Firm Profile > Brinkhof > Amsterdam, Netherlands

Grote Bickersstraat 74-78
1013 KS

Data privacy and data protection Tier 1

Quinten Kroes is the highly-rated head of the Brinkhof practice. The team, which includes Pepijn van Ginneke (who has telecoms focus) Eliane de Vilder, Wieke van Angeren and Manon Oostveen, advise on the many new issues that arise in the field of data handling or protection. As well as GDPR compliance, the team advises on novel issues, such as 'the right to be forgotten' and contentious cases that involve the Dutch Data Protection Authority. It has an impressive client roster including major US and European and other global corporates including those in the telecoms area.

Practice head(s):


‘Pepijn van Ginneken and Quinten Kroes each has his own style but both are: hands-on, have deep knowledge of legal issue and business, professional, no provision of superfluous advice not really needed to sort out the problem/business; understand business and find good way to deal with business input, taking the input seriously even if it is not always relevant for the sorting out the legal issue, pleasant communication, full transparency in expected legal costs.’

‘Brinkhof has a way of communicating with its clients in a personal and professional approach; they make it a point to understand the question you would like to have advice on, without asking more time than necessary. Furthermore, they are receptive of feedback and take the time to explain their reasoning in clear wording.’ 

‘I have been fortunate enough to work together with both Quinten Kroes and Manon Oostveen. As stated above, these individuals have a very personalised approach. Where with other firms you might get the feeling that you are one client out of many, and providing advice is a check-the-box exercise, this is definitely not the case with Brinkhof.’

‘Expertise and dedicated attention are combined really well in order to address the issue at hand.’

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Industry focus: Information technology Tier 1

Brinkhof has a well-established reputation in the IT, telecoms, media and data protection arenas. Practice co-heads Eliane de Vilder and Wieke van Angeren have expertise in software and IT matters, and advise on complex, multi-jurisdictional outsourcing projects, distribution agreements and the related disputes. The team assists an impressive roster of Dutch and international clients with the full gamut of IT mandates including issues relating to cutting-edge technologies and regulatory regimes. Senior associate Teun Burgers is also noted for his IT transactional and disputes skills.


Hands-on, deep knowledge, understands the business, and is cost efficient.’

‘Very knowledgeable IT law firm who actually understand IT. Highly approachable and good quality control. We switched to Brinkhof from another firm as we were not happy with the performance of that (previous) firm. We are therefore happy to recommend them.’ 

‘Remy Chavannes, Anke Strijbos and Teun Burgers are highly motivated professionals who understand the core of IT. Complex cases are quickly understood which makes the interaction between customer and law firm a very pleasant one.’

Key clients


Bohemian (Sketch)

Business Lease Group

CEVA Logistics

Credit Linked Beheer



Data Masons

De Lage Landen


First Dutch Innovations (previously: TNO Companies)

Friesland Lease





LPE Capital



Perfetti van Melle

RTL Group

Santander Consumer Finance Benelux

SPF Beheer


Teylers Museum


TU Delft


USG People

Industry focus: Media and entertainment Tier 1

Brinkhof's offering is extremely broad, as illustrated by its ongoing role as outside media counsel for longstanding client Het Financieele Dagblad, which involves representing the client in defamation cases, as well as providing assistance with data protection and offering general commercial advice. Other notable global clients include Google, Fox Channels, and T-Mobile. The practice is headed by experienced litigator Remy Chavannes, who frequently represents broadcasters and publishers, as well as internet platforms and providers, and focuses particularly on issues such as the responsibility and liability of online platforms, including the right to be forgotten. Quinten Kroes and counsel Dorien Verhulst, online reputation management specialist, are also noted.

