Kennedy Van der Laan > Amsterdam, Netherlands > Firm Profile

Kennedy Van der Laan
1014 BG
P.O. Box 58188, 1040HD

Netherlands > Data privacy and data protection Tier 1

Kennedy Van der Laan is well-versed in administrative enforcement law and data protection law, allowing it to advise on a range of contentious and non-contentious privacy issues. The firm excels in assisting clients in the financial, logistics, telecommunications, entertainment, and healthcare sectors. The team routinely undertakes investigations and enforcement proceedings carried out by data protection regulators both locally and internationally and recently formed a 24/7 incident response team. Hester de Vries, Quirine Tjeenk Willink, Rosalie Brand, and Judica Krikke all jointly chair the practice. De Vries handles issues at the forefront of data protection such as AI, open data, platforms for data sharing, and adtech. Litigator Tjeenk Willink is an enforcement law specialist, Brand was promoted to partner in 2023 and mainly supports clients with cybersecurity incidents. Krikke focuses on complex digital transformation processes, IT and cloud outsourcing issues. Elise Troll was appointed counsel in 2023 and advises on data protection particularly in relation to telecoms.

Practice head(s):

Hester de Vries; Quirine Tjeenk Willink; Rosalie Brand; Judica Krikke

Other key lawyers:


‘Kennedy Van der Laan’s team is uniquely positioned to provide world-class advise. They can leverage experience build up over the past 20 plus years and have a large team with legally, technically and commercially savvy players, not only at partner level. ’

‘Elise Troll is definitely on the rise. She is super smart, always available, very practical, comes with creative and out of the box solutions and is fun to work with. She is strong on both content and relationship. ’

‘The privacy lawyers of Kennedy Van der Laan have thorough knowledge of the GDPR and the Dutch Uitvoeringswet AVG. They are easily approachable and often provide direct support.’

Key clients

Meta Platforms Ireland

Sonos Inc.

Schiphol Group



Stichting BKR


Translink Systems B.V.


Stichting Aidsfonds – Soa Aids Nederland

Work highlights

  • Advised on a matter including a vast ransomware attack on an IT provider in Canada providing services to many market investigation bureaus, processing a vast amount of personal data of very many large companies.
  • Advising Northwave on various issues including  notification obligations to the Dutch Data Protection Authority, Authority Financial Markets, National Cyber Security Centre and other supervisory authorities, customers and data subjects, ransom payments and liability claims.
  • Assisted Stichting BKR with legal proceedings against the Dutch Data Protection Authority (AP). The AP imposed a fine of €830,000 on Stichting BKR for alleged violation of the GDPR – the district court lowered the fine to €668,000.

Netherlands > Industry focus: Information technology Tier 1

Kennedy Van der Laan’s ‘top of the market’ team offers comprehensive services in the IT sector, addressing transactional, regulatory, commercial and contentious aspects. The group’s leadership comprises Patrick Wit, Reinoud Westerdijk, Joost Schmaal, Christoph Jeloschek and Judica Krikke. Wit focuses on IT outsourcing, tech projects, cyber security and digital transformation, particularly serving the financial services, healthcare and retail sectors. Westerdijk is an expert in IT contracting, including cloud solutions, cyber security and IT public procurement. Schmaal’s expertise lies in IT and BPO outsourcing, procurement and tech litigation, and represents insurance clients in IT-related litigation. Krikke, who joined in March 2023 from Stibbe, brings extensive experience in IT outsourcing, cloud sourcing, software licensing and data protection. Jeloschek is the lead for IT litigation and arbitration at the firm.

Practice head(s):

Patrick Wit; Reinoud Westerdijk; Joost Schmaal; Christoph Jeloschek; Judica Krikke

Other key lawyers:

Astrid Sixma; Veerle van Druenen


‘Most likely the best IT team in the Netherlands and beyond, KVdL’s IT practice stands out in all aspects. Exceptionally good at contracting, litigating and providing legal and regulatory advice.’

‘Patrick Wit has an excellent understanding of the IT industry and is, without any doubt, the go-to person for this industry. He easily understands complex matters, is pro-active and very clear in his recommendations to solve legal matters in a pragmatic way.’

‘This team is top of the market and consists of nice, able and eager people. Their scope is broad in services and knowledge.’

‘The team’s strength is its ability to adapt to the client’s needs.’

‘The KVdL team always provides best-in-class, pragmatic and business-oriented solutions. One aspect that sets the team truly apart is their ability to effectively communicate complex legal concepts clearly and concisely.’

‘Joost Schmaal has a high knowledge of IT, and is able to quickly understand issues or risks and effectively solve or mitigate them.’

‘Joost Schmaal has great experience, technical ability and commercial acumen in dealing with all aspects of IT/IP disputes. I would highly recommend Joost: he is a very hands-on, pragmatic lawyer and very knowledgeable.’

‘Astrid Sixma is uber smart, very fast, extremely knowledgeable on the full IT landscape (and beyond) and – also important – great fun to work with.’

