Kennedy Van der Laan > Amsterdam, Netherlands > Firm Profile

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

Netherlands > Data privacy and data protection Tier 1

Kennedy Van der Laan has ‘unique expertise in the area of cybersecurity’. Head of the data protection practice Hester de Vries is testament to this, advising public sector and private sector clients, operating in complex new digital ecosystems, such as digital payments and gaming, on data protection governance. De Vries also represents clients against imposed fines by the Dutch Data Protection Authority and is a key contact for public sector clients investigating data-related issues. Experienced litigator Quirine Tjeenk Willink is known for representing clients in enforcement and fining procedures. Senior associate Elise Troll advises clients on the implementation of privacy compliance in healthcare apps, data sharing platforms and smart traffic solutions. Senior associate Rosalie Brand adds another layer to the practice, specialising in cyber incidents. The arrival of Judica Krikke from Stibbe, where she led the IT, IP and data protection teams, strengthens the practice further.

Practice head(s):

Hester de Vries; Quirine Tjeenk Willink

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Strong expertise in cybersecurity and especially Ransomware incidents. Also, highly professional and flexible.’

‘Unique expertise in the area of cybersecurity.’

‘The lawyers in the privacy team of Kennedy van der Laan are extremely knowledgeable in the field of privacy. Their advice meets the needs of our organization in this field.’

‘The practice is unique due to the possibility of a multidisciplinary approach in a file. Potential clients want to know the experience of the lawyers in their field of attention. Compared to other firms, Kennedy van der Laan is in our opinion one of the top firms.’

‘Hester de Vries, Elise Troll and Cees Plaizier all stand out because of their personal approach, with a detailed attention to the client combined with their experience and knowledge in the field of privacy.’

Key clients

Azerion

Royal Schiphol Group

FedEx

UNSense

Stichting BKR

Northwave

Translink Systems B.V.

VZVZ

Stichting Aidsfonds

Work highlights

  • Advising Translink on setting up data protection governance, data protection compliance and a data protection arrangement between the parties involved in the new OV-pay ecosystem.
  • Advising Northwave on obligations for the Dutch Data Protection Authority, Authority Financial Markets, National Cyber Security Centre and other supervisory authorities.
  • Representing Stichting BKR in proceedings against the Dutch Data Protection Authority and advising on GDPR compliance.

Netherlands > Industry focus: Information technology Tier 1

With the arrival of Judica Krikke, former head of Stibbe‘s IT department, in March 2023, Kennedy Van der Laan continues to be a go-to for clients seeking advice on major projects. Krikke not only brings expertise on IT procurement processes and ERP contracting but also represents clients in disputes concerning failed IT implementations. Patrick Wit works on tech projects, IT contracting, cybersecurity and digital transformations. Reinoud Westerdijk  specialises in IT contractual joint ventures and public procurements and acts for high-tech suppliers and service providers. Christoph Jeloschek acts for large Dutch and international companies on cross-border litigations and complex IT disputes concerning failed IT projects. Joost Schmaal assists with emerging technologies such as smart contracts and AI. Senior associates Astrid Sixma and Veerle van Druenen provide outstanding support and lead on large-scale transactions involving the integration of technology in transport projects.

Practice head(s):

Patrick Wit; Reinoud Westerdijk; Joost Schmaal; Christoph Jeloschek

Other key lawyers:

Astrid Sixma; Veerle Van Druenen; Judica Krikke

Testimonials

‘Super-fast and quick thinkers; are able to make a relatively simple overview on complex contracts and deviations.’

‘Joost Schmaal is always enthusiastic and able to deliver.’

‘Impressive market presence – leading practice.’

‘Patrick Wit is very confident, convincing and result oriented.’

Key clients

Microsoft

CBRE

VodafoneZiggo

Hiscox

Foundation Emission Claim

EarthToday.com

Zaans Medisch Centrum

Trans Link Systems B.V.

Chubb

Backbase

Planon

Translink

DMARC Advisor

Lumileds Holding B.V.

Work highlights

  • Advised Schiphol Area Development Company (SADC) on the contractual, regulatory and corporate aspects for an innovative solution to a ‘virtual’ electricity network.
  • Advised Translink on the roll out of OVpay, enabling travel with a bank card.
  • Represented DMARC Advisor in various parallel proceedings in the Netherlands.

