Bird & Bird > Amsterdam, Netherlands > Firm Profile

Bird & Bird
Office building SOM1
Gustav Mahlerlaan 42
1082 MA AMSTERDAM
1082
Netherlands

Netherlands > Industry focus: Information technology Tier 1

Bird & Bird‘s outstanding comprehensive offer is made possible through its dedicated, internationally-focused team that handles complicated IT projects in conjunction with IP, data protection, cyber security and regulatory expertise. The group also works with entities such as YES!Delft, the high tech incubator and entrepreneur centre of the Delft University of Technology, and is a member of The Hague Security Delta network that focuses on innovations in the area of security. The firm’s social responsibility credentials include its membership of the Forward Foundation, a network that promotes diversity, and its long-established Global Women’s Development Programme to support women on the path to partnership. The well-known Jeroen Van Der Lee and Roelien van Neck  lead the practice which has been further enhanced with the hire of Andrea Chao (from Simmons & Simmons) who has a track record handling data centre projects.

Practice head(s):

Jeroen van der Lee; Roelien van Neck

Other key lawyers:

Andrea Chao; Stephanie Welbergen; Jochem Apon

Testimonials

‘The team is very approachable, always available to brainstorm with us. A good combination of sound legal expertise and commercial pragmatism. Billing is very fair and transparent.’

‘Jeroen van der Lee is a very seasoned lawyer, with all round contract expertise including other areas than technology law.’

Key clients

Adyen

Iron Mountain

DXC

TomTom

Catawiki

Bazaarvoice

Workday

Roblox

Bridgestone

My.com/Mail.ru

Zuora

SentinelOne

Epson

Activision Blizzard

Rackspace

Avery Dennison

Ivalua

Work highlights

  • Assisted Avery Dennison with several digitalisation projects, covering technologies such as blockchain, cloud and RFID.
  • Acted for ACE Software and negotiating, as part of their deal team, all its cloud solution, license and other commercial agreements worldwide, including for payment processing and financial crime compliance solutions.
  • Advised Activision Blizzard, publisher of inter alia videogames Crash Bandicoot and Call, on the restructuring of its distributions network.

Netherlands > Industry focus: Media and entertainment Tier 1

Known as an ‘outstanding law firm in media and entertainment’, Bird & Bird leverages its international network to handle a wide ambit of complex multijurisdictional work in the sector. Its work covers advertising, copyright, gaming, content distribution, supervision and enforcement by regulators, sponsoring, gambling and privacy issues. The group also has particular expertise in freedom of information requests and platform liability work. Olaf Trojan, who is a specialist in freedom of speech and internet-related matters, co-leads the team with Paul Waszink, who focus on regulatory matters in the telecoms and in media space.

Practice head(s):

Olaf Trojan; Paul Waszink

Testimonials

‘Bird & Bird is the outstanding law firm in media and entertainment. The lawyers provide us with the best advice and legal services. They collaborate in the production of news items, by helping the journalists to understand all the important legal issues. When it comes to lawsuits, we know we will find the best team there is available.’

‘Olaf Trojan is the main partner when it comes to legal advice and services. He is the best in his line of work. He is always available when his expertise is needed and he never fails in bringing the right answers and advice.’

‘In general, the number of Dutch law firms with a similarly specialized media practice is very limited. Their experience with media-related litigation is extensive and I would gladly contact them again for similar disputes.’

‘Olaf Trojan is very involved and proactive, in addition to being an expert in his field. His availability to deal with urgent matters was also noteworthy.’

‘I only have experience with B&B as they are my employers preferred legal office. From my experience, they are very precise and open to arguments to look and approach the case from a different angle.’

‘I’ve worked together with Paul Waszink. Paul is very thorough and precise. He listens to the client’s input and uses it whenever it is applicable.’

‘The practice shows exceptional committent and involvement. Our company is handled with utmost care and prudence. Thanks to Bird&Bird we have been successful while negotiation the immense complexity of building partnerships with multinational leaders in the marketplace.’

‘Olaf Trojan is an extremely skill full lawyer and advisor. His work is both critical and protective towards the client and has been successful without exception. He is one of these rare, smart and sharp minds, you really want on your side of the table.’

Key clients

DPG Media

NPO

NOS

Skyscanner

SDU

T-Mobile/Tele2

Discovery

Kaspersky Lab

NLPO

Work highlights

  • Acted for NPO, who continued its winning streak in a 6 year litigation battle regarding the digital broadcasting of is Dutch language music oriented radio channel “SterrenNL”. The litigation was started by RadioCorp B.V., owner of Dutch music radio channel “100% NL”, claiming that SterrenNL was unfairly competing with 100%NL.
  • Acted for Kaspersky Lab in multiple and complex Freedom of Information Act proceedings initiated by against the Minister of Interior Affairs as well as the Minister of Justice and Security. The proceedings regard information concerning the decision by the central government to phase out Kaspersky Antivirus software.
  • Acted for DPG Media in defence against a number of defamation claims following the publication of various articles in the largest Dutch daily newspaper AD on the apparent leakage by a well-known criminal defence lawyer of secret documents to Ridouan Taghi, the most-wanted criminal in The Netherlands.

