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Bird & Bird
ZUID-HOLLANDPLEIN 22
2596 AW DEN HAAG
Netherlands

Industry focus: Information technology Tier 1

Bird & Bird’s broad expertise includes a focus on developing technologies, such as AI, robotics, blockchain and distributed ledgers, fintech and the platform economy. Its multidisciplinary approach draws on practitioners who specialise in corporate, dispute resolution and public procurement matters. Jeroen van der Lee handles technology and commercial projects, as well as content digitisation and social media; he jointly heads the team with Roelien van Neck, who focuses on commercial matters in the IT and technology sectors. Tjibbe Douma was a new arrival in early 2021.

Practice head(s):

Jeroen van der Lee; Roelien van Neck

Other key lawyers:

Tjibbe Douma

Key clients

Adyen

Iron Mountain

DXC

T-Mobile

Catawiki

Emesa (subsidiary of Talpa)

Tech Mahindra

Cummins

Bridgestone

My.com/Mail.ru

TomTom

ACE Software

Epson

TQIS

Rackspace

Commvault

Industry focus: Media and entertainment Tier 1

Working out of the firm's offices in The Hague and Amsterdam, Bird & Bird's team handles domestic, European and multi-jurisdictional mandates. Its broad expertise spans advertising, copyright, gaming, content distribution, supervision and enforcement by regulators, privacy, and Freedom of Information Act-related cases. The firm acts for large multinational media organisations, smaller domestic companies and also individuals. Olaf Trojan focuses on freedom of speech and internet-related matters. Paul Waszink is adept at handling regulatory matters in the telecoms and media sectors.

Practice head(s):

Olaf Trojan; Paul Waszink

Other key lawyers:

Janneke Kohlen; Wilfred Steenbruggen

Key clients

DPG Media

NPO

NOS

Skyscanner

SDU

T-Mobile/Tele2

Discovery

Kaspersky Lab

NLPO

Industry focus: telecoms Tier 1

The large and experienced telecoms team at Bird & Bird has a multidisciplinary approach and draws on strength from the firm’s global technology and communications group. Working closely with other offices, the team handles Dutch and European matters. It has considerable expertise of EU policy and regulatory developments, and advises clients on new disruptive technologies. Marjolein Geus has over 30 years’ and is experienced in international mandates. Paul Waszink is noted for regulatory matters and is an experienced litigator. Roger van Buuren joined as partner from Bond Advocaten.

Practice head(s):

Marjolein Geus; Paul Waszink

Other key lawyers:

Frank Simons; Feyo Sickinghe; Roger van Buuren

Testimonials

‘Bird & Bird is very strong on Dutch telecoms regulatory work’.

‘Its reputation has been developed over some years and is well deserved’.

‘Marjolein Geus is widely known in the Dutch market for her expertise and insight in terms of both Dutch and EU telecom regulation’.

‘This practice has extensive knowledge of all aspects of the telecommunications and content distribution markets in the Netherlands.’

‘The legal specialists are easily accessible to each and everyone.’

‘Thorough knowledge and profound analyses of cases ’.

‘Marjolein Geus has a thorough knowledge of regulated markets’.

‘Bird & Bird looks beyond the legal perspective on the case’.

Key clients

T-Mobile

PostNL

ABN AMRO

British Telecom (BT)

DigitalEurope

Tele2 AB

Proximus

Arcus Infrastructure / E-Fiber

MONET

Cellnex group NL

Verizon

NLEx

Data privacy and data protection Tier 2

As part of the firm's wider IT practice, Bird & Bird's 'very knowledgeable and creative' team handles the full breadth of data work including compliance mandates, enforcement issues and data transactions. With notable expertise in the healthcare, telecoms and financial services sectors, the group is also increasingly active in adtech work and binding corporate rules matters. The group also works closely with other offices in the firm's global network, advising clients including Uber, Teva Pharmaceuticals and ABB. Senior counsel Wilfred Steenbruggen and newly promoted counsel Berend van der Eijk jointly lead the practice.

