Bird & Bird‘s outstanding comprehensive offer is made possible through its dedicated, internationally-focused team that handles complicated IT projects in conjunction with IP, data protection, cyber security and regulatory expertise. The group also works with entities such as YES!Delft, the high tech incubator and entrepreneur centre of the Delft University of Technology, and is a member of The Hague Security Delta network that focuses on innovations in the area of security. The firm’s social responsibility credentials include its membership of the Forward Foundation, a network that promotes diversity, and its long-established Global Women’s Development Programme to support women on the path to partnership. The well-known Jeroen Van Der Lee and Roelien van Neck lead the practice which has been further enhanced with the hire of Andrea Chao (from Simmons & Simmons) who has a track record handling data centre projects.
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Jeroen van der Lee; Roelien van Neck
Other key lawyers:
Andrea Chao; Stephanie Welbergen; Jochem Apon
‘The team is very approachable, always available to brainstorm with us. A good combination of sound legal expertise and commercial pragmatism. Billing is very fair and transparent.’
‘Jeroen van der Lee is a very seasoned lawyer, with all round contract expertise including other areas than technology law.’
- Assisted Avery Dennison with several digitalisation projects, covering technologies such as blockchain, cloud and RFID.
- Acted for ACE Software and negotiating, as part of their deal team, all its cloud solution, license and other commercial agreements worldwide, including for payment processing and financial crime compliance solutions.
- Advised Activision Blizzard, publisher of inter alia videogames Crash Bandicoot and Call, on the restructuring of its distributions network.
The ‘quick, direct and commercial‘ practice at Brinkhof is considered to have the most experienced outsourcing team in the Netherlands. Its all-round expertise ranges from acting for global corporates on their IT projects through to assisting disruptive start-ups. It has a track record in the fintech sector and combines its expertise with IP, data security, media and competition law. On the client service front, it provides a number of services such as the cloud application G-Suit. Eliane de Vilder and Wieke van Angeren head the group and collectively bring huge experience of technology agreements including agency, distribution, licence and SaaS agreements in addition to multi-jurisdictional outsourcing projects. Recently promoted to counsel, Teun Burgers is well rated for his skills in relation to complex outsourcing projects.
Eliane de Vilder; Wieke van Angeren
Other key lawyers:
Teun Burgers; Lucas Sweering
‘The team is very strong in copyright and information technology.’
‘They are quick, direct and commercial. We have dealt with Remy Chavennes, Wieke van Angeren, Teun Bergers, Jan Pot and Lucas Sweering in particular.’
‘Brinkhof has one of the largest and most experienced dedicated IT-contracting practice in the Netherlands.’
‘Teun Burgers is our preferred lawyer for all our complex contracting work which he always brings to a successful closing. Teun is extremely knowledgeable, responsive, time-efficient and overall very pleasant to work with.’
‘Teun Burgers: excellent and flexible, availability, maintaining overview during long contract negotiations.’
Athlon Car Lease
De Goede Woning
De Lage Landen
Duchenne Parent Project
First Dutch Innovations (previously: TNO Companies)
Perfetti van Melle
Sketch (previously Bohemian)
- Assisted Google with its negotiations with the Dutch State for the purchase of Google’s cloud services.
- Advised ERIKS on a global WAN outsourcing project with AT&T.
- Advised Intertrust on a landmark deal with FIFA in relation to the FIFA clearing house, a software tool developed by our client to enable FIFA to clear transfer payments within the global football player transfer market.
Kennedy Van der Laan
The depth of Kennedy Van der Laan‘s sector expertise is confirmed by clients who report that ‘they speak our language‘. The large size of the practice, including a substantial team of associates with technical backgrounds. allows it to scale up to take on large projects and regularly post secondees to key clients. The team is also at the forefront of rolling out legal tech initiatives for its clients, for example the ‘customised alliance’ – knowledge sharing between attorneys and in-house counsels across various jurisdictions. The lead partners provide a comprehensive range of expertise: Patrick Wit heads IT and IT outsourcing; Reinoud Westerdijk as the key contact for IT licensing, cloud sourcing and procurement; Joost Schmaal the main name for IT outsourcing and emerging technologies, and Christoph Jeloschek as the specialist in IT litigation and arbitration. The group's expertise includes large-scale outsourcing, assistance with matters involving cutting edge areas such as AI and green IT, and related areas such as cyber crime and competition issues.
Patrick Wit; Reinoud Westerdijk; Joost Schmaal; Christoph Jeloschek
Other key lawyers:
‘They seem to have enough people in their team to also pick up last-minute and bigger projects.’
‘Joost Schmaal is very easy to work with, super smart and will get it done.’
‘They speak our language, are pragmatic, but sharp if needed. Always available, when you need them. They have a strong background in IT, which is very helpful in understanding our business.’
‘Patrick Wit knows our business, oversees the complexity of the projects we are running, strong in emphasising the critical points. Is informal, with humour, and sharp when needed.’
‘Patrick Wit is exceptionally practical and knowledgeable.’
Foundation Emission Claim
Zaans Medisch Centrum
- Advised key client Microsoft on its rollout of its digital transformation plan worth $1bn in Poland, which includes access to local cloud services through a local data centre.
- As one of a growing number of similar cases, lodged a collective action on behalf of a claim vehicle (Foundation) against Mercedes, its importers and dealer-network, and Bosch for their roles in manipulating the emissions of Mercedes diesels during the past 10 years.
- Supported EarthToday.com with its launch in April 2021 as a media and content platform focused on sustainability, environment and nature protection.
