Firm Profile > Kennedy Van der Laan > Amsterdam, Netherlands

Kennedy Van der Laan
MOLENWERF 16
1014 BG
P.O. Box 58188, 1040HD
Netherlands

Data privacy and data protection Tier 1

The Kennedy Van der Laan team is noted for combining its legal expertise with a thorough understanding of the technologies involved. The practice assists clients with all the various uses of commercial data, including big data, and advises on contractual and regulatory matters as well as investigations and enforcement cases. Its broad client roster includes those in the financial, healthcare and transport and logistics sectors. Hester de Vries, who has a background at the Dutch Data Protection Authority, is highly recommended and Quirine Tjeenk Willink is considered 'best in class' for complicated cases.

Practice head(s):

Hester de Vries

Testimonials

‘The privacy team combines first-class legal knowledge with an in-depth understanding of technologies.’

‘Best in class is without any doubt is Quirine Tjeenk Willink. She’s the must-see counsel for top-notch, hands-on advice in complicated matters.’ 

Key clients

TNT/FedEx

Vrije Universiteit

Stichting BKR

UNSense

VodafoneZiggo

Dispute resolution: Mediation Tier 1

Eva Knipschild heads the practice at Kennedy Van der Laan, which mediates in cases relating to employment law, insurance liability, and financial losses, among others. The team has been engaged in high-profile mediation in Dutch and English.

Practice head(s):

Eva Knipschild

Industry focus: Information technology Tier 1

Kennedy Van der Laan provides sound advice combined with an understanding of current technologies. The team, which is led by Patrick Wit, handles the full gamut of transactional, regulatory and contentious work, which extends to e-commerce, blockchain, smart contracts and cybersecurity mandates. Wit's client roster encompasses financial and retail sector clients undertaking digital transformations and fintech start-ups. Reinoud Westerdijk and associate partner Joost Schmaal, who has 'tremendous insight into the IT landscape', are other key team members.

Practice head(s):

Patrick Wit

Testimonials

Kennedy Van der Laan is making an (in my view) exceptional effort to know our business and act as if the assisting lawyers are part of our internal legal function. They have direct contact with our internal and external stakeholders and know very well when to involve members of the legal team. They have a neat feeling for internal politics and with KDVL involved I know that our best interest is always taken into account.’

‘Joost Schmaal and his team have been providing high-quality support in relation to our IT contracting needs. Joost has tremendous insight in the IT landscape and understands our business very well. Due to a mixture of legal knowledge and technical understanding he is able to narrow down on key requirements. This, combined with his excellent negotiation skills, makes him a vital link in the successful closure of many IT projects. Joost is also very approachable and committed.’

‘I would also like to mention associate Esther van Genuchten who is very bright and capable.

Key clients

Koninklijke Ahold Delhaize

Microsoft

ABN Amro Bank

VodafoneZiggo

Hiscox

Amsterdam UMC

Northgate Public Services

Industry focus: Media and entertainment Tier 1

At Kennedy Van der Laan, Jens van den Brink litigates on behalf of national and international media companies, often at the intersection of IP, privacy, and free speech. He also regularly handles entertainment law issues, varying from image rights to format and licensing issues. Emiel Jurjens provides expert advice on media regulation to Dutch and international online platforms. Counsel Christien Wildeman, who has a strong focus on defamation cases, is also recommended.

Industry focus: retail Tier 1

The Kennedy Van der Laan practice fields 'one of the leading teams in the Netherlands'. Martine de Koning heads up the group and, alongside her EU competition expertise, she is considered 'one of the best franchise lawyers'. Associate partner Bart-Adriaan de Ruijter handles a range of transactions, contentious matters and Brexit-related issues for retail clients, while senior associate Jelle Blom focuses on commercial and international trade matters. Acting for household-name clients, the team handles domestic and cross-border matters including joint ventures, distribution and licence agreements, competition and anti-trust work, and real estate mandates alongside the related litigation and arbitration proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Martine de Koning

Testimonials

‘The franchise and retail team of KvdL is one of the leading teams in the Netherlands. It is always a pleasure to work with them.’ 

