Höcker Advocaten > Amsterdam, Netherlands > Firm Profile

Höcker Advocaten
APOLLOLAAN 153 1077 AS Amsterdam
PO BOX 74654
1070 BR AMSTERDAM
Netherlands

Netherlands > Industry focus: Media and entertainment Tier 2

Höcker Advocaten advises on a range of transactional, advisory and contentious matters in the media entertainment space, as well as handling IT and data protection matters in the area. The firm is particularly well known for advising on collective management of rights and acts for music, audio-visual and literary rights collecting societies in a range of other issues. Strengths of the practice include strategic advice, litigation, licensing negotiations, contractual and tariff disputes, and corporate governance. Jacqueline Seignette acts for national and international clients in the entertainment and IT sectors. She leads the team, which includes ‘extremely knowledgeable media and entertainment lawyer’ Marijn Kingma and Joep Meddens, who focuses on advertising and collective rights law.

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Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘I recommend Marijn Kingma and work with her for all legal questions, particularly in relation to media law. This includes press and communication law, messages and communication strategy on the internet, advertising law, infotainment. She is confident, charismatic, brilliant and the great lawyer of tomorrow.’

‘This is a very good firm with excellent TMT lawyers, especially Marijn Kingma. She is very involved in the TMT industry and knows its uses, practices, networks, regulations, I recommend her without hesitation.’

‘Höcker has high class lawyers who are working for very competitive rates. Allthough they’re based on a very good spot in Amsterdam, they’re not in the most expensive part of Amsterdam with their office. And that’s what’s being reflected in their hourly fees. Medium-sized companies like ours can enjoy with Höcker the same level of service and in depth-knowledge as you could expect from the giant law firms, but for much more affordable prices.’

‘Marijn Kingma is an extremely knowledgeable media and entertainment lawyer who gives us the feeling that we actually have our own ‘in house lawyer’, but then acting on a very high level. Often when I consult her to deal with a problem, she comes up with solutions for several other ‘unconsulted’ problems we’re facing as well.’

Key clients

Buma/Stemra

Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe, SIAE Benelux

Mojo Concerts

Ticketmaster

Stichting de Thuiskopie

Ziggo Dome

LIRA

Motion Picture Association (MPA)

Stichting Leenrecht

Omnicom/TBWA/DDB Unlimited

RadioCorp

Stichting BREIN

WPG Uitgevers

Lama Lama B.V.

Ogilvy

Work highlights

  • Represents Stichting de Thuiskopie in all challenges to the Decree on Private Copying Levies and to its execution of that Decree. Those liable to pay the levies, such as HP, Dell and Apple oppose the system both in and outside of court.
  • Advised RadioCorp on several cases regarding the use of RadioCorp IP, including the use of RadioCorp trademarks by competitors and the unauthorized use of trademarks on merchandising.
  • Represents Dutch music collecting society Buma Stemra in litigation before the District Court of Amsterdam brought by Dutch trade organization ABMD and seven online music distributors

Netherlands > Intellectual property: trade marks, copyrights and design rights Tier 3

Höcker Advocaten has an established reputation in relation to acting for collective rights organisations with cases that have have resulted in industry-wide settlements of copyright issues. Jacqueline (J.M.B.) Seignette  who is the chair of the Dutch Copyright Association heads the team that includes Joep (J.W.A.) Meddens  and Marijn (M.E.) Kingma , both of whom are notable for their copyright expertise. The team also handles a range of trade mark infringement cases and anti-piracy matters for international entertainment companies.

Practice head(s):

Jacqueline Seignette

Other key lawyers:

Joep Meddens; Marijn Kingma

Testimonials

‘I know the reputation of Marijn Kingma – Höcker’s team for many years, their name circulates among the best IP lawyers. They know copyright, industrial property, brand protection, innovation, IT, so I find in them a complete field practice.  They have always perfectly delivered the most appropriate service. They are truly committed to supporting their clients, notably through their strategic and negotiation skills, their human and ethical qualities. They have excellent networks of foreign colleagues among the best IP lawyers. 

‘This is a very good firm with excellent IP teams, especially Marijn Kingma. She is very involved in the IP industries and knows its uses, practices, networks, regulations, I recommend her without hesitation.’

‘Very capable team, especially specialized in representing collective rights organisations.’

‘Marijn Kingma is great, she is very smart, quick-thinking, thorough and convincing. And a very nice person too! Joep Meddens is also a great litigator who combines a laid-back attitude with a concise spot-on wording of his pleadings.’

‘Marijn Kingma is a high-level intellectual property lawyer who’s working on a global stage. Extremely competent on all issues regarding intellectual property, trademarks and copyrights and with a lot of knowledge about the legal situation on this matter both domestically and abroad.’

Key clients

Buma/Stemra

Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe Ltd. and SIEE Benelux B.V.

Stichting BREIN

Stichting de Thuiskopie

Stichting LIRA

Motion Picture Association

ROSE Stories

RadioCorp B.V.

Omnicom

Snowflake Inc.