Van Doorne is in high demand for its comprehensive range of IT expertise, continually growing its client roster. In addition to IT/cloud-based outsourcing agreements and corporate and M&A transactions for tech companies, the group’s expertise extends to AI, fintech, cyber security and privacy issues. It also has specialist expertise in the field of digital health thanks to counsel Louis Jonker, who heads the fintech group in addition to specialising in IT projects in the healthcare sector. Seasoned practice head Bart van Reeken‘s loyal clients appreciate that he can take control of the most complex cases. The team of associates includes the highly rated Ruud de Kleijn who assists clients in non-contentious matters and disputes. The practice is noted for the quality of its client training programmes and webinars and is also active in various national and international networks, including ITechLaw and Sourcing Nederland.
Other key lawyers:
Louis Jonker; Ruud de Kleijn; Berber Bosch
‘The team is highly efficient and pleasant to work with. They deliver within time and within budget as agreed at the highest levels of quality. One clear differentiator vis-à-vis other firms is a proactive attitude that helps drive to timely delivery of projects and the capability to deal with internal clients of company’s legal counsels as a true extension to the in-house counsel. The team is clearly very experienced dealing with IT contracting/transactions and very rapidly adds value to the project we engage them on.’
‘Bart van Reeken is an absolute joy to work with. His drive, humour and intelligence are energizing: he brings energy and drive to any project he is engaged in. He is the best negotiator I have had the pleasure to work with, often using clear (and humorous) analogies to achieve the right result in abstractly worded contractual mechanisms. Berber Bosch is a clear talent who is very capable and developing rapidly further. One to watch.’
‘Van Doorne is a very client-friendly organisation, easily accessible, well aware of the latest developments in the field of legislation and regulations and a valuable support for us.’
‘Louis Jonker is a lawyer who is well versed in the field of AI and Information Technology and always willing to share his knowledge and skills with me. He takes all the time to work things out in all finesse and makes every effort to achieve the best for my organisation.’
‘I very much enjoy working with Ruud de Kleyn. He is a very good and practical lawyer and is extremely helpful and service-oriented. I have gotten to know Ruud as someone you can really count on.’
‘The team, leaded by Louis Jonker, is highly specialised and knowledgeable in the latest developments in the field of IT/SAAS, provides highly useful solutions and thinks outside the box in terms of strategy.’
‘Deep knowledge of software/insurance industry developments.’
‘The IT team of Van Doorne feel almost as colleagues. They are very responsive and pragmatic and have substantive knowledge of the market and our IT landscape, which makes this an ideal team for us to work with.’
Municipality of Leeuwarden
Traka ASSA ABLOY
- Assisted a global service provider with outsourcing a large part of its financial administration functions across several continents.
- Assisted InAdmin RiskCo (an Achmea/PGB joint venture) with outsourcing the development of its pension administration system and infrastructure support to CGI.
- Assisted Yolt and YTS with a corporate restructuring from being a business unit within ING Bank to becoming an ING Bank venture, both in the UK and in the Netherlands.
The team at Houthoff is considered to be a ‘master‘ of the IT sector. Practice head Thomas de Weerd oversees outsourcing, e-business transactions/agreements and data protection work for clients ranging from global giants to small niche companies. The practice has a notable track record in the financial and automotive sectors. Senior associate Jurre Reus has a background as an in-house adviser to global media corporates and is building a strong practice around e-commerce and data protection in advisory and litigation matters.
Thomas de Weerd
Other key lawyers:
‘Thomas de Weerd is very resourceful to my legal team. He has built up a lot of knowledge over the past and serves as an advisor and sparring partner. He is very accessible and understands client needs.’
‘The team first of has all the knowledge a client is looking for. More important is that they are able to translate it into business language. That means that the team both masters the content and understand the clients needs.’
‘Thomas de Weerd: seasoned lawyer and good listener. Understands the business TMT clients operate in, which requires a true level of understanding of operational processes and technical aspects of products/services at hand. This combination of experience and skills makes him a very quick thinker if it comes to out of the box, yet fit for purpose, solutions.’
Jurre Reus: experienced lawyer on both TMT, but certainly also on data privacy matters. Sharp litigator. Due to a combination of in-house experience and deep knowledge of laws and regulations able to not only outline the relevant legal playing field, but also able to navigate the in-house legal counsel or board in complex matters.’
eBay Classifieds Group/Marktplaats.nl
Media Markt / Saturn
Stellantis (Fiat, Peugeot, Citroën)
Pon’s Automobielhandel (Volkswagen Netherlands)
Jaguar Land Rover
NewMotion (Royal Dutch Shell)
- Handling a wide variety of cases for Marktplaats (eBay Classifieds Group), the largest Dutch classifieds website, on all its data protection matters, commercial disputes, commercial contracting and consumer protection matters.
- Continuing to advise various major car companies and Dutch car importers on a wide variety of data protection compliance matters and e-commerce projects.
- Advising ParkBee, a UK-based digital car park operator which has successfully expanded to the Netherlands, on a variety of e-commerce and data protection items.
Loyens & Loeff offers an ‘outstanding, smart‘ team that handles data migration and data protection for tech companies during mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures. Additionally the practice assists with a wide breadth of IT issues such as outsourcings and software development and licencing agreements. Its digital economy team unites tax, corporate, fintech and TMT experts who act for clients in the Benelux and beyond. The team also advises on new technologies such as AI and blockchain and has a ‘Tech Academy’ which offers technical training, for example on coding. The firm is also partnered with organisations such as the ECHO foundation and the Forward foundation. Vincent Vroom leads the litigation and risk management practice while counsel Pjotr Heemskerk heads the TMT group. Senior associate Yannick Geryszewski is highly rated for his expertise in transactions and has experience in service agreements and software and data migration.
Vincent Vroom; Pjotr Heemskerk
Other key lawyers:
‘It’s an outstanding, smart team and also fun to work with. They have a strong track record in technology contracting and are very experienced in tech M&A deals. The team is always aware of the newest technologies.’
