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Kennedy Van der Laan Offices
P.O. Box 58188, 1040HD
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Kennedy Van der Laan > The Legal 500 Rankings
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.
‘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.’
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.
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.
‘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.‘
Koninklijke Ahold Delhaize
ABN Amro Bank
Northgate Public Services
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.
‘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.’
Alu Design & Services AS
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.
Municipality of Amsterdam
Port of Amsterdam
Municipality of Groningen
Prinses Máxima Centrum for Child Oncologie
PPHE Hotel Group
Grand City Hotel Group
Bouwbedrijf de Nijs
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 'experienced' Peter 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 Dijk, Frits van der Woude, Petra Oskam and senior associate Mark Wisse.
‘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.‘
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.
‘Extremely professional and well organised’
‘Alfred Meijboom and Jens van den Brink are both excellent lawyers’
Nike / Converse
PVH (Tommy Hilfiger/Calvin Klein)
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.
‘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.‘
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.
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'.
‘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‘.
Taskforce Integrale Geboortezorg
Port of Amsterdam
Bureau Krediet Registratie
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.
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'.
‘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.‘
Port of Amsterdam
Quest for Property
Multi Netherlands B.V. 15
HR Hotel Group
PPHE Hotel Group
Hard Rock International
Brownhouse Hotels & Resorts
Bouwbedrijf De Nijs
ABN Amro Bank
Van Lanschot Bank
IMO Car Wash
Here Europe BV
Prinses Maxima Centrum for Child Oncology
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.
Kennedy Van der Laan > Firm Profile
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.
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Staff FiguresNumber of lawyers : 100
LanguagesDutch English French German
MembershipsAIJA BioLegis EuroFranchise Lawyers (EFL Group) EuroITCounsel IAPP IBA INTA ITechLaw TerraLex
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CLIENT: Steven de Schrijver
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. Reinouds 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.
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- Industry focus: Information technology
- Industry focus: Media and entertainment
- Industry focus: retail