Industry focus: retail in Netherlands

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie‘s cross-practice experts advise retailers and brand owners on the entire spectrum of the product lifecycle. The firm’s global footprint enables the team to assist retailers with expanding business operations across numerous territories as well as with brand development and building market share. CGR team leader Itse Oosterhoff works on complex contentious mandates including contract claims, distribution, agency and franchise disputes, consumer and brand protection, tender litigation and commercial fraud cases. Oosterhoff is also involved in non-litigious matters, setting up selective distribution systems, advising on go-to-market structures and the misrepresentations of pricings across Europe. Harald van Dobbenburgh focuses on cross-border restructurings, investment structures and supply chain tax advice. Laura Rietvelt has experience supporting US-headquartered large multinationals on multijurisdictional projects across Europe. Wibren Veldhuizen completes the team.

Practice head(s):

Itse Oosterhoff; Wibren Veldhuizen; Harald van Dobbenburgh; Laura Rietvelt


Testimonials

‘Itse Oosterhoff is a smart lawyer with in-depth knowledge of corporate and commercial litigation, specifically in the area of retail.’

‘Itse Oosterhoff is an expert in contract disputes, director’s, officer’s and shareholder’s liability litigation and commercial fraud case, which makes him stand-out compared to experts of other firms when it comes to these areas. In addition, he has a strong commercial knowledge of the retail industry.’

‘Itse Oosterhoff knows how to connect the dots and does so proactively.’

Key clients

ASICS


Danone


TastyBasics


Johnson & Johnson


Unilever


Swarovski


Sisley


GoPro


British American Tobacco


Dentons

With real estate expert Wendela Raas at the helm of Dentons' retail practice, the practice is a popular choice for real estate investors to assist with renegotiating and restructuring tenant leases with international consumer goods brands. Paul Wanders, Cornélie Arnouts and counsels Justine van Lochum and Jeroen le Clerq are also key contacts in the real estate team covering retail matters. The cross-practice capabilities of the team are demonstrated by the activity of key IT practitioner Marc Elshof, who frequently advises high-profile brands on digital strategies and cybersecurity, and Valentijn Leijh, who acts for supermarket chains on regulatory changes and administrative law.


Practice head(s):

Wendela Raas


Other key lawyers:

Jeroen le Clercq; Paul Wanders; Cornélie Arnouts; Justine van Lochum; Marc Elshof; Valentijn Leijh


Key clients

Altera


Burger King


De Bijenkorf


Foot Locker


Invicta


IRO


KellyDeli


Klépierre


Landal GreenPark


Pathé


Patrizia


Plus


Rituals


Royal FloraHolland


Savills IM


Sonder Holdings Inc.


Under Armour


Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield


Wereldhave


Airwair


Work highlights


  • Assisting Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield in litigation aimed at reclaiming the losses URW suffered from Hudson Bay’s bankruptcy in the Netherlands. The parties have recently agreed to a settlement.
  • Advising Wereldhave on strategy, drafting documents, negotiating leases, and litigation.
  • Advising Under Armour on commercial leases acrss Europe and on a range of data protection and competition issues.

Kennedy Van der Laan

Kennedy Van der Laan is a leader in franchising and distribution matters for a range of clients that include luxury, fashion and sports brands as well as innovative consumer goods manufactures and well-known retail chains. Head of the commercial and international trade practice, and an integral member of the EU competition law team Martine De Koning handles customs, trade and import issues as well as matters concerning digital transformations, online distributions and big data. Senior associate Jelle Blom handles international franchise and distribution and agency cases for global clients. Senior associate Isabel van Tuyll van Serooskerken is a disputes resolution practitioner with knowledge of the retail-related consumer, contract and e-commerce and geo-blocking laws.

Practice head(s):

Martine de Koning


Other key lawyers:

Jelle Blom; Isabel van Tuyll van Serooskerken; Renske Sinke; Lisa van Vliet; Lisa Lander; Daan van Lier; Hidde Kleijn; Noor de Werd; Tosca Bokhove


Testimonials

‘The team is very knowledgeable about Dutch law, flexible and agile, and able to adapt quickly to the needs of the client and the case. They are collaborative within and outside the firm and very easy to work with. They are clear writers and are able to explain complex concepts in a digestible way.’