‘Pjotr Heemskerk can also be described as ‘The Oracle’. He knows and remembers everything regarding cases and established case law, which makes him able to quickly analyse a case and come up with the right strategy.’
‘Yannick Geryszewski is a senior associate to watch. Very knowledgeable and fast-thinking. Strong track record in M&A which is very relevant in tech transactions.’
The Hague-based Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV innovation, privacy & technology practice group is noted for taking on cutting edge tech projects, for example drafting the model contracts for AI procurement which is being rolled out by the European Commission. IT procurement, data protection and related disputes are other areas of strength. The practice is also well known for advising the Dutch Government. The Pels Acceleration Lab advises start-ups and innovators and is part of innovative groups such as the Dutch Blockchain Coalition. Meine Dijkstra excels in IT law and data analytics, in transactional and dispute matters, while Gerrit-Jan Zwenne specialises in privacy and data protection law in relation to internet and telecoms law. Senior associate Jeroen Naves has a prominent role in the team and is considered ‘well suited for an innovative project‘.
Gerrit-Jan Zwenne; Meine Dijkstra
Other key lawyers:
Jeroen Naves; Arnoud Boorsma
‘Arnoud Boorsma is a pleasure to work with.’
‘The practice has a unique selling point. They provide legal services for all supervision authorities in The Netherlands. The practice is well informed about national and European administrative law, competition law, audio-visual law and telecom law. With their excellent knowledge of legislation and case-law, they supply high-level legal services.’
‘It’s the combination of high-level legal service and the sensitivity for the way of working of our organisation. The individuals we work with are well interested in our mission, vision and strategy and are aware of the importance of our public value in all legal disputes. The legal experts are well able to see through the main issues/questions and provide tailor-made legal services that correspond to our high standards.’
‘Jeroen Naves is wonderful to work with. His knowledge of information law and jurisprudence and everything related is outstanding, and he was well suited for our innovative project like this; being very flexible and not minding uncertainties.’
Dutch Tax Authority
Cities of Amsterdam, Rotterdam and The Hague
Dutch National Railways
All 12 Dutch provincial authorities
Dutch Public Prosecution Service
Delft University of Technology
State of the Netherlands (all ministries)
Haagse Inkoop Samenwerking
Kadaster (The Netherlands Land Registry and Mapping Agency)
- Assisted KPN with various proceedings, including long-term proceedings against Entropia Digital.
- Assisted Dutch national Tax Authority in an interim relief proceeding initiated by Planon, a supplier of facility management software.
- Advised the Dutch Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport on the development of a number of COVID-19 apps e.g. CoronaMelder (tracking app), CoronaTester (test results app) and Coronacheck (travel app).
Project Moore Advocaten
The ‘young and dynamic‘ practice at Project Moore Advocaten offers in-depth knowledge of the tech and e-commerce industries, assisting clients with sourcing/outsourcing, data security/privacy and new technologies matters, both in an advisory function and in disputes. The fast-growing client base includes the Dutch State and multinationals from a broad range of sectors for whom the practice also provides short-term secondees. The firm’s ‘litigation incubator’ has been set up with the Custodial Institutions Agency which appointed the firm as its lead litigator for all IT and procurement disputes. The team has significantly grown with the hire of several associates, including Chayenne van Lavieren from Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV. Christian van Seeters, Eva Visser, Jeroen Koëter and Lieneke Viergever are the lead lawyers who offer a wealth of experience blending IT, data migration and protection and public procurement expertise. Irene Feenstra has left the practice.
Other key lawyers:
Christian van Seeters; Eva Visser; Jeroen Koëter; Lieneke Viergever; Chayenne van Lavieren
‘The team is doing an amazing job every day! They are highly capable and always willing to help the client and take the next step!’
‘Special attention goes to Christian van Seeters: he is an attorney who embodies the professional skills every attorney of the 21st century should have! He sets the bar for other attorneys and aims even higher!’
‘Project Moore is a very good firm in the area of information technology. Not only does the team know what they are talking about, they often have the references or prior projects to back their skill up. Their team is very approachable, has no hierarchy and is always up to date.’
‘The lawyers I work with are fun to work with, quick to respond, very experienced and always think outside of the box in order to identify risks that I haven’t thought of (yet). They are creative, very friendly and have good availability. It is easy to work with them and they quickly grasp the issues at stake.’
‘Eva Visser is a soft-spoken, yet very efficient legal partner.’
‘The team operates as a cohesive team, though of course they have individual differences. They have a ‘warm’ feeling and combine this with strict knowledge of the laws, the field and previous cases. They are easy to work with because they behave as being part of our team with commitment to our goal instead of acting behind a perceived barrier of a distant law firm. This while taking into account of their responsibilities. They also have the right knowledge about our industry so that they understand also the non-juridical side of the issues.’
‘What makes the individuals stand out and is for me a typical Project Moore profile is that they are very communicative and able to explain issues clearly and are able to think about the position of me as a client or of our project. They are able to give you a personal treatment and won’t make you feel as just a case. And, also very important: they have a nice attitude and are pleasant to work with in combination with being an authority for their knowledge and skills. I specifically mention: Christian van Seeters and Eva Visser.’
‘Project Moore’s team is young and dynamic. They can bridge the gap between IT and law easily. Very easy to work with. They think in terms of possibilities.’
‘Christian van Seeters: Highly professional, excellent in IT law, but also contributing to other aspects of ICT projects like structures approaches, risk management and stakeholder management.’
Dutch State: Ministry of Justice and Security
Custodial Institutions Agency (Dienst Justitiële Inrichtingen or DJI)
Employee Insurance Agency (UWV)
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
MLE (Mitsubishi Logisnext Europe) (until 1 April 2020 known as MCFE/Mitsubish Caterpillar Forklift Europe)
Public Health Service (GGD GHOR Nederland)
- Advised the Dutch Police on the procurement of a new nationwide, centralised Emergency Control Centre system.