‘Martine de Koning is one of the best franchise lawyers worldwide. She combines civil and consumer law, competition law and trade mark law in a unique and excellent way.’

‘The team is very successful in providing high level legal assessment together with a very good understanding of business environment.’

‘We have worked closely with Martine de Koning, Jelle Blom and Renske Sinke. Between them they share excellent knowledge of the legal issues that are relevant when working in retail and they know how to “translate” this knowledge to make it work on a practical level.’

Key clients

Nike

Converse

Ahold

BALR B.V.

Secrid

UPS

Marriott

G-Star

Forbo Group

Alu Design & Services AS

Rituals

Elekta Nucletron

Athena

Construction Tier 2

Kennedy Van der Laan advises all parties in construction matters, from contractors and developers to large corporates, handling all aspects of work from the initial tender phase through to turn-key purchase agreements and post-construction litigation and arbitration. The practice is jointly headed by Richard-Jan Roks, who is highly regarded for procurement and contract matters, and Nico Jacobs, who is especially strong in the hospitality sector.

Practice head(s):

Richard Jan Roks; Nico Jacobs

Key clients

Municipality of Amsterdam

Port of Amsterdam

Municipality of Groningen

Prinses Máxima Centrum for Child Oncologie

ABN AMRO

VUmc

Nike Europe

Vink Bouw

IQNN

PPHE Hotel Group

Grand City Hotel Group

Maarsen Groep

Schiphol Airport

Bouwbedrijf de Nijs

Bouwmaatschappij Weboma

MVDRV

Rijnboutt

Zurich

AIG

AEW Europe

Raiffeissen Bank

Blauwhoed

VolkerWessels

De Alliantie

Neutelings Riedijk

HP Nederland

Insurance Tier 2

The team at Kennedy Van der Laan 'provides practical solutions' and also stands out for its 'strong personal relationship' with clients. The firm has a strong record in advising on all aspects of Dutch and European financial services regulation applicable to insurers, brokers and other insurance distributors, as well as assisting with claims and reviewing policy wordings. The 'experiencedPeter van den Broek specialises in product recall. For corporate insurance matters, Jan Broekhuizen is the name to note and Erik van Orsouw leads on work with insurance brokers and intermediaries. Also recommended are Chris van DijkFrits van der WoudePetra Oskam and senior associate Mark Wisse.

Practice head(s):

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

Testimonials

Good quality of work, accessibility, open to discussion. Work gets done on time. Their advice provides practical solutions with a firm legal basis. I do like theorising, but they understand when this is not opportune.

The team has high level knowledge in the area of liability and professional liability. We can make use of the knowledge of the team to enlarge our knowledge. The team can advise us in different matters on our speciality, the professional liability of financial advisers and real estate agents.

The lawyers are accessible and open.

The team is very engaged, accessible and knowledgeable. Team members are always ready to engage and work towards practicable solutions. I would highly recommend the team for matters in the field of insurance and professional liability.

Michiel Lubbers is a very accessible and engaged attorney. He is very knowledgeable in his field, insurance and professional liability. Michiel is a very effective and hands-on attorney who is always prepared to go the extra mile for his client. Would highly recommend. Peter Kramer is a very knowledgeable and accessible attorney in the field of insurance and professional liability who is effective and hands-on representing his clients. Would highly recommend. Marit van der Pool is a very knowledgeable and effective attorney in professional liability and insurance. I would especially highly recommend Marit with regards to accountant professional liability.

Strong personal relationship, variation with individual services provided.

In depth insurance market knowledge. Efficient. Easy to deal with.

Peter van den Broek: experienced, efficient, not only a lawyer but also a trusted adviser.