Practice head(s):

Wilfred Steenbruggen; Berend van der Eijk

Testimonials

‘Very knowledgeable and creative.’

‘Wilfred Steenbruggen is highly experienced, especially in the telecoms and healthcare sectors. He understands the (privacy) issues of these industries and proposes pragmatic solutions.’

‘The team is knowledgeable, experienced and quick to respond.’

‘Wilfred Steenbruggen provides excellent counsel in the field of data protection and privacy.’

Key clients

Uber

Teva Pharmaceuticals

Adyen

ABB

NOS

Recruitee

Robin Mobile/Budget Mobiel

Logex

Domino’s Pizzas

Corbion

Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation Tier 2

Based in The Hague to service its large TMT client base, Bird & Bird shines in the high-tech and regulated industries sectors, in particular, technology, media and telecoms, as well as liability/insurance litigation.  Another niche strength of the practice is internal compliance investigations. The team is co-lead by 'outstanding lawyerEvelyn Tjon-En-Fa and media specialist Olaf Trojan, and was boosted by the hire of third partner Johan Polet from Simmons & Simmons in 2020, a good fit given his financial and TMT litigation and arbitration experience.

Practice head(s):

Evelyn Tjon-En-Fa; Olaf Trojan

Other key lawyers:

Johan Polet

Testimonials

‘Creative in finding a defence, very good in determing the strategy, knowledgeable and great support.’

‘Evelyn Tjon-En-Fa is an outstanding lawyer, to the point, with very strong legal skills and knowledge.’

‘I have found Bird & Bird Netherlands to be extremely skilled, responsive and creative. In the disputes team I have dealt with Evelyn Tjon-En-Fa. I’ve also dealt with Marjolein Geus in the tech team, who is an absolute star and regulatory guru. They are also highly cost-effective. ’

‘Bird & Bird is a great law firm for telecommunications and adjacent issues. Partners and associates are friendly and competent, are usually widely available, make use of global knowledge and share this knowledge in specific sessions in forums or one-on-one.’

‘Partners I work with are not only professionally competent but also socially, willing to share more than just professional experience. The company itself has social engagement in its agenda, making it very pleasant to work with.’

‘The members of the team I have met are proactive, with a very good business sense. They immediately sense what kind of advice is needed.’

‘Evelyn Tjon-en-Fa is one of the most intelligent lawyers I have worked with. Not only does she grasp complex technology within a split second, which makes it easier to explain the nature of a conflict, but she also has a sharp political and business sense, which makes her the perfect partner to work with as an in-house lawyer. ’

‘Very pro-active, excellent planning, good energy and up to speed. Evelyn Tjon-en-Fa is a fighter – very focused, fully on top of the case, good analytical skills. Marieke van den Heuvel is thorough and hard working, a good team player.’

 

Key clients

T-Mobile

IDEXX

Shiloh Industries

Exact Software

Uniper

SunExpress

Aso Forge International

CFL

Kaspersky Lab

TomTom

Ihlas Holding A.S.

BT

Large Dutch construction companies

ATP International

Ablynx

Intellectual Property Agency for the Benelux (Benelux Merkenbureau)

Avery Dennison

Total

YELO Enterprises

Energy: transactional Tier 2

Bird & Bird provides tailored and commercially-oriented advice to traditional energy companies, as well as new entrants to the renewable energy market. Corporate power purchase agreements (PPAs) are a particular area of expertise, and the firm is well-regarded for its international experience in this space. Sophie Dingenen, who is on the board of the Dutch Wind Energy Association (NWEA), heads up the team. She is noted for transactional and project development work, as well as developing innovative contract structures. Roger van Buuren joined from Bond Advocaten.

Practice head(s):

Sophie Dingenen

Other key lawyers:

Arnoud Knijnenburg; René Rieter; Margot Besseling; Roger van Buuren

Testimonials

‘The team is very flexible, approachable, professional and has a pleasant informal style of working’.

‘They really feel like an extension of our deal team, with no formalities or other thresholds in terms of communication’.

