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TMT: Telecommunications — Netherlands


Allen & Overy LLP - TMT

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 21 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Market-leading expertise in IT and outsourcing, advising on a wide range of mandates, including M&A and finance transactions and litigation. Has recently handled several large transactions involving leading companies in the telecommunications sector and also advises on ancillary issues across TMT, including tax and IP issues. Also offers experience and expertise within the media sector, particularly advising clients in the television, radio, film, publishing and music industries.

Strengths A client recognises the firm's capabilities when it comes to large, multi-jurisdictional IT projects, saying: "For big international outsourcing deals, they are the best as far as I am concerned."

Another client regards the firm as "one of the top advisers for TMT and the most experienced firm in the market. It is highly professional, reliable and has a good understanding of our business."

Work highlights Advised Vimpelcom on its agreement to form a joint venture with CK Hutchison, to consolidate two large telecommunication subsidiaries in Italy.

Advised Vattenfall on a number of global outsourcing projects including the outsourcing of various back-office activities of its subsidiary, Nuon Energy.

Significant clients Royal KPN, TNT, Amazon, Huawei, NDC Media.

Notable practitioners

Eric Keyzer represents clients throughout the media sector, ranging from television and radio to music and publishing, advising on a mixture of corporate and commercial matters and litigation. One client says he is "easy to communicate with, friendly and intelligent" while others also praise his "really extensive media and entertainment experience."

Peter Eijsvoogel leads the firm's telecommunications team and has extensive expertise in the industry. He is involved in all aspects of communications regulation and advises on a range of commercial and litigation matters. He recently represented KPN in its challenge of ACM’s decision to impose price caps on KPN’s wholesale portfolio.

Herald Jongen is "extremely pragmatic, with a clear business sense. He has a drive to get the deal done and agree a contract that is workable from a business point of view," according to clients. As head of the firm's technology group, he focuses predominantly on IT outsourcing, transactions and contract law. He advised TNT on outsourcing various activities to Accenture.

Wanne Pemmelaar recently joined the firm as a senior associate and specialises in data protection and technology. He advises a range of clients including large multinationals on compliance issues and data security breach programmes. Sources consider him to be "an absolute expert in EU data protection law" and "very good in co-operating with the authorities."

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Bird & Bird - TMT

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What the team is known for Strong coverage of all areas of TMT with particular strength in telecommunications, regularly advising on regulatory issues and litigation within the sector. Offers impressive experience related to commercial agreements, such as software licences and cloud computing contracts, outsourcing, public procurement and e-commerce within the IT sector as well as handling data protection and privacy work. The firm's media team routinely advises on social media, defamation and freedom of speech. The practice also celebrated several new hires recently, including regulatory expert Paul Waszink.

Strengths Clients praise the firm's "good industry knowledge and in-depth understanding of the sector" and also add that the team is "pleasant to work with."

Other clients highlight the "practical business mind" of the lawyers in the team, adding that "conversations were very practical and pragmatic, and they understand the business impact of decisions."

Work highlights Advised Cellnex Telecom on its EUR109 million investment and acquisition of 261 telephony sites in the Netherlands from Protelindo.

Defended Skyscanner against accusations that it presented misleading ticket information in its automatically generated search results and advised on aspects of the case concerning the liability of internet search engines.

Significant clients Discovery Channel, IKEA, TomTom, Uniper, BMC Software Distribution.

Notable practitioners

Marjolein Geus is a leading figure within the telecommunications section and is head of the firm's team in this area. She is frequently involved in contentious issues and has continued to represent Tele2, recently advising the client on Supreme Court litigation challenging ACM's regulation of the unbundled access market. She also advises clients on regulatory issues and commercial negotiations.

Olaf Trojan is described by his clients as a "good analyser" while other sources describe him as a "very sharp, thorough and pleasant guy." He focuses on matters such as image rights, advertising and freedom of speech and is highlighted as a strong litigator within the media sector, regularly representing publishers and other clients in defamation claims, including Dahabshiil's claim for injunctive relief against a journalist.