Key clients

Amlin

Zurich

VvAA/Medrisk

VGA

De Vereende

Ahold

RSA

Allianz

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

Kennedy Van der Laan's IP practice handles both contentious and non-contentious work in the areas of trade marks, copyright, designs, licensing, R&D, trade secrets and patents. The firm has a strong presence in the technology, media, and fashion and luxury sectors; key clients include Fossil and Philipp Plein. Alfred Meijboom and Maarten Schut lead the department and both advised Orange on trade mark infringement matters. Sophie van Loon specialises in copyright law and is representing KNMT in a major dispute with collecting rights society Buma. Also recommended are senior associates Reindert van der Zaal and Joran Spauwen.

Practice head(s):

Alfred Meijboom; Maarten Schut

Testimonials

‘Extremely professional and well organised’

‘Alfred Meijboom and Jens van den Brink are both excellent lawyers’

Key clients

Nike / Converse

PVH (Tommy Hilfiger/Calvin Klein)

Vodafone/Ziggo

Lacoste

Orange

Microsoft

Superdry

Nutreco

Fossil

ASML

Beiersdorf

UNStudio

Agicoa

Intravacc

Syngenta

Employment Tier 3

Kennedy Van der Laan's three-partner employment team provides the full range of employment law services for both national and international clients. Chris Nekeman focuses primarily on  employee co-governance, union negotiations, and outsourcing mandates for Dutch companies. Eva Knipschild is high recommended for work involving flexible employment, and Soo-Ja Schijf is a key contact for international clients seeking advice on cross-border matters involving restructuring and TUPE. Employment-focused data protection specialist Ester Damen was appointed as an associate-partner of the firm in July 2019.

Testimonials

We like the fact Kennedy’s people are really down to earth. 

It is a great pleasure to work with Kennedy because of their expertise and flexibility.

 

Key clients

Microsoft

Nike

Syngenta

Unisys

PriceWaterhouseCoopers

Sodexo

VodafoneZiggo

G-Star

CGI

Rabobank

Environment and planning Tier 3

The Kennedy Van der Laan environment and planning team cover spatial administrative, environmental, and nature conservation law. The firm advises Dutch municipalities on areas such as the construction of wind farms and the realization of business parks. Key clients include the Port of Amsterdam, Avandis (Lucas Bols), and Urban Interest. Practice head Anita Nijboer is particularly active in environment and permitting law and is assisting the municipalities of Duiven and Montferland with the development of business parks.

Practice head(s):

Anita Nijboer

Key clients

Port of Amsterdam

Avandis (Lucas Bols)

Urban Interest

Municipality of Duiven

Municipality of Montferland

Museum Voorlinden

Colorcon

Nederlands Auschwitz Comité

You Hotel

Maritim Hotel

De Alliantie

EU and competition Tier 3

Kennedy Van der Laan displays deep expertise in the banking and financial sector, regularly advising the three largest Dutch banks (ING, Rabobank, ABN AMRO). A notable matter highlight involved practice head Annemieke van der Beek and Martijn van Bemmel advising Dutch Payments Association regarding a dawn raid and the following procedure. Martine de Koning is another key member of the team and leads cases on abuse of dominance, vertical restraints and transfer of technology. Clients praise the competition team for its 'high-quality work' and 'professional, knowledgeable and practical lawyers'.

Practice head(s):

Annemieke van der Beek

Testimonials

The competition law team at Kennedy Van der Laan consists of professional, knowledgeable and practical lawyers, who are very effective in obtaining the required results. They are thorough and deliver high-quality work‘.

I have worked with Martijn on a complex matter of competition law relating to the Dutch lottery system. He has extensive knowledge of competition law and is a really clever and skillful lawyer. Martijn is a great professional, who is positive and efficient at getting deals done. I can highly recommend him to others who require high-quality and practical legal advice‘.

Annemieke van der Beek. Very nice to work with, a real professional with a sharp insight into the client’s business‘.

