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Hans is partner of bureau Brandeis. In the Netherlands Hans is one of the top entertainment lawyers. Internationally, he specializes in  antitrust damage litigation. He has over 25 years of experience in antitrust litigation. Hans is a pit-bull if need be, but he knows when and how to settle. Therefore, Hans is a perfect fit for plaintiffs looking for recovery of damages from antitrust cartels, independently or through class action. To bureau Brandeis – challenging the status quo and backing the underdog – this antitrust practice group fits like a glove.

Hans is the founder and editor of Q, the Cartel Damages Quarterly: the world’s only journal on cartel damage competition case law. Hans is therefor on top of all new developments in cartel damage case law and regularly speaks at conferences and symposia on this matter.

Earlier work by Hans regarding antitrust damages litigation includes the attacking of the fixed price for books in Holland. Hans has gained quite a reputation in the media and entertainment industries for the results he booked regarding this matter: the Dutch book cartel was forced to let go of the cross border nature of their price fixing. Also, Hans worked on bringing down the monopoly the Belgium government held on radio frequencies for state aided broadcasters. Due to his efforts the Belgium authorities were forced to revise its legislation regarding this matter. He handled a case regarding a major toy manufacturer employing dual pricing.

Hans is a member of the American Bar Association (ABA) and the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA). He is also a member of the Antitrust LitigationWorking Group of the International Bar Association (IBA) and is co-chair of the IBA Working Group Digital Economy.

Nationally Hans is regarded as one of the best entertainment lawyers in the Netherlands.

Lawyer Rankings

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

The ‘highly experienced and approachable team’ at bureau Brandeis specialises in disputes concerning digital copyrights, and frequently appears before Dutch and European courts on issues centred on infringements, questions of platform liability and contractual disagreements. Leadership of the practice is shared between Christiaan Alberdingk Thijm, a specialist in matters at the intersection of copyright and intermediary liability, and Hans Bousie, who handles both copyright and competition matters for media and entertainment clients. Syb Terpstra focuses on copyright and trade mark disputes tied to the music industry, while he and Sophie van Everdingen both handle matters of portrait and image rights. Caroline de Vries moved to the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy in December 2022.

Netherlands > EU and competition

bureau Brandeis houses a ‘fantastic’ EU and competition practice which is noted for its ‘diverse set of skills and talent’. Its clients span a range of industry sectors and its workload involves advising on the broad-range of related work. A key example of the calibre of work the team works on is its defending Pro Agent and the EFAA in their legal battle against FIFA’s new regulations. Bas Braeken is ‘able to give clear advice on complex matters’ and heads up the offering. Hans Bousie and associate Jade Versteeg are key names to note in the team.

Netherlands > Dispute resolution: class actions

bureau Brandeis‘s class action practice specialises in representing plaintiffs and is active in the diesel scandal, privacy-related class actions, and truck cartel issues. It is also known for its expertise in climate change litigation. The practice is led by hedge fund activism specialist and plaintiff litigator Frank Peters, Louis Berger who has been key to ‘Dieselgate’ cases, and Hans Bousie who focuses on antitrust damages litigation.

Netherlands > Industry focus: Media and entertainment

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Hans Bousiebureau Brandeis

bureau Brandeis continues to be a go-to firm for clients needing advice on digital copyrights, entertainment law and publishing, among other matters. The team is co-led by Hans Bousie, Christiaan Alberdingk Thijm and Machteld Robichon. Bousie is skilled at navigating cross-border litigation and frequently advises clients within the music industry. Alberdingk Thijm is recommended for high-profile defamation claims, while Robichon is an expert in broadcasting and gaming regulations. Sam van Velze is another noteworthy member of the team with a focus on copyright issues within the media and entertainment sector.