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Machteld Robichon is partner at bureau Brandeis. She assists parties in disputes with regulators such as the Dutch Media Authority, the Dutch Gaming Authority, the  Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets and the Dutch Data Protection Authority. These often concern strategic cases that include public policy, such as the modernization of the Dutch Gaming Act and the admission of new operators.

In addition to her many years of experience in litigating in administrative law, Machteld provides practical advice on regulation in the media, telecom and gaming sectors. Previously, Machteld worked with SOLV and Kennedy van der Laan.

Machteld Robichon’s recent work:

  • Various (enforcement) proceedings for providers with the Dutch Media Authority, the Netherlands Gambling Authority and the Netherlands Authority for the Consumer & Market or relevant Ministers regarding compliance with legislation:o Proceedings on fines resulting in the prevention or reduction of fines.o Advising providers on information and regulatory demands from law enforcement or regulators.o Successful appeal against order under penalty of the Netherlands Consumer & Market Authority on compliance with the e-Commerce Directive. The court annulled the order and ruled that Netflix’s LiveChat is an effective means of contact and that Netflix is not required to publish an email address.o Successful ruling by the Council of State, which held that the promotion ban in the (former) Gaming Act did not apply to payment service providers.
  • Various proceedings for Talpa Radio on allocation and renewal of frequency licenses.
  • Advising on the content of collaborations between public media organizations within the Media Act and possible notification to the Media Authority.
  • Successful assistance in obtaining licenses for online gambling with the Netherlands Gambling Authority.
  • Successful appeal with the Amsterdam District Court against rejection of charity lottery application. This resulted in the opening of the lottery market to new entrants.
  • Advice and proceedings concerning installation of fiber optic networks and issues under Chapter 5 Telecommunications Act, including preliminary reference: proceedings on fees for installation of networks. The CJEU ruled that fees must be assessed under the Authorization Directive.
  • Requests and proceedings under the Open Government Act. Among other things, our team secured in court that a provider’s confidential business plans were not released to competitors.


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Netherlands > Industry focus: Media and entertainment

Supreme court litigation concerning neighbouring rights and copyright contract disputes are a distinct feature of bureau Brandeis‘ media and entertainment practice. The team is co-headed by Christiaan Alberdingk Thijm , Machteld Robichon and Hans Bousie, who each specialise in a different area in the media and entertainment space, providing clients with a range of advice. Thijm works on landmark cases concerning soft IP and intermediary liability. Robichon is a key contact for companies and operators in the media, gaming and broadcasting regulatory space. The cross-over between competition law and digital copyright is routine cross-border contentious work for Bousie, who also represents an array of publishers and record labels.