Firm Profile > Bird & Bird > The Hague, Netherlands

Bird & Bird

Industry focus: Information technology Tier 1

Roelien van Neck, who jointly leads the team at Bird & Bird 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.


Hands on advice, and broad experience.’

‘Pragmatic, and customer friendly.’

‘The information technology department at Bird & Bird is a pleasure to work with. We have developed a fairly complex self-regulatory system which is accompanied by a complex governance structure. The dedication with which Bird & Bird has assisted us has been of great value to me. The quality of the advice, the speed of work and the way in which the employees of Bird & Bird have mastered our business is great. The extra time and effort spent by partner Roelien van Neck is highly appreciated by me. Her personal dedication is unprecedented to me.’

‘Margot van der Veen is an associate who works in the team of partner Roelien van Neck. Margot works very efficiently, is highly qualified and was well informed in a short time about the details of our organization and the sensitivities of the market in which we operate. Margot was easily accessible and responded quickly when I needed her. Moreover, a very pleasant person to work with.’

‘Roelien van Neck is in a class of her own. Roelien has shown an incredible amount of dedication, provided sharp advice and has drawn up solid contracts for us. She has invested a lot of her own time in refining until the agreements were just right. Her advice was essential to achieve the best result possible. Roelien is also a pleasant person. It’s nice to work with her. Despite her busy schedule, she is always easily accessible and responds quickly. A top lawyer. I could not have wished for a better one.’

Key clients





Talpa Holding


Tech Mahindra








Industry focus: Media and entertainment Tier 1

Covering the full spectrum of advisory and litigious matters, the team at Bird & Bird 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.

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Key clients







Fox Media


Warner Brothers

Industry focus: telecoms Tier 1

The substantial and experienced team at Bird & Bird is headed up by Marjolein Geus and Paul Waszink, and advises clients on the regulatory regimes and EU policies relevant to the telecoms industry, and also handles advisory and contentious matters. The team's advice covers the roll-out of fixed, mobile and wireless networks, network sharing issues, net neutrality work and cybersecurity matters. Senior counsel Frank Simons advises on core telecoms matters including spectrum regulation, telecoms infrastructure and satellite communications mandates.

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Key clients


Cellnex Telecom S.A.

DEM Group


European Commission,DG Connect




Tele2 Nederland B.V.


Data privacy and data protection Tier 2

Senior counsel Wilfred Steenbruggen and senior associate Berend van der Eijk lead the national data protection practice at Bird & Bird. As part of the commercial, privacy and data protection, regulatory and administrative practice, Steenbruggen advises on a broad range of matters; he advises Teva on various data protection compliance matters, often in respect of projects covering numerous territories in the EU. Jeroen van der Lee and Roelien van Neck are other notable names in a team that handles the gamut of data privacy and protection matters, including data breaches and investigations.

Key clients





Domino’s Pizza




Michael Page

Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation Tier 2

Bird & Bird 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.

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Despite the size of the team and firm, they are very hands on and not too theoretical or too risk averse. Moreover, you sense that there is a team and not a set of individuals outsmarting each other 

The attorneys at Bird & Bird are very well informed on the different legal subjects, both with regard to commercial litigation in general and sector specific regulation. They advise fast and are always available if needed. Its very pleasant to work with them. 

Evelyn Tjon-en-Fa is definitely one of the most knowledgeable and smart lawyers I have ever met. She grasps complex technological matters in a minute and knows how to translate this to legal argumentation and documentation. Apart from being very serious about her work, she is good fun to work with. 

Key clients



Shiloh Industries

Exact Software



Aso Forge International S.A.


Kaspersky Lab


Ihlas Holding A.S.


Large Dutch construction companies

ATP International


Intellectual Property Agency for the Benelux (Benelux Merkenbureau)

Avery Dennison

Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty



Energy: transactional Tier 2

Bird & Bird's energy practice, which acts for prominent wind turbines manufacturers and key as well as emerging players in the solar market, is engaged in infrastructure projects. Moreover, the team under Sophie Dingenen's leadership is involved in transactions in the renewables sector, and is regularly instructed by funds focusing on renewables, while the group also had an up tick relating to work on corporate power purchase agreements.

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Key clients



Adamant Solar

Eurus Energy Europe


Canadian Solar

Visser & Smit Hanab




Pacifico Energy



EU and competition Tier 2

Bird & Bird's competition department has 'proven to be an authority in this field'. The firm's focus lies in the information technology, communications, electronics, media, energy, banking and financial services sectors. Practice head Pauline Kuipers specialises in EU and Dutch competition law in regulated sectors, in particular telecoms, and media. Kuipers advised TGPNL during an investigation by the ACM. Other key members include Janneke Kohlen, Hein Hobbelen, associates Mariska van de Sanden and Piet-Hein Eijssen.


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The competition department of Bird & Bird has excellent lawyers, who advise proactively and guide a client in a field that is both complex and precarious

‘Bird & Bird has proven to be an authority in this field and also has employees who are able to put themselves in my position as a customer‘.