Netherlands > Industry focus: telecoms Tier 1

Bird & Bird’s cross-practice telecoms team in the Netherlands is ‘great at collaborating with other professionals in public affairs, technical issues and research agencies’. It works closely with other practitioners in the firm's international network to handle complex national, European and multijurisdictional projects. It is also active in administrative/civil court proceedings and transactions. The group's wide-ranging expertise spans areas such as fixed-line networks, mobile/5G, EU/global satellite communication, blockchain and OTT/IoT/M2M. Marjolein Geus, who has ‘unmatched knowledge of regulatory affairs within the telecom sector’, co-heads the practice with Paul Waszink.

Practice head(s):

Marjolein Geus; Paul Waszink

Other key lawyers:

Frank Simons; Feyo Sickinghe; Wilfred Steenbruggen; Laura Grijpma; Tjibbe Douma; Jochem Apon; Raoul Grifoni Waterman

Testimonials

‘We are supported by Marjolein Geus. Marjolein and her team at Bird & bird have proven over the years to be highly specialised in telecom legislation and regulations and have been a great support for our company. Marjolein is very knowledgeable, pragmatic in her approach, understands the needs of her client and will provide tailored advice to the client.’

‘Bird & Bird is a tech powerhouse. We had a very tricky telecoms matter and recieved more credible advice from them than anyone else.’

‘Bird & Bird has some of the most talented lawyers I’ve worked with anywhere in the world. Marjolein Geus is phenomenal, an absolute superstar – depth of knowledge, strategic approach and relentless work ethic. I can’t recommend her highly enough.’

‘The Bird & Bird telecoms team is exceptionally sophisticated about matters of consequence to the OTT industry, and has a strong network of resources across the EU. It is informed, responsive, pragmatic and generally clear in its guidance.’

‘Marjolein Geus is particularly strong, both as an attorney and as a team leader. In addition to broad background knowledge, she is crisp, efficient, and responsive, with good legal judgment.’

‘Bright thinkers; See through complex matters instantly. Strength in international telecommunications law; spectrum regulation; well placed within an international network of telecom experts, quickly reaching out for international opinions. Bird & Bird stand out as they stay engaged throughout the process on a 24×7 basis. They will offer innovative solutions; challenge status quo to arrive at acceptable outcomes to all parties.’

‘Bird & Bird is unique regarding its in-depth knowledge of sector specific legislation. The team is very creative in coming up with out of the box solutions when it comes to the interaction between legislation and policy development leading to commercial successes. The team and partners are always easy to reach and very approachable.’

‘The Bird and Bird team is great at collaborating with other professionals in public affairs, technical issues and research agencies. It understands the political side of an issue while focussing on the legal.’

Key clients

ABN AMRO

Arcus Infrastructure / E-Fiber

British Telecom (BT)

Broadcom

Cellnex

CM.com

Colt Telecom

DigitalEurope

European Commission

Equigy

MONET

NLEx

Nokia

Primevest

PostNL

Proximus

Qualcomm

Rabobank

Sisvel

Tele2 AB

T-Mobile

Verizon

Webfleet Solutions

Work highlights

  • Leading the European wide project for DigitalEurope regarding the implementation/analyses of the implementation of the European Electronic Communications Code (EECC) in all 27 EU Member States and the UK.
  • Leading a project for the European Commission regarding the development of the groundbreaking European Blockchain Services Infrastructure (EBSI).   EBSI is described as a “Flagship Technology Project in the EU”.
  • Assisted operators (T-Mobile, Primevest and E-fiber) and leading banks (ABN AMRO N.V. and Rabobank), in multiple projects regarding the deployment of fiber-optic networks and transactions regarding the financing of the roll-out of fiber-optic telecom networks (Fiber-to-the-Home or FttH).

Netherlands > Data privacy and data protection Tier 2

As ‘truly a one-stop shop’ thanks to the firm’s global network of offices, Bird & Bird excels in international data mandates, acting as a hub for EU and mainland Europe issues. With experience in the healthcare, telecoms and finance sectors, the group counts Teva Pharmaceuticals, ABB and the European Commission as clients, and assists with cross-border compliance work, contentious matters and new technology mandates; the team has also been significantly active in international data transfers. The practice is jointly lead by senior counsel Wilfred Steenbruggen and counsel Berend Van Der Eijk.

Testimonials

‘The Dutch team provides excellent privacy advice, and they have the full force of Bird & Bird’s other European offices when you have issues in other countries. It’s truly a one-stop shop, which takes the stress out of finding local counsel when new questions crop-up.’

‘Berend is an incredible partner and resource. He understands the privacy legal landscape across Europe, and he is incredibly responsive and able to manage matters across Bird & Bird’s European offices. But what really makes Berend stand out is that he is always translating complex legal principles into practical solutions that a business can implement. It’s been a pleasure working with him.’

‘Strengths include experience, market knowledge and a hands-on approach.’

‘Mr. Van der Eijk is my go-to person at Bird & Bird. He is knowledgeable, responsive and great to spar with.’