‘They really have a good feel for the needs of our company and every detail of the cooperation can be discussed openly without any difficulties’.

‘The wind energy team is unique as it covers jurisdictions that not any other law firms cover’.

‘Of all the cross-border teams within law firms we worked with, I found B&B’s team most seamless’.

‘All team members in all jurisdictions were up to date where the project stood and knew very well what their task was’.

‘Sophie Dingenen is an extremely good manager, very flexible, hands-on, informal and honest’.

‘ The team, especially Sophie Dingenen, is highly capable with all aspects of solar PV projects’.

Key clients

Eurus Energy Europe

BayWa

Lagerwey

Enercon

Canadian Solar

Unisun

Borealis

Urenco

Visser & Smit Hanab

ConceptNSolutions

Innogy

Pacifico Energy

Vestas

EU and competition Tier 2

Bird & Bird ‘comes up with creative solutions’ for mandates across the competition landscape, with particular expertise in dawn raids, investigations, competition litigation and regulatory work. The group’s sector-focused approach encompasses the technology, communications, energy, media, banking and financial services sectors; key clients include T-Mobile Netherlands, TomTom and Mastercard Europe. Pauline Kuipers leads both the Netherlands and international competition and EU law practices at the firm and is a key name for clients in regulated industries. Public procurement specialist Janneke Kohlen and Hein Hobbelen, who divides his time between The Hague and Brussels, are also noted.

Practice head(s):

Pauline Kuipers

Other key lawyers:

Janneke Kohlen; Hein Hobbelen

Testimonials

‘Janneke Kohlen, together with her strong team, is able to answer questions quickly and thoroughly.’

‘Janneke Kohlen is always well prepared for any meeting, as is her strong team. She combines her incredible legal knowledge with deep industry knowledge and is able to answer questions quickly and thoroughly. A great thing about Janneke is that she does not present the rules of law, but that she thinks along with the organisation and comes up with practical, step-by-step and easy to implement tools for every situation.’

‘Very hands on and knowledgeable about the industry and eager to understand client business; comes up with creative solutions within the boundaries of the law.’

‘Pauline Kuipers is a good strategic thinker – provides solid commercially tailored advice.’

Key clients

T-Mobile Netherlands B.V.

PostNL

Mastercard Europe S.A.

Corbion N.V./Purac

Marshall Land Systems Ltd.

GS1 Nederland B.V.

TomTom N.V.

Groupe Limagrain Holding S.A.

Trusted Quality & Integrity Solutions B.V.

Total Gas & Power Nederland B.V.

Blackboard International B.V.

Commvault Systems International B.V.

NLdigital

Epson

SuitSupply

Yum! Brands Inc (Kentucky Fried Chicken)

Cummins Inc

ASML

Industry focus: Food Tier 2

With a focus on IP, the food and beverage team at Bird & Bird has strong expertise in trade marks, designs, copyright and patents, and contentious IP issues. It also provides support in corporate, commercial, tax and regulatory matters and related litigation. The team is a popular choice for producers of food and beverage products, biotech companies and manufacturers of packaging. Manon Rieger-Jansen heads the retail and consumer group and specialises in all aspects of brand and product design protection and portfolio management.

Practice head(s):

Manon Rieger-Jansen

Other key lawyers:

Armand Killian

Key clients

Taco Bell

Treasury Wine Estates

Just-Eat

Nespresso

Blossom Hill

Chiquita

Hello Fresh

Mikel Coffee

Nutreco

Steak Ranches

La Fourchette

Dawn Meats

Vivino

Asolo

Flügel

Kraft Heinz

Anheuser Busch InBev

Dominos Pizza’s

Groupe Avril

Reef Technolopgy

KFC

Industry focus: healthcare and life sciences Tier 2

An integral part of the firm's international life sciences group, Bird & Bird’s Dutch team is noted for its expertise in IP and patent litigation. It is also active in other areas including regulatory and transactional matters. Leaning on its global network for support, the firm is well placed to handle parallel litigation in multiple jurisdictions. Marc van Wijngaarden is active in the areas of pharmaceutical, biotech and medical devices. Michiel Wurfbain focuses on the corporate side of the practice, including cross-border M&A. Armand Killan is highly regarded for litigation in the space.