- Appointed by the Custodial Institutions Agency as its lead litigator (together with the Agency’s in-house lawyer) for all IT and procurement-related litigation.
- Advised MLE on the roll-out of the ERP Solution throughout the group and assisted with extended contract negotiations.
Judica Krikke, the head of TMT and co-head of the digital economy group at Stibbe, can ‘detangle any complicated issue’. The team handles a range of ICT contracting for government agencies and medium to large private companies ranging from outsourcing contracts to the IT aspects of corporate and financing deals. The practice is especially adept at software licensing coupled with advising on the attendant copyright complications. Krikke also acts as arbitrator in ICT arbitration cases. In addition to its strong fintech expertise, the practice advises clients from a broad range of industries, including the automotive, energy and insurance sectors. Online payment platform operators also turn to the practice. Senior associate Roderik Vrolijk is noted for his specialism in financial/securities regulatory matters and advising on fintech; payment cards, consumer credit and e-money lending.
Other key lawyers:
‘The team is extremely qualified in its field of expertise. The team is very competent in making complex matters accessible. They are all approachable nice people.’
‘The team members are able to look at a case from a different angle. Not only from a legal perspective, but from a strategic angle as well.’
‘The team has a more than average knowledge of IT legal matters.’
‘Judica Krikke has both a very high level of knowledge and the skills to put this in a strategic approach.’
‘I have only good things to say about Judica Krikke.’
‘The team has a strength to combine theoretical knowledge with a practical approach.’
‘Judica Krikke has long-lasting experience in advising corporate clients on IT matters. She can detangle any complicated issue into comprehendible parts and then finds an acceptable way forward for both parties.’
The Dutch State
Royal Flora Holland (RFH)
VU University Amsterdam
The Dutch Association of Insurers (Verbond voor Verzekeraars)
Helpling and Temper
Payment and electronic money services: Centtrip, Dyme, Argentex, Quintes, Delivery Hero, Safened-Fourthline, Millbank FX, Finos, Payvision, Acapture
Technology Crossover Ventures
Rhone Capital and The Chatterjee Group
- Advising the Dutch State on a continuous basis on the reshaping of its strategic supplier relations with a.o. Oracle and SAP, including the renegotiation of Oracle cloud terms and advising on a strategic framework agreement with SAP for the Dutch central government.
- Advised Royal Flora since 2013 on all its major IT matters, contracting and disputes, including assisting with a renegotiation of the essential outsourcing of vital IT functions with ICT supplier Conclusion.
- Advised Q-Park on its transformation from a real estate company to a parking services supplier, e.g. the development of its parking as a service (PaSS) solution, including on the set-up of the solution, compliant digital payment procedures, drafting of contracts terms, app terms, and third-party IT supplier contracts.
The team at Vondst Advocaten N.V is highly rated not only for its extensive understanding of IT and outsourcing law, but also for its client engagement, including providing large corporates and innovator clients with online tools and seminars. Polo van der Putt has long-standing expertise in digitalization, including IT contracts, litigation and data protection. He is especially focused on new technologies such as big data analytics, AI, cloud computing, and electronic signatures and e-payments. Tjeerd Overdijk specialises in a combination of IT and intellectual property, such as the enforcement of rights in software. He is also a WIPO panellist for nl. domain name disputes. Herwin Roerdink‘s focus is on data protection and online marketing issues.
Polo van der Putt
Other key lawyers:
Tjeerd Overdijk; Herwin Roerdink
‘What I like most about working with Vondst is their practical approach, good communication skills and excellent knowledge of IT law and IT practice.’
‘The main lawyer I work with is Polo van der Putt. He is an excellent IT lawyer, very experienced, knowledgeable and is able to transfer complex legal matters into very practical advice.’
‘We really appreciate the accessibility and down to earth approach of Vondst. They are really able to translate the difficulties of the case at hand and get the message across to the target audience. The seminars they offer their clients provide much insight and their online quick fact check tool/database is of much help too.’
‘Polo van der Putt is a pleasure to work with. He is very accessible and is able to share his extensive knowledge in very pleasant manner. We also appreciate the fact that he is very pragmatic and has a fine sense of humour.’
‘High level of professionalism. True interest in client’s business. Very proactive approach. 24/7 availability.’
‘Polo van der Putt: pleasant to work with; 24/7 availability; high level of professionalism; understanding of client’s business.’
Randstad Groep Nederland and Randstad Holding
Terberg Business Lease
- Advised the major Dutch IT service provider Centric on various disputes, including litigation against a municipality and a dispute with Uniface.
- Advised IT service provider Softproviding on an ERP deal with meat processor Vion (Netherlands, Germany).
- Advised pension fund PGB on various outsourcing and technology transactions, including on the development and exploitation of a pension administration platform in a joint venture with Achmea and in cooperation with IT service provider CGI.
CMS provides the full gamut of IT, telecoms, media and data protection expertise. Katja Van Kranenburg-Hanspians oversees the technology, media and communications sector group, while senior counsel Simon Sanders heads the IT group. Sanders is highly rated for combining his legal expertise and understanding of tech issues with ‘honest, open and transparent‘ communication skills. Erik Jonkman, the head of the data protection practice, specialises in cybersecurity breaches. The firm also provides clients with a breach assistant app. Blockchain technology and the development of tokenization of (financial) assets are other areas of strength. In addition to tech clients, the team assists clients from the life sciences and consumer products sectors. The firm is partnered with organisations such as Stichting Open Nederland which involves work around developing an infrastructure to manage COVID-19 testing and vaccinations.