Key clients

Webfleet

Teva Pharmaceuticals

Adyen

ABB

Substack

Discord

Nuts Groep

European Commission

Domino’s Pizzas

Work highlights

  • Advised Teva Pharmaceuticals as DPO on daily data protection law compliance.
  • Advised the European Commission on the implementation of its groundbreaking European Blockchain Services Infrastructure (EBSI) project.
  • Advising a leading global payment provider on data protection law compliance.

Netherlands > Energy: transactional Tier 2

Bird & Bird’s energy team is led by Sophie Dingenen, who is ‘knowledgeable, communicative and client focused’ and has strong renewables credentials, as evidenced by her position on the board of the Dutch Wind Energy Association (NWEA). The practice has recently been working on cutting-edge energy projects, including hydrogen and blockchain-related energy technologies, and has considerable expertise in contractual and commercial matters, including corporate power purchase agreements (PPAs). Roger van Buuren is a name to note for project finance work.

Practice head(s):

Sophie Dingenen

Other key lawyers:

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

Testimonials

Bird & Bird has proven expertise regarding PPAs in the Netherlands.

One of the key strengths of B&B is the speed of responsiveness.’

Sophie Dingenen provided us with very efficient support.

The flexibility with which they responded to our request for a fixed fee has been highly appreciated.

Sophie Dingenen is always responsive and returns questions and requests extremely quickly.

The practice has access to a wide range of legal areas, a full-service partner.

The team is committed to the clients’ success.

Sophie Dingenen provides a first-class service.

Key clients

Bonaire Brandstof Terminals

Cummins

Eurus Energy Europe

Borealis

Alternus

BayWa

Lagerwey

Enercon

Unisun

Urenco

United Caps

Innogy

Pacifico Energy

Vestas

Work highlights

  • Acting as lead counsel to state-entity Bonaire Brandstof Terminals on a project to secure energy supply to households.
  • Acting as lead counsel and providing all legal services to blockchain company Equigy regrading its flexibilisation services for TSOs.
  • Advising Cummins on several matters, including the structuring of a consortium with Bilfinger, and the negotiation and drafting of all the contractual documentation for the development and construction of a hydrogen facility for RWE in Eemshaven.

Netherlands > EU and competition Tier 2

Noted for its focus on specific sectors, Bird & Bird handles a wide ambit of competition and regulatory matters for clients in the IT, communications, banking and financial services, media, energy and electronics industries. On the behavioural side of competition, the team has extensive experience of internal investigations, dawn raids and investigations by competition authorities, as well as compliance-related issues. It is also highly active in competition litigation before national and EU courts. The practice is led by Pauline Kuipers, who recently advised T-Mobile (as an interested third party) on merger control proceedings at the Dutch competition authority concerning the proposed joint venture between Dutch telecoms operator KPN and pension fund APG, which is intended to roll out fibre to over a million addresses in the Netherlands over the next five years. Kuipers was also the lead adviser to the client on the competition aspects of its acquisition of Simpel; this transaction was cleared by the ACM without the need for an in-depth investigation. Another name to note is Janneke Kohlen, who undertakes a mix of competition and public procurement work. Hein Hobbelen is also a key individual.

Practice head(s):

Pauline Kuipers

Other key lawyers:

Hein Hobbelen; Janneke Kohlen; Piet-Hein Eijssen

Testimonials

‘The team at Bird & Bird is very professional, always up to date with the latest case law and acts proactively. They have profound knowledge of sector-specific regulation and of competition law. But most of all, they are unique in dealing with their clients: very accessible and very respectful to their clients.’

Key clients

T-Mobile Netherlands B.V.

Cellnex Telecom S.A.

NCOI

Tempur Sealy

PPG

Marshall Land Systems Ltd.

Blackboard International B.V.

Corbion N.V.

NLdigital

Epson

SuitSupply

Yum! Brands Inc (franchisor Kentucky Fried Chicken)

Cummins Inc

Work highlights

  • Advised T-Mobile on all competition law matters associated with its acquisition of mobile telecom operator Simpel. The Dutch competition authority (ACM) approved the merger without in-depth investigation, allowing the creation of the largest mobile telecom operator in the Netherlands.
  • Advised Cellnex Telecom SA, a major independent infrastructure operator for wireless telecommunication in Europe headquartered in Spain, on a transaction with Deutsche Telekom (DT), whereby Cellnex and DT will combine their tower assets in the Netherlands. The Dutch competition authority (ACM) gave clearance for the transaction, allowing the creation of the largest independent tower company in the Netherlands.
  • Advised NCOI, the largest provider of educational training in the Netherlands, on the submission of a high-value tender providing educational training services for the State of the Netherlands. Following the award of the contract, one of the losing tenderers initiated interim relief proceedings before The Hague court seeking a preliminary injunction stopping the State from awarding the contract. The firm represented NCOI and successfully litigated in court in order to ensure the tender contract was retained.

Netherlands > Industry focus: Food Tier 2

Tech specialist Bird & Bird has a forte in providing e-commerce, IP and data protection advice to the food and beverage industry. The firm also has experience in regulatory matters and advice in relation to sustainability, an increasingly prominent area. Manon Rieger-Jansen leads the team and focuses on brand and product design protection and portfolio management, while also assisting clients with contentious issues.