Netherlands > Industry focus: Media and entertainment Tier 1

Known for its freedom of speech and internet-related media practice, Kennedy Van der Laan is sought out by Dutch news outlets, broadcasters and production companies for advice on defamation claims and pre-publication reviews. Team head Jens van den Brink represents national and international media companies in free speech, copyright and digital matters. Content and technology specialist Joran Spauwen counsels the firm’s internet platforms and ISP clients on IP and transactional mandates. Counsel in the IP and media practice Sophie Van Loon is a key contact for social media platforms, while senior associate Emiel Jurjens is an integral member of the team when representing clients in litigation proceedings. Associate Lotte Oranje regularly acts for clients in disputes concerning press publications and online content.

Practice head(s):

Jens van den Brink

Other key lawyers:

Joran Spauwen; Sophie van Loon; Emiel Jurjens; Lotte Oranje; Michiel Coops

Testimonials

‘Kennedy Van der Laan have provided us fast, timely and valuable advice on a wide variety of legal topics for over two years now. Their service is invaluable, and they have helped us navigate often complicated queries on media law, employment law, copyright, GDPR and much more.’

‘Focused deep knowledge of media law. The firm has done high profile cases that attracted a lot of publicity for us. We always work with Jens van den Brink. We have a trusting relationship.’

‘If Jens van den Brink is involved, then we know the matter is in good hands. Lotte Oranje is one of the newcomers. She’s a real talent, sharp, engaged and works hard.’

‘Jens van den Brink and Lotte Oranje take a practical view on matters. Also, they are a good sparring partner for smaller issues. They are down to earth and have good knowledge of the media field and knowhow of jurisprudence. They keep calm in difficult situations.’

‘Kennedy Van der Laan has the best media lawyer of the Netherlands. His name is Jens van den Brink.’

‘Good industry knowledge, good litigation-skills, pragmatic.’

‘Joran Spauwen and Jens van den Brink are both strong litigators and have good industry knowledge.’

‘Joran Spauwen stands out as being able to translate tech in an understandable way.’

Key clients

Meta

VodafoneZiggo

Twitter

DPG Media

Mediahuis

BNNVARA

VPRO

Vice Media

KRO-NCRV

Eredivisie C.V.

PowNed

ViacomCBS

Bellingcat

GeenStijl

Work highlights

  • Represented Twitter in a major litigation on filter requirements for commercial tweets against Dutch celebrity Jort Kelder.
  • Represented de Volkskrant in a highly mediatized defamation case over #mettoo allegations in a political party initiated by a former political heavyweight.
  • Represented Freedom of Information Coalition (a coalition of internet service providers and internet and press freedom organizations) regarding the blockade of Russian state-owned media implemented by the European Union.

Netherlands > Industry focus: retail Tier 1

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

Netherlands > Insurance Tier 1

Kennedy Van der Laan advises on EU and Dutch financial regulation relating to insurance, as well as handling claims concerning casualty, property and engineering, and reviewing policies. The firm has a strong focus on claims and policy drafting, and clients include insurers, both domestic and international, insurance brokers, pools and loss adjusters. As a member of the international network of Global Access Lawyers, the firm has access to global expertise in insurance and liability law. The insurance practice is led by Chris van Dijk, Frits van der Woude, Peter van den Broek, Erik van Orsouw and Petra Oskam, with Jan Broekhuizen leading the regulatory insurance team. Marit van der Pool specialises in both defence and coverage work in professional indemnity and directors’ and officers’ liability matters.

Practice head(s):

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

Other key lawyers:

Peter Kramer; Mark Wisse; Marit van der Pool

Testimonials

‘High knowledge regarding personal injury. They always seek to make the issues clear.’

‘Chris van Dijk: brilliant lawyer. Does a lot of investigation. Able to make difficult things easy to understand. A friendly personality, also towards the opponent.’

‘Erik van Orsouw knows exactly what I need as a client. He is practical, to the point, and creative in bringing solutions.’

‘Kennedy van der Laan has a great liability & insurance section, which includes both talented young associates and very experienced senior lawyers. All members of the team are pragmatic lawyers with high availability focused on the best possible outcome for their client.’