‘Martine de Koning is a pleasure to work with and a talented lawyer with a keen eye. She is able to jump into an issue quickly and provide excellent advice that affects the strategy. She is practical and eminently responsive. You can trust her to get the job done.’

‘Isabel van Tuyll van Serooskerken is very helpful and is particularly skilled at making good use of evidence.’

‘Top notch firm, highly technical and with great service, from beginning till end. Perfect combination of experience and agility. There are excellent and skilled lawyers from junior level to head level. The firm provides accurate, timely advice.’

‘The Commercial & International Trade team is top class in this field because they combine excellent knowledge of the EU and Dutch regulatory framework for consumers, competition and products with a lot of market experience. They are leading for example in matters pertaining to digital commerce, product recalls, sustainability, greenwashing, advertising, loyalty schemes and pricing.’

‘The team is very flexible, dedicated and efficient. Martine, Isabel & Jelle guarantee in depth but at the same time practical and straightforward advice with fast turnaround times.’

‘One of the leading franchise practices in the EU.’

‘Martine de Koning is the best in the Netherlands as regards retail – and combining retail with competition law! Jelle Blom excels too, especially in distribution and retail issues.’

Key clients

Nike


Converse


Marriott & Starwood


Hilton


Kvik


MBE WORLDWIDE S.P.A., Multicopy


Soteryan


Segway-Ninebot


VodafoneZiggo


Greenpeace


Secrid


ENGEL & VÖLKERS


Polaroid


Oger


Loyens & Loeff

Loyens & Loeff‘s multidisciplinary retail team frequently advises real estate investors on transactions concerning high-value commercial retail spaces. Lonne Rooseboom is the key contact for retail-related real estate, turnkey and development projects. Corporate transactions specialist Antoinette van der Hauw advises e-commerce investors, beverage companies and manufacturers of consumer goods on IPOs, M&A transactions and investments. Jurriaan Van Der Stok assists developers and investors in retail-related real estate matters and Pauline Leegwater is a key contact for asset management companies.

Practice head(s):

Lonne Rooseboom; Jurriaan van der Stok; Antoinette van der Hauw


Other key lawyers:

Pauline Leegwater; Marjolein van Bekhoven; Ralph van der Kooi


Key clients

Round Hill Capital


The Blackstone Group


ABN AMRO


Rabobank


ING Bank


Merck Sharp & Dhome


Goldman Sachs


Patrizia Immobilien AG


Union Asset Management


AXA REIM


Hannover Leasing


Primonial


Schiphol Travel


NSI


Monarch Alternative Capital


M7 Real Estate


Highbrook Investors


AB Sagax


Zurich Insurance


Keppel


Nuveen


Prologis


Savills IM


Soros Fund Management


UBM Development


Tristan Capital


AEW Europe


Fortress Investment Group LLC


Carlyle


CBRE GI


Blackrock


Heimstaden


KKR


Real I.S.


Somerset Real Estate


Adidas


Coolblue


IEF Capital


Mango


Mexx


Nike


PRADA


Scoth & Soda


Simon Property


Sun Capital


Zalando


ZARA


Work highlights


  • Advised Somerset Capital Partners on the acquisition of 41 supermarket properties, owned by Supermarkt Vastgoed FGR.
  • Advised Lucas Bols, a global leading cocktail and spirits player, on its EUR 29 million capital raise through an accelerated bookbuild offering of 2.495.458 new shares.
  • Assisted the shareholders of Karl Lagerfeld with the sale of their 81% interest to their co-investor G-III Apparel Group.

Van Doorne

Van Doorne leverages its sizeable team to advise a range of clients on the full breadth of mandates in the retail practice area. Lisette Bieleveld litigates on behalf of domestic and international companies and organisations with regard to commercial contracts, including international agency, franchise and distribution contracts. IT law expert Elisabeth Thole focuses on privacy-related matters, covering compliance advice and contentious matters in the retail sector. Specialist in M&A, private equity and venture capital transactions, Meltem Koning-Gungormez deals with innovative and impact investments, acquisitions and divestments for corporates and financial institutions in the technology, food and retail sectors. Koning-Gungormez also advises founders and shareholders of innovative retail companies on buy-outs, exits and strategic cooperations, frequently handling transactions with a cross-border nexus. Senior associate Joost Volkers is the key contact for distressed retail matters involving restructuring and recovery.