Practice head(s):

Manon Rieger-Jansen

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 Technology

KFC

Work highlights

  • Providing on-going data protection advice for Domino’s Pizza for the Netherlands and other European jurisdictions.
  • Supporting KFC in a wide variety of commercial matters, including franchise, marketing, e-commerce and lease related questions, which is a testament to our retail expertise.
  • Representing Asolo Ltd. in proceedings at the General Court and Court of Justice of the European Union in proceedings about its main brand FLÜGEL.

Netherlands > Industry focus: healthcare and life sciences Tier 2

Bird & Bird fields an international life sciences group which is valued by clients for its ability to leverage expertise from practitioners across the firm’s international network. The practice is well known in the market for its focus on intellectual property and patent litigation, and often advises on cutting-edge technologies, such as genome engineering and monoclonal antibodies. Michiel Wurfbain heads the practice alongside Marc Van Wijngaarden, who is recommended for IP disputes. Armand Killan is a name to note for pharmaceutical and medical device litigation, and the practice was recently bolstered by the arrival of Tjibbe Douma from Dentons.

Practice head(s):

Marc van Wijngaarden; Michiel Wurfbain

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The uniqueness of this team resides inter alia in the excellent professional and personal relationship with the partner (Tjibbe Douma) leading our cases’.

‘Tjibbe Douma certainly stands out; he is an excellent researcher and analyst, not to mention litigator’.

‘Tjibbe Douma has great passion for the job and the client and has extraordinary communication skills’.

Key clients

Allergan

B Braun Melsungen

Bilthoven Biologicals / Serum Institute of India

Amgen

Oculentis

ConvaTec

Polpharma

Ablynx/Sanofi

Bicycle Therapeutics

Sanofi

Kiadis Pharma

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

Edwards Lifesciences

Corbion

Chinook

Preceyes

Keygene

Ferring Pharmaceuticals

Scoutcam

Dexcom

Work highlights

  • Represening Ablynx (part of Sanofi) and the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Brussels Free University, VUB), in a patent litigation case on basic patents for camelid antibodies against Unilever, VHsquared, QVQ and other potential defendants.
  • Representing Ferring Pharmaceuticals in one of the larger ongoing patent cases in the Netherlands – a long-running dispute between Ferring Pharmaceuticals and rival pharma company Serenity/Avadel over the drug desmopressin, which first developed in the 1970s.
  • Representing Swiss Pharma International in a patent revocation action against Biogen’s patent on a monoclonal antibody (natalizumab) for treating MS.

Netherlands > Intellectual property: Patents Tier 2

A relatively young team‘ at Bird & Bird has the advantage of being part of the firm’s global network and therefore handles international work with ease. It advises domestic and global clients in many sectors as diverse as pharmaceuticals, consumer goods, financial services and aviation. Much of its work is in high-profile patent litigation for household name clients. The firm continues its collaboration with YES!Delft (an accelerator program for tech and other start-ups). It is committed to diversity and inclusion – one such initiative is its Global Women’s Development Programme and is also noted by clients for its ‘moderate billing‘. Wouter Pors‘ credentials are such that he is closely involved in the preparations for the Unified Patent Court and he is especially skilled in the biotechnology sector. Armand Killan assists international clients as the coordinating European lead counsel for cross-border patent litigation and Marc Van Wijngaarden is well known for his expertise in life sciences. Peter Van Gemert and Kian Hsia are two of the well-rated associates lawyers and the team has been further enhanced since partner Tjibbe Douma joined from Dentons in early 2021.

Practice head(s):

Wouter Pors

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘A relatively young legal team with high skills in translating technical items in legal arguments, and in developing convincing strategies in overcoming trans-border IP obstacles. Very accessible partners and senior associates and very direct in discussions. Covering all aspects of pharma from product and biosimilar development, registration, infringement and nullity. Billing moderate following pre-agreed lines.’

‘Two lawyers have excellent capabilities and interest in understanding complicated pharma issues and translating them into understandable legal arguments. One of them is very good in client handling beyond strict business situations.’

‘The uniqueness of this team resides inter alia in the excellent professional and personal relationship with the partner (Tjibbe Douma) leading our cases.’

‘Tjibbe Douma certainly stands out. He is an excellent researcher and analyst, not to mention a litigator. He has a great passion for the job and the client and has extraordinary communication skills.’

‘They have a highly skilled team in the Netherlands that can compete with the biggest competitors in IP litigation.’

‘I have worked with Armand Killan, Peter van Gemert and Kian Hsia. They are excellent in case management and understand that one both needs an overview from a distance and to dig into the tiny details of the case, both legally and technically. They can be easily approached.’

‘Top NL patent litigation team, good collaboration with patent attorneys, great global connections, work excellently in multi-jurisdiction disputes. Integrate young attorneys, good leverage.’

‘Armand Killan: very experienced, excellent lawyer, always fully into the details.’

Key clients

Nokia

Edwards Lifesciences

Broadcom

Ablynx/Sanofi

Amgen

The Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard

Valeo

Qualcomm

Anheuser-Busch InBev/AB InBev

Sinopharm Weiqida Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd.