Katja van Kranenburg-Hanspians
Other key lawyers:
Simon Sanders; Erik Jonkman; Rogier de Vrey
‘CMS actively supported the team, was proactive, honest (also to us as clients) and did everything possible to support us fully.’
‘Simon Sanders has been the perfect sparring partner for us. He has not only supported us, built a good personal relationship and actively advised us on all steps. Simon always gave a good explanation and showed his knowledge and experience from day one. You could tell he had a lot of experience and did everything he could.’
‘In the negotiations with the client, Simon Sanders always acted transparently. Honest, open, transparent to all parties.’
Capgemini / Sogeti
- Assisted Avaap (now part of Apex) with contracting the integration of two different ERP systems into one ‘uniform’ ERP Systems to allow the merger of the two major hospitals in Amsterdam.
- Legal advisor of Stichting Open Nederland, advising on all GDPR, tech & GDPR aspects of the foundation which not only concerns the establishment of COVID-19 test locations in the Netherlands for all citizens but also the implementation of an IT-platform allowing all test results to be downloaded in the CoronaCheck-app developed by the Ministry.
- Acted as longstanding advisor to Centric on contracting, litigation and regulatory matters.
Dentons is best known for its data protection and cybersecurity expertise; Marc Elshof in particular is well known in this area. The team also assists its IT clients with a variety of contractual matters such as supplier and outsourcing agreements. The firm's global office network is stand-out asset. Senior associate and IT expert Anouschka van de Graaf joined in 2020 from an in-house position and brings both general and specific IT commercial expertise. Compliance with the EU Whistleblowing Directive is also handled. The firm has introduced a team of ‘legal engineers’ whose background in technology and law facilitates innovations.
Other key lawyers:
Anouschka van de Graaf
‘The team is quite focused on the information technology sector and offers highly professional legal advice to IT companies. The team seems to be pretty good at understanding the demands and requirements of the IT companies along with applicable best industry practices.’
‘I’ve worked with Marc Elshof and enjoyed his approach to billing procedures. He aimed to make them smoother and easier for us, considering that we work with Dentons in multiple locations. This demonstrated that Marc has a clear view of client service and understands the business operations quite well. Marc was also proactive in terms of meetings and conversations for us to be on the same page. This helped him understand our needs as a company better (as well as for us to understand his team’s capabilities that are, indeed, highly professional).’
The Student Hotel
- Assisted SkyKick with its strategic IT contracts with large partners such as Vodafone, Deutsche Telekom, Elisa, Insentra, Intermedia, and Westcoast Cloud.
- Advising The Student Hotel with building a (privacy) compliance framework, including in respect of cookies, privacy notices and whistleblowing hotline as well as other technology-related projects.
- Advising Payconiq International on its new partnership with iDEAL, the most commonly used financial payments solution in the Netherlands.
DLA Piper‘s IT practice is led by Daphne Bens and Khaled Dadi, who was made partner and is considered a stand-out ‘for his pragmatism, crisp and to the point advice‘ with over 20 years of experience advising suppliers of IT services, financial institutions and other global clients on complex IT agreements and disputes. The firm provides a global, multi-practice service to the tech industry and a range of other corporates, advising on corporate transactions, digital transformation mandates, cloud matters, digital payments, data protection, regulatory and tax matters. Joris Willems departed in March 2021 and senior asssociate Floris de Wit joined from Allen & Overy LLP in June 2021.
Daphne Bens; Khaled Dadi
‘I am very impressed with this highly responsive team. Their turnaround time was incredibly fast, as were responses to ad hoc queries. There were cross-border elements and these were also handled seamlessly. The advice we received was clear and commercial and greatly assisted us to reach a rapid conclusion with a counterparty with significant bargaining strength.’
‘Khaled Dadi displayed a deep understanding of the information technology sector, common contractual issues and negotiating strategy. He is highly responsive, knowledgeable and commercial and obtained a great result for us in a timely manner.’
‘The team covers a wide range of IT, IP and contracting areas, which makes it a one-stop-shop for most commercial contracting and disputes needs. They have broad experience in commercial contracting and have a very good understanding of the IT/Tech industry.’
‘Khaled Dadi really stands out for his pragmatism, crisp and to the point advice, and his in-depth knowledge of the IT industry and his legal experience. He’s able to translate complex legal issues into practical and hands-on advice, taking into account not just the interests of his client, but also of the opposing party.’
Greenberg Traurig LLP
The Greenberg Traurig LLP team is growing its IT/tech practice, particularly since Herald Jongen took the helm. Jongen’s highly rated practice includes outsourcing and tech-related mergers and acquisitions, especially complex multi-jurisdictional projects for technology and finance industry clients. Eduard Stein's broad expertise combines deep knowledge of IT, with IP, privacy and broader contract law. He also has the advantage of having previous experience as an in-house IT consultant. Key team member Nienke Bernard, a senior associate, has a background in fintech and offers considerable experience in data and technology-related transactions.
Other key lawyers:
Eduard Stein; Nienke Bernard
The State of the Netherlands
CLEVR NL B.V.
Censo Energy Solutions
The Dutch Ministry of Defense
Ministry of Justice Netherlands
- Assisting the State of the Netherlands (Ministry of Justice and Security) as lead counsel with negotiating agreements with Google.
- Assisted Nationale Nederlanden (NN) Bank with contract negotiations with various IT providers and assistance with a potential contentious matter.
- Acted as lead counsel to the State (Ministry of Justice and Security, the National Police and a coalition of 20 public entities) on the renewal of licence agreements of many public entities with Microsoft.
