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger)
Radboud University Medical Centre
PF Concept International
- Provided a range of strategic advice to the Province of Noord-Holland on establishing a procurement centre for the bundled purchasing of ‘control systems as a service’ to monitor and manage tunnels, bridges, crowds, etc.
- Negotiated for the Dutch government with the three Dutch telecoms operators regarding the introduction of Advanced Mobile Location.
- Advised MCFE (Mitsubishi Caterpillar Forklift Europe) on the implementation of an ERP solution.
Vondst Advocaten N.V
The team at Vondst Advocaten N.V is praised for fielding 'highly knowledgable business enablers' and team head Polo van der Putt 'can certainly square up against the big guns' in the IT sphere. The practice has a track record in handling complex IT projects and outsourcings in addition to data protection work and the related litigation. It also advises on newer technologies including big data analytics, cloud computing, robotics and e-payments. Tjeerd Overdijk's work includes software licensing mandates; his clients include Dassault Systèmes and Siemens.
‘Vondst (Polo van der Putt) combines the specialism of his practice with true interest in the business of his clients. Great personal contact, true interest in our business and business needs.’
‘The team is hands-on and able to deliver large projects on time. It has the necessary experience in the IT sector to give insightful and practical advice in all aspects of the deals.
‘Polo van der Putt is well versed in IT contracts and gives excellent advice in all phases of an outsourcing deal. He is hands on while at the same time seeing the big picture.’
‘We were very pleased that they could always be reached when necessary and are also very pragmatic when the situation calls for it. We are very content with the support Vondst provided us.’
‘In my experience Polo can certainly square up against the big guns from KVdL, A&O and Van Doorn. ‘
‘Polo van der Putt is very thorough in his approach, very accessible, has a great sense of humour and keeps things as simple as possible.’
‘Industry knowledge, practical and pragmatic approach. Highly responsive. Ability to translate their legal advice to board level and to operational level. Highly knowledgable and business enablers.’
Postal Code Lottery
- Advised Evry on a €50m outsourcing transaction by GSN (a joint venture of the major Dutch Banks).
- Advising Centric on a range of IT and public procurement matters.
- Advised PGB on the outsourcing of its IT infrastructure and office automation to CGI.
CMS provides comprehensive expertise in IT-related transactions, software licensing issues and disputes to local and international clients. It is notably active in the public transport, energy, smart buildings and healthcare software sectors, and also assists with AI and blockchain matters. Katja van Kranenburg-Hanspians leads the team, Edmon Oude Elferink focuses on data protection and privacy work, and Simon Sanders handles IT and telecoms transactions. Rogier de Vrey and Dolf Segaar are also names to note for IP and media-centred mandates.
‘Rather than take an adversarial approach, Simon Sanders was very collaborative, whilst also protecting his client’s interests. As a result, we were able to progress the negotiation at pace, minimising expenditure of time and cost.‘
Topicus / Topicus Healthcare
- Advised Savills Limited on the contracting and subsequent implementation of a global IT project.
- Assisted Bit Defender with the acquisition of RedSocks Security.
- Advised Profile on a conflict with its IT supplier with respect to the development, implementation and deployment of a full CRM–ERP system for its 200+ outlets in the Benelux. Subsequently, also advised on contracting issues and negotiations with potential new suppliers.
De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek's strength lies in data protection and cybersecurity matters. The group also assists multinationals, start-ups and government departments with data-heavy projects, investigations and instances of cyber crime. Axel Arnbak, Nicolien van den Biggelaar and Geert Potjewijd are the senior advisers. Richard van Staden ten Brink departed to the private sector.
IT and data protection specialist Marc Elshof heads up the practice at Dentons. The team's expertise spans software licensing issues, outsourcings, hardware sales, cloud computing agreements, and claims arising from failed IT projects. This is combined with IP and data protection experience in the Dutch market and globally. On the IP front, Tjibbe Douma handles patents and trade secrets cases in the technology sector.
The Student Hotel
- Assisting The Student Hotel with a complete overhaul of its IT infrastructure including IT contracting issues and data protection work.
- Obtained two favourable court rulings in the Netherlands in a software case for Bauer Media Group, a Germany-based media company. Bauer was accused of copyright infringements by one if its software suppliers, Wedel Software.
The 'robust and pragmatic' Huub de Jong leads the 'skilful' Louwers IP Technology Advocaten team, which assists clients with the full range of traditional IT and data privacy work including the application of new technologies in the healthcare and e-commerce industries. Tom de Wit 'combines his superb skills and knowledge' to assist clients with complex IT contractual negotiations, public procurements, outsourcings and cloud sourcing projects. The well-respected Ernst-Jan Louwers also provides vast experience from his base in Eindhoven.
‘The team is strong in understanding their client’s business fast and in creating solid advice that is then customized to their client’s business characteristics and business model.’