I have personally worked a lot with Tialda Beetstra. She’s an associate who works in the team of partner Pauline Kuipers. Tialda works very efficiently, is highly qualified and was well informed in a short time about the details of our organization and the sensitivities of the market in which we operate.Moreover, a very pleasant person to work with.

Pauline Kuipers has assisted with certain more complex advice issues. Pauline is a very experienced lawyer with a great network, lots of directly relevant business experience and persuasiveness as a person. She is also a very nice person to work with.

Key clients

T-Mobile Netherlands B.V.

Tele2 Nederland B.V.

Mastercard Europe S.A.

Corbion N.V./Purac

Marshall Land Systems Ltd.

GS1 Nederland B.V.

TomTom N.V.


Groupe Limagrain Holding S.A.

Deutsche Telekom AG

Trusted Quality & Integrity Solutions B.V.

Total Gas & Power Nederland B.V.

Blackboard International B.V.

Commvault Systems International B.V.

Industry focus: healthcare and life sciences Tier 2

Marc van Wijngaarden and Michiel Wurfbain jointly head up the Bird & Bird practice, which provides European-wide expertise to major pharmaceuticals and biotech clients in the life sciences sector. The group's expertise is concentrated on patent work, where it handles complex, cross-jurisdictional disputes, regulatory matters and commercial transactions. The team also takes a full-service approach, which includes EU and competition, tax and employment work. IP specialist Armand Killan counts Allergan, Nestlé, Oculentis and ConvaTec among his clients, and Wouter Pors is noted for his IP and regulatory expertise.

Key clients

Teva Pharmaceuticals


B Braun Melsungen

Bilthoven Biologicals/Serum Institute of India

BSN Medical





Bicycle Therapeutics



Stichting Katholieke Universiteit (comprising Radboud University and

Radboud University Medical Hospital)

Edwards Lifesciences


Intellectual property: Patents Tier 2

Bird & Bird's IP and patents practice has a reputation for providing multi-jurisdictional litigation and strategic IP advice. Its experience spans sectors such as life sciences, electronics, retail and consumer, technology and telecoms sectors. Wouter Pors  heads the practice and has extensive Unified Patent Court experience. Clients praise Armand Killan's ability to deliver 'high quality' work quickly. Recent highlights include Killan representing Edwards Lifesciences in patent infringement proceedings against Boston Scientific. Peter van Gemert is also noted.

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The IP team is really top level and, yet, easy to work with. They are always very much prepared wherever they come. Their case management is excellent‘.

Armand Killan (partner)is really the one who overlooks the whole case and takes necessary measures to deliver products in time and at very high quality‘.

Peter van Gemert is a brilliant upcoming man‘.

Key clients


Edwards Lifesciences



Swiss Pharma International

Sinopharm Weiqida Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd.



Anheuser-Busch InBev/AB InBev

Bicycle Therapeutics

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries

Stichting Katholieke Universiteit (incl. Radboud University and Radboud University Medical Hospital)

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

Bird & Bird's full-service IP team delivers 'very sharp and practical advice' especially regarding patents, brand management and copyright. The firm's strong trade mark, design and copyright practice is evidenced by its representation of Chiquita in claims for alleged trade mark infringement brought by Fyffes. Practice head Wouter Pors has strong experience in litigation and lobbying on IP legislation, both at a national and European level. Manon Rieger-Jansen is a 'fantastic lawyer' and a 'strong litigator' with a particular focus on anti-counterfeiting and parallel trade matters. Armand Killan, Martin Senftleben and associate Thijs van den Heuvel are also recommended.

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‘They have very strong expertise and always resource the matter well. They have very good staff, and we always get very sharp and practical advice. Excellent at meeting deadlines’.

‘Manon is a fantastic lawyer: responsive, gives solid advice, and is a strong litigator as well as a strategic adviser. The fact that she handles trade mark portfolios and litigation allows her to give strategic but also very pragmatic advice. I also work with Manon on anti-counterfeiting cases and again her down-to-earth approach has allowed us to get outstanding results.’

Key clients

Kraft Heinz

Tommy Hilfiger

Calvin Klein


Steigenberger Hotels



Monster Energy







Lloyd Shoes

Petit Bateau

Jouets Ecoiffier




Tax Tier 2

Bird & Bird fields a team of 'specialists with specific areas of expertise'  especially those focused on technology, communications, life sciences, and energy and utilities. Clients from these industries include domestic and global name,  Kiadis Pharma, ImmunoPrecise Antibodies and Cellnex Telecom. Practice head Willem Bongaerts is 'a realistic and knowledgeable' specialist for M&A transactions, corporate finance and business restructurings. 'Soft spoken, knowledgeable and approachable'of counsel Pieter Camps is also recommended.

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Practical, but cautious. No over-promising, but realistic views on your position. Good view of what is important and what is not important without missing details.

Pieter Camps – soft spoken, knowledgeable and approachable. Willem Bongaerts – realistic and knowledgeable.