Louwers IP Technology Advocaten
With partners based in Eindhoven and the Hague, Louwers IP Technology Advocaten has been highly rated for providing the full suite of IT expertise combined with IP and data protection experience. Ernst-Jan Louwers brings 30 years of experience to clients. A number of lawyers left the practice to form Turing law in April 2022, these include Huub de Jong, Tom de Wit and Marijn Rooke.
‘Specialists in the area of IT contracts/contracting and IP. Pragmatic and cooperative, providing useful advice. Knowledgeable and capable team of experts, finding a good balance in solutions.’
‘The firm combines IT, IP and Privacy expertise and is very good at providing quick and pragmatic advice. They have been very helpful in assessing and solving complex matters.’
‘Louwers advocaten is for us a very good partner. Skilled professionals, good advice and a lot of knowledge about privacy issues and online platforms.’
‘Louwers is very strong on technology and IP, especially useful in complex contracting involving technological IP, including data ownership for AI.’
‘Ernst-Jan Louwers has been very strong in supporting us through key contracting negotiations and contracting language.’
- Represented Revue and its board re IT, IP and data privacy in the sale of its business to Twitter.
- Support SAP with a variety of activities for major accounts, including advice relating to ICT related issues, contract negotiations and handling disputes.
- Represented Incentro in its contract negotiations with enterprise customer and its strategic partners.
Osborne Clarke serves an impressive range of clients, ranging from from software and IT giants to smaller specialist companies. In addition to IT-related M&A and outsourcing and related litigation, the group advises on cutting edge work, with TMT head Coen Barneveld Binkhuysen specialising in software development, the implementation of ERP-systems, smart city projects, IoT solutions and robotics. Sophie den Held‘s experience includes IT contracting and consumer law while Marleen Huisman‘s broad experience covers e-commerce, data protection and intellectual property. The firm’s OC Solutions programme provides clients with a platform designed around its unique business needs, for example tracking projects in real time and sharing information with their key stakeholders.
Coen Barneveld Binkhuysen
Other key lawyers:
Sophie den Held; Marleen Huisman
‘Complementary roles, well-organised process for team information sharing within the team. Efficient team effort.’
‘Very engaged with our business and legal case, proactive approach. Clear and focused communication. Able to act swiftly when needed. The above applies to all three members of the team: Coen Barneveld Binkhuysen, Nammy Vellinga and Paul Brouwer.’
Park Strijp Beheer
Miniclip (UK) Limited
- Advising longstanding client Facebook on a variety of highly complex issues, including legal requirements in respect of algorithm transparency.
- Advising Infosys, a global leader in next-generation digital services, on the acquisition of GuideVision.
- Advising MediaMonks, one of the largest global creative digital production companies, on the acquisition of The Oddshop in February 2021; and, separately, on a three-year software licensing agreement with cloud-based software vendor, WorkDay.
Turing Law was launched in April 2022 by a team from Louwers IP Technology Advocaten. Huub de Jong, Tom de Wit and Marijn Rooke are some of the lawyers who have formed a firm that has deep experience of complex IT, data and outsourcing projects. The lawyers are in demand by IT and tech companies for outsourcing and privacy matters and have offices in The Hague, Amsterdam and Eindhoven.
Huub de Jong; Tom de Wit
Other key lawyers:
Marijn Rooke; Esmee Fonville
Van Rappard Minneboo Klingenberg specialises in IT, IP, and commercial contracts, assisting clients with the negotiation of contracts such as complex cross-border software licenses, SAAS agreements, cloud computing and IT system integrations. The practice rests on the shoulders of three partners: Roald Minneboo handles the full range of IT services, including cloud computing, digital advertising and marketing, and emerging technologies. Helmer Klingenberg also has expertise in AI, virtual reality and cybersecurity and is considered ‘a genius IP lawyer‘. Godert Van Rappard is highly rated on the tech-related IP front, especially for copyright matters.
Roald Minneboo; Helmer Klingenberg; Godert van Rappard
‘Roald Minneboo, Helmer Klingenberg and team bring specialised knowledge and experience combined with a practical approach and personal attention for clients. I have found them very pleasant to work with. They are open to discussing billing arrangements and really work as a team with us legal counsels.’
‘Roald Minneboo quickly penetrates to the essence of a case and is able to translate complex matters and markets into understandable concepts which facilitates decision making and negotiating.’
‘Young and dynamic team of lawyers who deliver great value solutions for their clients.’
‘Helmer Klingenberg is the negotiator that you want to have on your side.’
‘Van Rappard Minneboo Klingenberg has a unique combination of legal as well as technical (IT) knowledge in-house. This makes Van Rappard Minneboo Klingenberg very helpful for IT companies.’
Delft University of Technology
- Assists FedEx Express with all of its IT-related procurement contracts, such as cloud computing agreements, software licenses, SAAS agreements, escrow agreements, software development agreements and other commercial IT agreements.
- Handles all IT and IP matters for APPSolutely encounters, including litigation, complex implementations and advising and negotiating complex licensing with major international companies.
- Assists Emark, part of the WPP organisation, a worldwide leading digital marketing company, with a broad variety of IT and IP services, such as the conclusion of software licensing agreements, IT implementations, escrow agreements, other commercial IT contracts, data protection and cybersecurity.
SOLV Advocaten is a niche TMT firm that focuses on IT, privacy and data protection law, e-commerce laws and IP (mainly copyright and database law). Thomas van Essen heads the team and has a track record of advising on data protection and lobbying for new legislation. Litigator Douwe Linders acts for leading IT and cloud providers, has been involved in landmark cases and is one the few lawyers involved in data privacy class actions, for example, against TikTok. The team is highlighted by clients for its ability to build close working relationships and its exceptional communication abilities.
Thomas van Essen
Other key lawyers:
Douwe Linders; Wanda van Kerkvoorden
‘Hands-on, capable of communicating with passionate people and making their legal arguments more workable.’
