Firm Profile > bureau Brandeis > Amsterdam, Netherlands

bureau Brandeis

Industry focus: Media and entertainment Tier 2

The TMT department at bureau Brandeis  is well regarded for handling high-profile and complex disputes, often with an international aspect. It has deep expertise in the areas of digital copyright and internet liability, and has been involved in various digital initiatives, including VOD platforms. The firm is also active in the entertainment and publishing industries, focusing on books, music and film. Christiaan Alberdingk Thijm is an experienced litigator and his niche area of expertise lies at the intersection between copyright enforcement and intermediary liability. Machteld Robichon and Hans Bousie are other key names.

Practice head(s):

Christiaan Alberdingk Thijm; Machteld Robichon; Hans Bousie


‘Christiaan Alberdingk Thijm is a first-class lawyer who can capture legal issues and apply his legal reasoning in a very convincing way’.

‘The team has a high level of legal knowledge, and also understands the business very well’.

‘They are well informed about the most recent developments in the market, as well as relevant jurisprudence’.

‘The team is easily accessible and available, and they show a pro-active attitude’.

‘The team is capable and willing to explore new paths, getting the best out of a case’.

‘Very to-the-point, up-to-date and easy-going people’.

‘Each individual has both high level intellectual and social skills’.

‘They are reliable, committed and extremely professional with a great personal touch’.            

Key clients




Dutch Publishers Association (NUV)

Talpa Radio


public broadcasters AT5 and NH Nieuws

Music Creations Publishing B.V.

Hugo Langras (Montana Realty Company B.V.)

Spinnin’ Records

Data privacy and data protection Tier 3

At boutique firm bureau Brandeis, practice co-head Vita Zwaan leads the privacy compliance team, while fellow practice co-head Christiaan Alberdingk Thijm is the key contact for contentious mandates. The group's client roster encompasses internet service providers, telecoms companies, social media platforms, retailers, entertainment sector companies and advertisement network providers; key examples include Pathé and Dutch Digital Agencies. The Dutch DPA is also another significant name.

Practice head(s):

Vita Zwaan; Christiaan Alberdingk Thijm

Key clients



Dutch Digital Agencies

Juridische Zaken


Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation Tier 3

Frank Peters and Louis Berger at bureau Brandeis have an impressive caseload of high-profile class actions, including the diesel scandal and the Steinhoff case, typically acting for claimants. The versatile team handle a broad spectrum of matters, from climate change litigation to shareholder disputes, for example. Clients appreciate the innovative approach and deep expertise.

Practice head(s):

Frank Peters; Louis Berger

Other key lawyers:

Floor Eikelboom


‘The team of Brandeis is really unique. They are strong in law, but a special strength is to separate the main issue from the dust raised by the opponent. A huge and complicated story is made simple and clear. [Our case] ended in a fantastic victory. ’

‘I’d like to mention Louis Berger (partner) and Floor Eikelboom (senior associate), they are especially good at corporate governance and directors’ liability. And also they have quite a lot experience with other jurisdictions and how to handle this complexity in a most simple and efficient way. ’

‘The expertise is based on extensive experience , the quality of staff is unique, one we can rely on in every specialist field of law within mass claims that we need. The firm is reliable, loyal, affordable and honest. They get things done!’

‘Louis Berger understands complex serious claim issues and translates them into a feasible project; he has the unique skills to deal with various personalities, is an intelligent lawyer, knows how to handle different needs and comprehends complex and various executions of the matter at hand. Ambitious and no arrogance.’

‘Excellent combination of experience and strategic lawyers who have a hands-on mentality. They are a safe pair of hands for their clients. Louis Berger is a very thorough and intelligent lawyer and very pleasant to work with. Louis is very hands on and to the point. Wesley Vader is a very smart and responsive lawyer and very motivated to help his clients.’

‘The Brandeis litigation team has repeatedly shown to be very precise and fast, while flexible enough to come with non-standard solutions. Louis Berger and Floor Eikelenboom form a very high-quality litigation team in several of our cases, and both are very nice people to work with!’

