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Bird & Bird LLP

Industry focus: Information technology Tier 1

Bird & Bird LLP is reported to be 'very pragmatic and fast with an eye for detail'; team head Jeroen van der Lee 'is very pragmatic, easy to reach and makes you feel like you are the only client'. The firm offers an impressive range of specialists with a broad IT focus and it looks to stay abreast of developments in AI, robotics, and FinTech. Recent work includes advising Adyen, the global payment platform, on data protection, IP matters, and contractual negotiations. Roelien van Neck is a key partner in the group.

Industry focus: Media and entertainment Tier 1

Led by Olaf Trojan and Paul Waszink, the Bird & Bird LLP team offers a comprehensive service across the media sector ranging from freedom of speech to violations of the Media Act and issues surrounding loot boxes. Recent work includes representing Skyscanner in a high-profile case concerning accusations it presented misleading ticket offerings in its search results; following a District Court ruling, the team is representing the client on its appeal to the Supreme Court. Other clients include NPO, Discovery and Sony Pictures. Senior associate Berend van der Eijk has a strong focus on the tech side and there have been a number of recent new hires including Marianne Minnecré from the Dutch Media Authority.

Industry focus: telecoms Tier 1

As well as leading Bird & Bird LLP’s consulting and regulation practice, Marjolein Geus heads the Hague-based global tech and communications sector group. She led a team appointed by the European Commission in an extensive public tender procedure to perform the EU wide study on the implementation of the Net Neutrality provisions in the EU. Other key team members include Paul Waszink, who has a focus on regulatory regimes, and senior counsel Frank Simons. New hires include Marianne Minnecré from the Dutch Media Authority and Wilfred Steenbruggen previously with Leijnse Artz.

Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation Tier 2

Bird & Bird LLP’s ‘responsive’ team is ‘easy to work with’; it has a core focus on the technology, communication and media sectors, and maintains a strong reputation in the field of liability and insurance disputes. Olaf Trojan and practice head Evelyn Tjon-En-Fa, who is acting as Supreme Court counsel on the matter, are representing Skyscanner in appeal proceedings regarding allegations of misleading ticket offerings. The 'very dedicated' Tjon-En-Fa also successfully represented Allianz and Zurich in a €3.5m claim submitted by AtteroHolding N.V. Other clients include Crocs, Tele2, and Ablynx, a Belgian bio-pharmaceutical company.

Energy: transactional Tier 2

Bird & Bird LLP handles the structuring and development of national and international energy projects, especially in the wind and solar sectors. Sophie Dingenen, who is dual-qualified in the Netherlands and the UK, is advising Unisun Energy Group on the acquisition of a solar portfolio and on the development of future projects. She is also project counsel to URENCO ChemPlants and provides strategic advice to the URENCO board. Other clients include Suntech, Eurus Energy Europe, and Better Energy Group.

EU and competition Tier 2

Bird & Bird LLP’s competition and public procurement practice is a key name for clients in the information technology, communications, electronics, media, energy, banking and financial services sectors. Well-regarded practice head Pauline Kuipers provides ongoing advise to MasterCard on competition-related topics pertaining to its interchange fees. Janneke Kohlen and Hein Hobbelen are also noted.

Industry focus: healthcare and life sciences Tier 2

Head of the Bird & Bird LLP life sciences group, Marc van Wijngaarden 'is a joy to work with, has a great eye for detail and leaves no stone unturned to explore possible arguments'. His team, which 'has a unique spread across Europe', is also home to Armand Killan and Wouter Pors who together have an impressive roster of pharmaceutical, biotech, medical devices, and research clients. With an especially strong IP offering, typical work includes advising Polpharma on patent disputes with Biogen over an antibody treatment for MS; it is also handling a range of corporate work for clients in the life sciences and healthcare sectors.

Intellectual property: Patents Tier 2

The Bird & Bird LLP team is considered to be 'one of the strongest patent litigator teams in the Netherlands and has great collaboration with patent attorneys'. Wouter Pors and Armand Killan, 'who does an outstanding job', are two of the senior and highly regarded practitioners; Killan continues to act for Nokia in patent infringement actions against Apple; the notable Marc van Wijngaarden counts Teva among his clients; associate Peter van Gemert is reported to 'have the skills to really become a great attorney'. The team is acting for biopharma company Ablynx in a complex, cross-border case again Unilever pertaining to the scope of patent licence agreements and the difference between medicinal products and functional foods.