Practice head(s):

Marc van Wijngaarden; Michiel Wurfbain

Other key lawyers:

Armand Killan; Wouter Pors

Testimonials

‘Well-embedded in the international framework of the firm’.

‘Fairly large team, but not on par with the market leaders in this area’.

‘Armand Killan is very efficient’.

‘Marc van Wijngaarden is very nice and a pleasure to work with’.

Key clients

Teva Pharmaceuticals

Allergan

B Braun Melsungen

Bilthoven Biologicals / Serum Institute of India

Amgen

Oculentis

ConvaTec

Polpharma

Ablynx

Bicycle Therapeutics

Sanofi

Kiadis Pharma

Stichting Katholieke Universiteit (comprising Radboud University and Radboud University Medical Hospital)

Edwards Lifesciences

Corbion

Intellectual property: Patents Tier 2

Bird & Bird is well known for its ability to handle multi-jurisdictional cases in conjunction with its network of global offices for its domestic and international clients. Its clients also benefit from TwoBirds' client solutions; the provision of a range of automating legal processes. Its clients come from a range of innovating industries ranging from life sciences and healthcare to energy, defence and consumer goods. It is, for example, acting for ABInBev in relation to its 'bag-in-bottle' technology.  Wouter Pors' reputation extends to being involved in the preparations for the Unified Patent Court, and Marc van Wijngaarden attracts high-profile international clients, particularly in the pharmaceutical industry. Armand Killan's patent litigation skills assist clients in the tech, life sciences, healthcare, and retail consumer industries. Thijs van den Heuvel has a broad IP practice including patents; Peter van Gemert is gaining recognition as a patent lawyer and Kian Hsia is also a noted team member.

Practice head(s):

Wouter Pors; Armand Killian; Marc van Wijngaarden

Other key lawyers:

Peter van Gemert; Thijs van den Heuvel; Kian Hsia

Testimonials

‘Bird & Bird is definitely a go-to firm in Europe but the soft IP team in the Hague is one of their best. Agile and innovative. Also, the firm has the reputation to handle only complex cases and that should be able to afford. My experience with Manon Rieger’s team is that they can assist us in complex matters but also on straightforward questions or day-to-day trade mark issues for an appropriate fees structure.’

‘Beyond the law firm’s reputation, I would definitely recommend working with Manon Rieger. She is an outstanding litigator in soft IP matters, in particular complex trademark cases. She is business-oriented and a strategic thinker in particular in cases with multi-jurisdictional angles. She is also pragmatic, down to earth.’

‘Bird & Bird has outstanding lawyers that have assisted us through thick and thin.’

‘Their lawyers are accurate, dedicated, and loyal. I especially advocate here for Armand Killan. Armand is an outstanding IP litigator with a great political sense, which is highly valuable in business negotiations under high pressure.’

‘They stand out as to content and case management. Besides they are kind people with whom it is easy to work. They are open for discussions and able to change their mind.’

‘Armand Killan: he is really someone with a helicopter view and an excellent case manager. He knows which topics are important and which ones are less important. He is the real leader of the team.’

Peter van Gemert: he is young but extremely good in both legal and technical content. Moreover, he can plead rather well.

Kian Hsia: he is also a coming man. He likes to investigate important details of the case and is not afraid to question opinions in the team itself such that they become more clear. He also is a good case manager and a team player.

‘Their understanding of the intricacies of patent litigation in the telecoms sector. They have in-depth knowledge and a breadth of expertise.’

‘The team is strong in litigious patent cases, and creative. They dig into the technology and legal merits of the case, and provide practical, creative solutions that really help our business.’

‘Marc van Wijngaarden is a trusted partner who has an insatiable ability to get into the detail. He is supported by the rather brilliant associate Peter van Gemert who is a rising star in his field.’