‘Flexibility, innovative approach, out of the box-solutions. Louis Berger, excellent listener and ‘connector’ , adapting to challenging circumstances, very receptive to client’s demand/wishes, understands psychological processes coming with difficult negotiations in international setting with accompanying cultural differences. ’


Key clients

Financial Recovery Technologies (FRT)

Stichting Truck Cartel Recovery


Stichting Hippo Mundo Charity

Jana Capital

Diesel Emissions Justice Foundation

Grant & Eisenhofer

Foundation The Privacy Collective

Industry focus: telecoms Tier 3

bureau Brandeis is particularly active in disputes in the telecoms space, with a focus on price regulation and IP rights. Machteld Robichon heads the team and is noted for his telecoms regulation expertise. Bas Braeken handles EU competition matters.

Practice head(s):

Machteld Robichon; Bas Braeken

Key clients

Talpa Radio


Fiber network operator NEM, currently part of KPN

Disney (Eredivisie Media & Marketing)




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

The team at bureau Brandeis is highlighted for its abilities across copyright, especially in respect of digital publishing (including the liability of host sites), trade mark infringements, and contractual/transactional work, particularly in the media and entertainment industries. Christiaan Alberdingk Thijm attracts acclaim for his unique talent in his handling of landmark copyright cases and for his grasp of the digital landscape. He is considered a 'sharp litigator' with a deep understanding of online commerce. Hans Bousie specialises in copyright and competition law with a focus on the media and entertainment industries. Caroline de Vries, who advises on information law, copyright law, privacy, and freedom of speech, is considered 'a true talent’, while Marieke Berghuis is highlighted for her depth of expertise in privacy matters.

Practice head(s):

Christiaan Alberdingk Thijm; Hans Bousie

Other key lawyers:

Caroline de Vries; Marieke Berghuis


‘Approachable and fast.’

‘It’s a great team to work with as they do understand the legal AND the business part of the problem. Quick responses on requests’.

‘Christiaan Alberdinck Tijm:  a sharp litigator, very good on ‘principal’ cases. Marieke Berghuis: our main advocate on privacy issues. Good and thorough. Caroline de  Vries is a true talent’.

‘The success of the firm’s IP practice comes down to the knowledge and experience of firm founder Christiaan Alberdingk Thijm, who was one of the first ‘internet lawyers’ in the country. Christiaan knows how to attract interesting cases and clients, and is very visible in the media. And he is unconventional: he is strong in pursuing what interests him, and he is not afraid to move on when he thinks it is time to do something new (he’s also an investor and novelist).’

‘Professional, competent, experts on their legal territories’.

‘Open communication with clients, hands-on mentality’.

‘What makes them unique? Their unique expertise, a mix of creative litigation experience and academic depth, combined with a very approachable attitude. A joy to work with the lawyers at bureau Brandeis.’

‘Christiaan Alberdingk Thijm: not sure if any lawyer in the Netherlands has a better knowledge of copyright law than he does. He has extremely good knowledge about the liability regime for internet intermediaries’

Key clients

Dutch Publishers Association

Spinnin’ Records

PVH Europe (Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein)

Overamstel Uitgevers

Dash Berlin






Red Bull



EU and competition Tier 4

bureau Brandeis regularly acts for clients in regulatory and competition litigation including merger control proceedings and competition authority investigations. Clients stem from the digital markets, telecoms, media, mobility, travel and fintech sectors; examples include Pathé, Aegon and ANP. Bas Braeken leads the department and is a specialist in regulated markets. Antitrust litigation expert Hans Bousie also contributes.

Practice head(s):

Bas Braeken

Other key lawyers:

Hans Bousie

Key clients



Eredivisie Media & Marketing



Centraal Boekhuis

Multi Tank card

EU Athletes

Bosch Siemens Household Appliances

Taxameter Centrale



The firm

bureau Brandeis is a Dutch independent boutique law firm, specialising in complex litigation. Since the firm was established in 2013, it has rapidly acquired a major position and grown to 23 attorneys. Not only is the team growing, bureau Brandeis is also handling an increasing number of clientele in high-profile cases, including landmark cases before the ECJ.

The firm represents clients in all stages of proceedings, before courts and tribunals. The firm prevents disputes with its diligent compliance work and offers consulting services on government and public affairs.