Key clients





Koninklijke AholdDelhaize

Foundation Emission Claim

Zaans Medisch Centrum


Trans Link Systems B.V.


Ahold Delhaize Pensioenfonds



Lumileds Holding B.V.

DMARC Advisor

The Netherlands Chamber of Commerce (Kamer van Koophandel)

The Dutch State

Royal Flora Holland

Royal Reesink

Amsterdam University Medical Center

VU Medical Center

Erasmus Medical Center

Radboud University Medical Center

SWEMP (ICT organisation of 4 Dutch housing corporations)

Work highlights

  • Advised the Dutch State in its strategic software supplier management in Oracle, Salesforce and SAP.
  • Represented Blauw and six other market research companies in the aftermath of a cyber incident in which the data of over 2m Dutch citizens were compromised and potentially stolen.
  • Assisted Schiphol Area Development Company in an innovative co-operation between the electricity grid operator Liander and tenants of properties at the airport area for the smart redistribution of electricity and managing of capacity.

Netherlands > Industry focus: Media and entertainment Tier 1

Kennedy Van der Laan has extensive experience handling high-profile litigation matters for clients within the media and entertainment industry. The firm caters to a diversity of clients, including production companies, streaming services, broadcasters and social media platforms. Hailed for his ‘thorough understanding of media and journalism’, Jens Van den Brink heads the team. Joran Spauwen is another exceptional member of the team that has in-depth experience advising media clients on data protection regulations and online copyright requirements. Sophie van Loon and Lotte Oranje are also notable. Van Loon has experience handling copyright disputes, while Oranje regularly assists with some of the firm’s most prominent cases.

Practice head(s):

Jens van den Brink


‘There is a real variety of knowledge at the firm. They have been able to answer any legal questions we have.’

‘The associates are always quick to respond and offer useful advice. The advice is always thoughtful and considered.’

‘The media team of Kennedy Van der Laan is the best in class in the Netherlands.’

‘Jens van den Brink is an excellent litigator. He has a thorough understanding of media and journalism.’

‘The team has a lot of experience in media cases. They are easy to access and they are available in urgent matters. They are well prepared for any court case and they are flexible.’

‘Jens van den Brink and Lotte Oranje form a good, sharp and solid team in lawsuits. You really want them on a case.’

‘Lotte Oranje is down to earth and gives practical advice. She is proactive, realistic on issues and she’s a nice person to work with.’

Key clients



DPG Media




Eredivisie C.V.






Work highlights

  • Represented VodafoneZiggo in multiple lawsuits, including the successful defence of broadcaster Ziggo in a case brought by Vida, a Croatian football player.
  • Represented Meta in litigation regarding the takedown and request for user data claims.

Netherlands > Industry focus: retail Tier 1

July 2023 saw Kennedy Van der Laan merge its commercial and international trade team with the firm’s EU and competition team, while continuing to be a strong player in matters concerning Dutch franchising law and expanding its work in the e-commerce sector. The retail group is led by the ‘very practical’ Martine de Koning, a leading expert on franchising matters, who also takes on competition issues before the Dutch courts. Jelle Blom, who made partner in June 2023, focuses on franchising and commercial contracts, along with Isabel van Tuyll van Serooskerken, who also joined the firm’s partnership in 2023, combining a civil procedural law practice with matters of franchising, distribution and consumer law.

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; Noor de Werd; Tosca Bokhove


‘A very professional and business-oriented team. They have excellent market knowledge, which shows in the advice they give.’

‘Special mention for Martine de Koning, who is an excellent professional to work with: always available, top expertise, very imaginative and creative.’

‘Integrated approach of various legal workstreams helps in educating our sales and marketing people on new legislation. They understand our business needs and speak the language. Highly communicative, young and hungry team.’

‘Jelle Blom brings stress levels down and fixes issues pragmatically and quietly; he is valuable in strategic cooperation with suppliers and B2B customers. Lisa van Vliet is an excellent sparring partner for marketing campaigns and thinks commercially.’

‘Martine de Koning’s expertise is in depth, and she is quick to understand a client’s needs.’

‘There has been a strong connection to the client in handling our case. The way the team connects with us was empathic and pragmatic.’

‘Very accommodating and quickly grasps issues. Easy to work with.’

‘Martine de Koning is very practical, collaborative and razor sharp. Isabel van Tuyll van Serooskerken is smart, creative and collaborative.’

Key clients



Marriott & Starwood


Beter Bed








Bureau Krediet Registratie

Work highlights

  • Represented Azerion in a dispute with its partner Bidstack Ltd concerning the supply and distribution of advertising spaces.
  • Advised Nike in several matters related to its licensed multi- and monobrand operations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
  • Acted for Stichting Bureau Krediet Registratie in civil proceedings initiated by the former secretary of its arbitration committee, who sued for specific performance and damages.