‘Thomas van Essen and Wanda van Kerkvoorden have an eye for business. My company has worked with SOLV for several years now and they are reliable, honest, always available and very knowledgeable for all legal needs. They have collaborated with partners along the way and are excellent at communications and in getting the response needed.’
‘Douwe Linders offers amazing personal service, is honest and always available, and looks after every legal aspect in every situation with an excellent eye for detail. I can always count on his excellent communication in very diverse settings, and he remains focused no matter how difficult the situation.’
‘Douwe Linders shows such dedication to the company, that he is considered a part of the team.’
‘Thomas van Essen has a to the point approach based on profound legal knowledge. His positive attitude and empathy bring forward complex IT projects and help clients in stressful litigation. I can vouch for the firm’s passionate commitment to public affairs, human rights and diversity, its precision and unwavering weighing of arguments and its charm. It was a pleasant and educational process to work with them – and they won the case.’
‘A lot of expertise in one little practice. Every team member we’ve worked with displayed thorough knowledge of the specific legal field concerning the matter at hand. This practice is also unique in the way the services are being delivered. Very personal and accessible. By staying close to our company, they’ve been able to advise and assist us in a very fitting and collaborative way. Douwe Linders’ in-depth knowledge and ability to give tailored advice combined with a very positive and pragmatic approach makes him very valuable to our company.’
‘Experience and industry knowledge in the fields of IT and privacy advice for start-ups and scale-ups. Douwe Linders has industry knowledge that surpasses such knowledge of competitors, understanding that legal advice is and should not be standalone, but part of the business process or process of decision making for the entrepreneur.’
‘Great team. Very knowledgeable around IT/IP issues. Easy to access, quick to react. Their advice is to the point and very practical.’
Pearl Pictures Productions
- Acted for a coalition of privacy organisations and the Netherlands Trade Union Confederation in a landmark fundamental rights case against the State of the Netherlands regarding the use of so-called Risk Indication System, SyRI, securing a favourable judgment.
- Acted for SOMI in a class action lawsuit against TikTok Technology Limited (Ireland) for processing personal data of children in the Netherlands in violation of the GDPR.
- Advised NorthC Data Centres on commercial contracts, assisting with drafting and negotiations between NorthC and its customers and suppliers, including negotiations with a large supplier of infrastructure related to a project in which NorthC will connect all of its datacenters in the Amsterdam metropolitan area.
Allen & Overy LLP
Allen & Overy LLP’s strength is its full corporate offering for tech, fintech and private equity clients. In addition to the corporate and M&A practice, the group has expertise in the financing of projects, capital markets, competition and employment matters. Frits Gerritzen heads the IP practice and is involved in high-value litigation. Gijs Linse specialises in corporate/M&A law combined with general commercial and corporate reorganisations in the technology field. Nicole Wolters Ruckert directs the data and privacy team.
Frits Gerritzen; Gijs Linse
Other key lawyers:
Nicole Wolters Ruckert
Based in Arnhem, Ernst-Jan van de Pas (‘a very skilled IT-lawyer with strong business sense‘) and Joost Becker lead the Dirkzwager IT team together with associate partners Mark Jansen and Christel Jeunink. The team’s expertise spans IT contracting and related disputes, e-commerce, data protection/privacy laws and cybersecurity, a rapidly developing practice. Becker also handles soft and contentious IP matters. In addition to tech companies, the group attracts clients from the healthcare, education and research sectors. The firm has a strong referral network of overseas firms and affiliations, including TELFA and USLAW.
Ernst-Jan van de Pas; Joost Becker; Mark Jansen; Christel Jeunink
Other key lawyers:
‘Quick response with practical, directly applicable advice. Provides confidence in critical (legal) situations and makes it possible to keep communications with our counterparties open.’
‘Huge knowledge in the field of IT and privacy law. There is a lot of experience in thinking along with the company, whereby not only the legal, but also the business interests are taken into account in advice.’
‘Mark Jansen: You cannot find more knowledge about privacy law in one person. In addition, Mark has the ability to provide quick and practical advice, despite the fact that it concerns very complicated matter. At any other office I would get huge memos, Mark has the power to advise to the point without a lot of ballast around it.’
‘Ernst-Jan van de Pas: You notice in the way in which he contributes ideas that Ernst-Jan has a lot of experience, not only as a lawyer, but also as an arbitrator. I appreciate not only the content of the advice, but also the willingness to take up matters in the short term.’
‘Highly qualified and exceptionally high level of quality.’
‘Strong knowledge combined with practical thinking and great collaboration on cases. I like the way Dirkzwager can think both on the business side and the legal side.’
‘Ernst-Jan van de Pas has thorough knowledge and is really accessible which makes him a trusted partner. With Sven Wakker at his side, Dirkzwager has a strong team for the needs of our legal support.’
‘The team has quite some visibility, has smart people who are good at explaining complex legal issues in simple language for non-lawyers.’
Stichting Elisabeth-TweeSteden Ziekenhuis
Coolworld International B.V.
CCV Holland B.V.
- Acting for Stichting Elisabeth-TweeSteden Ziekenhuis in a litigation case against Alert Life Science Computing S.A., a Portuguese IT supplier, amounting to over €70m in claims.
- Advised Alliander N.V. on drawing up a contract structure for marketing the SaaS application for Alliander in Germany, the Netherlands and the UK.
- Acting for Coolworld International B.V. on setting up a contractual construction with a Danish IT supplier To Increase for an ERP platform as a Service.