Intellectual property: trade marks, copyrights and design rights Tier 2

At Bird & Bird LLP, 'all the attorneys are extremely smart, have the highest legal skills, and understand client needs'. Wouter Pors heads the practice and noted practitioners including Manon Rieger-Jansen, who leads the brand protection team. Armand Killan counts Nestlé among his clients, acting on a range of patent and trade mark matters in Europe including the protection of the Maggi and Felix brands. The team is noted for its blue-chip clientele – it acts for the Kraft Heinz Group on the protection of its marks and designs.

Tax Tier 2

Bird & Bird LLP’s team is 'strong in international tax matters, especially for businesses in the technology space'. ‘Attentive and knowledgeable’ group head Willem Bongaerts is assisting US private equity firm, Privateer, with investment structuring in the Netherlands. Senior associate Rik van de Meerendonk  is also singled out.

Employment Tier 3

Bird & Bird LLP's team head Philip Hartman is a 'brilliant lawyer with a doggish and can-do attitude'. The group is considered 'excellent – with extensive experience and a deep bench' and a 'strong footing in European works council matters and cross-border transactions'. It provides advice on the gamut of employment matters to clients such as Teva, Philip Morris, and Bureau Veritas.  Partner Marcus Huisman is a key contact in the team.

Energy: regulatory Tier 3

Corporate and projects partner Sophie Dingenen heads up the team at Bird & Bird LLP providing expertise especially in the renewables space; she is counsel to URENCO ChemPlants where she advises on all project-related matters. Dingenen is assisted by associate Tialda Beetstra who has a focus on regulatory matters. The practice has counted Air Products, ENGIE Group, and Rendant among its clients. Michelle de Rijke joined Van der Feltz Advocaten in October 2018.

Insurance Tier 3

Bird & Bird LLP has 'a very proactive and collaborative way of working'. The team takes on policy coverage disputes in the infrastructure and construction arenas. It is acting for Allianz and Ducor, which have filed an appeal against Nalco in a long-running case concerned with a range of defects and other issues in connection with a cooling water conditioning system at the Ducor plant in Rotterdam. Evelyn Tjon-En-Fa and senior associate Laura Grijpma are two of the key advisors.

Commercial, corporate and M&a Tier 5

Bird & Bird LLP partners are 'super hands-on and proactively involve the right specialists within the firm, drafting side documents, and proposing alternative solutions to concerns'. Practice head Pauline Vos 'proposes solutions that always take account of the bigger picture and the deal specifics'. Sophie Dingenen and René Rieter are also noted. Vos and Rieter advised Telindus Netherlands on its acquisition of Umbrio Group, a leading specialist in IT and network operations, monitoring, and analytics. They also advised Riverside Partners, the Boston-based private equity firm, and portfolio company Calero Software on the acquisition of A&B Groep and cMerge IT.

The firm: Bird & Bird is an international law firm, with a long-established reputation for having a rare and invaluable grasp of strategic commercial issues. The firm combines exceptional legal expertise with deep industry knowledge and refreshingly creative thinking, to help clients operating at the forefront of their industries to achieve their commercial goals.

Bird & Bird has over 1,200 lawyers and legal practitioners with broad advisory transactional and contentious capability, with a particular focus on key industry sectors. The firm has an extensive international reach with 28 offices in 19 countries across Europe, Asia-Pacific and the Middle East, offering a seamless, cross-border service between locations and sector and practice groups.

Since 2001, the office in The Hague provides a comprehensive range of high-quality corporate and commercial legal services to its clients. Combining a strongly established Dutch practice with teams from each of the firm’s international offices, it is well placed to provide domestic and cross-border advice to national and international clients.

The firm has extensive experience acting for clients in a wide variety of intellectual property and other commercial litigation, as well as in disputes in regulated markets. It is also one of few law firms in the Netherlands that specialises in Dutch Supreme Court litigation.

The office is staffed by over 80 Dutch lawyers, all of whom are bilingual in Dutch and English. The team of lawyers, tax experts and notaries is switched on to the particular challenges of technology-oriented, regulated industry sectors.