Bicycle Therapeutics

Neo Materials

Ferring Pharmaceuticals

Scoutcam

Sisvel

Canon

Work highlights

  • Representing Nokia in patent litigation comprising a series of proceedings against ASSIA related to both implementation and alleged standard-essential patents on complex DSL technology.
  • Representing AB InBev in litigation against its main competitor Heineken on AB InBev’s patents on bag-in-bottle technology for countertop draught systems.
  • Representing Edwards Lifesciences in patent litigation against Meril related to heart valves.

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

Bird & Bird is highlighted by clients for its ‘great depth and variety of legal expertise throughout Europe’ and for ‘consistently delivering positive results‘. The well-known Wouter Pors heads the IP practice which excels in trade mark, copyright and design protection, while Manon Rieger-Jansen who heads the brand management practice is considered to be a ‘formidable force‘ for IP in the Netherlands. Armand Killan is noted for cross-border trade mark litigation and counterfeiting matters. The team can call on professor Martin Sentfleben (of counsel) who is a full professor of IP Law at the University of Amsterdam for an academic view, while a strong team of associates includes the ‘highly skilled and commercial IP lawyerClemens Molle. The practice is notable for the range of its well-known clients which it can serve not only in litigation but also provides a full brand protection service from clearance to prosecution and enforcement.  

Practice head(s):

Wouter Pors

Testimonials

‘The team is very cohesive.’

‘This practice has a great depth and variety of legal expertise throughout Europe. A global company can rely on this practice for timely and accurate information and in depth analysis across a myriad of jurisdictions.’

‘Clemens Molle has been instrumental to my company in assisting us with compliance issues in Netherlands. He can be depended on to deliver timely and accurate results on short notice.’

‘Manon Rieger-Jansen, overseeing her excellent team. Clemens Molle is fast, responsive, excellent work in all kind of IP matters’

‘We have been working with Bird & Bird LLP, Netherlands on a regular basis in relation to various aspects of trade marks practice viz. search, filing, prosecution, oppositions, renewal, recordal, assignments, etc. The team has been extremely efficient and professional, their turn-around time is quick and they have always been exceptionally responsive to our queries. Their timely, precise and to the point communication has been helpful to us. They have a realistic approach and are knowledge about the law and practice and are receptive to the solutions provided to them.’

‘We would like to recommend Ms. Manon Rieger-Jansen. We have worked with her on a number of trade mark prosecution matters with her. She is detail-oriented, never loses sight of the bigger picture, is easy to work with, and extremely professional in her approach to issues at hand. Her expertise and knowledge of the law enables her to provide efficient strategies to matters at hand and has helped us foster an extremely good working relationship with the Firm.’

‘Responsiveness and business-oriented advice.’

‘The team consistently delivers positive results. Their advice is pragmatic, and grounded in our business objectives.’

Key clients

Kraft Heinz

Tommy Hilfiger

Calvin Klein

Nestlé

Steigenberger hotels

Husqvarna

Ferrero

Monster Energy

Reckitt

CrossFit

Flügel

Chiquita

Lebara

NPO (Dutch Public broadcaster)

PPG

Novomatic

Husqvarna

Huda Beauty

Aspen Medical

Primark

Work highlights

  • Representing Primark in a trade mark and copyright dispute against Airwair (makers of the Dr. Martens boot) regarding the design of a number of Primark boots. Litigating (and winning) at the Court of Appeal, and representing Primark in 4 cancellation actions at the Benelux Office for Intellectual Property.
  • Advising on the implementation of the new DSM Regulation in the Netherlands/ Europe.
  • Representing Calvin Klein in litigation against alleged copyright and trade mark infringement claims from Diesel.

Netherlands > Project finance and PFI Tier 2

Combining expertise in project finance, infrastructure, renewable energy and construction mandates, Bird & Bird’s multidisciplinary team handles a range of matters, with particular strength in digital infrastructure issues. The firm has a sector-focused approach, providing strong telecoms, energy and utilities practices, as well as being able to leverage its international presence. Roger van Buuren specialises in project finance work, notably digital infrastructure (including optic fibre and data centre) and renewable energy projects. He leads the team that was boosted in 2021 by the arrival from Simmons & Simmons of Andrea Chao, who brings expertise in construction and infrastructure matters.

Practice head(s):

Roger van Buuren

Other key lawyers:

Franka van Buuren; Andrea Chao

Testimonials

‘Quick response, detailed knowledge of project finance, initiative in negotiations, and pleasant communication style.’

‘Great collaboration, quick lines, kind people, very practical. High quality. Well informed about the market.’

‘Roger van Buuren and his team are great to work with. Hands-on, responsive and with a very good understanding of the client’s needs.’

‘The team stands out in the following: speed, transparency, loyalty and professionalism.’

‘We are happy to build a long-term relationship with Roger van Buuren and Franka van Buuren. Roger and Franka are very reliable people to work with, they fit very well with our way of working and are outstanding lawyers.’

‘Sector expertise, availability, quick turn around and follow through.’

‘Roger van Buuren: level of personal involvement, documentation lead and advice.’

Key clients

ABN AMRO Bank N.V.

Coöperatieve Rabobank U.A.

Limburgs Energie Fonds (LEF) B.V.

Oesterreichische Entwicklungsbank AG

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

Pacifico Energy Gmb

Kreos Capital

Christofferson Robb & Company

Nationaal Groenfonds

Pfalzsolar GmbH

Green Create B.V.