‘Team members that I have worked with are to the point and clear in communicating their advice and also are willing to take a solid position instead of stating ‘grey’ options which makes it difficult for the client to decide on how to deal with a certain issue. Their ability to do this originates in their expertise of IT law and in-depth knowledge of what is important to the business of the client.’
‘Pleasant contact, fast response times, and good knowledge.’
‘Huub is a very efficient and smart lawyer. He helps me with all legal issues and in several crucial moments. He knows his trade very well while also being a business man. He therefore knows ‘the game’ like nobody else.’
‘I recommend Huub de Jong. A solid no nonsense IT lawyer who delivers.’
‘Louwers IP|Technology Advocaten is very knowledgeable regarding IT and contract law. They are well aware of the latest jurisprudence in this area. Its lawyers are highly skilful and above all very communicative. They offer good value for money.’
‘They have a unique combination of legal skills, pragmatism and knowledge of IT in comparison with other law firms.’
‘Tom de Wit is exceptionally good. He combines his superb skills and knowledge with his results oriented and pragmatic approach. He is comfortable in his conversations and a calm person. A truly multidisciplinary approach is being used. He has a strong work ethic.’
‘Louwers IP is a great niche firm to work with. Their approach is pragmatic and knowledgeable. Their team is one of the best in the Brainport region.’
‘Ernst Jan Lauwers is a great guy to work with. He’s down to earth, pragmatic and an expert in the field of IT. A true IT-leader in the Brainport region.’
‘Good knowledge of e-commerce matters and communication is strong.’
‘Huub de Jong is a robust and pragmatic lawyer.’
Nederlands CentrumJeugdgezondheid (NCJ)
- Advising on Ctrl’s web-based client services, including the appointment of a value added reseller and the licensing of services to several leading national and international accounting firms.
- Assisting Incentro with all its substantive commercial, data protection and ICT related issues.
- Assisted Vesteda with the selection of its ERP software system and subsequent questions during the period after the selection.
Anja Dekhuijzen leads the practice at specialist firm Whitebridge Advocatuur B.V. Her extensive experience covers IT outsourcing and other contractual matters, cloud computing issues, data privacy work and the related disputes.
KPMG Advisory Services B.V.
Vistra Corporate Service B.V.
SABIC Innovative Plastics BV
Radically Open Security B.V.
Pretty Good Knowledge B.V.
Delta Lloyd N.V.
- Advising SABIC IP on its cross-border data processing matters including its transition to GDPR and its implementation.
- Advised Vistra Corporate Services on the drafting and negotiation of a global IT service sourcing agreement.
- Advised HZPC Holland on all aspects of its outsourcing agreements and the drafting of other agreements.
At bureau Brandeis, Christiaan Alberdingk Thijm is a seasoned internet and technology lawyer, who has handled cases in the Supreme Court and the European Court of Justice concerning IT issues and digital copyright claims; he is currently acting for the Dutch Association of Publishers (NUV) in a high-profile case concerning e-book rights. Machteld Robichon is also experienced in media and telecoms, and data protection cases.
Dutch Publishers Association (NUV)
- Advising Netflix on all media, technology, copyright and privacy law issues. Currently handling a case before the General Court of Justice concerning the Audiovisual Media Services Directive.
- Acting for KPN/XS4ALL in a case concerning whether internet providers can be ordered to block websites that infringe copyright.
- Advised Lottovate/Raffld on gaining access to the Dutch charity lottery market, which had been closed for decades. Subsequently advising on various aspects of information law including consumer law, intellectual property law and data protection law.
Ernst-Jan van de Pas leads the Arnhem-based team at Dirkzwager legal & tax, which is recommended for its 'extensive knowledge of the IT field in combination with tailored specialist legal expertise'. The group's experience covers IT software and hardware contracts, service agreements and outsourcing work, and also encompasses cloud computing, SaaS and data protection issues. Koen Christianen and Marc Janssen are also noted practitioners.
‘Considering the team, Dirkzwager has a wide and deep range of knowledge in the IT and connected/overlapping domains. Therefore they are a good partner for our software company.’
‘We mostly work together with Ernst-Jan van de Pas. He has a deep and broad understanding of IT and legal. What makes him stand out is his pleasant personality and that he always wants the best solution for all parties, while still representing the interests of the client. This makes the solutions longer lasting.’
‘The team has handled many different things. A cooperation agreement with our most important supplier, standard terms and conditions, user agreement, processor agreement, advice on changes to our product in connection with the GDPR. All in Dutch and English.’
‘Especially Ernst-Jan van de Pas and Koen Christianen impressed us. They are precise, communicate well and bring seniority around legal advice. They are really professional.’
‘Extensive knowledge of the IT field in combination with tailored specialist legal expertise. Practical view, focused on the client’s interests. Clear interpretation of often complex, substantive and legal issues. Able to formulate and operationalize a concrete action perspective.’
