Gerard van der Wal > Windt Le Grand Leeuwenburgh > Rotterdam, Netherlands > Lawyer Profile

Windt Le Grand Leeuwenburgh

Work Department

EU, state aid & competition law, IP & pharma




Gerard van der Wal (admitted to the bar in ‘77), former resident partner of Houthoff Buruma in Brussels, was appointed partner at Windt Le Grand Leeuwenburgh per 1 August 2016. He practices EU and competition law with extensive experience on state aid, IP and (free) trade matters, in particular in the luxury brands, agricultural and pharma sector. He is an international litigator and he worked with our partners on the distressed privatisation of National Employment Agency Arbeidsvoorziening (Kliq), the restructuring of the KLM and Dutch Railways owned High Speed concession to Brussels, and advised on state aid matters regarding premier division football clubs PSV and FC Twente. Guides that chart the legal sector such as Chambers and Partners rank Gerard van der Wal as a Senior Statesman in his area of practice.

Lawyer Rankings

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

From its Rotterdam base, Windt Le Grand Leeuwenburgh  has a focus on IP law and its intersection with wider EU law. Acknowledged as ‘a very specialised IP boutique‘, what sets it apart is its ability (especially regarding trade marks and patent law) to navigate regulatory and EU laws in relation to, for example, the labelling or pricing of pharmaceutical products  and the import or export of products in the EU. Its cases often reach the Benelux Court of Justice and one is pending before the Supreme Court of the Netherlands. Its work also covers trade mark, design and copyright  infringement matters in various areas of consumer goods with cases frequently going before the EUIPO. Timme Geerlof  and Gerard van der Wal  are the highly rated practice heads.