Other key lawyers:

Joost Volkers


Testimonials

‘Lisette Bieleveld has a perfect understanding of what is going on in Retail. She had dealt with our suppliers before and that made her the right person for us. She has the quality to understand exactly what you mean even if it’s not always asked. Friendly, knowledgeable and trustworthy.’

‘Everyone that we have been working with at Van Doorne has been very helpful, knowledgeable and gave us all the support we required.’

‘We mainly work with Lisette Bieleveld and her team, who are amazing at what they do.’

‘I do believe that more than over 90 years of experience and international leading experts says it all.’

Key clients

Aberdeen Asset Management


Actis


AD International


Agrico


Albemarle Corporation


Annexum


Arovo B.V.


Asadel


Astana Group


AutoBinck Holding


Barentz


Barry Callebaut Belgium


Bedo Imex


BCC (Elektro-Speciaalzaken)


BOVAG


Buckaroo


CBR Fashion Group


Cecil


Cott Coporation


Crisp


Decathlon


Deen Holding Hoorn B.V.


Deli Home Holding B.V.


Denon & Marantz Group


Detailresult Groep


D&M


Dutch State Lottery


DRC Capital


Dyson


D.I.O. drogisterijen


Eci Holding


Eichholtz


Electronic Arts


Electronic Partner


E & M Holding B.V. (Eyes & More)


EasyPark


FHP Vileda


Getir


Green Swan


Goossens


Hans Anders Retail Group


Helly Hansen


Hornbach


Hunkemöller International


IMPS


Intergamma (Gamma and Karwei)


INTRAKOOP, Coöperatieve Inkoopvereniging voor zorg en welzijn U.A.


J-Club


Kettler


Laboratoires La Prairie


LG CNS Europe


Marqt B.V.


M7 Real Estate


McArthurGlen Group


Simon Property Group


Moteo


Morenso


North Technology Group


Office Depot


Ottravo


Onkenhout&Onkenhout


Paradox Interactive


Patta


PLUS


Princess Stores


Prominent


QLF Brands


Rautaruukki


Renault Nederland


Retail Estates N.V.


RetourMatras B.V.


Rockstars


Royal Ahold Delhaize


Royal Sanders


Staatsloterij


Nederlandse Loterij


Schwan-STABILO Schwanhäuber GmbH & Co. KG


Solidus Solutions Holding B.V.


Starbucks


Stella


Stella & Dot


Stern Group


STG


Street One


Tesa


Tag Heuer


Takko Fashion


Texelse Bierbrouwerij B.V.


Ticketmaster


TNT


Trionios Group International


Tony’s Chocolonely


TW Steel Europe


Verdel Bloemenexport


Watch4us


Walt Disney Company


Wishright (Bodilson)


Zack


Work highlights


  • Advising LG Electronics on a new Dutch mandatory consumer law.
  • Advising Klarna Bank on regulatory, employment and consumer law issues regarding new services that Klarna wishes to offer to consumers.
  • Advising Morenso on loyalty campaigns and IP strategy

act Fort Advocaten

act Fort Advocaten advises domestic and international consumer goods companies on contentious and non-contentious real estate, rental and franchise law matters. Clients include real estate developers, investors, franchisors and retailers. Katinka Verdurmen has a broad practice, advising on contractual agreements as well as representing clients in court. Jodit de Bruin assists with leases for commercial spaces and Dirk van den Berg adds real estate and franchise expertise.

Practice head(s):

Katinka Verdurmen; Dirk van den Berg; Jodit de Bruin


Key clients

Association of franchisees of Albert Heijn


Sports Unlimited B.V.


Nespresso Nederlands B.V.


Mirage Retail Group B.V.


Associaton of franchisees of McDonalds


Oogwereld B.V.


