Mr Olaf Trojan > Bird & Bird LLP > The Hague, Netherlands > Lawyer Profile

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Work Department

Dispute resolution, Media and entertainment


Olaf is a partner in the Dispute Resolution Practice of Bird & Bird. He co-heads the Media Group in the Netherlands, and is based in the Hague. Olaf specialises in unlawful press publications and misleading advertising. His expertise includes freedom of expression, naming and shaming as well as portrait, press and advertising rights. This work often involves advising companies and individuals who find themselves under attack from the media and can involve close cooperation with the client’s public relations advisors. Olaf has a solid basis in contract and liability law and is very familiar with subjects as termination of negotiations, conformity and warranty claims (among others, in the event of acquisitions) and directors’ and officers’ liability. He is regularly consulted by one of the largest newspaper in the Netherlands regarding editorial issues. Olaf regularly appears before the Dutch Press Council and the Dutch Standard Advertising Agency and acts frequently in urgent preliminary relief proceedings.


Olaf joined Bird & Bird in 2008. He regularly acts as lecturer at conferences and seminars. He also enjoys providing in-house courses to clients of Bird & Bird.


Dutch and English


Dutch Association for Media and Communication Law (VMC), Dutch Association for Procedural Law (NVvP), Dutch Association for Corporate Litigation (Vereniging Corporate Litigation)


Olaf was admitted to the bar in 1993.

Lawyer Rankings

Netherlands > Industry focus: Media and entertainment

(Leading individuals)

Olaf TrojanBird & Bird LLP

Covering the full spectrum of advisory and litigious matters, the team at Bird & Bird LLP counts such household names as Skyscanner, Fox Media and Warner Bros among its clients. On the contentious side, Olaf Trojan is the key contact for broad civil law matters, whilst co-head Paul Waszink leads in administrative law proceedings, such as enforcement proceedings or exemption requests. The firm’s expertise spans a wide range of matters, including copyright, collective rights, gaming, and content distribution. In recent highlights, the team defended T-Mobile in appeal proceedings launched by digital rights movement Bits of Freedom against a decision by the ACM.

Netherlands > Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation

Bird & Bird LLP provides a wide range of litigation services, with a particular focus on the technology and media sectors, as well as a strong liability and insurance disputes practice. The firm is also highly recommended for matters spanning multiple jurisdictions, making use of its broad international network, both for mandates led from The Netherlands, and as local counsel in matters originating elsewhere. Evelyn Tjon-En-Fa heads the team and handles a wide range of litigation, in addition to being a Supreme Court litigator. Olaf Trojan is recommended for media and technology-related work.

Netherlands > Industry focus: Information technology

Roelien van Neck, who jointly leads the team at Bird & Bird LLP with Jeroen van der Lee, is hailed for being ‘in a class of her own‘. Olaf Trojan is also a name to note for his IT advisory and disputes work with a media industry slant. Wilfred Steenbruggen was recently promoted to senior counsel and the team’s associates, including Margot van der Veen, are also highly regarded. The team handles the full spectrum of projects spanning IT outsourcing work and issues relating to new technologies including the internet of things, XAAS (everything-as-a-service), AI and robotics.