‘Ernst-Jan van der Pas distinguishes himself with a strong analytical capacity to unravel issues, make them accessible and manageable. Focused on consultation and solutions from a substantive and legal framework. High professional standard and excellent communication skills.’
‘The team knows their case and always gives good advice. Ernst-Jan van de Pas and Marc Jansen are outstanding due to their knowledge of privacy laws and IT-law.’
Stichting Elisabeth-Twee Steden Ziekenhuis
- Representing Stichting Elisabeth-TweeSteden Ziekenhuis in major ongoing litigation against a Portuguese IT supplier.
- Lead counsel to a client on contract negotiations regarding the establishment of a regional centre for outsourcing hospital care.
- Advising a client on the procurement of IT services, GDPR helpdesk, and GDPR compliance services.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
The team at Höcker Advocaten provides a blend of IP, media, data protection and IT expertise across advisory and contentious matters. Clients include Dutch and international electronics and media corporates and government agencies. Practice co-heads Jacqueline Seignette and Willem Roos have extensive experience advising on the impact of new technologies on literary, music and other art forms. Newly promoted partner Marijn Kingma has a client roster, which ranges from software startups to well-known media and entertainment corporations.
‘Roos’ and Kingma’s team is close to clients, pragmatic, available, and at the same time have a high level of expertise. They provide excellent support and advice on a daily basis.’
‘Willem Roos is a very good lawyer – imaginative, creative, very intelligent.‘
‘Marijn Kingma is also an exceptional lawyer.‘
Trimbos Instituut, Netherlands Institute of Mental Health and Addiction
Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe, SIAE Benelux
- Advising RadioCorp on a range of matters including advising on the implementation of a new IT system and new websites and applications.
- Representing Stichting Brein, the anti-piracy watchdog of the Dutch entertainment industry, in a case against News-Service Europe, a Usenet provider offering unauthorised access to music, films, computer software and e-books. The case has been referred to the European Court of Justice by the Dutch Supreme Court.
- Advising Stichting de Thuiskopie (the government appointed organisation for the collection of private copying levies) on the legality of the Dutch Copyright Act and a government decree against the consumer electronics industry association FIAR CE and major industry players Dell, HP and Nokia.
Hogan Lovells International LLP's IT and outsourcing practice has notable expertise in data protection and cybersecurity issues at a national and international level combined with IP and litigation knowledge; Ruud van der Velden is well versed in IT-related disputes. Group head Joke Bodewits has an established track record in the data privacy realm, especially regarding high-risk data processing matters. Anita de Jong is also a notable name in this area.
‘A practical and hands-on team with very nice people and good international presence.’
At Taylor Wessing, Otto Sleeking leads a burgeoning team, which provides 'excellent, high-level legal advice, whenever and wherever you need it'. The team was further boosted by the hire of Martijn Loth, who joined from Kennedy Van der Laan in mid 2019. With offices in Amsterdam and Eindhoven, the group handles large IT outsourcings, procurement projects and data protection matters; it also has the capacity to deal with new technologies including blockchain, fintech and AI work.
‘Very knowledgeable, approachable and ability to place themselves in the shoes of the customer. Open, flexible, and knowledgeable.’
‘Taylor Wessing is an excellent law firm: no-nonsense, efficient, fast and pragmatic. They deliver excellent lawyers and excellent high-level legal advice, whenever and wherever you need them. All together, compared to other large and international law firms this makes Taylor Wessing a very refreshing and exceptional firm. It is always a pleasure to work with them.’
‘We have worked with Taylor Wessing, and Otto Sleeking in particular, in contract negotiations with a large international IT supplier regarding the development and implementation of software for our core business. This is a huge IT project with a massive impact to our business. Otto worked in a low-threshold and efficient way providing us excellent legal advice without losing the pragmatic focus. One of his strengths is to sense calmly the right dynamics of negotiation to achieve the required result within the deadline. He works in a very pleasant and professional way. Our business considers Otto to be a fantastic and reliable IT lawyer that fits our company style and business structure well. It is a pleasure to work with him.’
Unisys Nederland NV /Unisys Europe Limited
Tata Consultancy ServicesNetherlands BV
Technische Unie BV /Sonepar Group
Kawasaki Motors EuropeNV
NDELA Natura- enlevensverzekeringen NV
GK Software SE
Clever Franke BV / CleverFranke Inc.
MyMicro Group BV
Stichting de Zorgboog
Lidl Nederland GmbH
- Assisted Technische Unie (part of the international Sonepar group) with negotiations for a €6m contract for automised order fulfilment.
- Advised a global IT provider on negotiations with one of the Departments of the Dutch State relating to an IT development project.
- Assisted a global client with negotiations for a major contract with its customs, warehousing and logistics provider.