Xenos B.V.


JD Sports Fashion B.V.


Sports Unlimited Fashion B.V.


Yves Rocher Nederland B.V.


Work highlights


  • Representing the franchise association of Albert Heijn (VAHFR) in a complex matter on financial settlements against franchisor Albert Heijn.
  • Advising Mirage Retail Group a.o. in the discussions with the associations of franchisees of both Blokker and Intertoys and on various rental, real estate and franchise law related matters.
  • Advising Sports Unlimited Retail B.V., a subsidiary of JD Sports Fashion B.V., on litigation between Sports Unlimited Retail B.V. and a landlord against the petition for bankruptcy, and proceedings with regard to obtaining rent reduction.

NautaDutilh

NautaDutilh's retail sector team, headed by London-based corporate law specialist Willianne van Zandwijk, advises investors, retail chains, real estate developers and e-commerce platforms on a rage of matters, including M&A, investments, competition, restructuring & insolvency, franchising and distribution, IP, IT and compliance. Restructuring and insolvency expert Barbara Rumora-Scheltema and IP practitioner Anne Marie Verschuur exemplify the cross-disciplinary nature of the practice, providing clients with specific insolvency and IP advice. Petra Zijp, a key member of the firm's capital markets team, and counsel Fleur Folmer, who specialises in soft IP, also play key roles in retail-related matters.

Practice head(s):

Willianne van Zandwijk; Barbara Rumora-Scheltema


Other key lawyers:

Anne Marie Verschuur; Petra Zijp; Fleur Folmer; Tom de Clerck; Naomi Asscheman


Key clients

Airwair (Dr. Martens)


Amazon.com


Bakerstreet


Bose


Campofrio Food Group


Cooperative Forever 21


Decathlon


ECCO


Fedex Corporation


Foot Locker


Groupon


Hunkemoller (Carlyle)


Hornbach


Jumbo


Lego


Mattel


Media Markt


Media Markt Saturn


Mediq


Mirage Retail Group


Nestlé (Nespresso)


Petrol Industries


Picnic


Plus


Polyconcept


REV’IT!


Samsonite


WE/O’Neill/Van Gils


Work highlights


  • Assisted H&M as issuer’s and guarantors’ local counsel with the update of its EUR 2 billion Euro Medium Term Note Programme.
  • Advised PLUS, a Dutch co-operative supermarket chain, on its merger with Coop, a supermarket chain in the Netherlands.
  • Assisted, together with Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, Silver Lake, a Silicon Valley-based fund and global leader in technology investing, with its Series D and Series E investments in Getir B.V., a fast-growing operator of an online grocery business.

Osborne Clarke

Jeroen Bedaux and Paul Brouwer lead Osborne Clarke’s cross-disciplinary retail team. The pair advise supermarkets, retailers and manufacturers of consumer goods on a mix of retail mandates, from the acquisition and development of property to e-commerce issues to supply chain contracts. Bedaux deals with a range of commercial litigation, related to consumer goods and gaming, and assists international clients with consumer law investigations by the Netherlands Authority for Consumer & Markets. Newly promoted partner Brouwer has a background in commercial disputes, working on litigation cases on behalf of leading retailers, online platforms and consumer brand manufacturers. Brouwer is able to call on his experience as interim general counsel at HEMA to advise on data protection agreements and the practical implementation of GDPR requirements.

Practice head(s):

Jeroen Bedaux; Paul Brouwer


Testimonials

‘The Osborne Clarke team is dedicated and hands on.’

‘Compared to other firms, Osborne Clarke’s works in a more agile manner, which serves the client in the best way.’

Key clients

Adidas


AG Beursplein Rotterdam Coöperatieve U.A.


Bose


Diageo


Dyson


GoPro


HEMA


HTC


Jumbo Supermarkten


LeasePlan


O-I


Reckitt Benckiser


Schroders


Sonos


Starbucks


Taylor Guitars


Taylor Listug


Toolstation


Wish.com


Work highlights


  • Advised Schroders on the sale of multiple assets, including the Eijerkamp store in Zutphen and the redevelopment of the former Hudson’s Bay Rotterdam into a mixed-use property known as AIR Rotterdam
  • Advised AG Beursplein Rotterdam Coöperatieve U.A. on its investment and development facilities agreement with ABN AMRO Bank N.V. and Coöperatieve Rabobank U.A in relation to the Beursgallery.
  • Represent Jumbo Supermarkten, the second largest supermarket in the Netherlands and Belgium, in all its high-profile litigious matters.