Netherlands > Insurance Tier 1

Kennedy Van der Laan advises on standalone insurance law and associated regulatory issues, covering both Dutch and European matters for a client roster that includes insurers, brokers and public bodies. The group handles a range of insurance products, with particular focus placed on casualty, property and engineering and financial lines coverage in addition to a growing class actions practice. The insurance side of the practice is headed by a team consisting of Erik van Orsouw, Chris van Dijk, Frits van der Woude, Peter van den Broek and Petra Oskam, with Jan Broekhuizen taking the lead on matters of insurance regulation. Marit van der Pool joined the firm’s partnership ranks in September 2023, with a defence and coverage practice centred around D&O and professional indemnity claims.

Practice head(s):

Erik van Orsouw; Chris van Dijk; Frits van der Woude; Peter van den Broek; Petra Oskam; Jan Broekhuizen

Other key lawyers:


‘Strong insurance team.’

‘Erik van Orsouw is easygoing, quick and to the point. He has an informal approach and is intelligent. It was a pleasure to work with Marit van der Pool. She is skilled and intelligent and has in-depth knowledge.’

‘Having worked with various insurance firms in the Netherlands over the years, I rate KVDL as the best firm. KVDL has an excellent understanding of the products, the coverage issues and the market dynamics.’

‘I enjoy working with Marit van der Pool and consider her a real expert when it comes to D&O coverage.’

‘Kennedy Van der Laan is a very well-known and well-regarded player in the market. Good team, which covers many different areas of insurance law, with accessible people who are great to work with.’

‘Erik van Orsouw combines in-depth knowledge with the willingness to listen to other parties in search of a solution. Marit van der Pool is an enthusiastic, recently appointed partner with a pragmatic approach. Peter van den Broek has a good eye for the technical details of a case without losing sight of the bigger picture.’

‘Peter van den Broek is very pleasant to work with and a reasonable, commercial and fair lawyer to see across the table. Eric van Orsouw is smart and smooth, with an eye for business relationships.’

Key clients








Dutch Association of Insurers




Netherlands > Industry focus: telecoms Tier 2

Kennedy Van der Laan is renowned for its expertise in frequency law, radio spectrum auctions, and related regulatory matters, including market dominance and procedural administrative enforcement law. The telecoms practice is housed within the firm’s regulatory department, jointly led by Quirine Tjeenk Willink and Leon Mensink. Willink is highly sought after for her ‘extensive experience in telecoms’ and frequency law, and has played a pivotal role in major spectrum auctions for both telecom and strategic radio frequencies. Mensink brings a strong background in civil and administrative proceedings, as well as a wealth of knowledge in tariff regulation, market dominance, network access, and market entry issues.

Practice head(s):

Quirine Tjeenk Willink; Leon Mensink

Other key lawyers:

Elise Troll; Minke de Haan


‘Quirine Tjeenk Willink really makes the difference in litigation. Her skills and knowledge are outstanding.’

‘Kennedy Van der Laan’s telecoms practice has specific and practical expertise on a wide range of issues related to Dutch and EU telecommunications law. These include issues including spectrum licensing, number allocation, open internet regulation, interconnection, privacy and data protection as well as competition and administrative law.’

‘Quirine Tjeenk Willink has extensive experience in telecoms and is a well-recognised and respected attorney in the sector. She is a very focused and result-oriented professional.’

Key clients


DPG Media

Q-music Nederland

Radio Limburg

CBRE DOV Custodian

CBRE Group

Vodafone Libertel




Royal Airport Schiphol

Sligro Food Group

Port of Amsterdam

Schiphol Area Development Company

Coca-Cola Nederland

PepsiCo Nederland

Netherlands > Intellectual property: trade marks, copyrights and design rights Tier 2

The ‘true legal and judicial experts’ at Kennedy Van der Laan divide their focus between the tech, media and entertainment, fashion and luxury sectors, representing clients in major trade mark infringement claims and issues around intermediary liability. The practice is led by Maarten Schut, a specialist in tech and life sciences trade mark disputes; IP, IT and sports-focused Alfred Meijboom; and Joran Spauwen, whose expertise lies in assisting the IP aspects of tech transactions. Reindert van der Zaal represents both domestic and international fashion, luxury and sports brands in trade mark and advertising matters, and co-heads the firm’s anti-counterfeiting program.

Practice head(s):

Alfred Meijboom; Maarten Schut; Joran Spauwen

Other key lawyers:

Reindert van der Zaal; Sophie van Loon


‘KVDL are true legal experts who have the added advantage of being very pragmatic. They deliver effective advice, and strategies are perfectly adapted to their interlocutors.’

‘The IP and tech team are first class at KVDL. They are one of the most impressive teams in the Netherlands.’

‘The standout partner is Maarten Schuut. He is a leader in his field. He has a commercial mindset which clients appreciate, as well as a clear focus on outcomes.’

‘Kennedy Van Der Laan has a deep understanding of intellectual property legislation in the Netherlands and extensive experience.’

‘Reindert van der Zaal has extensive experience in both pre-litigation and litigation involving intellectual property rights. Reindert has assisted our company on very delicate and complex matters and, in all cases, has managed to achieve great results.’

‘They have an outstanding team with great experience in IP matters.’