Work highlights

  • Advised ABN AMRO Bank N.V. on a range of project finance transactions, varying from the roll-out of optic fibre networks to the construction of a plastic recycling facility or a cacao warehouse in the port of Amsterdam.
  • Advised Cooperatieve Rabobank U.A. / ABN AMRO Bank N.V.  on a club deal project financing for the construction and operation of a portfolio of optic fibre networks in the Netherlands.
  • Advised Limburgs Energiefonds (LEF) B.V. / Nationaal Groenfonds, a consortium of lenders on the financing of the construction and operation of a biomass facility in the Netherlands.

Netherlands > Capital markets: equity Tier 3

Michael Wurfbain leads the capital markets team at Bird & Bird, which generates work from issuers and underwriters, and is particularly active in matters with a nexus to the technology, healthcare and life sciences industries. Wurfbain has over 20 years of experience acting for clients on IPOs, rights issues, block trades, private placements and public-to-private transactions, among other matters.

Practice head(s):

Michiel Wurfbain

Other key lawyers:

Marinke Moeliker

Key clients

Kiadis Pharma N.V.

Envipco Holding N.V.

RoodMicrotec N.V.

Work highlights

  • Advising Euronext-listed global recycling company Envipco Holding N.V. on its private placement and secondary listing on Euronext Growth Oslo.
  • Advising an international listed company on its contemplated US IPO and Nasdaq listing, targeted to raise at least €30m.

Netherlands > Construction Tier 3

Bird & Bird’s construction offering was significantly bolstered in June 2021 with the arrival of new practice head Andrea Chao from Simmons & Simmons. The practice focuses on construction and procurement law, and has experience in circular economy, utility, water, infrastructure and energy projects. It handles both non-contentious and contentious matters, including litigation.

Practice head(s):

Andrea Chao

Testimonials

‘What makes Andrea Chao unique is her involvement and commitment’.

‘Andrea Chao goes the extra mile and is determined to deliver’.

‘You can sense that Andrea Chao has a passion for construction law’.

‘Andrea Chao delivers hands-on and practical advice and stands out from competitors’.

‘Highly motivated and experienced lawyers’.

‘Committed to project results and the strategic goals of our organisation’.

‘What stand out in working with Andrea Chao is her knowledge of the sector not only from a legal point of view, which is excellent, but also from a practical and workable point of view’.

‘Andrea Chao understands both the position of a principal as well as that of a contractor and is more than capable of connecting these parties both legally and cooperatively’.

Key clients

Rijkswaterstaat (Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure)

Municipality of Amsterdam

Dutch grid connector Alliander

Province of Limburg

Water Authority Rijnland

Circular Industries BV

Veolia Industries BV

Pfalzsolar GmbH

TechnoExport Storage, a.s. (Czech constructor of large capacity storage tanks within the oil & gas sector)

Chemoprojekt, a.s., (Czech constructor of oil & gas facilities)

Green Create B.V. (developer of manure-to-value plants)

Vollers GmbH – a German cacao distributor that is building a cacao warehouse in the Port of Amsterdam

Work highlights

  • Advising Pfalzsolar GmbH on all its Dutch legal work relating to the development of solar PV projects in the Netherlands, including a 60 mWp project in Terneuzen.
  • Advising Rijkswaterstaat (Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure) on its investment in new technologies for circular overpasses from TRL 3-5 up to 7-9.
  • Advising the Municipality of Amsterdam on the contracting strategy using collaborative contracting forms for the renovation of several historical bridges and quays in the busiest part of Amsterdam (Oranje Loper).

Netherlands > Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation Tier 3

The ‘technically very strong, highly pragmatic and cost-effective’ dispute resolution team at Bird & Bird is known for its strength in IP matters, but is also strong in insurance and liability litigation, corporate litigation and financial matters. 'Super sharp' practice head Evelyn Tjon-En-Fa is an experienced Supreme Court litigator and is recommended for cross-border commercial disputes, while Olaf Trojan focuses on media and technology matters. Johan Polet joined from joined Simmons & Simmons in December 2020.

Practice head(s):

Evelyn Tjon-En-Fa

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Evelyn Tjon-En-Fa is an outstanding attorney with unique legal skill’. 

‘Quality, knowledge, legal skills and they listen to the client’.

‘Technically very strong, highly pragmatic and cost-effective’.

‘Evelyn Tjon-En-Fa is a star – super sharp, responsive and pragmatic’.

‘Evelyn Tjon En-Fa and her team cut through noise and conjecture and deal efficiently and practically with legal issues’.

‘A smooth operating and well-oiled team’.

‘Evelyn Tjon-En-Fa is immediately fully engaged in the case you bring forward.’

‘Evelyn Tjon-en-Fa is very smart, very driven and easy to approach’.

Key clients

T-Mobile

Leenbakker

SNS Reaal

Exact Software

Iron Mountain

Uniper

SunExpress

Palladyne International Asset Management

Chiquita

CFL

Kaspersky Lab

TomTom

Ablynx

Intellectual Property Agency for the Benelux

Avery Dennison

Total

YELO Enterprises Ltd

Axa

Lagerwey

Work highlights

  • Acting for an international asset management company in a large number of connected litigation cases with claims worth over $100m.
  • Advising and representing leading multinationals in matters concerning unlawful government actions, with claims leading up to hundreds of millions of euros.
  • Assisting a major energy company in a claim issued by the Dutch State for an alleged lack of funds for the dismantling of a nuclear power plant in 2014.