BarentsKrans

Ingrid Reimert, who is an expert in tenancy and commercial contract law, leads the retail practice at BarentsKrans, which advises the Dutch subsidiaries of international clothing brands and domestic interior design companies on lease disputes and agreements. Attorney-at-law Marlou Timmerman represents landlords, tenants and property investors in retail-related real estate disputes.

Practice head(s):

Ingrid Reimert


Other key lawyers:

Marlou Timmerman


Testimonials

‘The enthusiasm of Ingrid Reimert about the cases and situations that I present to her is very nice and contagious. She always sees these matters as a fun challenge and gives advice in a clear and understandable way.’

‘Ingrid Reimert is always available and does not beat around the bush. She gives clear advice and does not solely look at matters from a legal point of view but also involves a commercial/client view which is very valuable.’

‘The strength of BarentsKrans lies in the pragmatic approach they take combining the legal side of matters with the commercial side.’

‘Ingrid Reimert and Marlou Timmer always respond on the same day. Very secure and pragmatic’

‘Ingrid Reimert and her team have assisted us in a lawsuit with respect to a rental discount which we claimed from the landlord in connection with the consequences of COVID-19. Their industry knowledge and responsiveness is excellent.’

‘BarentsKrans pairs strong knowledge with a customer first attitude. Together with the client they think creatively, out of the box and develop professional scenarios. Their mentality to always want to win the case and their commitment towards success is unbeatable.’

‘Ingrid Reimert is doing an outstanding job.’

‘BarentsKrans has supported us with their specific understanding of both the real estate and retail market and the proceedings of the Dutch Supreme Court. They have excellent understanding of these legal proceedings and the ‘do’s and don’ts’ in respect of more regular court proceedings and of the rental market in The Netherlands and specifically from a tenant’s perspective.’

Key clients

Brilmij Groep B.V.


Pearle Opticiens


Eyewish


Kwantum Nederland B.V.


Leen Bakker Nederland B.V.


WE Netherlands B.V. / WE Europe B.V.


Van Gils Retail B.V.


O’Neill Retail Netherlands B.V.


Bever B.V.


Rivièra Maison B.V.


Nelson Schoenen B.V.


Parfumerie Douglas Nederland B.V.


Eichholtz B.V.


Mister Minit B.V.


Tenstone Development B.V.


SH Development B.V.


IEF Capital N.V.


Vlamingstraat Investment C.V.


Koninklijke INretail


Work highlights


  • Submitted a brief on behalf of Royal INretail  to the Supreme Court regarding preliminary questions on the possibilities for tenants of retail business premises to claim a rent reduction due to turnover-loss as a result of COVID-19 government measures.
  • Acted for Brilmij in preliminary relief proceedings regarding the termination by Brilmij Groep B.V. of a lease agreement for retail space in the city centre of Zwolle.
  • Advised Rivièra Maison on its lease agreement for the Rivièra Maison 2.0 store of 920 square meters in Westfield Mall of the Netherlands.

Bird & Bird

Bird & Bird‘s multi-disciplinary retail team frequently advises domestic and international clients transitioning to a digital model on an array of matters, including IT, IP and data protection. Manon Rieger-Jansen is the main contact for luxury brand and product design protection and portfolio management, handling contentious and non-contentious IP issues. Rieger-Jansen also focuses on retail-related anti-counterfeiting and parallel trade matters. Roelien van Neck supports leading international retail brands in the digital transformation of their businesses, including advising on tech and legal developments including data ownership and exploitation, geo-blocking, and online platform regulation. Competition specialist Pauline Kuipers deals with cartel procedures and abuse of dominance matters in the retail sector. Tax and compliance expert Arnoud Knijnenburg and employment law specialist Philip Hartman are also active in the retail space.