‘Reindert van der Zaal is an exceptional professional.’

‘The KVDL IP practice is clearly a dynamic, forward-thinking, and approachable one. They have excellent legal knowledge in the field of IP.’

Key clients





Hugo Boss

Nordisk (Banijay)









Schiphol Airport


VU Medical Centre

ABC Signature

Work highlights

  • Defended running shoe brand Brooks against trade mark infringement claims made by Puma.
  • Acted for HUGO BOSS against use of the sign ‘boss’ and variants for third-party watch collections.
  • Represented DMARC Advisor BV in interim relief proceedings and litigation on the merits against dmarcian Inc. in several disputes concerning joint ownership and distribution of software.

Netherlands > Construction Tier 3

Richard-Jan Roks leads the construction practice at Kennedy Van der Laan. Active in both contentious and non-contentious work, he is known for his work in the healthcare sector where he advises on both construction and procurement law issues. The practice has been increasingly involved in issues related to sustainability and circular building, on top of its already well-rounded advisory construction project work. Coupled with its real estate practice the team is able to aid clients with the full spectrum of construction issues from design to acquisitions and potential litigation.  

Practice head(s):

Richard-Jan Roks


‘The practice has great expertise and a well known knowledge position in the market.’

‘The individuals are easy accessible and willing to share their expertise. Friendly in their contacts and it is never an inconvenience when you contact them also when you have a question in a case that is not (yet) being handled by them.’

Key clients

Port of Amsterdam

Schiphol Airport

Primonial REIM


Via Outlets

Fairtree Capital


Fred Development

IQNN Vastgoed

Vink Bouw


Conservatorium Hotel


Landal Greenparks

Clink Hostels

HR Hotel Group

PPHE Hotel Group

A&O Hostels

Keolis Nederland


De Key

De Alliantie

Eigen Haard

Omnia Wonen



Vodafone Ziggo

Nike Europe

J.P. van Eesteren

Volker Wessels


Bouwbedrijf De Nijs

Bouwmaatschappij Weboma



Swiss Re

Neutelings Riedijk


Amsterdam UMC

Liberty Insurance

Future Proof Shipping

Work highlights

  • Assisted Future prove Shipping, an building project concerning retrofitting an inland container vessel fuelled 100% by green hydrogen, with drafting the building contract for the retrofit of the vessel.
  • Representing Port of Amsterdam in a court proceedings regarding the sale and re-development of an old part of the Amsterdam Harbour. And also we assisted Port of Amsterdam in the procurement and contracting of the design and construction of the first powdered hydrogen vessel.
  • Representing Port of Harlingen in an arbitration procedure regarding delay claims at the construction of a new part of the harbour.

Netherlands > Employment Tier 3

Kennedy Van der Laan takes a sector-focused approach to its employment practice, specialising in the technology, financial, and healthcare sectors, aiding employers and international clients with a slew of employment issues. The firm frequently advises on hybrid working arrangements and diversity and inclusion compliance, and is known for its expertise in co-governance law as well as restructuring and reorganisation projects. Chris Nekeman, Soo-Ja Schijf, and Ester Damen lead the practice together. Nekeman is a specialist in employee participation law, Schijf largely represents multinational companies in reorganisations and dismissals, and Damen acts for both employers and works councils, as well as being the go-to for assisting clients in unethical behaviour matters.

Practice head(s):

Chris Nekeman; Soo-Ja Schijf; Ester Damen


‘The team always go out of their way to assist our ever-changing business. Due to the relationship which we have built over the years, thy understand our ways of working as well as our quirks so when we do have any issues which we require guidance on, they are up to speed immediately.’

‘Soo-Ja Schijf’s instincts are always to protect the company but also provide caution on the impact on the employee so we can ensure that we are doing the right thing and minimising risk.’

‘They are proactive, knowledgeable, approachable, good communicators and deliver as promised. They show outstanding levels of integrity and achieve an excellent balance between the personal and business aspects and perspective. They are involved and committed, creative and solutions oriented, and are not afraid to provide bold advice and take legal action. It is a pleasure to work with them.’

‘Ester Damen is knowledgeable, dedicated, engaged and committed.’

‘Great approach and leadership through the entire legal process. Always supportive and available.

‘They are readily available, and they know our business and industry very well. Their advice is always focused on being ahead of things. They are proactive in involving team members with other areas of expertise.’

‘The employment team is dynamic, collaborative and really human.’

‘Soo-Ja Schijf is just brilliant. She is super bright, well connected and very commercial. She seeks out opportunities to collaborate for the benefit of her clients.’

Key clients


GKN Aerospace/Fokker

Central Works Council IBM



Coca-Cola Europacific Partners




Work highlights

  • Represented Mediahuis in 19 cases before the Court of Appeal of Amsterdam in which contractors of Mediahuis claim that they are actually employed by the client on the basis of an employment contract.
  • Advised Lucid Motors on the employment and pensions aspects relating to the setting up of its European headquarters in the Netherlands.
  • Advised Convatec on a cross-border restructuring project involving a large-scale collective redundancy, the collective consultation process with the works council and trade unions, and the negotiation of a social plan.