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Key clients

Association of Dutch Commercial Radio broadcasters

Eredivisie Media & Marketing

FD Mediagroup

Fox Channels International



Omroep MAX


RTL Nederland and its parent company CLT-UFA S.A. (RTL Group)

Sky Radio and Radio Veronica (two radio-stations which are part of Talpa Radio)



Industry focus: telecoms Tier 1

The team at Brinkhof combines skills across the TMT sectors with competition, IP and data protection expertise. Pepijn van Ginneken provides a blend of telecoms and competition expertise and is often involved in regulatory issues. Quinten Kroes has long-standing experience in media-related and data protection work in addition to matters involving broadband regulations and data protection cases. Remy Chavannes, whose TMT clients include Tele2, has a track record acting for clients in the media, internet and telecoms industries in contentious issues. The group's clients range from infrastructure and network providers to international broadcasters.

Key clients

BT Global Services




Sky Radio



Rabo CIF (renamed Glasvezel Buitenaf)

Utility Connect


Delta Rijssen Glasvezel

Intellectual property: Patents Tier 1

Brinkhof is renowned for its expertise in coordinating parallel European litigation, demonstrating an excellent history of litigation success in high-profile cases. The firm advises leading industry names in pharmaceutical and biotech, technology, and chemicals sectors. Key clients include The Dow Chemical Company, Sandoz, Biogen. Co-heads Daan De Lange and Mark Van Gardingen are representing Sandoz  in a Supreme Court case against Bayer on infringement by equivalence concerning pharmaceuticals. Other co-heads include Richard Ebbink and Koen Bijvank are also noted.

Key clients

Accord Healthcare



Becton Dickinson


Boston Scientific

Carl Zeiss


Cooler Master


Eli Lilly



Novartis / Sandoz




Tata Steel

The Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard

The Dow Chemical Company




Intellectual property: trade marks, copyrights and design rights Tier 1

Brinkhof has a sizeable intellectual property practice that covers the entire range of 'soft' and 'hard' IP law. The firm regularly advises leading industry names including Google, adidas, IKEA and more. The team has a 'hands-on' and 'cost efficient' approach and is led by practice heads Kurt Stöpetie, Gregor Vos, Remy Chavannes. A recent highlight was the successful representation of T-Mobile in summary proceedings regarding advertising and trade mark claims. Sjo Anne Hoogcarspel is also noted.


The firm appears well organized and business focused‘.

We have worked predominantly with Mr Kurt Stöpetie. Kurt is extremely analytical and outstandingly sharp in his judgement. He is highly responsive and always a pleasure to work with‘.

Hands-on, deep knowledge, understand business, cost efficient‘.

Key clients



Astellas Pharma

Aston Martin


August Storck

Bank of America



Deckers (UGG)





Forever 21




Imperial Tobacco



Reckitt Benckiser



EU and competition Tier 3

Brinkhof has an experienced competition and regulatory practice, with particular recognition in regulated industries including telecoms, technology, media, life sciences and pharmaceuticals. The firm's key clients include KPN, Google, Toyota, and other leading industry names. A recent matter highlight for the firm is its representation of Nuon in proceedings relating to excessive pricing in the electricity sector; key individuals on this matter include practice head Pepijn van Ginneken and associate Hanneke Kooijman. Co-practice head Quinten Kroes, Remy Chavannes, Daan De Lange and associate Gaëlle Béquet are also noted.


The competition team at Brinkhof is responsive, and have detailed knowledge of local developments‘.

‘Pepijn van Ginneken and Quinten Kroes each has his own style but both are: hands-on, have deep knowledge of legal issue and business, professional, no provision of superfluous advice not really needed to sort out the problem/business; understand business and find good way to deal with business input, taking the input seriously even if it is not always relevant for the sorting out the legal issue, pleasant communication, full transparency in expected legal costs.’

Key clients






Association of Dutch Commercial Radio Broadcasters (VCR)

Dutch Dairy Board (NZO)




Delta Rijssen


Industry focus: healthcare and life sciences Tier 3

Brinkhof fields a notable IP practice, which advises clients in the life sciences and healthcare sectors and handles key disputes involving blockbuster drugs and biotech cases at the European and international level. In a key highlight, the team is acting for Sandoz, a division of Novartis and global leader in generic pharmaceuticals and biosimilar products, in a range of patent disputes including a Supreme Court case against Bayer relating to the infringement by equivalence for pharmaceuticals. Richard EbbinkMark Van Gardingen and Daan De Lange are the key names to note.