Practice head(s):

Manon Rieger-Jansen; Roelien van Neck; Pauline Kuipers; Arnoud Knijnenburg; Philip Hartman.


Other key lawyers:

Nina Dorenbosch; Goran Danilović; Lisette den Butter


Key clients

Calvin Klein


Tommy Hilfiger


Fila


Holmes Place


AB InBev


Asolo


made.com


Lloyd shoes


Treasury Wine Estates


Gap


Dawn Meats


Vivino


Chiquita


Hello Fresh


Steigenberger hotels


Primark


Steak Ranches


Olam


Nutreco


Kraft Heinz


Bound2B


Saks.com


Work highlights


  • Advising a renowned jewellery house on trademark and copyright infringement in relation to the re-use of branded jewellery.
  • Supporting KFC in a wide variety of commercial matters, including franchise, marketing, e-commerce and lease related questions.
  • Assisted a large number of clients with the practical implementation of the new EU e-commerce/consumer protection legislation following from the Omnibus Directive (2019/2161), Digital Content and Digital Services Directive (2019/770) and Sale of Goods Directive (2019/771).

CMS

Chair of CMS‘s international commercial group and head of the Dutch company law team Aukje Haan is a key contact in the retail practice, advising well-known consumer products and retail companies on new sales and distribution models. Haan focuses on drawing up commercial contracts, including distribution, agency and franchise agreements and is experienced in litigation concerning product liability. Mark Ziekman assists clients in M&A transactions and Rogier de Vrey is an experienced IP litigator. Edmon Oude Elferink  demonstrates the depth of the practice with expertise in EU competition and data protection law. Counsel Anita Canta is a specialist in dealing with disputes concerning franchisors and franchisees.


Practice head(s):

Aukje Haan; Mark Ziekman; Edmon Oude Elferink


Other key lawyers:

Anita Canta; Nicole Kuijer; Akin Aslan; Anna Pothof


Testimonials

‘Good knowledge of the Dutch retail market. Reasonable billing. Easy collaboration.’

‘Aukje Haan is very pragmatic and responsible; She does not waste time on “nice to knows” but quickly get a very good feeling of where the issue is and how best to tackle the challenges. She is a tough negotiator and clever in negotiation tactics.’ 

‘Deep sectorial knowledge, very solution oriented, very responsive team.’

Key clients

All Nippon Airways (ANA)


Associated British Food


Adidas


Brokking’s Beheer


Broekhuis


Canada Goose


Christian Dior


Coca Cola European Partners


Colgate Palmolive


Columbia Sportswear Company


Discord


Dockr


Douglas


Fossil


Gardena


Hermès


Hero Group


HP


Honeywell


Husqvarna


Intratuin Nederland


Kärcher


La Bouteille d’Or


Louwman Dealer Group


Mars


Manutan


Mauri Technologies


Maxeda DIY


New Balance


Partner In Petfood


Plus


Primark


RH Interior Design


SharkNinja


Shisheido (BPI)


Ultimaker


Universal Electronics


Urus Europe


USPA


Vetex Holding


Viscon Fresh Produce


Westmill


Xiaomi


Work highlights


  • Advising Gardena as well as Husqvarna on corporate and commercial matters.
  • Advised Broekhuis Vastgoed Holding on the acquisition of all the shares in the Auto Palace Group Zwolle.
  • Advised McGregor Fashion Group Holding and ten of its subsidiaries on many cross-border insolvency law issues and complex shareholders’ issues. Also appointed as bankruptcy trustee.

DLA Piper

At DLA Piper, Niels Mulder frequently co-ordinates multi-jurisdictional IP litigation matters for international clothing, fashion, beverage and luxury brands and Khaled Dadi is a key contact for clients seeking advice on digital transformation projects and assistance with e-commerce platforms, including consumer protection and competition law mandates. Daan Arends, who is experienced in international and Dutch indirect taxation, assists a broad range of multinational clients with the VAT and customs aspects of supply chain optimisation, e-commerce, cross-border rulings and settlement negotiations with taxing authorities. Johan Zwemmer is the key contact for retail-related employment law issues.