Joke Bodewits, Ruud van der Velden and Anita de Jong head the Hogan Lovells International LLP practice. The team has a strong data protection/cyber security track record and known for its involvement at the forefront of developments in these. The group advises on security strategies and system integrations, including large-scale, cross-border data migrations, and IT contracting work. The firm’s pro bono work includes supporting a number of NFPs on implementing GDPR compliance and related data protection training and advice. In concert with its global offices, the Dutch practice has also implemented a range of impressive initiatives to support ethnic minority, LGBTQ+ and female lawyers or business people, with Pride+ and the Allverse conference two notable examples.
Joke Bodewits; Ruud van der Velden; Anita de Jong
The NautaDutilh practice is headed by Joris Willems who added his broad TMT expertise to the team when he joined from DLA Piper in 2021, bringing with him a team, including of counsel Cyril Christaans. The team was further extended by associate partner Nima Lorjé who joined from Brinkhof in 2021. The team provides the full range of services to IT clients, advising on outsourcing programmes and software licensing, cloud computing, OTT and fintech in addition to acting on matters requiring multidisciplinary expertise for which the group can call on expertise from its corporate (Sybren de Beurs), finance, tax and regulatory experts. The practice has implemented a number of platforms and initiatives to assist clients with efficient communication and has developed an ‘ESG Opportunity Audit’ to assist clients with measuring or screening its activities against ESG laws and regulations.
Other key lawyers:
Cyril Christaans; Nima Lorjé; Sybren de Beurs; Terrence Dom
‘We have worked with Joris Willemsen and Jasha Sprecher who make a top team. They were able to bring technical points across in a very understandable way. The team was always available, and negotiations were done by partners itself.’
‘Joris Willemsen is a really good negotiator. He was able to easily convince his counterpart of our points, with charm and without being obviously aggressive. Jasha Sprecher has exceptional and broad knowledge on financial law. He was able to explain the product in an understandable way.’
‘The team is very professional, easy accessible and the collaboration is good. They are understanding and practical.’
‘I like Terrence Dom so much for his personality and legal knowledge. He helped us with several issues and we are always very satisfied.’
Prosus (PayU, OLX)
Tata Consultancy Services
beIN Media Group
Goldman Sachs & Co LLC
Johan Cruijff Arena
NVB (Dutch Banking Association)
ABN Amro Bank
- Counsel for the largest consumer internet company in Europe, Prosus, for all kinds of sourcing deals, IT and outsourcing contracts.
- Advised Tata Consultancy Services(Netherlands) B.V on various outsourcing transactions with inter alia FUJIFILM, Philips and Athora.
- Longstanding main counsel to international supplier of (encryption) technology, Irdeto BV.
Led by Otto Sleeking, Taylor Wessing's practice is highly rated for its ‘outstanding in-depth knowledge of ICT complexity'. Sleeking’s expertise spans the life cycle of IT projects, from procurement and software asset management to the application of new technologies and disputes. Senior associate Martijn Loth (‘very skilled at negotiating difficult contracts and de-escalating disputes‘) is a trusted advisor to clients ranging from large tech companies to start-ups and is especially for his background in IT engineering. He assists clients with matters ranging from data protection and big tech to new technologies, including blockchain, facial recognition and AI. The team works closely with its IP, competition, and corporate divisions to provide well-rounded service.
Other key lawyers:
‘Strong, in-depth industry knowledge. Team members also understand technical background of IT-related issues.’
‘Martijn Loth is highly skilled and is able to explain difficult legal and technical concepts into understandable language.’
‘Martijn Loth and Otto Sleeking are both very knowledgeable and pragmatic lawyers. They work closely and efficiently together to cover work load and availability for the team.’
‘Martijn Loth is a very competent, knowledgeable lawyer and litigator. He has a unique background in both IT and law. He is very pragmatic, diplomatic and discrete. He has a great understanding of the position of an in-house counsel. He is very skilled at negotiating difficult contracts and de-escalating disputes. He is creative in finding solutions and is very pleasant to work with. I would recommend him to everyone! Great value for money.’
‘Outstanding in-depth knowledge of ICT complexity in relation to compliance, governance and operations.’
‘Martijn Loth and Otto Sleeking: they both look beyond the problem to understand the connected organisational landscape in relation to politics and technological issues.’
‘The IT group from Taylor Wessing Amsterdam is unique because they have lawyers that have both legal and engineering/IT skills. In my opinion, Martijn Loth is the best technology lawyer in the industry because of his background in software engineering and understanding of technology.’
‘Martijn Loth has a background in engineering and is able to understand the most complex technical issues. Martijn is the only lawyer I would refer people to for legal questions about technology.’
Unisys Nederland NV/Unisys Europe Limited
ING Bank N.V.
Lidl Nederland GmbH
Technische Unie BV/Sonepar Group
Kawasaki Motors Europe NV
CZ Groep Zorgverzekeraar
Technische Universiteit Delft (TU Delft)
- Assisted Divido with a lengthy (6 months+) cross-border contract & commercial negotiation for an MSA and specific agreement for consumer lending platform-services against a large European bank for services in numerous European countries.
- Assisting CZ Group with negotiations requiring extensive technical and legal expertise to ensure the continuity of the services of a key SaaS-vendor.
- Successfully defended one of the market-leading technology vendors in pensions & insurance industry against a multi-million euro law suit by a customer in multiple instances before the Dutch courts, including a provisional expert hearing and seizure proceedings.
Specialist boutique Whitebridge Advocatuur B.V. advises on IT outsourcing, data privacy, cloud computing and more general related corporate issues and disputes. Anja Dekhuijzen heads the firm. The practice has launched a Serbian Helpdesk in response to the expanding cooperation between a growing IT sector in Serbia and the Netherlands.
KPMG ADVISORY SERVICES B.V.
Pretty Good Knowledge B.V.
HZPC HOLLAND B.V.
Pretty Good Knowledge B.V.
Technische Universiteit Delft
BRIDGESTONE EUROPE N.V./S.A