Netherlands > EU and competition Tier 3

Advising on mergers and acquisitions and joint ventures, and handling abuse of dominance allegations in major litigations are all areas of experience for the EU and competition practice at Kennedy Van der Laan. It is equipped to handle matters in both domestic and international contexts. Annemieke van der Beek specialises in payment services work in particular, counsel Martijn van Bemmel has experience advising on matters across the financial, banking, retail, transport and IT sectors, and Martine de Koning has expertise handling commerce and trade work; the three oversee the team.

Practice head(s):

Annemieke van der Beek; Martijn van Bemmel; Martine de Koning

Other key lawyers:

Jelle Blom


‘Kennedy Van Der Laan’s team is oriented towards providing client-friendly and to-the-point advice, and has vast knowledge of competition law and is a pleasure to work with.’

‘We have primarily worked with Martine de Koning and Jelle Blom, and find both to be extremely professional, knowledgeable, and great at coordinating multi-jurisdictional matters.’

‘The commercial and international trade team has excellent knowledge of the broader EU and Dutch regulatory framework for consumers, in particular the regulatory framework relevant for product compliance, sustainability, advertising and greenwashing in commercial practices.’

‘The team members are very approachable and fun to work with.’

‘The team is flexible, efficient and has fast turnaround times.’

‘Martine de Koning and team are always ready to provide support where necessary.’

‘Martine de Koning makes the most complex law sound very understandable and knows how to advise and support franchise organisations through excellent advice re the Dutch Franchise Act and EU competition law.’

Key clients



Marriott & Starwood







Betaalvereniging / Dutch Payments Association


Port of Amsterdam



Union Cyclist Internationale (UCI) and Cyclistes Professionels Associés (CPA)

Certis Europe

Bureau Krediet Registratie (BKR)

Work highlights

  • Assisting Foundation Right to Consumer Justice with a mass claim against Apple, regarding Apple’s alleged abuse of dominance to the detriment of software developers and consumers.
  • Advising Nike in several matters related to its licensed multi-brand and mono-brand operations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
  • Obtaining approval from the Dutch Competition Authority during the merger filing process for a major acquisition by Straco.

Netherlands > Industry focus: healthcare and life sciences Tier 3

A 'large team with very broad and in-depth knowledge', Kennedy Van der Laan‘s practice is known for advising a diverse range of medical device companies and institutes, with a particular specialism in the oncology space. Practice co-head Fenna van Dijk is noted for her longstanding corporate expertise, advising numerous directors of healthcare institutions and branch organisations on collaborations and M&A, while Eline Lam is well versed in governance and collaboration mandates. IP specialist and co-head Maarten Schut is particularly adept at handling matters concerning trade secrets and publishing for academic hospitals and other not-for-profit institutions. Additionally, Schut regularly represents clients in negotiations and disputes concerning R&D and licensing. Anne ten Brummelhuis has vast knowledge of patient rights, tariff regulation, the Youth Act, and the Social Support Act, allowing her to handle a range of e-health and regulatory mandates.

Practice head(s):

Fenna van Dijk; Maarten Schut

Other key lawyers:


They have a large team with very broad and in-depth knowledge. They also provide helpful knowhow to keep us up to date.’

‘In particular Anne ten Brummelhuis stands out from the crowd. She can provide on the spot and to the point advice and is very responsive.’

‘Eline Lam has a great sense of our organisation’s needs and level of advice. Anne ten Brummelhuis is a reliable expert.’

‘Kennedy Van de Laan (Fenna van Dijk and Eline Lam) has helped us, having the great ability to thoroughly understand our questions and wishes, and translate regulations and legal aspects into daily practice within our organisation. Fenna van Dijk and Eline Lam are great individuals to work with. Very professional, flexible, and forward thinking.’

‘Fenna van Dijk is a great professional to work with. She has a lot of experience and knowledge, always thinks ahead and from our perspective as a client and has a great ability to connect. We can really trust her advice and she is very involved with us as clients.’

‘Eline Lam is a practical, straightforward and skilled professional, who is very involved, flexible and always gives us solid advice or work.’

‘Kennedy Van der Laan has the required specific knowledge of the healthcare sector in combination with IT; in our opinion, that is their unique selling point. Fenna van Dijk’s team focuses on collaboration in healthcare and is involved in many respects with various stakeholders in the chain, such as (large) software parties, healthcare providers, but also relevant regulators.’

‘Fenna van Dijk has the necessary knowledge and experience. She is decisive, sharp in her advice and knows how to deliver a message. In addition, she is also able to understand risks and knows when to consult a fellow expert.’

Key clients


Arts en Zorg

GezondheidsZorg Asielzoekers Nederland B.V.