The firm’s clients are companies, both national and international, both listed companies and start ups, and also interest groups.

The firm focuses on litigation and other forms of dispute resolution, and chooses not to represent Dutch government bodies, big banks and accountancy firms. This gives bureau Brandeis a unique position in the market. The firm has a preference for the challenger.

Areas of practice

Litigation is the firm’s priority, with a focus on:

Corporate litigation: as leading specialists in their field of expertise the firm’s lawyers have been engaged in many corporate disputes, among others in high-profile shareholder disputes and contribute regularly to new case law. The track record of the firm’s lawyers includes shareholder disputes, directors liability, hedge funds and shareholders’ activism. The firm assists medium-sized and large companies and their shareholders and directors.

Commercial litigation: bureau Brandeis is renowned for its strong commercial litigation practice. This practice includes disputes between contracting parties, takeover disputes, multinational cross border disputes, investor state disputes, liability of professionals, disputes against banks and other financial institutions. For their expertise in insolvency cases bureau Brandeis is regularly engaged by creditors and former investors but also bankruptcy trustees in complex disputes.

Antitrust: In cartel damages cases bureau Brandeis combines its expertise in competition law and liability litigation, built up in the last 20 years. bureau Brandeis is involved in high-profile cases, such as the aircargo case and the truck cartel case.

Intellectual property: known for developing landmark case law and handling most landmark cases in the Netherlands in the field of digital copyright/IP litigation. The firm also has experience in reputation management, advertising law and trade name law.

Internet and technology (intermediary and platform law): the firm has been at the root of developments in legislation on this area of expertise. No Dutch firm can rival the court experience in internet and technology. The firm was involved in the foundation of Skype, has been eBay’s regular Dutch attorney for years and assisted Netflix in the establishment of its European headquarters in Amsterdam. From the birth of the commercial internet, bureau Brandeis’ attorneys have litigated in high-profile cases.

Privacy and telecoms: the firm advises companies and organisations about privacy and telecommunications and supports them during investigations and in regulatory enforcement procedures. At bureau Brandeis we have many years of experience in complex compliance matters in the field of data protection and telecommunications, and as many in litigating in these areas.

Administrative: bureau Brandeis handles objection procedures and (higher) appeal procedures in administrative courts. The firm also provides representation in monitoring and enforcement procedures by regulatory authorities such as the Media Authority, the Consumer and Market Authority, the Data Protection Authority and the Dutch Gaming Authority.

Gaming and gambling: In addition to advice on regulations and iGaming license applications, the firm represents clients in procedures by the Dutch Gaming Authority.

Supreme court litigation: the firm’s Supreme Court litigation practice covers a broad range of civil law, including contract law, liability law, corporate law, privacy/media/telecoms, intellectual property, financing, sureties and insolvency law.

Department Name Email Telephone
Commercial litigation Louis Berger
Commercial litigation Frank Peters
Commercial litigation Hans Bousie
Corporate litigation Louis Berger
Corporate litigation Frank Peters
Privacy/telecoms Christiaan Alberdingk Thijm
Privacy/telecoms Vita Zwaan
Privacy/telecoms Machteld Robichon
Administrative Machteld Robichon
European and antitrust Hans Bousie
European and antitrust Louis Berger
Intellectual property Christiaan Alberdingk Thijm
Intellectual property Hans Bousie
Regulated markets, gaming Machteld Robichon
Media and entertainment Hans Bousie
Media and entertainment Machteld Robichon
Companies Louis Berger
Companies Frank Peters
Shareholders activism Frank Peters
Internet and technology Christiaan Alberdingk Thijm
Insolvency law Louis Berger
Supreme Court litigation Jozua van der Beek
Class actions Jozua van der Beek
Class actions Frank Peters
International arbitration Louis Berger
International arbitration Jozua van der Beek
Compliance Machteld Robichon
Compliance Vita Zwaan
Compliance Hans Bousie
Public affairs Christiaan Alberdingk Thijm
Public affairs Machteld Robichon
Corporate governance Louis Berger
Corporate governance Frank Peters
Photo Name Position Profile
 Bas Braeken  photo Bas Braeken Partner
 Oskar Mulder  photo Oskar Mulder
Number of lawyers : 23