‘Peter Kramer is a highly experienced and very knowledgeable lawyer in the field of professional liability and insurance law. Peter is hands on, available and pragmatic. He always seeks the best possible resolution for his client while providing a realistic assessment of the merits of the case. I would without any reservation recommend Peter to clients seeking high quality legal advice in the field of professional liability and insurance law.’

‘Kennedy Van der Laan offers solid regulatory and commercial advice.’

‘Mark Wisse provides good quality commercially minded legal advice. Personable and able to apply legal issues into real business situations.’

Key clients

AIG

VGA

AXA XL

Hiscox

Medirisk

Dutch Association of Insurers

Zurich

QBE

Markel

Rabobank

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

Kennedy Van der Laan represents high-profile clients active in a range of sectors, especially in the advanced technologies, life sciences, fashion and media industries. Maarten Schut is a key name for technology and innovative life sciences companies for trade mark and trade secret issues, while Alfred Meijboom is recognised for his intersecting IP and IT work, and also advises sports-sector clients and handles arbitration cases involving art. Joran Spauwen assists emerging companies and foreign clients with investments in innovative technologies, requiring licensing and IP transactions. Counsel Sophie Van Loon is a specialist in collective rights management issues and in copyright law, and senior associate Reindert Van Der Zaal leads on brand protection, anti-counterfeiting and trade mark infringement mandates for sports, luxury and fashion brands.

Practice head(s):

Alfred Meijboom; Maarten Schut; Joran Spauwen

Testimonials

‘KVDL lawyers are true legal and judicial experts who have the added advantage of being very pragmatic. They deliver effective, business-oriented advice and strategies and are smart experts before Courts and offices.’

‘Technically excellent with first-rate client service and a focus on the commercial imperatives.’

‘Maarten Schut is rightly highly rated in relation to brand protection and enforcement, as is Reindert van der Zaal. On the commercial side, Martine de Koning is superb.’

‘Alfred Meijboom brings superb legal analysis and works with commercial and tactical acumen.’

‘Maarten Schut and Sophie van Loon are both very easy to deal with and efficient in the conduct of matters.’

‘The individuals I work with are Reindert van der Zaal, Joran Spauwen and Jens van den Brink. All very specialised, pragmatic and always deliver on time.’

‘The firm has a good team for IP matters. They are approachable and provide a good service.’

Key clients

AholdDelhaize

Twitter

Meta

Nike

Converse

Hugo Boss

Nordisk

Lacoste

Fossil

Diesel

Polaroid

Microsoft

VodafoneZiggo

Nutreco

AGICOA

Schiphol Airport

UNStudio

VU Medical Centre

ABC Signature

Work highlights

  • Representing Fossil & Diesel in litigation in a high-profile brand protection case regarding international trade of a large number of counterfeit watches imported into Europe.
  • Representing VodafoneZiggo in the Netherlands in a leading case on website filtering brought by anti-piracy organisation Brein.
  • Defended software publisher Eveoh in a case against software developer Scientia, which claimed that Eveoh infringed its IP rights in its software and databases.

Netherlands > Construction Tier 3

Focusing on construction, procurement, architecture and property development, Kennedy Van der Laan’s practice covers a range of real estate and construction projects. Expanding its focus on sustainability and circular building, the practice, led by Richard-Jan Roks, is active in tendering, design and construction and post-construction disputes, as well as acquisition, leasing and property management. Roks is focused on construction and EU procurement law, specifically in the healthcare sector, and Jacobs is specialised in real estate development and transactions related to the hospitality industry. Nico Jacobs left the firm in April 2023 to become a prosecutor.

Practice head(s):

Richard-Jan Roks

Testimonials

‘Straight forward, down to earth, pragmatic and knowledgeable.’