Cytosen Therapeutics

Desktop Genetics



GGD Amsterdam


GGZ inGeest


Huisartsenposten Rijnmond


Insight RX



Landelijke Huisartsenvereniging

Mentaal Beter





Oncode Institute



Reinier Haga Medisch Diagnostisch Centrum

Stichting Apotheek Haagse Ziekenhuizen

Stichting Kinderoncologie Nederland



VU Medical Centre

Work highlights

  • Advised Oncode Institute on the renewal of the Affiliation Agreement with the 13 affiliated partner institutions and the renewal of the contribution agreement with its main funder, KWF Kankerbestrijding.
  • Advised Intravacc on cross border R&D co-operations, license contracts and other contract negotiations with business partners around the world, including co-operations to develop a Covid-19 vaccine.
  • Advised LHV, the national association for general practitioners, on a revision of the manner in which it was organised, including its governance, entailing among the merger with over 20 regional associations of GP’s, including the transfer of their activities to the national association, among other aspects.

Netherlands > Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation Tier 4

One of the new areas of growth for Kennedy Van der Laan has been collective actions, where the team represents both claimants and defendant. Commercial litigation expert Christoph Jeloschek leads the practice, focusing on cross-border litigation and IT-related disputes. The team was strengthened at senior level by the promotions of practice co-head Isabel van Tuyll van Serooskerken, Jelle Blom and Veerle van Druenen in January 2023. Van Tuyll van Serooskerken is frequently engaged by clients for her expertise in corporate litigation, and has bolstered the firm's capabilities in post-M&A disputes and disputes between directors and executive boards. Blom is a go-to for pre-litigation and injunction proceedings, while van Druenen specialises in contractual and technology disputes.

Practice head(s):

Christoph Jeloschek; Isabel van Tuyll van Serooskerken

Other key lawyers:


‘Isabel Van Tuyll van Serooskerken was very responsive and very attuned to the needs of the client. Her advice was prompt and very practical.’

‘Christoph Jeloschek is one of most impressive attorneys I have met. He is not only focused on the legal issues at hand and how to master them, but also the political, financial and public dynamics of cases and the people involved as well. I have had the opportunity to work with many international firms and individuals and have not met or worked with such capable, smart and kind, yet assertive and savvy, individuals as at Kennedy van der Laan.’

‘The team are very engaging, understanding and professional in their approach to clients. They are well spoken, they explain things in layman’s terms for clients without being patronising or condescending, and they are very friendly and helpful. We have found that they give us all the required time and information and they do not pressure us, but rather give us a relevant timeframe to decide on things and move forwards. We have enjoyed the advice and support from Kennedy van der Laan.

‘Isabel Van Tuyll has been fantastic at giving advice, explaining things about Dutch law where we are unfamiliar and has been assertive but reasonable in her approach to following up on our disputes with the third parties. This has been a welcome breath of fresh air.’

‘Kennedy Van Der Laan bring detailed scrutiny to the conduct of litigation. What makes the team stand out is that it has a very collaborative approach with clients. They get to know the sector and really drill into the issues.’

‘Christoph Jeloschek is an outstanding advocate. He has an engaging and confident rapport with the court. Veerle van Drueren applies a forensic approach to cases. She is an experienced advocate.

‘Isabel van Tuyll van Serooskerken has a client-friendly approach and is extremely responsive and diligent. What clients also appreciate about her is that she provides advice in a digestible and highly commercial manner.

‘Christoph Jeloschek is a very good lawyer for cross-border cases and is very knowledgeable in international and European procedural law. He has a hands-on approach, and is very easy to work with.’

Key clients

Nike and Converse










ABN Amro Bank


Trouw Nutrition

UCI (Union Cyclists Internationale)

Work highlights

  • Represented Azerion in a highly publicised conflict with its partner Bidstack Ltd.

Netherlands > Real estate Tier 5

Kennedy Van der Laan covers a wide array of real estate issues, notably zoning and environmental law, procurement, leasing and real estate M&A. The team has also been increasing its expertise in circular buildings and sustainability. Richard-Jan Roks and Eline Goemans jointly lead the practice, with Roks advising on construction and procurement issues within the healthcare sector, and Goemans handling all project-related real estate work, including litigation.

Practice head(s):

Richard-Jan Roks; Eline Goemans

Other key lawyers:

Loes ter Meer


‘Kennedy van der Laan is a renowned law firm and very good in terms of work. Service is fast and advice is tailor-made.’

‘Eline Goemans is one of the best real estate lawyers I know and have worked with. She is very good in terms of content and, if necessary, she can litigate well. Eline is a good advocate, is very sharp in court. In short, she’s a top lawyer.’

‘Without the input and guidance of Kennedy van der Laan we would not have achieved the very favourable result in our negotiations. They provide clear and solid guidance on an area of Dutch law that was changing over the past few years.’

‘We received solid guidance on Dutch real estate law and ensured that we were able to get an outstanding issue concluded in a short period of time.’

‘Eline Goemans is a very experienced lawyer with a good knowledge of the law and the ability to provide simple but practical advice.’

Key clients

A&O Hostels

Schiphol Airport

AEW Europe

Raiffeisen Bank



AviaRent Invest

Primonial REIM

Amerborgh International

Via Outlets

Fairtree Capital

Valentino Nederland B.V.