Key clients

Geldmaat

NIKE

NS

GVB

ING

Rabobank

ABN AMRO

Betaalvereniging Nederland

Converse

G-Star

Global-e

Secrid

Taskforce Integrale Geboortezorg

VZVZ

Port of Amsterdam

Bureau Krediet Registratie

Stichting KOMO

Industry focus: healthcare and life sciences Tier 3

At Kennedy Van der Laan, Fenna van Dijk assists healthcare clients with corporate matters, and IP specialist Maarten Schut advises on a range of issues in the life sciences arena including R&D collaborations, licensing work and the protection of trade secrets. The team also acts for its healthcare clients on mergers, the establishment of joint ventures, medical liability cases, disciplinary actions and data protection mandates.

Practice head(s):

Fenna van Dijk; Maarten Schut

Key clients

Mentaal Beter

Oncode Institute

Arts en Zorg

Intravacc

Aidsfonds

AmbulanceAmsterdam

GGZ inGeest

Cantel Medical /Medivators

Heliomare

Reade

KenniscentrumPalliatieve Zorg

Nutreco

Syngenta

IXA (TTO of VU University andVUmc)

Real estate Tier 4

The team at Kennedy Van der Laan advises on all stages of the life cycle of real estate projects from area development, due diligence and the acquisition of property, through redevelopment and construction, to property management and leasing, as well as the disposal of property. The firm's 'deep insight into the business model of hotel operators' gives it particular expertise in the hospitality sector. The recent arrival of Anita Nijboer from Ekelmans & Meijer Advocaten strengthens the practice's ability to assist with environmental and zoning matters. Richard-Jan Roks and Nico Jacobs jointly head the practice, which also includes senior associate Anne-Christine Keuning, who 'has profound legal knowledge and looks into matters very diligently and thoughtfully'.

Practice head(s):

Nico Jacobs; Richard-Jan Roks

Testimonials

Good mix.

Team leader has deep insight into the business model of hotel operators.

Although we work with several people from Kennedy Van der Laan in various cases, I have the feeling that everybody on the team is fully aware of the issues going on and helps each other. This means that the communication within the team is very good and efficient and that team work is not only a slogan but is put into action.

Anne-Christine Keuning: we have worked with Anne-Christine now for several years and she is outstanding because of her unconventional approach. Although she seems to be not a typical lawyer she has profound legal knowledge and looks into the matters very diligently and thoughtfully. Lieke Feenstra: Lieke takes care of our administrative law matters. She works with incredible effort, reacts very quickly and provides a very high level of service.

Key clients

Port of Amsterdam

AEW Europe

Raiffeisen Bank

IQNN Vastgoed

Vink Bouw

Blauwhoed

Life N.V.

Quest for Property

Fairtree Capital

Multi Netherlands B.V. 15

NEOO

Marriott Hotels

NH Hotels

HR Hotel Group

PPHE Hotel Group

Hard Rock International

Brownhouse Hotels & Resorts

Ymere

De Key

De Alliantie

Eigen Haard

Rijnboutt

MVDRV

Bouwbedrijf De Nijs

Mace

Volker Wessels

ABN Amro Bank

Van Lanschot Bank

Vodafone Ziggo

IMO Car Wash

Nike Europe

Via Outlets

G-Star

Valentino S.p.a

Marc O’Polo

Here Europe BV

Zamro

Chargepoint

Swarovski

Diesel

Indeed

HP

Forpeople

Cantel Medical

Colorcon

AMC

Prinses Maxima Centrum for Child Oncology

Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation Tier 5

A notable list of clients, including Tommy Hilfiger, Converse, Chubb, Allianz, and Fujifilm turn to the team at Kennedy Van der Laan for assistance with commercial litigation. Work handled by the firm spans contract disputes, interim relief proceedings, and pre-trial actions. A team led by Martine de Koning is representing Nike in cross-border litigation regarding online sales restrictions in its selective distribution policy. Also recommended are joint practice heads Christoph Jeloschek and Bart-Adriaan de Ruijter; the latter specialises particularly in matters concerning D&O liability.