Key clients

Port of Amsterdam

Schiphol Airport

AEW Europe

Raiffeisen Bank

AviaRent Invest

Primonial REIM

Heimstaden

Via Outlets

Fairtree Capital

Blauwhoed

Fred Development

IQNN Vastgoed

Vink Bouw

SADC

Conservatorium Hotel

NEOO

Landal Greenparks

Marriott Hotels

Accor

Mövenpick

Clink Hostels

HR Hotel Group

PPHE Hotel Group

A&O Hostels

Keolis Nederland

Ymere

De Key

De Alliantie

Eigen Haard

Omnia Wonen

Gakon Kassen- en verwarmingsindustrie

Sligro

Vodafone Ziggo

Nike Europe

Swarovski

J.P. van Eesteren

Volker Wessels

MACE

Bouwbedrijf De Nijs

Bouwmaatschappij Weboma

Rijnboutt

MVRDV

Swiss Re

Neutelings Riedijk

Rijksmuseum

Amsterdam UMC

Liberty

Future Proof Shipping

Work highlights

  • Advising Future Proof Shipping on an innovative building project concerning retrofitting an inland container vessel fuelled 100% by green hydrogen.
  • Represented the Dutch Auschwitz Committee in several legal proceedings regarding the National Holocaust Names Monument and supervised contracts with the architect and the building contractor of the monument.
  • Representing the Port of Amsterdam in a court proceedings regarding the sale and re-development of an old part of the Amsterdam Harbour and in the procurement and contracting of the design and construction of the first powdered hydrogen vessel.

Netherlands > Employment Tier 3

Kennedy Van der Laan has a strong focus on sectors including technology, financial services and healthcare, and has specific experience in employee governance, advising and representing employers and work councils. The firm is also active in restructurings and reorganisations, as well as employment-related data protection matters and #MeToo issues. The practice is led by Chris Nekeman, who specialises in employee participation and legal proceedings for works councils and employers, Soo-Ja Schijf, who primarily represents multinationals with European operations, and Ester Damen, who has expertise in employee participation and data protection in employment relationships.

Practice head(s):

Chris Nekeman; Soo-Ja Schijf; Ester Damen

Testimonials

Great partnership, always ready to assist, exceptionally professional and very accessible, with multicultural expertise. Very appropriate communication, critical thinking and ownership of the matter.’

‘Kennedy suit our company very well as they are used to working with big clients. They are professional, while keeping a practical, down-to-earth approach.’

‘We work mostly with Soo-ja Schijf. She is used to working for big international companies and helped us a lot in some complex legal matters.’

‘Very responsive, and clear and concise in their advice to cut through some of the more complex aspects of Dutch labour law.’

‘Ester Damen is calm and assured, with good commercial sense underpinned by strong technical skills.’

‘Good quality. Down-to-earth approach. Practical and quick advice that will help you to proceed.’

‘Chris Nekeman is a great sparring partner.’

‘Ester Damen is a true business partner to the client’s company and I have great trust in her abilities and intentions for our company. I trust her implicitly.’

Key clients

KLM

GKN Aerospace

Central Works Council IBM

Microsoft

Nike

Booking.com

CBRE GWS

PricewaterhouseCoopers

Rabobank

VodafoneZiggo

Work highlights

  • Represented Rabobank in legal proceedings with a number of executive employees following a reorganisation.
  • Advised Dassault Systemes in relation to a reorganisation and works council matters.
  • Represented Mediahuis in legal proceedings initiated by a number of distributors who claim to be employed by the client.

Netherlands > EU and competition Tier 3

Led by Annemieke van der Beek, senior associate Martijn van Bemmel and Martine de Koning, Kennedy Van der Laan assists clients with compliance, regulator investigations and enforcement proceedings. Handling EU and competition law, including sanctions, trade controls and financial regulation, as well as abuse of dominance, follow-on litigation and merger control, the firm stands out for its sector-specific experience in manufacturing, fashion, retail and hospitality, with an additional focus on banking and finance particularly in relation to the payment services market.

Practice head(s):

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

Other key lawyers:

Jelle Blom

Testimonials

‘The team has multiple qualities: easy to approach, hands-on mentality, high level of knowledge and provides good quality advice that is easy to apply in practice.’

‘The team is so experienced and on top of all developments so it is a pleasure to work with them.’

‘I especially have contact with Martine de Koning. Her quality is to interpret the law and see what the effects may be on the business side. And even though her agenda must be busy, she always makes time to have a call or meeting. She has been very helpful and informative.’

‘The team, and in particular Jelle Blom who we have worked with, is really clear in its communication and keen to provide hands-on advice to its clients.’