Future Proof Shipping B.V.

Landal Greenparks



Clink Hostels

HR Hotel Group

PPHE Hotel Group

Leonardo Hotels

De Alliantie

Eigen Haard

Omnia Wonen


Vodafone Ziggo

Nike Europe



Geldmaat B.V.

UPS SCS (Nederland) B.V.

Atlas Edge



Work highlights

  • Assisting Future Proof Shipping with an innovative project to build and operate a fleet of more than 10 zero-emission inland and shortsea vessels.
  • Assisting Nike Europe with lease and construction agreements in the Netherlands, as well as the redevelopment of its EMEA headquarters in the Netherlands.

Netherlands > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 6

Kennedy Van der Laan's workload includes M&A transactions, corporate governance issues, restructurings, and management participations. The practice is jointly led by M&A and private equity specialist Gaby Heere and Jan-Berend Möller, who handles domestic and cross-border transactions for clients in the tech, construction and healthcare sectors. Lukas Suijkerbuijk is well versed in handling M&A deals in the healthcare space.

Practice head(s):

Gaby Heere; Jan-Berend Möller

Other key lawyers:


‘They provide guidance and keep their cool in continuously changing situations, and understand our business needs. They are also down-to-earth and have a good network of corresponding firms.’

‘Gaby Heere is pragmatic, thinks outside the box and understands our needs.’

‘KVDL have provided helpful and prompt advice on a range of matters for us over the years – they are a good choice for Dutch advice.’

‘Quick, professional, and positive – they get the deal done.’

‘Hands-on and committed to getting the deal done; they have strong sector knowledge.’

‘Great, no-nonsense collaboration with Gaby Heere and Jan-Berend Möller.’

‘A very pleasant team – very accessible, absolutely communicative and responsive. The KVDL team thinks along with us, points out further options and we feel we can trust them.’

‘Jan-Berend Möller is exceptionally bright and open-minded.’

Key clients

TBI Holdings


Karmijn Kapitaal


TSG Netherlands

Keolis Internationaal

Delta Participaties

Amerborgh Hotel Vastgoed


Croonwolter & dros




Work highlights

  • Advised Straco PE on the acquisition of Welten Groep from One Two Capital.
  • Advised TBI Holdings on the acquisition of Rutges Vernieuwt.

Kennedy van der Laan is an independent Dutch law firm, based in Amsterdam. We service both national and international clients from a broad variety of industries, on multiple topics. For over 30 years we have serviced market leaders with specialist legal know-how .

We have a broad range of legal expertise. Together with our clients, we look at the business, people and society with an open mind. Thanks to our deep specialist legal know-how and knowledge of the sectors of industry, we are able to reach pragmatic solutions that help our clients directly.

Our advice is always concise, clear and guiding.