Netherlands > Employment Tier 3

Sitting within the firm’s wider international employment, benefits, pension and business immigration group, Bird & Bird’s broad practice acts for domestic and international clients on cross-border projects. It has particular experience in outsourcings, corporate transactions, restructurings and litigation. Key client sectors include pharmaceutical, IT, media, retail, tobacco, and aviation and defence. Philip Hartman  heads the team and is recommended for strategic HR-legal consulting, investigations and boardroom terminations.

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Testimonials

 ‘Swift and correct advice’.

‘Very approachable firm’.

‘Philip Hartman has a very pragmatic approach to the subject matter’.

‘Philip Hartman is very knowledgeable’.

‘You feel that you are in good hands when Philip Hartman gives support’.

Key clients

Philip Morris

Royal Conservatoire and Academy of Art

Asics

Work highlights

  • Advising Philip Morris on the wrap-up of a German plant restructuring and also domestic employment matters.  

Netherlands > Industry focus: retail Tier 3

Bird & Bird is experienced in a wide range of retail matters, particularly those related to fashion, data protection, IP and regulatory issues. The firm advises clients from the entire retail supply chain, including local and international manufacturers, retailers, franchisors, distributors and brand owners. Practice head Manon Rieger-Jansen  focuses on retail and consumer matters, and has notable expertise in the growing areas of sustainability, influencer marketing, green advertising and retail tech.

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

Primark

Steak Ranches

Olam

Nutreco

Kraft Heinz

Saks.com

Work highlights

  • Representing Primark in a trade mark and copyright dispute against Airwair (makers of the Dr. Martens boot) regarding the design of a number of Primark boots. Litigating (and winning) at the Court of Appeal, and representing Primark in four cancellation actions at the Benelux Office for Intellectual Property.
  • Supporting KFC in a wide variety of commercial matters, including franchise, marketing, e-commerce and lease related questions, which is a testament to our retail expertise.
  • Advising Tempur Sealy on a broad range of matters in connection with commercial contracts, competition and trade marks law.

Netherlands > Insurance Tier 3

Bird & Bird's liability and insurance team is led by qualified Supreme Court litigator Evelyn Tjon-En-Fa, who has experience of handling jurisprudence-shaping cases in the Netherlands. Under her leadership, the group undertakes contentious (litigation and arbitration) and non-contentious work, with a focus on matters connected with the high-tech, chemicals, infrastructure and construction industries. On the contentious side, notable workstreams include mass claims, policy coverage disputes, W&I and D&O cases. Elsewhere, the team is sought after for advice on the drafting of insurance policies, cyber policies, commercial/outsourcing matters and data protection. In a key development, Johan Polet joined from Simmons & Simmons in December 2020.

Practice head(s):

Evelyn Tjon-En-Fa

Other key lawyers:

Johan Polet; Laura Grijpma; Marieke van den Heuvel; Jeffrey Maalderink

Key clients

Ducor Petrochemicals

Bazan Oil Group

Shiloh Industries, Inc.

EasyJet

Royal BAM Group

Visser & Smit Hanab

Torghatten ASA

Yelo

Axa

Work highlights

  • Acting for construction and energy companies in major coverage disputes in the Netherlands and London insurance market in relation to construction, energy and infrastructure projects. These cases involve professional indemnity, construction all-risk and machinery breakdown/business interruption claims.
  • Advising one of the former advisory supervisory board members of a transport/shipping company in one of the most important corporate fraud and liability cases of the past few years, with regards to both the liability and the insurance/policy coverage aspects of the matter.
  • Representing Ducor – a major player in the oil and polypropylene industry – and its machinery breakdown insurer in proceedings against Nalco, a water treatment company, claiming damages for major and sudden corrosion in Ducor’s systems leading to massive damages (inter alia business interruption damages). The case is currently pending before the Court of Appeal in The Hague.

Netherlands > Tax Tier 3

Bird & Bird‘s tax team is active in cutting-edge projects and transactions in the technology, communications, life sciences, energy and utilities sectors. The head of the Dutch and Luxembourg tax practice is Willem Bongaerts, who is prominent in M&A, corporate restructurings and corporate finance transactions; he recently advised Eargo Inc on the tax aspects of its acquisition of Clementine group. Other notable individuals in his team include indirect tax specialist Brian Mulier, of counsel Pieter Camps and Arnoud Knijnenburg. Associate Ivo Ijzerman represents clients in tax litigation, and also advises on corporate income tax, VAT and dividend withholding tax issues.

Practice head(s):

Willem Bongaerts

Testimonials

‘The strength of the legal advice is characterized by its broader approach, taking into account the history of the case in the past, and its projection to a possible future scenario. This enables the client to get a more realistic view of his/her own case.’

‘It is great working with Willem Bongaerts because he not only has outstanding tax law skills, but is also really open to adding value in informal chats and brainstorming sessions.’