‘Jelle Blom is a young practitioner, yet is very capable and knowledgeable in the field of distribution and competition matters. I also very much like to work with Martine de Koening, be it with respect to distribution or franchising.’

‘Martine de Koning is the best in the Netherlands as regards combining distribution, franchise and competition law! A true expert and creative thinker. Jelle Blom excels too, especially in distribution matters, in particular in an international context.’

‘Client-focused, practical, strong project management.’

Key clients

ING

Rabobank

ABN/AMRO

NIKE / Converse

Currence

Port of Amsterdam

GVB

Geldmaat

VodafoneZiggo

Betaalvereniging / Dutch Payments Association

Union Cyclist Internationale (UCI)

|Cyclistes| |Professionels| |Associés| (CPA)

Certis Europe

CB |Trafilate| |Acciai| S.p.A.

Stichting KOMO

Stichting BKR

Marriott

G-Star RAW

Hilton

Work highlights

  • Assisting the Foundation Right to Consumer Justice with a mass claim against Apple in abuse of dominance litigation that follows in the footsteps of the Fortnite decision in the US.
  • Assisting Nike European Operations Netherlands in a procedure against a Czech contract partner that operates a monobrand store.
  • Representing Union Cyclist Internationale (UCI) and Cyclistes Professionels Associés (CPA) in a continued dispute with Cycling Service on the distribution of price money of professional races.

Netherlands > Industry focus: healthcare and life sciences Tier 3

Jointly led by healthcare expert Fenna van Dijk and life sciences specialist Maarten Schut, Kennedy Van der Laan's team handles the full breadth of mandates across the healthcare and life sciences segments. Combining a corporate background with a focus on healthcare, Van Dijk advises on market entry, licenses, clinical research, PPPs and drafting contracts with medical devices companies; she played a key role in the vaccine strategy concerning the Covid-19 pandemic. IP expert Schut advises multinational companies including Nutreco and Syngenta and not-for-profit institutions on conflicts relating to R&D and licensing. With the addition of Joran Spauwen, the practice has gained a specialist in IP-focused transactions in the advanced technologies sector, assisting healthcare service providers with medical devices regulation and negotiating contracts with AI suppliers. He also links the M&A practice to the healthcare and life sciences practice, focusing on innovative companies investing in the health tech industry. Counsel Sophie Van Loon specialises in contract drafting, advisory work and litigation within the life sciences field and associate Eline Lam focuses on corporate, healthcare and regulatory law.

Practice head(s):

Fenna van Dijk; Maarten Schut; Joran Spauwen

Other key lawyers:

Sophie van Loon; Eline Lam

Testimonials

‘The firm has a good life sciences non-contentious practice with good support for the intellectual property aspects of transactions.’

‘Maarten Schut is easy to deal with and good at focusing on the key issues.’

‘The webinars on new legislation and dilemmas are extremely informative and easy to follow for laymen and legal experts.’

‘The team consists of outstanding lawyers with a practical approach. The firm is our trusted partner for all sorts of health-related legal issues.’

‘Experts in tender management’

‘The professionality of Kennedy van der Laan is very high, the adequacy and speed in their answers suits my demands’

‘Good and nice working relationship with M. Schut. Very knowledgeable, has the ability to see the whole picture and at the same time see the devil in the detail. Good communication and negotiation skills, very nice to work with.’

‘Fenna van Dijk and Eline Lam are not only very involved, but also accurate and reliable and think ahead in solving problems. They see not only the legal obstacles, but also the solutions and possibilities.’

Key clients

Mentaal Beter

Arts en Zorg

Aidsfonds

Nutreco

Intravacc

Syngenta

Oncode Institute

SKION

GGZ Ingeest

Heliomare

Certis

IXA

Gadeta

Ergomed

Reade

GGD Amsterdam

Modify

Desktop Genetics

Cytosen Therapeutics

Insight-RX

GGD GHOR

Huisartsenposten Rijnmond

Home Instead AG

LHV

RHMDC

HVO-Querido

VECOZO

Allerzorg

PhotonDelta

Work highlights

  • Advised the national association of public healthcare organisations devices on the implementation of the nation-wide Covid-19 vaccination strategy.
  • Assisted renowned vaccine institute Intravacc in its privatization process and in cross-border negotiations on research co-operations regarding 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.