Received great assistance from the team – I was mainly in touch with their tax partner, whose information was of great value to me. The firm employs many specialists with specific areas of expertise, and through my one contact with Willem I had access to all this expertise.

Great personal connection. Always available to deliver information, even if it is not within their own expertise. Even pro-actively reach out to provide information that could be of benefit. Quick response times.

Apart from being very knowledgeable, the lawyers from Bird & Bird have a very friendly and personal approach.

The relationships are close, the attitude is professional but still very friendly and full of humour. Eager to co-operate to make clients feel unique.

Key clients

Taco Group Holding Inc.

ImmunoPrecise Antibodies Ltd

Tilray Inc. / Privateer Holdings

BloomReach Inc.

Cellnex Telecom S.A.


Lumos Global

Tronox Group

Symmetry Global

SPUR Steak Ranches International


Orlen Upstream

ForeScout Technologies

Kiadis Pharma

Daher Aerospace SA



Employment Tier 3

The employment team at Bird & Bird is highly recommended for clients in the pharmaceutical, IT, media, retail, and tobacco sectors, and provides a wide spectrum of employment advice. The firm is particularly notable for its role in cross-border matters, either coordinating matters as lead counsel, or assisting other offices within the broader firm network. The practice is headed by Philip Hartman, who takes the lead on several of the firm's cross-border and pan-European projects.

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The strength of this team lies with its approach to its clients. As General Counsel covering a European business what I value most is the ability to pick up the telephone and speak to members of the team getting timely tailored advice as and when I need it.

Key clients

Philip Morris

Royal Conservatoire and Academy of Art

Teva Pharmaceutical


Wilhelmsen Ships Service


Digital Realty

Insurance Tier 3

Bird & Bird's 'excellent and practical' insurance team is especially focused on litigious matters, frequently representing clients in policy coverage disputes. The practice is valued for 'understanding the business of the client', particularly in the technology, infrastructure and construction sectors. On the non-contentious side, the firm assists with matters including the drafting of insurance policies. Practice head Evelyn Tjon-En-Fa led a team that successfully represented a panel of insurers in a €3.5m insurance coverage claim against Attero Holding, related to machinery breakdown. The other key name to note is senior associate Laura Grijpma.

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The Bird & Bird team is routinely excellent and practical.

On this insurance matter, Evelyn Tjon-En-Fa was essential to us.

Strengths: understanding the business of the client and anticipating the right direction to take.

Key clients

Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGSC) Munich

Ducor Petrochemicals

Bazan Oil Group


Shiloh Industries, Inc.


Commercial, corporate and M&a Tier 5

Pauline Vos heads up the Bird & Bird team and advises on national and cross-border mergers, acquisitions and private equity transactions, with a focus on the communications, media and life sciences sectors. Sophie Dingenen advises energy corporates; she is also the head of the energy practice. The team also handles a broad range of acquisitions, divestments and general corporate work.

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Key clients

Daher Aersopace SA


ForeScout Technologies

Tech Mahindra Limited

T3l Holding SA

Sapienza Consulting SA

Suntech Power Group

Lagerwey Group

EURUS Energy Europe

Unisun Energy Group

Enercon Group

BayWa re

Pacifico Energy

Air Products

Kiadis Pharma




Mitsubishi Chemicals

Calero Software

Shiloh Industries

ImmunoPrecise Antibodies Ltd

Cellnex Telecom S.A.

BloomReach Inc

Aduro Biotech, Inc

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
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 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
Privacy and data protection Jeroen van der Lee
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 Associate
Mr Pieter Camps  photo Mr Pieter Camps Pieter’s practice covers a broad range of tax matters, both internationally as…
Mr Sophie Dingenen  photo Mr Sophie Dingenen Sophie has been advising the energy sector since 1999 on all corporate,…
 Chelsea Gunning  photo Chelsea Gunning Associate
Mr Marcus Huisman  photo Mr Marcus Huisman Marcus has been managing partner of Bird & Bird in The Hague…
Mr Arnoud Knijnenburg  photo Mr Arnoud Knijnenburg Arnoud is Partner in the Tax Practice of Bird & Bird. He…
Mr Janneke Kohlen  photo Mr Janneke Kohlen Janneke is partner in our Competition & EU Law practice and is…
Mr Pauline Kuipers  photo Mr Pauline Kuipers Pauline is managing partner of our office in The Hague since 2010.…
Mr Brian Mulier  photo Mr Brian Mulier Brian is partner in the Tax and International Trade & Customs Practice…
Mr Manon Rieger-Jansen  photo Mr Manon Rieger-Jansen Manon is a partner in our Intellectual Property Practice and she heads…
Mr Feyo Sickinghe  photo Mr Feyo Sickinghe Feyo is Principal Regulatory Counsel in the Regulatory Practice of Bird &…
Mr Pauline Vos  photo Mr Pauline Vos Pauline is a partner and heads the Corporate Law practice group of…
Number of lawyers : 1,200
at this office : 80
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