Practice head(s):

Christoph Jeloschek; Bart-Adriaan de Ruijter

Key clients

Nike

Converse

Microsoft

Vodafone/Ziggo

Syngenta

Facebook

Liberty Global

Henkel

G-Star Raw

ABN AMRO Bank

Hiscox

Northgate Public Services Ltd.

Paragon Offshore Enterprises

Fortinet

We are an independent Dutch law firm.

For over 25 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 bart.de.man@kvdl.com +31 20 5506 841
Banking and finance Joris van Horzen joris.van.horzen@kvdl.com +31 20 5506 655
Banking and finance Jan Broekhuizen jan.broekhuizen@kvdl.com +31 20 5506 629
Commercial and International Trade Martine de Koning martine.de.koning@kvdl.com +31 20 5506 639
Competition/European Annemieke van der Beek annemieke.van.der.beek@kvdl.com +31 20 5506 684
Construction and Real Estate Nico Jacobs nico.jacobs@kvdl.com +31 20 5506686
Labour and Employment Eva Knipschild eva.knipschild@kvdl.com +31 20 5506 840
Labour and Employment Chris Nekeman chris.nekeman@kvdl.com +31 20 5506 676
Insurance and liability Frits van der Woude frits.van.der.woude@kvdl.com +31 20 5506 879
Insurance and liability Chris van Dijk chris.van.dijk@kvdl.com +31 20 5506 661
Insurance and liability Erik van Orsouw erik.van.orsouw@kvdl.com +31 20 5506 878
Insurance and liability Peter van den Broek peter.van.den.broek@kvdl.com +31 20 5506 669
Healthcare Fenna van Dijk fenna.van.dijk@kvdl.com +31 20 5506 680
Corporate Transactions Meltem Koning-Gungormez meltem.koning@kvdl.com +31 20 5506 621
IT Patrick Wit patrick.wit@kvdl.com +31 20 5506 642
IT Reinoud Westerdijk reinoud.westerdijk@kvdl.com +31 20 5506 638
Litigation and Arbitration Christoph Jeloschek christoph.jeloschek@kvdl.com +31 20 5506 846
Media and Intellectual Property Jens van den Brink jens.van.den.brink@kvdl.com +31 20 5506 843
Media and Intellectual Property Alfred Meijboom alfred.meijboom@kvdl.com +31 20 5506 633
Media and Intellectual Property Maarten Schut maarten.schut@kvdl.com +31 20 5506 644
Public Procurement Reinoud Westerdijk reinoud.westerdijk@kvdl.com +31 20 5506 638
Privacy Hester de Vries hester.de.vries@kvdl.com +31 20 5506 657
Privacy Nicole Wolters Ruckert nicole.wolters.ruckert@kvdl.com +31 20 5506 646
Public Law Jan van der Grinten jan.van.der.grinten@kvdl.com +31 20 5506 852
Real Estate and Construction Richard-Jan Roks richard-jan.roks@kvdl.com +31 20 5506 650
Mediation Eva Knipschild eva.knipschild@kvdl.com +31 20 5506 840
IT Christoph Jeloschek christoph.jeloschek@kvdl.com +31 20 5506 846
Insurance and Liability Petra Oskam petra.oskam@kvdl.com +31 20 5506 685
Privacy Quirine Tjeenk Willink Quirine.Tjeenk.Willink@kvdl.com +31 20 5506 615
Real Estate and Construction Richard-Jan Roks richard-jan.roks@kvdl.com +31 20 5506 650
Labour and Employment Soo-Ja Schijf s.schijf@kvdl.com +31 20 5506 832
Real Estate and Construction Eline Goemens eline.goemans@kvdl.com +31 20 5506 664
Corporate Transactions Erik Stegerhoek erik.stegerhoek@kvdl.com +31 20 5506 627
IT Joost Schmaal joost.schmaal@kvdl.com +31 20 5506 883
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Jan Broekhuizen  photo Mr Jan Broekhuizen
Ms Eline Goemans  photo Ms Eline Goemans
Mr Nico Jacobs  photo Mr Nico Jacobs
Mr Christoph Jeloschek  photo Mr Christoph Jeloschek
Ms Eva Knipschild  photo Ms Eva Knipschild
Ms Meltem Koning  photo Ms Meltem Koning
Mr Alfred Meijboom  photo Mr Alfred Meijboom
Mr Chris Nekeman  photo Mr Chris Nekeman
Ms Petra Oskam  photo Ms Petra Oskam
Mr Richard Jan Roks  photo Mr Richard Jan Roks
Ms Soo-Ja Schijf  photo Ms Soo-Ja Schijf
Mr Joost Schmaal  photo Mr Joost Schmaal
Mr Maarten Schut  photo Mr Maarten Schut
Mr Erik Stegerhoek  photo Mr Erik Stegerhoek
Ms Quirine Tjeenk Willink  photo Ms Quirine Tjeenk Willink
Mr Joris Van Horzen  photo Mr Joris Van Horzen
Mr Jens Van den Brink  photo Mr Jens Van den Brink
Mr Reinoud Westerdijk  photo Mr Reinoud Westerdijk
Mr Patrick Wit  photo Mr Patrick Wit
Ms Nicole Wolters Ruckert  photo Ms Nicole Wolters Ruckert
Ms Martine de Koning  photo Ms Martine de Koning
Mr Bart de Man  photo Mr Bart de Man
Ms Hester de Vries  photo Ms Hester de Vries
Mr Chris van Dijk  photo Mr Chris van Dijk
Ms Fenna van Dijk  photo Ms Fenna van Dijk
Mr Erik van Orsouw  photo Mr Erik van Orsouw
Mr Peter van den Broek  photo Mr Peter van den Broek
Ms Annemieke van der Beek  photo Ms Annemieke van der Beek
Mr Jan van der Grinten  photo Mr Jan van der Grinten
Mr Frits van der Woude  photo Mr Frits van der Woude
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Contact : Joost Linnemann, CEO (joost.linnemann@kvdl.com)