Local Eyes

Scriptbank

VEVAM

NVPI

Work highlights

  • Representing Stichting BREIN in a case against News-Service Europe, previously Europe’s largest Usenet provider offering unauthorized access to music, films, computer software and e-books, currently at the European Court of Justice.
  • Representing Buma Stemra and Belgian collecting society Sabam in a lawsuit before the District Court of Amsterdam by Dutch companies that distribute music to bars and shops online for further use on premise.
  • Assisting Stichting de Thuiskopie, the government appointed organisation for the collection of private copying levies regarding cases of copies for private use stored in the cloud and copies for private use made from streaming services.

Netherlands > Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation Tier 4

Höcker Advocaten is particularly experienced in disputes in the banking and financial sectors and often handles cases with international aspects. Marc Wolters heads the practice, which was recently bolstered by the arrival of Jolien van Woudenberg, who joined from Suez Advocaten. Koos van den Berg left to become a judge at the Court of Appeal Amsterdam.

Practice head(s):

Marc Wolters

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Highly personalised and skilled client service’.

‘Great attention to detail’.

‘In addition to great skill, Marc Wolters approaches each matter with a strong focus on integrity’.

‘Marc Wolters is a thoughtful, intelligent and highly ethical practitioner’.

‘They draw up good legal procedural documents and make good pleas’. 

‘Good consultation with the client’.

Key clients

Stichting Urgenda

Recalcico

Stichting G.O.W.P.

Omnicom (TBWA, DDB, BBDO)

TCC Global N.V.

Stichting de Thuiskopie

Airopack A.G.

Rojanets Investments LLC and Lee Lokey

Suncycle Holding N.V.

Sony Interactive Entertainment Benelux B.V.

Work highlights

  • Representing a large group of mainly international investors whose assets were expropriated, regarding investments of approximately EUR 17m.
  • Advising Recalcico Beheer B.V. on behalf of the aggrieved minority shareholders of Xeikon leading to a multimillion settlement in 2020.
  • Representing the foundation Stichting GOWP on behalf of 320 aggrieved parties in four separate procedures.

Netherlands > Employment Tier 5

Höcker Advocaten’s full-service practice advises large multinationals and smaller domestic companies on advisory issues and disputes. The team has recently been handling cross-border reorganisations, Covid-19-related matters and high profile litigation. Jasper van Hulst heads the practice and is experienced in the travel, media, healthcare and arts sectors.

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Testimonials

‘Jasper van Hulst is an excellent sparring partner’.

‘Jasper van Hulst is friendly, critical and his approach is pragmatic and effective’.

‘Jasper van Hulst works very efficiently’.

‘I trust Jasper van Hulst with our most sensitive cases’.

‘Jasper van Hulst has a fabulous knowledge of employment law in the broadest sense which he combines with a practical view’.

‘Jasper van Hulst has the capacity to resolve complicated matters’.

‘Jasper van Hulst is an outstanding employment lawyer,’.

‘Small boutique employment team offering an excellent level of service and value for money’.

Key clients

House of Sports B.V.

Delta Airlines Inc.

Nemo Science Museum

Omnicom Group

Dutch Association of Performing Arts

HollyFrontier Corporation

MOJO Concerts B.V.

Dutch National Opera & Ballet

Allianz Partners

STER (Stichting Ethernet Reclame)

Grohe Nederland BV

Amadeus Hospitality Netherlands BV

Work highlights

  • Represented 84 KLM pilots in their case against the Association of Dutch Airline Pilots as well as against KLM.
  • Representing Amadeus Hospitality Netherlands BV on its cross-border reorganisation which was challenged by Amadeus’ works council and individual employees.
  • Advising the board of the Dutch National Opera & Ballet in negotiations with the various stakeholders and defending the proceedings that have been brought against it by the FNV Kunstenbond (union) in connection with the use of flex workers, in particular for the flexible choir.

Managing Partners: Jasper van Hulst, Jolien van Woudenberg, Joep Meddens
Number of partners: 9
Number of lawyers: 17
Languages: Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Spanish

Firm Overview:

Höcker Advocaten is an independent law firm based in Amsterdam. The firm offers practical solutions with a clear understanding of opportunities, possibilities and obstacles in the field of both litigation and transactions. Höcker Advocaten acts for domestic and international multinationals and medium-sized companies. For cross-border matters, the firm can call in lawyers from around the globe through its international networks: Interlex Group, IAEL, Transatlantic Law and Adlaw International.

Main Areas of Practice:

Litigation, Mediation & Arbitration
Höcker Advocaten has extensive experience in all forms of court litigation and dispute resolution, such as Enterprise Court proceedings and class actions. The lawyers of the litigation team also regularly act as mediator in (delicate) business mediations and act as arbitrator in high profile disputes across a wide range of sectors.

Contact: Marc Wolters
Tel: +3120 577 77 57
Email: wolters@hocker.nl

Corporate & M&A
Höcker’s corporate group advises on all corporate law matters, focusing on (cross border) M&A, joint ventures and restructurings. The team also advises on the position of directors, shareholders and other company stakeholders.

