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Gerrit-Jan Zwenne

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Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV

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Innovation, privacy and technology


Gerrit-Jan is an expert in the field of privacy and data protection law. He also has extensive experience in the field of internet and telecom law. He is Professor of Law and the Information Society at Leiden University. He uses his knowledge and experience to help multinationals, startups, regulators and many governments with digitisation. He has written various preliminary reports in the field of digitisation, including for the Dutch Lawyers Association, the Association for Health Law and the Association for Education Law. Gerrit-Jan studied Dutch law at Leiden University. In 1998 he wrote his dissertation "Taxation and Information Requirements: Scope and limits of information powers in the relationship between tax authorities and banks". Before moving to Pels Rijcken in 2018, Gerrit-Jan was a partner at Brinkhof and Bird & Bird.


Industry focus: Information technology

Within: Leading individuals

Gerrit-Jan Zwenne - Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV

Within: Industry focus: Information technology

Meine Dijkstra and senior associate Jeroen Naves are the key contacts at Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV together with data protection expert  Gerrit-Jan Zwenne. The team has a track record on complex governmental IT projects; it advised the Dutch Ministry of Justice in relation to the delivery of several e-gates for Schiphol Airport. The practice also advised APG and PGGM, two of the largest pension administrators in the Netherlands, on issues including data protection in relation to a project to put their pension administration in a blockchain application.

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  • New Late Payments Directive

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  • Amendment of the Collective Redundancy Notification Act

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    - AKD

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    - AKD
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  • Leasing of commercial premises in the Netherlands

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