Managing Partners: Richard Ebbink, Quinten Kroes

Number of partners: 14

Number of lawyers: 39

Languages: Dutch, English, French, German, Italian

Firm Overview:

Brinkhof was established as an independent Dutch law firm in 2005. Its lawyers are dedicated, experienced litigators, advisors, drafters, and negotiators. They cater to clients from innovative industries, including high-tech, pharma, medical devices, media, telecoms, retail, food, fashion, and financial. The breadth of knowledge and depth of specialist experience makes Brinkhof a centre of legal expertise for modern markets. Brinkhof’s IP practice is one of the broadest in the Netherlands. Its platforms regulation & litigation team advises several of the world’s online giants. The competition team is the premier team for the full range of competition and regulatory law advice. The IT team is known for its expertise in the area of sourcing and IT contracting. Brinkhof has dedicated and experienced privacy law specialists providing clients with practical business advice. Seasoned non-contentious IP specialists also deal with licensing, R&D arrangements and similar transactions on a daily basis.

Main Areas of Practice:

Patent Litigation General:

■ Represented Dow Chemical Company in trade secret misappropriation proceedings regarding opaque and non-opaque polymers (for use in paints) against Organik Kimya (up to the Supreme Court)

■ Represented Boston Scientific in several proceedings regarding cardiovascular technology (vascular stents, stent coatings, heart catheters) against various competitors

■ Represented Xiaomi and OPPO in several proceedings against Sisvel on injunctions in case of standard essential patents (SEPs) and FRAND-conditions

■ Represented Heineken in several proceedings against Anheuser-Busch InBev before the Hague specialised patent courts and coordinated the worldwide patent dispute

■ Represented The Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard in matters related to their European CRISPR patent portfolio and other related patents

Pharmaceuticals & Biotech:

■ Represented Sandoz in various pending nullity and infringement proceedings concerning generic medicaments, e.g. against AstraZeneca (esomeprazole and quetiapine), GlaxoSmithKline (salmeterol + fluticasone), Leo Pharma (calcipotriol), Merck (dorzolamide + timolol), and Sanofi-Aventis (docetaxel)

■ Represented Synthon in nullity and infringement proceedings against various competitors, including Astellas (tamsulosine) and Teva (glatiramer acetate)

■ Represented Celtrion in nullity proceedings against Biogen, Roche and Genentech (rituximab)

■ Represented Novozymes in multi-jurisdictional nullity and infringement proceedings against DSM (lactose for milk)

■ Represented Accord Healthcare in nullity and infringement proceedings against competitors, including against AstraZeneca (quetiapine) and Medac (methotrexate)

IP & Unfair Competition:

■ Legal support to Google for IP matters, including trademark, domain name and Adwords related disputes and licensing and privacy issues

■ Represented WILD in international trademark litigation aimed at protecting the shape of the CAPRI-SUN branded fruit juice pouches

■ Advised and represented Adidas in all of its IP issues in the Netherlands, amongst which litigation in the textbook case about the well-known 3 Stripes trademark of Adidas

■ Represented Nestle in European proceedings against Cadbury (Mondelez) regarding its EU trademarks for the shapes of its KitKat products

■ Represented T-Mobile in advertising proceedings against Vodafone, Ziggo and KPN

■ Advised LeasePlan on its IP portfolio, including coordination of enforcement and strategy of its IP rights throughout the Benelux and Europe, providing LeasePlan with guidance on its product introductions, and product commercials

■ Represented Infineon in a trademark dispute against NXP regarding public transport technology


■ Supported a leading Dutch company in the financial and leasing industry in a multi-jurisdictional WAN project, as well as on agile and DevOps issues

■ Supported Euronext-listed Dutch multinational Nedap in drafting all of its template agreements and representing it in complex negotiations with business partners and customers