CLIENT: Steven de Schrijver

COMPANY/FIRM: Astrea

TESTIMONIAL: People are very laid back but still very professional. I always get advice within budget, within the time limits requested. So it is very pleasant to work with. The firm is not only after profit, but good client relationships and good quality of work.


CLIENT: Johan Kahn

COMPANY/FIRM: Kahn Pedersen

TESTIMONIAL: I think our view of Kennedy Van der Laan is very inspiring We look to Kennedy Van der Laan for inspiration and motivation.


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.


CLIENT: Martin Haas

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.


CLIENT: Monique van Diessen

COMPANY/FIRM: Managing Attorney Nike Europe

TESTIMONIAL: ‘We highly recommend Martine de Koning, first and foremost because of her knowledge and creativity in providing solutions and strategic thinking’. Martine de Koning has worked for sports products manufacturer Nike and Converse on franchise, distribution, agency, procurement and competition law, including litigation and arbitration, for over 15 years.


CLIENT: Sarah Humphries

COMPANY/FIRM: Orange Brand Services Limited

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”


For us it is a given that the best teams are diverse teams, made up from people from different backgrounds. This is why diversity is a key theme when we source future talent. For our team members we invest in deep knowledge, capability development of hard and soft skills, irrespective of gender, age, nationality, sexual preference, ethnicity, disability, religion or background. We also encourage everyone to train, develop and utilize their experience for the benefit of the wider teams.

We have around 20% of female partners at the top. We signed the letter of intent of the Bar, promising to promote diversity within our profession. Furthermore, we believe that actively promoting diversity means creating an inclusive work environment that allows for personal growth, an environment where everyone has the headspace and opportunity to succeed, and to develop beyond their current field of expertise. This is why we embrace flexible working principles for everyone.