Paul Waszink is the most recent addition to the telecoms practice and is admired by his clients for "his good industry knowledge, his thorough approach and the consistent quality of his output." He continues to advise Vodafone on various contentious proceedings relating to the regulation of telecommunications as well as a mixture of other media and technology companies.

Jeroen Van Der Lee advises on technology transactions as well as issues involving cloud computing and software licensing and a range of product issues, commercial contracts and disputes for international technology companies. Clients say he is "commercially pragmatic and has a good understanding of our business."

Clients say Roelien Van Neck is a "good commercial lawyer who knows the issues and responds accordingly." One client also found her to be "very accessible." Van Neck's practice is focused on the commercial side of IT. She recently advised Sony on marketing and advertising issues related to an on-demand broadcasting platform for Film1.

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Brinkhof - TMT

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

What the team is known for Combined and fully integrated TMT practice, with noted experience and expertise in telecoms and media litigation, media contracting and IT outsourcing. Serves a large client base consisting of multinational technology companies and a wide range of media outlets. The recent hire of Gerrit-Jan Zwenne has also increased the department's capacity to handle high-profile data protection matters and investigations.

Strengths Clients admire the firm's IT practice, with one client considering that the team possesses "very consistent expertise" as well as being "highly experienced but also very practical." The same source adds: "They partner us in negotiations in a flexible way. Their people really add value to our company and the businesses we work with are delighted with their work."

Others are impressed by "their specific knowledge within the area of privacy" and appreciate that "they give the right answers to our questions and help out very proactively where needed."

Work highlights Represented KPN in proceedings brought by Vodafone to appeal KPN's sole control of Reggefiber, following a Phase II investigation.

Assisted Accenture with various outsourcing projects and IT integrations.

Significant clients Sky Radio, Eurofiber, Google, Danone, Randstad.

Notable practitioners

Remy Chavannes is "quick-thinking and knows how to discover the issues at stake right away just by asking a couple of questions." Clients also acknowledge his "great knowledge of media and online platforms." His broad practice concerns information law across several platforms, including online, and matters related to telecoms.

Gerrit-Jan Zwenne joined the firm from Bird & Bird in 2016. He offers vast experience in data protection issues. Sources respect his "academic standpoint" on legal developments in the area, and he has published numerous materials related to his field.

Quinten Kroes has experience in all fields of TMT and has recently been focusing heavily on data privacy litigation. He represented WhatsApp in an inquiry by the Dutch Data Protection Authority regarding the use of telephone numbers. He also advises on a broad range of telecoms and media cases.

Eliane De Vilder is "very dedicated, takes the lead and is also very keen on the details that most of us don't think of," according to clients. She advises both start-ups and listed companies on outsourcing transactions, commercial contacts and compliance issues.

Wieke Van Angeren advises commercial contracts particularly within the software and IT sector, with an additional specialism in IT and technology in the financial sector. Clients consider her to be "very experienced, dedicated and determined to deliver milestones within a deadline; she is a true example of a partner with a relationship to the customer."

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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP - TMT

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What the team is known for Significant expertise in telecoms, handling both transactions and litigation for clients in the mobile device, television broadcasting and cable industries in particular. Also represents major clients in multi-jurisdictional and Dutch-based telecoms litigation. Also has an increasing emphasis on cybersecurity initiatives within the telecoms sector.

Strengths Clients admire the team's "very specific knowledge of competition law and regulation in the telecommunications market, which is mixed with attention to detail, excellence in setting priorities and a great understanding of our industry."

Other clients say the "service is fantastic" and describe the practice as an "excellent team, a committed and efficient group which pulled out all the stops for us."

Work highlights Acted for Ziggo on the public offering by Liberty Global to acquire all remaining shares in the company, a deal worth EUR10 billion.