Netherlands > Industry focus: telecoms Tier 3

Kennedy Van der Laan‘s telecoms practice is intertwined with its media offering. The group has a core focus assisting with frequency auctions and disputes; advising telecoms clients on administrative enforcement; and handling regulatory litigation. The experienced Quirine Tjeenk Willink is routinely involved in major spectrum auctions and is sought out by major broadcasters and telecoms companies for spectrum-related matters, including disputes and regulatory advice. Counsel Leon Mensink has extensive experience as a litigator in telecoms mandates, focusing on SMP, tariff regulations, network access, enforcements and zoning issues regarding transmission towers. Senior associate Elise Troll specialises in enforcement and regulatory law and associate Minke de Haan provides support on competition and regulatory matters.

Practice head(s):

Quirine Tjeenk Willink

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Quirine Tjeenk Willink is a seasoned professional who can draw upon her vast experience and in-depth knowledge. Quick thinking and excellent service, in a league of her own.’

‘Good industry knowledge; friendly and accessible lawyers; pragmatic.’

‘Quirine Tjeenk Willink is open, friendly, spot on, pragmatic and has good industry knowledge – an expert.’

Key clients

VodafoneZiggo

DPG Media

Q-music Nederland

Radio Limburg

CBRE DOV Custodian

CBRE Group

Vodafone Libertel

Ziggo

Glaspoort

Fastned

Royal Airport Schiphol

Sligro Food Group

Port of Amsterdam

Schiphol Area Development Company

Coca-Cola Nederland

PepsiCo Nederland

Netherlands > Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation Tier 4

Kennedy Van der Laan represents clients across a broad range of matters concerning cross-border contractual issues including terminations and damages, as well as technical matters and shareholder proceedings. The practice is jointly headed by Christoph Jeloschek, who has an ‘excellent knowledge of European procedural law‘, and Martine de Koning, who provides ‘excellent advice‘ in particular regarding trade and international commercial disputes. Associate Isabel van Tuyll van Serooskerken has particular expertise in post-M&A disputes, D&O claims and disputes between joint-venture partners. The practice has recently seen significant activity in the emerging area of collective actions.

Practice head(s):

Christoph Jeloschek; Martine de Koning

Other key lawyers:

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.’

‘The team easily integrates with client teams and teams from Kennedy and other firms alike. Very cooperation oriented.’

‘Both Christoph Jeloschek and Veerle van Druenen are knowledgeable and easy to work with.’

‘Isabel van Tuyll van Serooskerken is a great lawyer; very attentive to the needs of the client and with a practical approach.’

‘Christoph Jelloschek: good understanding of cross-border cases, excellent knowledge of European procedural law.’

‘The team is very good and professional.’

‘Good practical approach, easy to work with.’

Key clients

Nike and Converse

Trouw Nutrition (part of Nutreco)

Microsoft

VodafoneZiggo

KPMG Austria

UCI (Union Cyclists Internationale)

Syngenta

Facebook

Marriot

ABN Amro Bank

UPS No

MNG Global No

Rabobank

Work highlights

  • Successfully defended NIKE in a major case regarding validity of its selective distribution policy under EU competition law.
  • Represented CAN in a land-mark case regarding the exhaustion of a primary layer in excess D&O and applicability arbitration clause.
  • Represented an international cycling body in a competition law claim in civil courts in relation to the introduction of an IT platform.

Netherlands > Real estate Tier 5

The team at Kennedy Van der Laan covers the life cycle of real estate, including zoning and planning, development and construction, as well as property investment and management, with an increasing focus on circular building and sustainability matters. The team is led by Richard-Jan Roks. Nico Jacobs left the firm in April 2023 to become a prosecutor.

Practice head(s):

Richard-Jan Roks

Other key lawyers:

Eline Goemans

Testimonials

‘Exceptionally pleasant cooperation with Kennedy Van der Laan. They have continuously assisted us in an acquisition in which hundreds of leases and building agreements had to be replaced. Speed, punctuality and the search for creative solutions immediately come to mind when I think of Kennedy Van der Laan.’

‘The personal approach and solution-oriented approach lead to a solution without litigation and going to court.’

‘Wide range of experts in real estate related business available.’

‘Eline Goemans is very client orientated; very responsive and great availability; excellent collaboration.’