Key clients

Nokia

Edwards Lifesciences

Broadcom

Ablynx

Amgen

The Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard

Valeo

Qualcomm

Anheuser-Busch InBev/AB InBev

Teva

Sinopharm Weiqida Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd.

Bicycle Therapeutics

Swiss Pharma International

Neo Materials

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

Bird & Bird's full-service IP practice is headed by Wouter Pors who is well known for his high-level disputes work and for his involvement as an expert in various new directives and legislation. 'Definitely one of the best in NL for soft IP', Manon Rieger-Jansen heads the brand management practice; she assists clients such as Monster Energy, Kraft Heinz, and Reckitt Benckiser with both advisory and dispute matters including parallel import and anti-counterfeiting cases. Armand Killan, whose work includes coordinating European, cross-border trade mark litigation and anti-counterfeiting is also a core team member. Partner Tjibbe Douma and associate Daan Wijnnobel are two of new team members. In addition to contentious work, the team's international trade mark prosecution mandates has increased substantially. On the client service side, TwoBirds Access allows clients to track progress and costs, and the firm has a partnership with YES! Delft, an accelerator programme for tech startups.

Practice head(s):

Wouter Pors

Other key lawyers:

Manon Rieger-Jansen; Armand Killan; Tjibbe Douma; Daan Wijnnobel

Testimonials

‘Manon Rieger is an incredible lawyer, sharp thinking, strategic, and business-oriented. Her knowledge of portfolio management and litigation allows her to give assist an in-house team in the whole strategy.’

‘Manon Rieger: definitely one of the best in NL for soft IP.’

‘The team has excellent knowledge of the law and shows their intention clearly to understand our client’s business and needs, which makes them an excellent partner.’

‘My main contact in the firm is Manon Rieger-Jansen, who is a very strong practitioner, goes deep into the conflict, and gives the best service available. She also is very easy to reach, work with, and cooperate.’

‘B&B’s practice is very willing to adapt to the client’s needs, including negotiating fees and fee structures. Their team is extremely well versed and provides practical solutions tailored to the client. ’

‘Manon Rieger-Jansen is a well-seasoned attorney with a wealth of knowledge, able to provide practical solutions to a variety of client’s situations. In addition, Manon is extremely approachable, which makes interactions with her easy, efficient, and effective. ’

‘Manon Rieger Jansen is brilliant. ’

‘I like to refer work to Manon Rieger-Jansen. She is a skilled lawyer with a commercial mindset. 

‘Bird & Bird is sizeable and yet retains a personal touch.’

Key clients

Kraft Heinz

Tommy Hilfiger

Calvin Klein

Nestlé

Steigenberger hotels

Fila

Ferrero

Monster Energy

Reckitt Benckiser

CrossFit

Flügel

Chiquita

Lebara

NPO (Dutch Public broadcaster)

PPG

Petit Bateau

Jouets Ecoiffier

Huda Beauty

Aspen Medical

Primark

Capital markets: equity Tier 3

Bird & Bird is predominantly active on the issuer side of ECM deals, with  a particular focus on the technology, healthcare, and pharmaceutical sectors, in addition to clients in the private equity space. Michiel Wurfbain heads the team, and is particularly experienced in boardroom-level advice, with a sector focus on life sciences. At the junior level, associate Marinke Moeliker  one to watch.

Practice head(s):

Michiel Wurfbain

Other key lawyers:

Marinke Moeliker

Key clients

Kiadis Pharma N.V.

Envipco Holding N.V.

RoodMicrotec N.V.

Employment Tier 3

Bird & Bird’s practice is embedded in its international employment, benefits, pension and business immigration group, allowing it to leverage global support from its international network. The firm is active in the pharmaceuticals, TMT, retail, tobacco, aviation and defence industries. Team head Philip Hartman has 30 years of experience in strategic HR-legal consulting, restructuring, outsourcing, M&A, investigations and boardroom terminations.

Practice head(s):

Philip Hartman

Other key lawyers:

Marcus Huisman

Testimonials

‘Very knowledgeable, detailed and thinking for their client’.

‘Philip Hartman very client focussed’.