Department Name Email Telephone
Banking and finance Bart de Man +31 20 5506 841
Banking and finance Joris van Horzen +31 20 5506 655
Commercial and International Trade Martine de Koning +31 20 5506 639
Labour and Employment Ester Damen +31 20 5506 667
Labour and Employment Chris Nekeman +31 20 5506 676
Labour and Employment Soo-Ja Schijf +31 20 5506 832
Insurance and liability Erik van Orsouw +31 20 5506 878
Insurance and liability Frits van der Woude +31 20 5506 879
Insurance and liability Jan Broekhuizen +31 20 5506 629
Insurance and Liability Petra Oskam +31 20 5506 685
Insurance and liability Peter van den Broek +31 20 5506 669
Insurance and liability Chris van Dijk +31 20 5506 661
Healthcare Fenna van Dijk +31 20 5506 680
IT Judica Krikke +31 20 5506 836
IT Patrick Wit +31 20 5506 642
IT Reinoud Westerdijk +31 20 5506 638
IT Joost Schmaal +31 20 5506 883
IT Christoph Jeloschek +31 20 5506 846
IT Veerle van Druenen +31 20 5506 688
Litigation and Arbitration Christoph Jeloschek +31 20 5506 846
Litigation and Arbitration Isabel van Tuyll van Serooskerken +31 20 5506 820
Media and Intellectual Property Jens van den Brink +31 20 5506 843
Media and Intellectual Property Alfred Meijboom +31 20 5506 633
Media and Intellectual Property Maarten Schut +31 20 5506 644
Public Procurement Reinoud Westerdijk +31 20 5506 638
Privacy Hester de Vries +31 20 5506 657
Privacy Quirine Tjeenk Willink +31 20 5506 615
Privacy Rosalie Brand +31 20 5506 611
Competition/European Annemieke van der Beek +31 20 5506 684
Real Estate and Construction Richard-Jan Roks +31 20 5506 650
Real Estate and Construction Eline Goemens +31 20 5506 664
Corporate/M&A Jan-Berend Möller +31 20 5506 823
Corporate/M&A Gaby Heere +31 20 5506 824
Telecoms Quirine Tjeenk Willink +31 20 5506 615
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Jelle Blom photo Mr Jelle Blom Partner
Tosca Bokhove photo Ms Tosca Bokhove Attorney at law
Rosalie Brand photo Ms Rosalie Brand Partner
Jan Broekhuizen photo Mr Jan Broekhuizen Partner
Michiel Coops photo Mr Michiel Coops Attorney at law
Ester Damen photo Ms Ester Damen Partner
Eline Goemans photo Ms Eline Goemans Associate partner
Gaby Heere photo Ms Gaby Heere Partner
Christoph Jeloschek photo Mr Christoph Jeloschek Partner
Peter Kramer photo Mr Peter Kramer Counsel
Judica Krikke photo Ms Judica Krikke Partner
Eline Lam photo Ms Eline Lam Attorney at law
Lisa Lander photo Ms Lisa Lander Attorney at law
Alfred Meijboom photo Mr Alfred Meijboom Partner
Leon Mensink photo Mr Leon Mensink Attorney at law
Jan-Berend Möller photo Mr Jan-Berend Möller Partner
Chris Nekeman photo Mr Chris Nekeman Partner
Lotte Oranje photo Ms Lotte Oranje Attorney at law
Petra Oskam photo Ms Petra Oskam Partner
Richard-Jan Roks photo Mr Richard-Jan Roks Partner
Richard-Jan Roks photo Mr Richard-Jan Roks Partner
Soo-Ja Schijf photo Ms Soo-Ja Schijf Partner
Joost Schmaal photo Mr Joost Schmaal Partner
Maarten Schut photo Mr Maarten Schut Partner
Renske Sinke photo Ms Renske Sinke Attorney at law
Astrid Sixma photo Ms Astrid Sixma Partner
Joran Spauwen photo Mr Joran Spauwen Partner
Lukas Suijkerbuijk photo Mr Lukas Suijkerbuijk Attorney at Law
Quirine Tjeenk Willink photo Ms Quirine Tjeenk Willink Partner
Elise Troll photo Ms Elise Troll Attorney at law
Joris Van Horzen photo Mr Joris Van Horzen Partner
Jens Van den Brink photo Mr Jens Van den Brink Partner
Robert Vodegel photo Mr Robert Vodegel Attorney at Law
Reinoud Westerdijk photo Mr Reinoud Westerdijk Partner
Mark Wisse photo Mr Mark Wisse Attorney at law
Patrick Wit photo Mr Patrick Wit Partner
Minke de Haan photo Ms Minke de Haan Attorney at Law
Martine de Koning photo Ms Martine de Koning Partner
Bart de Man photo Mr Bart de Man Partner
Hester de Vries photo Ms Hester de Vries Partner
Noor de Werd photo Ms Noor de Werd Attorney at law
Anne ten Brummelhuis photo Ms Anne ten Brummelhuis Attorney at Law
Martijn van Bemmel photo Mr Martijn van Bemmel Attorney at law
Chris van Dijk photo Mr Chris van Dijk Partner
Fenna van Dijk photo Ms Fenna van Dijk Partner
Veerle van Druenen photo Ms Veerle van Druenen Partner
Daan  van Lier photo Mr Daan van Lier Attorney at law
Daan  van Lier photo Mr Daan van Lier Attorney at law
Sophie van Loon photo Ms Sophie van Loon Partner
Erik van Orsouw photo Mr Erik van Orsouw Partner
Isabel van Tuyll van Serooskerken photo Ms Isabel van Tuyll van Serooskerken Partner
Lisa van Vliet photo Ms Lisa van Vliet Attorney at law
Peter van den Broek photo Mr Peter van den Broek Partner
Annemieke van der Beek photo Ms Annemieke van der Beek Partner
Marit van der Pool photo Ms Marit van der Pool Partner
Frits van der Woude photo Mr Frits van der Woude Partner
Reindert van der Zaal photo Mr Reindert van der Zaal Partner
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CLIENT: Brian Newman

COMPANY/FIRM: Vice President International HR, LiveNation Entertainment

TESTIMONIAL: Soo-Ja Schijf has successfully advised us on employment matters within our international business. She is extremely responsive in terms of timing and understands the international context of our entertainment business with different issues and challenges. I value her strong international focus and her pragmatic and very solution-focused approach. With Soo-Ja we are on the right track.

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COMPANY/FIRM: Sales Excellence and Licensing Lead, Microsoft Switzerland

TESTIMONIAL: I have worked with Reinoud Westerdijk on some of the largest and most complex licensing and cloud deals that I have ever been involved in in my 10+ year experience at Microsoft. Reinoud provided excellent support with these global deals, not only in his field of expertise but also as a great sparring partner helping us to shape the business partnerships and the negotiation outcome. This took a lot of hard work and dedication. Reinoud’s highly efficient and professional work-style combined with his positive and constructive attitude made it always a great pleasure for me to work with him.

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TESTIMONIAL: “Orange has worked with Alfred Meijboom at KVdL for a number of years and very much values his high quality advice.   He consistently obtains the best results for our Orange Brand in the Netherlands”