Key clients

Port of Amsterdam

Schiphol Airport

AEW Europe

Raiffeisen Bank

Sofidy

Esset

AviaRent Invest

Primonial REIM

Amerborgh International

Heimstaden

Via Outlets

Fairtree Capital

Blauwhoed

Fred Development

IQNN Vastgoed

Vink Bouw

SADC

Quest for Property

NEOO

Landal Greenparks

Marriott Hotels

Accor

Mövenpick

Clink Hostels

HR Hotel Group

PPHE Hotel Group

A&O Hostels

Leonardo Hotels

Hard Rock International

Ymere

De Key

De Alliantie

Eigen Haard

Omnia Wonen

Diesel

Sligro

Vodafone Ziggo

Nike Europe

Swarovski

J.P. van Eesteren

Volker Wessels

MACE

Weboma

Rijnboutt

MVDRV

Geldmaat B.V.

UPS Europe B.V. (transport)

Atlas Edge (digital infrastructure)

Work highlights

  • Assisting HR Group with the development and lease of a brand new hotel in Rotterdam as well as the franchise agreement with Accor.
  • Assisting Marriott with the take over and franchise of 5 former Corendon hotels.
  • Assisting Nike Europe on the massive re-development of its EMEA Headquarters in The Netherlands, including the renovation of the existing office buildings, the landscaping of the entire office park as well as the full area development including a number of additional functions.

Netherlands > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 6

Kennedy Van der Laan has a strong capability in handling mid-market M&A arising out of the healthcare and technology sectors, and counts corporate governance matters, management participations and restructurings in its workload. Gaby Heere, who advises on M&A and due diligence investigations, jointly leads the team alongside Jan-Berend Möller, who has experience of handling acquisitions and joint ventures.

Practice head(s):

Gaby Heere; Jan-Berend Möller

Other key lawyers:

Robert Vodegel

Testimonials

‘Hands on, pragmatic and fun to work with.’

‘Good communicators and extensive knowledge’

‘They are excellent.’

‘The team has broad knowledge of corporate contracting and can think out of the box.’

‘Individuals of KvdL were very knowledgeable. Jan-Berend Möller was efficient in setting up new forms of contracts.’

‘Integrated approach of various departments, short lines of communication with a strong account manager. Good communication of fees. Informal and pragmatic.’

Key clients

Schiphol Area Development Company

Victus Participations

TIIN Capital

Nexus

Solvinity

Goyaba

Livepeer

Karmijn Kapitaal

Polycap International

TBI

Axiom Partners

Undeveloped (Dan.com)

Equilar Groep

Microsoft (FlexiDao)

Straco

PepsiCo

Kinly Benelux B.V. & Kinly AS

Work highlights

  • Advised management and shareholders of Dan.com on the sale to GoDaddy.
  • Advised Microsoft in the $6.5m series A investment round in FlexiDAO provided by Google, Microsoft Climate Innovation Fund, SET Ventures and EIT InnoEnergy.
  • Advised Karmijn Kapitaal on the acquistion of Solid Sense, Trans Lion and a minority stake in Active Cues (Tovertafel).