‘Very profound and deep knowledge and a good sparring partner in difficult situations’.

‘Nice people to work with’.

‘Very deep knowledge and experience at a broad scale’.

‘Very client-friendly approach and advice’.

‘Philip Hartman is at the absolute top of this game and he’s always available’.

Key clients

Philip Morris

Royal Conservatoire and Academy of Art

Teva Pharmaceutical

Danaher

Envista

Asics

Industry focus: retail Tier 3

Bird & Bird handles a broad range of matters in the retail sector, including IP, corporate, commercial, real estate, competition and disputes. Given its deep experience in technology, the firm is well positioned to handle digital transformations, digital sales and omni-channel matters. The team acts for clients from the luxury, fashion, food and beverage, and hotels and leisure sectors. Manon Rieger-Jansen heads the practice.

Practice head(s):

Manon Rieger-Jansen

Key clients

Calvin Klein

Tommy Hilfiger

Fila

Holmes Place

AB InBev

Crocs

Asics

Asolo

made.com

Lloyd shoes

Treasury Wine Estates

Gap

Dawn Meats

Vivino

Chiquita

Jouets Ecoiffier

Hello Fresh

Steigenberger hotels

Koppert

Steak Ranches

Olam

Nutreco

Kraft Heinz

Primark

Insurance Tier 3

Evelyn Tjon-En-Fa leads the liability and insurance group at Bird & Bird, which acts for underwriters and insured on liability and insurance law matters. Areas of focus include mass claims, private enforcement and policy coverage disputes. On the non-contentious side, the firm handles the drafting of insurance policies and conducts localisation exercises.

Practice head(s):

Evelyn Tjon-En-Fa

Key clients

Ducor Petrochemicals

Bazan Oil Group

Shiloh Industries, Inc.

EasyJet

Koninklijke VolkerWessels Group

Royal BAM Group

Visser & Smit Hanab

Torghatten ASA (Norway)

Project finance and PFI Tier 3

Bird & Bird has increased its market presence through the hire of Roger van Buuren, a project finance specialist with more than twenty years of private practice and in-house banking experience working with lenders and investors in all types of financings in renewable energy, particularly in solar (offshore and onshore) wind, battery storage and biomass, and infrastructure. He is regularly mandated by key client ABN Amro Bank on project financing transactions, where he is assisted by associate Franka van Buuren.

Tax Tier 3

Bird & Bird is known for the provision of tax advice to the technology, communications, life sciences and energy and utilities industries. Its expertise includes advising on innovative projects and litigation. The Dutch tax team can also leverage its international office network for heavyweight, cross-border matters. Leading the team is experienced tax partner Willem Bongaerts, who specialises in M&A transactions, corporate finance and business restructurings; he is assisted by indirect taxation partner Brian Mulier and counsel Pieter Camps.

Practice head(s):

Willem Bongaerts

Other key lawyers:

Brian Mulier; Pieter Camps

Key clients

DXC Technology

Repsol

Tilray Inc. /Privateer Holdings

BloomReach

Cellnex Telecom

DeFacto

Lumos Global

Cree, Inc.

Secure 24, Symmetry Global

SPUR Steak Ranches International

ImmunoPrecise Antibodies

Orlen Upstream

ForeScout Technologies

Kiadis Pharma

Daher Aerospace

Sapienza

Dayco

Taco Group Holding

Banking and finance: lender or arranger side Tier 4

Bird & Bird is primarily active in the field of acquisition financing, and predominantly acts for Dutch banks in their offering of such finances. Additionally it handles energy and project finance, as well as financing deals for emerging markets. Roger van Buuren leads the group, having joined from Bond Advocaten in late 2019, and focuses on project finance, leveraged finance, and syndicated lending.

Practice head(s):

Roger van Buuren

Testimonials

‘Compared to other firms Bird & Bird is approachable and down to earth. They are always there to answer your questions and try to get to the bottom of your problem. They reach beyond your ‘simple’ question and think about the process as a whole. ‘

‘Bird & Bird is a very hands-on and pragmatic law firm, always looking for practical solutions for a fair price compared to other firms.’

