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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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Lawyer Rankings

Netherlands > Industry focus: Media and entertainment

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.

Netherlands > Industry focus: telecoms

bureau Brandeis is well-versed in telecoms, media, competition, and administrative law, with a strong track record in litigating regulatory matters in the telecoms sector. Machteld Robichon is a seasoned litigator in regulatory enforcement proceedings involving Dutch authorities, especially in high-profile cases related to telecom and media regulation. Robichon co-leads the practice with Bas Braeken, an expert in EU competition law and regulated markets, who advocates for fixed line and mobile operators in cases involving market analysis decisions, abuse of dominance, and related matters.