Practice head(s):

Niels Mulder; Khaled Dadi; Daan Arends


Other key lawyers:

Rutger Stoop; Noa Namaan; Rens van Blaricum


Key clients

Apple Inc.


ASICS


Bacardi


Conair (Babyliss) Corporation


Crocs Inc.


Deckers Outdoor Corporation


Domino’s Pizza


NPM Capital


Five Guys


Footlocker


Hema


Hugo Boss AG


Inter Ikea


MHCS


Nike


Converse


PVH


Ralph Lauren Corporation


Rituals B.V.


Staples


Giant


Work highlights


  • Representing Nike/Converse in a long-running dispute against Sporttrading and companies, involving an alleged multimillion-dollar counterclaim of Sporttrading.
  • Advising Inter IKEA on the launch of its new franchise agreement
  • Advised Hema on the proposed restructuring of its debt structure and an anticipated change in shareholding via a UK Scheme of Arrangement.

Leeway

Dutch subsidiaries of international brands and domestic fashion and consumer goods companies entrust Leeway‘s retail team with IP and IT mandates. Michiel Odink defends clients against claims of trademark infringements and represents brands in trademark protection proceedings, as well as advising on franchise, copyright and design right mandates. Marga Verwoert is sought out by fashion and design brands for advice on distribution and franchise matters as well as IP-related transactions. Michiel van Ast handles IT outsourcing and digital transformation projects for retail brands.

Practice head(s):

Marga Verwoert; Michiel Odink; Remco van Leeuwen; Michiel van Ast


Other key lawyers:

Jos Klaus; Nini Blom; Lotte Rutgers; Arnoud Martens


Testimonials

‘They have a lot of experience and therefore they have a very practical approach in advising clients.’

‘Michiel Odink has a strong feeling about what is needed in retail. He leads a team of young and ambitious lawyers. His practical and strategic advice has supported us during many years.’

‘Michiel Odink is fun to work with and provides to-the-point practical and strategic advice, which makes him stand out from competitors’

Key clients

Action


Jumbo Supermarkten B.V.


Hunkemöller


Miniso


Stox Energy Socks


AimiaHoldings UK Ltd


American Icon B.V.


Axionlog


Bi-Wear Clothing Company B.V.


BookSpot B.V.


Chaud Devant


Colourful Rebel B.V.


Denham The Jeanmaker B.V.


easyGroup Ltd.


Electronic Arts, Inc. (EA)


FieldTurf USA, Inc.


HEMA B.V.


Hudson’s Bay Company


Karl Lagerfeld Group


Knits Only B.V.


Lampe B.V.


Lantmännen Unibake


MagicFX B.V.


Maui Jim, Inc.


McGregor IP B.V.


Minus Four Studio’s


NorthernLight Design B.V.


Novamedia B.V.


Nationale Postcode Loterij B.V.


People’s Postcode Lottery Ltd.


Svenska Postkod Lotteriet


Deutsche Postcode Lotterie


Pentland Brands Limited


Royal Boch BVBA


Scotch & Soda B.V.


Sissy-Boy


Takko Holding GmbH


The Agent-C


Tronios Group International B.V.


United Soft Drinks B.V.


URBN Netherlands B.V.


Vacu Vin


Vanilia B.V.


VF Corporation


Victorinox AS


Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.


Wieland Electric


Yamaha Motor Europe N.V.


Work highlights


  • Representing Dutch retailer HEMA B.V. in a variety of retail and IP matters both contentious and non-contentious.
  • Representing Dutch multinational fashion brand, Scotch & Soda, in various ongoing trademark infringement proceedings.
  • Advising Action on a variety of retail and IP issues.

Russell Advocaten B.V.

Russell Advocaten B.V. ’s retail practice is co-led by Reinier W.L. Russell, who specialises in corporate and commercial law, and Jan Dop , who focuses on employment and real estate law. The pair are known for advising high-end fashion and luxury brands on a range of mandates including IP infringement and contractual disputes, as well as the acquisition, lease and set up of new retail spaces and day-to-day corporate governance and structuring.

Practice head(s):

Reinier W.L. Russell; Jan Dop