‘Roger is down to earth and very approachable. He has a strong understanding of what banks want.’

‘Roger is pragmatic and brings a lot of knowledge to the lower mid-market.’

‘Roger van Buuren is very pragmatic, always looking for practical solutions and transparent about the fees charged. Generally stays within his capped fee-quote.’

‘Roger van Buuren is a lawyer who truly understand how a loan product works. This does set him apart from competitors because he thinks about possible constrains which otherwise have to be solved later on in a process. This means the process is smooth and without surprises. ‘

Key clients

ABN AMRO Bank N.V.

ASN Bank

Oesterreichische Entwicklungsbank AG

Belgian Investment Company for Developing Countries SA/NV (Bio)

Vollers Holland B.V.

Pacifico Energy

Kreos Capital Group

Tronox Holdings plc

Commercial, corporate and M&a Tier 5

The 'intensely deal-driven' practice at Bird & Bird takes a sector-focused approach to its corporate work, specialising in the technology and communications, energy, and life sciences and healthcare sectors. The group also leverages the firm's global network on cross-border mandates, including M&A, joint ventures and private equity deals. Group head Pauline Vos is praised for her 'relentless energy'; other key names include energy practice head Sophie Dingenen, civil law notary René Rieter and life sciences expert Michiel Wurfbain.

Practice head(s):

Pauline Vos

Other key lawyers:

Sophie Dingenen; René Rieter; Michiel Wurfbain

Testimonials

‘A lot of practical experience even in relatively junior members of the firm, which shows that this is a learning organisation where the firm ensures that the experience present in the firm gets distributed even among the junior members of the firm. Very much to the point, no nonsense, pragmatic and efficient.’

‘The practice is intensely deal-driven. They have proven to be able to effectively deal with completing the legal discussions with a complex set of counter parties and effectively manage our interest in that process.’

‘We mostly worked with Pauline Vos (partner). The key qualities she brings to the table are (legal) negotiation experience, creativity in finding solutions for issues, providing a good understanding of potential risks and relentless energy.’

Key clients

Groupe Avril

Comviva Technologies

Connecting Europe Broadband Fund

Ibérica Partners Sucesión

Financial Transaction services

Borealis Group

Canadian Solar

Trio Investment

Enercon Group

BayWa re

Kiadis Pharma

RoodMicrotec

Envipco

Techstars

Daher Aerospace

T3L Holding

Sapienza Consulting

Tronox Group

Shiloh Industries

Aduro Biotech

ImmunoPrecise Antibodies

Gamma Telecommunications

Lagerwey Group

EURUS Energy Europe

Unisun Energy Group

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
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Ms Tialda Beetstra  photo Ms Tialda Beetstra Associate
Mr Pieter Camps  photo Mr Pieter Camps As an Of Counsel in our Tax Practice in The Hague Pieter…
Ms Sophie Dingenen photo Ms Sophie Dingenen Sophie has been advising the energy sector since 1999 on all corporate,…
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 a partner in the Tax Practice of Bird & Bird…
Ms Janneke Kohlen photo Ms Janneke Kohlen Janneke is partner in our Competition & EU Law practice and is…
Ms Pauline Kuipers photo Ms Pauline Kuipers Pauline leads our Competition and Public Procurement Practices and co-heads our Media…
Mr Brian Mulier  photo Mr Brian Mulier Brian is a partner in our Tax Group, heading the International Trade…
Ms Manon Rieger-Jansen photo Ms Manon Rieger-Jansen Manon is a partner in Bird & Bird’s Intellectual Property Group and…
Mr Feyo Sickinghe  photo Mr Feyo Sickinghe Feyo is a Principal Regulatory Counsel in the Regulatory & Public Affairs…
Ms Pauline Vos photo Ms Pauline Vos Pauline is a partner and heads the Corporate Law practice group of…
Mr Jeroen van der Lee  photo Mr Jeroen van der Lee Jeroen co-heads the Tech & Comms Group of Bird & Bird in…
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