‘Willem Bongaerts has been my tax lawyer of choice for the Netherlands and Luxembourg. He has a very commercial and efficient approach that is very beneficial for clients.’

Key clients

DXC Technology

Repsol

VEM Pharmaceuticals

Cellnex Telecom S.A.

Connectria

Chinook Therapeutics, Inc.

Cree, Inc.

Secure 24, Symmetry Global

Meridiam

Preceyes

Guesty

Veloxis

ImmunoPrecise Antibodies Ltd

Orlen Upstream

Live Kindly

Kiadis Pharma

NIO

Sapienza

Dayco

Taco Group Holding Inc.

BloomReach Inc.

Unisun Energy Group

Qblox

Eargo, Inc.

Netherlands > Banking and finance: lender or arranger side Tier 4

Bird & Bird's finance practice attracts a growing volume of work from mainstream commercial banks, alternative lenders, special opportunity lenders and development banks/multilaterals. Project finance transactions are a major area of strength; practice head Roger van Buuren has over 20 years of experience in this space, including the finance aspects of infrastructure and renewable energy projects. In addition, under van Buuren’s leadership, the firm handles a significant portion of telecoms-related finance work. Elsewhere, acquisition finance transactions are also a mainstay of the practice. In addition, emerging markets finance and asset finance are other key areas of expertise for the team. A recent highlight saw van Buuren and others act for ABN AMRO Bank on the provision of a project finance facility to Plastic Recycling Amsterdam for the construction and operation of a plastic recycling facility.

Practice head(s):

Roger van Buuren

Other key lawyers:

Pauline Vos; René Rieter; Franka van Buuren

Testimonials

‘Very happy to work with Bird & Bird. Quick communication. Great collaboration, short lines. Quick answers. High quality.’

‘They were hands-on and practical.’

‘Flexible and supportive team.’

‘Roger van Buuren is an expert in his field. He is service minded and proactive.’

‘Good sector knowledge, quick turnaround and follow through. Pragmatic.’

‘Roger van Buuren – personal involvement, strong lead in documentation negotiation.’

Key clients

ABN AMRO Bank N.V.

Cooperatieve Rabobank U.A.

Limburgs Energiefonds

Oesterreichische Entwicklungsbank AG

Belgian Investment Company for Developing Countries SA/NV

Nationaal Groenfonds

Kreos Capital

Work highlights

  • Advised Rabobank and ABN AMRO Bank N.V. on a project finance facility for E-Fiber and Arcus Infrastructure Partners for the roll-out and operation of a portfolio of optic fibre networks in approximately 20 municipalities in the Netherlands.
  • Advised Rabobank on a project finance facility for Primevest Capital Partners for the roll-out of a various optic fibre networks in Eindhoven and Rotterdam.

Netherlands > Commercial, corporate and M&a Tier 5

Bird & Bird has considerable expertise in tech and comms, energy, life sciences and healthcare-related deals. ‘Excellent’ practice head Pauline Vos  acts for Dutch and international clients alike, leveraging the firm’s broad international network where necessary, and has knowledge of M&A, share and asset deal, joint venture and spinoff transactions, among others.

Practice head(s):

Pauline Vos

Other key lawyers:

Michiel Wurfbain; René Rieter; Sophie Dingenen; Roger van Buuren

Testimonials

‘The team is deal driven and shows great flexibility.’

‘The team is deal driven which shows in proactiveness in finding solutions for problems that could potentially derail the deal, good communication while maintaining a good eye for the interests of all including the hiring company.’

‘During our deal the situation changed considerably during the deal. The new required documentation was produced quickly so timelines still were met.’

‘We have worked mostly with Pauline Vos. She is strong in signalling any potential issues that could be a threat to the deal, finding solutions for these issues and is great at explaining more difficult legal situations.’

‘Pauline Vos did an excellent job for us in respect of acquisition-related due diligence.’

Key clients

Cellnex Telecom SA

Eargo, Inc.

RiskPoint

Chinook Therapeutics, Inc

Groupe Avril

Equigy

Hizkia van Kralingen Group

Ibérica Partners Sucesión GCKC SL

Reichmutt & Co Investment Management

Meridiam

Preceyes

Borealis Group

Bonaire Brandstof Terminals

Comviva Technology

Enercon Group

BayWa re

Kiadis Pharma

RoodMicrotec

Envipco

Daher Aerospace SA

Techstars

Sapienza Consulting SA

Shiloh Industries

ImmunoPrecise Antibodies

Gamma Telecommunications

Lagerwey Group

EURUS Energy Europe

Unisun Energy Group

Eurofiber

Guesty

Ellipsis Drive

Webfleet Solutions

Work highlights

  • Advised Cellnex Telecom S.A. on the agreement between Cellnex and Deutsche Telecom AG to combine their towers businesses in the Netherlands.
  • Advised infrastructure fund manager Meridiam on its investment in a partnership with pan-African data centre developer Raxio Group for the purpose of deploying a network of data centres across Africa.
  • Advising global leading seed accelerator Techstars on all its investments in start-ups and other companies participating in Techstars’ various accelerator programmes in Europe

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 2018, the office in Amsterdam 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.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
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
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