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 bart.de.man@kvdl.com +31 20 5506 841
Banking and finance Joris van Horzen joris.van.horzen@kvdl.com +31 20 5506 655
Commercial and International Trade Martine de Koning martine.de.koning@kvdl.com +31 20 5506 639
Labour and Employment Ester Damen ester.damen@kvdl.com +31 20 5506 667
Labour and Employment Chris Nekeman chris.nekeman@kvdl.com +31 20 5506 676
Labour and Employment Soo-Ja Schijf s.schijf@kvdl.com +31 20 5506 832
Insurance and liability Erik van Orsouw erik.van.orsouw@kvdl.com +31 20 5506 878
Insurance and liability Frits van der Woude frits.van.der.woude@kvdl.com +31 20 5506 879
Insurance and liability Jan Broekhuizen jan.broekhuizen@kvdl.com +31 20 5506 629
Insurance and Liability Petra Oskam petra.oskam@kvdl.com +31 20 5506 685
Insurance and liability Peter van den Broek peter.van.den.broek@kvdl.com +31 20 5506 669
Insurance and liability Chris van Dijk chris.van.dijk@kvdl.com +31 20 5506 661
Healthcare Fenna van Dijk fenna.van.dijk@kvdl.com +31 20 5506 680
IT Judica Krikke judica.krikke@kvdl.com +31 20 5506 836
IT Patrick Wit patrick.wit@kvdl.com +31 20 5506 642
IT Reinoud Westerdijk reinoud.westerdijk@kvdl.com +31 20 5506 638
IT Joost Schmaal joost.schmaal@kvdl.com +31 20 5506 883
IT Christoph Jeloschek christoph.jeloschek@kvdl.com +31 20 5506 846
IT Veerle van Druenen veerle.van.druenen@kvdl.com +31 20 5506 688
Litigation and Arbitration Christoph Jeloschek christoph.jeloschek@kvdl.com +31 20 5506 846
Litigation and Arbitration Isabel van Tuyll van Serooskerken isabel.van.tuyll@kvdl.com +31 20 5506 820
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 Quirine Tjeenk Willink Quirine.Tjeenk.Willink@kvdl.com +31 20 5506 615
Privacy Rosalie Brand rosalie.brand@kvdl.com +31 20 5506 611
Competition/European Annemieke van der Beek annemieke.van.der.beek@kvdl.com +31 20 5506 684
Real Estate and Construction Richard-Jan Roks richard-jan.roks@kvdl.com +31 20 5506 650
Real Estate and Construction Eline Goemens eline.goemans@kvdl.com +31 20 5506 664
Corporate/M&A Jan-Berend Möller jan-berend.moller@kvdl.com +31 20 5506 823
Corporate/M&A Gaby Heere gaby.heere@kvdl.com +31 20 5506 824
Telecoms Quirine Tjeenk Willink Quirine.Tjeenk.Willink@kvdl.com +31 20 5506 615
Photo Name Position Profile
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 Mrs 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
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
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: 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”

Kennedy Van der Laan appoints Rosalie Brand as partner cyber security

Amsterdam, 24 April 2023 - Rosalie Brand (34) has been appointed partner cyber security at Kennedy Van der Laan. Her appointment underlines the law firm’s focus on cyber security and data protection, a field where Kennedy Van der Laan has been at the forefront since its founding 30 years ago.   As partner, Rosalie is head of Kennedy Van der Laan’s cyber security team, which offers services including incident response support for Dutch and international companies. The team’s lawyers have deep knowledge and experience of technical, legal and strategic issues connected with cyber incidents. The cyber security team helps clients in all sectors to comply with EU and other privacy and cyber security legislation, and advises on cyber preparedness. Rosalie’s team supports companies throughout the life cycle of a cyber incident, from the moment it is discovered, all the way through to aftercare. As well as areas such as legal and contractual obligations, they assist with communication, coordination and management of cyber incidents. The cyber security team also handles liability claims, conducts proceedings against regulators where necessary, and pursues legal remedies to mitigate damage caused by incidents.   “Cyber security is an area of law that is still evolving,” says Rosalie Brand. “Regulations are far from crystallised everywhere and companies often don’t know what’s expected of them. In the meantime, cyber attacks grow more sophisticated by the day. This demands much of us as specialists, on the technological, legal and strategic fronts. Our cyber security team assists clients in this fast-changing environment, and guides them towards a more secure cyber future.”   Kennedy Van der Laan CEO Joost Linnemann says: “Ever since Kennedy Van der Laan was founded, technology has been our core business. Cyber security and data protection are an important part of this. With this area of law more topical than ever, we are proud that we now have our first cyber security partner in the shape of Rosalie Brand. Rosalie knows the market and the content inside out: she can speak just as easily with CEOs of multinationals as with technical people at cyber security companies. That’s what makes Rosalie and her team so valuable to clients: they see the bigger picture.”
About Kennedy Van der Laan Kennedy Van der Laan is an independent Dutch law firm with 120 attorneys. Since 1992, the firm's staff have served market-leading companies with their specialist legal knowledge in areas including IT, IP, privacy and insurance law. Based in Amsterdam, the firm works for a wide range of clients worldwide, from start-ups to multinationals. Kennedy Van der Laan employees are pragmatic, committed and close to their clients' dynamic fields of work. www.kvdl.com
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