Areas of practice: Underpinned by deep client and industry knowledge, the firm’s key sectors include:

Electronics: advising clients operating in or serving the electronics industry, from R&D and component manufacturing, to technology licensing agreements.

Energy and utilities: advising large multinationals, investors, project companies and large energy consumers on electricity generation, energy trading, renewable energy, clean Tech and climate change, and upstream oil and gas.

Financial services: advising global clients in the financial services sector, such as global retail and investment banks, investors and hedge funds, on transactions, regulatory issues, commercial contracts and dispute resolution.

Food and beverage: advising on a full range of areas, including branding, labelling, health claims, fair trade and patents on novel foods.

Life sciences and healthcare: advising clients in biotechnology, bioinformatics and pharmaceutical companies on licensing and drug development agreements, R&D collaboration, IP acquisitions and joint ventures.

Media and entertainment: advising clients from across the media spectrum on a wide range of issues, including exploitation across all forms of digital media and emerging areas, such as user-generated content exploitation.

Notarial services: (inter)national restructurings, mergers and acquisitions, real estate transactions and financing.

Technology and communications: advising on matters ranging from smaller innovative projects to some of the largest, most complex and ground-breaking transactions and disputes of recent years. Its team includes lawyers with a particular focus on communications, devices and components, digital tech and eCommerce, and software and services as well as a number of more specialist industries including data centres, postal and satellites.

Department Name Email Telephone
Corporate Pauline Vos
Corporate Gerard Moussault
Employment Philip Hartman
Employment Marcus Huisman
Intellectual property Armand Killan
Intellectual property Wouter Pors
Intellectual property Manon Rieger-Jansen
Notary René Rieter
Tax, trade and customs Willem Bongaerts
Tax, trade and customs Brian Mulier
Tax, trade and customs Arnoud Knijnenburg
Telecommunications Marjolein Geus
Telecommunications Paul Waszink
Aviation and aerospace Pauline Vos
Energy and utilities Michelle de Rijke
Energy and utilities Sophie Dingenen
Life sciences Marc van Wijngaarden
Media Olaf Trojan
Media Pauline Kuipers
Media Paul Waszink
Commercial, outsourcing and IT Jeroen van der Lee
Commercial, outsourcing and IT Roelien van Neck
Dispute resolution Evelyn Tjon-En-Fa
Dispute resolution Olaf Trojan
Patents and know how Armand Killan
Patents and know how Wouter Pors
Competition and EU Pauline Kuipers
Competition and EU Marjolein Geus
Competition and EU Janneke Kohlen
Competition and EU Hein Hobbelen
Banking and finance Pauline Vos
Banking and finance Gerard Moussault
Privacy and data protection Jeroen van der Lee
Regulatory and administrative (public) Michelle de Rijke
Regulatory and administrative (public) Marjolein Geus
Electronics Armand Killan
Electronics Jeroen van der Lee
Photo Name Position Profile
Ms Tialda Beetstra  photo Ms Tialda Beetstra
Mr Willem Bongaerts  photo Mr Willem Bongaerts
Mr Pieter Camps  photo Mr Pieter Camps
Mr Sophie Dingenen  photo Mr Sophie Dingenen
Mr Marcus Huisman  photo Mr Marcus Huisman
Mr Arnoud Knijnenburg  photo Mr Arnoud Knijnenburg
Mr Janneke Kohlen  photo Mr Janneke Kohlen
Mr Pauline Kuipers  photo Mr Pauline Kuipers
Mr Brian Mulier  photo Mr Brian Mulier
Mr Wouter Pors  photo Mr Wouter Pors
Mr Manon Rieger-Jansen  photo Mr Manon Rieger-Jansen
Prof Mr Martin Senftleben  photo Prof Mr Martin Senftleben
Mr Feyo Sickinghe  photo Mr Feyo Sickinghe
Mr Olaf Trojan  photo Mr Olaf Trojan
Mr Pauline Vos  photo Mr Pauline Vos
Mr Maurits Westerik  photo Mr Maurits Westerik
Mr Marc van Wijngaarden  photo Mr Marc van Wijngaarden
Mr Jeroen van der Lee  photo Mr Jeroen van der Lee
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at this office : 80
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