■ Assisted USG People in replacing several business critical IT systems supporting front and back office processes

■ Advised ERIKS on various multi-jurisdictional sourcing matters in connection with its global operations

Data Protection:

■ Represented WhatsApp in the Dutch Data Protection Authority’s inquiry into its use of telephone numbers

■ Advised Randstad in the Dutch Data Protection Authority’s inquiry into its processing of employee data

■ Represented Dutch Railways in litigation on personal data and public transport cards

■ Legal support to Google on privacy and data protection law, represented Google in the investigations conducted by the Dutch Data Protection Authority over a new privacy policy and in a number of proceedings over ‘the right to be forgotten’

EU & Competition:

■ Represented merging parties in national and international merger control cases, such as former telecoms incumbent KPN

■ Represented clients in national and international litigation on abuse of dominance, such as the international airport Schiphol

■ Represented parties in cartel and regulatory litigation, such as energy incumbent Nuon

■ Represented defendants in civil cartel damage cases domestically, such as in the Pressed Steel and Paraffin Wax cartels

■ Acting for online platforms in several investigations by the national competition authority ACM, such as Google

Media, Entertainment & Reputation Management:

■ Acted for Google in a significant number of proceedings about delisting of search results under the European ‘right to be forgotten’, removal of hosted content, and provision of user data

■ Advised several major tech companies regarding EU regulation of online platforms, including audiovisual media services, copyright, and hate speech

■ Represented Fox Sports Eredivisie in commercial image-rights litigation

■ Represented public broadcaster Omroep MAX in civil defamation proceedings over a TV broadcast, and in administrative proceedings over rights to a broadcasting slot and over a fine imposed in relation to merchandising for the Dutch version of the Great British Bake Off

■ Represented the association of Dutch commercial radio broadcasters in music royalty rate-setting litigation

■ Advised a number of broadcasters and online media platforms in relation to cable distribution, collective rights, and jurisdiction under the AVMS directive

■ Represented financial newspaper Het Financieele Dagblad in a number of defamation proceedings


■ Represented KPN in appeal procedures regarding Vodafone-Ziggo and Liberty-Ziggo before the EU Court of Justice

■ Represented Sky Radio in litigation against the Dutch State relating to the license fees imposed for the extension of radio licenses

■ Represented Tele2 in civil damages litigation relating to the introduction of shared broadband access

■ Represented Eurofiber in various telecoms regulatory matters, including its successful appeal against near-net regulation

■ Represented CAIW in an EU state aid notification for next generation access networks

Department Name Email Telephone
Patent litigation Richard Ebbink
Patent litigation Mark van Gardingen
Patent validity and infringement Daan de Lange
Patent validity and infringement Koen Bijvank
Patent litigation Jan Pot
Patent litigation Rien Broekstra
Trade mark litigation Gregor Vos
Trade mark litigation Kurt Stöpetie
Unfair competition Gregor Vos
Unfair competition Kurt Stöpetie
Life sciences Mark van Gardingen
Life sciences Daan de Lange
Pharmaceuticals and biotech Mark van Gardingen
Pharmaceuticals and biotech Koen Bijvank
Copyright protection Remy Chavannes
Copyright protection Dorien Verhulst
Copyright protection Gregor Vos
Licensing Wieke van Angeren
Licensing Eliane de Vilder
IP portfolio management Gregor Vos
IP portfolio management Kurt Stöpetie
EPO oppositions Koen Bijvank
EPO oppositions Mark van Gardingen
Supplementary protection certificates Koen Bijvank
Supplementary protection certificates Daan de Lange
EU and competition Pepijn van Ginneken
Media and entertainment Remy Chavannes
Media and entertainment Quinten Kroes
Telecoms Pepijn van Ginneken
Telecoms Quinten Kroes
IT Eliane de Vilder
IT Wieke van Angeren
Privacy and data protection Quinten Kroes
Number of partners : 14
Number of lawyers : 39