Contact: Paul Jongen
Tel: +31 20 577 77 04
Email: jongen@hocker.nl

Commercial Contracts
The commercial contracts lawyers draft and advise on all types of complex commercial contracts including distribution, agency, franchise and services contracts.

Contact: Marnix van den Bergh
Tel: +31 20 577 77 54
Email: vandenbergh@hocker.nl

Employment
Höcker’s employment group deals with all legal issues that could conceivably arise in employer and employee relations, including workplace contracts, collective bargaining, employment disputes, codeterminations, pension schemes and benefits. The team frequently is involved in large (cross border) reorganisations.

Contact: Jasper van Hulst
Tel: +31 20 577 77 64
Email: vanhulst@hocker.nl

IP & IT
The IP & IT group provides a full service to a wide range of clients in the entertainment, media and IT industries and is the leading advisor of Dutch music and audio-visual rights collecting societies. Areas of expertise include copyright, trademarks, IP enforcement, data privacy, licensing and distribution, and IT contracts. The team is frequently involved in landmark cases, including litigation before the European Court of Justice. The department also has an ongoing anticounterfeit program for several household name clients.

Contact: Jacqueline Seignette
Tel: +31 20 577 77 56
Email: seignette@hocker.nl

Media & Marketing
The Media & Marketing team has experience in the full range of media and advertising law. The group provides counsel to world leading advertising firms and to several media companies. Work includes the clearing of campaigns and conducting risk assessments of publications before they go to print.

Contact: Joep Meddens
Tel: +31 20 577 77 45
Email: meddens@hocker.nl

Litigation Tort & Liability, Public Interest
Within the Höcker litigation team, there is considerable expertise in exploring, securing and enforcing the duties of care that public bodies or private parties owe towards the general public and the common good. This may involve challenging existing market practices, e.g. to create market access for new business models (renewable energy, circular economy, electric cars) or raise the level of care (responsible, transparent financial services).

Contact: Marijn Kingma
Tel: +31 20 577 77 77 09
Email: kingma@hocker.nl

Key Clients:

Tetrapak, Omnicom, Pluripharm, Joh. Enschede Amsterdam, Buma Stemra, Stichting de Thuiskopie, Lira, Sony Interactive Entertainment Benelux, Urgenda, Erasmus University Rotterdam, SOBI, Sonneborn, Dutch National Opera & Ballet, TUI Airlines, Stichting Brein, RadioCorp

Firm Contacts:

■ Jasper van Hulst
Email: vanhulst@hocker.nl

■ Jolien van Woudenberg
Email: vanwoudenberg@hocker.nl

■ Joep Meddens
Email: meddens@hocker.nl

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Arbitration, Mediaition Herman Doelemandoeleman@hocker.nl
Arbitration, Mediation Jolien van Woudenbergvanwoudenberg@hocker.nl
Banking and finance Paul Jongenjongen@hocker.nl
Banking and finance Marnix van den Berghvandenbergh@hocker.nl
Commercial contracts Paul Jongenjongen@hocker.nl
Commercial contracts Marnix van den Berghvandenbergh@hocker.nl
Litigation and Dispute Resolution Marc Wolterswolters@hocker.nl
Corporate and M&A Paul Jongenjongen@hocker.nl
Corporate and M&A Marnix van den Berghvandenbergh@hocker.nl
Employment Jasper van Hulstvanhulst@hocker.nl
Information Technology Jacqueline Seignetteseignette@hocker.nl
Intellectual Property Jacqueline Seignetteseignette@hocker.nl
Intellectual Property Joep Meddensmeddens@hocker.nl
Media and Entertainment Joep Meddensmeddens@hocker.nl
Intellectual Property Marijn Kingmakingma@hocker.nl
Information Technology Marijn Kingmakingma@hocker.nl
Litigation Tort & Liability, Public Interest Marijn Kingmakingma@hocker.nl
Litigation Tort & Liability, Public Interest Jolien van Woudenbergvanwoudenberg@hocker.nl
PhotoNamePositionProfile
Paul (P.P.J.) Jongen photoMr Paul (P.P.J.) JongenPartner of Höcker Advocaten. Member of the managing board of Höcker Advocaten.…
Marijn (M.E.) Kingma photoMs Marijn (M.E.) KingmaPartner since 1 January 2019. Practice areas: Intellectual Property, Information Technology, Media…
Jacqueline (J.M.B.) Seignette photoMs Jacqueline (J.M.B.) SeignettePartner of Höcker Advocaten. Practice areas: Intellectual Property, Information Technology, Media and…
Marnix (M.J.E.) van den Bergh photoMr Marnix (M.J.E.) van den BerghPartner. Practice areas: (international) M&A, international commercial contracts, corporate and M&A related…
Number of lawyers : 17
Dutch
English
French
German
Italian
Spanish
Adlaw International
The Interlex Group
Transatlantic Law International
International Association of Entertainment Lawyers (IAEL)
Contact : Jasper van Hulst, managing partner (vanhulst@hocker.nl)
Contact : Jolien van Woudenberg, managing partner (vanwoudenberg@hocker.nl)
Contact : Joep Meddens, managing partner (meddens@hocker.nl)