Represented Econet in a multi-jurisdictional post-takeover litigation and arbitration.

Significant clients HP, Telenet, Telecity, Avanade, BMG Rights Management.

Notable practitioners

One client values the way Winfred Knibbeler is "very involved in our cases and our business" and views him as a lawyer with a "sharp mind who easily understands complex matters and can boil them down to their essence - he disseminates information fast and effectively." He is well regarded in the field of competition law and has extensive experience advising on antitrust mergers in the telecoms sector.

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NautaDutilh - TMT

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 12 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Benelux firm that is a strong choice for telecoms and IT mandates, advising multinational clients on issues such as e-commerce, broadband access and transactions in the technology and software sectors. Also noted for expertise in IT and telecoms litigation. Amazon is a recent new client win for the firm.

Strengths Clients value the department's pragmatic approach and praise the team's "ability to think quickly and along with the client to deliver customer-oriented solutions."

Work highlights Represented Vodafone in a number of appeals, with a total value of EUR1.35 billion, relating to government decisions regarding the Dutch multiband frequency auction.

Advised Ziggo on a matter against BREIN regarding access to file-sharing website The Pirate Bay.

Significant clients Achmea, Groupon, SES, Infor, Mediq.

Notable practitioners

Tycho de Graaf specialises in software licensing, IT contracts and IT litigation. He has experience drafting and negotiating all aspects of outsourcing, e-commerce and cloud contracts. Sources acknowledge that he is "very knowledgeable" and "adds a lot from the academic field."

Department profile by NautaDutilh

In the Telecom, Media & Technology (TMT) sectors innovation is the key to staying in business. New products and services can raise legal issues that call for creative legal solutions. Still, it is important not to make matters more difficult than they need to be. Experienced legal professionals are trained to identify where a legal sophistication may be required, and, just as important: where not.

Simple where possible, innovative where needed
NautaDutilh combines in-depth knowledge and understanding of its clients, their technology, and the TMT sector with a pragmatic approach to resolving legal issues: simple where possible, innovative where it serves the client’s interests. The international Chambers and Legal 500 guides have praised our team for their dedication to clients and their businesses, speed of action, and practical, high quality consultancy services. To achieve this, the team has developed a highly effective approach to making use of its

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Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn N.V. - TMT

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What the team is known for Principal legal adviser to the Dutch government, the department defends government organisations and regulators in telecoms and radio communications litigation. Particularly noted for its contentious work and its handling of telecoms cases in the Supreme Court, as well as regulatory and public law advice linked to the sector.

Strengths One client praises the firm's output: "The quality is very good and I am positive about the drafts I get and there are never any corrections to be made."

Another source recognises the firm's unique selling point: "They represent authorities and regulators in the Netherlands so they know all the policy and strategies that are connected to legal questions," before adding: "They are fast in delivering advice and the quality is just what we want."

Work highlights Acted for the Dutch Media Authority on a dispute with RadioCorp relating to commercial broadcasting licences.

Represented ACM in an appeal put forward by KPN regarding ACM's decision on tariffs paid for access to the wholesale market for high-quality broadband.

Significant clients Agentschap Telecom, Municipality of The Hague, Public Prosecution Service, Advertising Code Committee.

Notable practitioners

Clients value Arnoud Boorsma because "he knows the business and the government very well and has clients from both the government and corporate sectors." Others describe him as "gentle and very understanding but he also has a sharp eye." He is experienced in telecoms matters as well as general administrative law.

Elisabeth Pietermaat frequently represents regulators in the telecommunications sector and focuses on constitutional and administrative law aspects of the industry including both regulatory advice and guidance on contentious cases.

Jannetje Bootsma primarily advises government authorities and is well versed in telecoms, recently leading the firm's work on legal proceedings relating to the mobile and fixed telephony termination tariffs.

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Allen & Overy LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Peter Eijsvoogel leads the firm's telecommunications team and has extensive expertise in the industry. He is involved in all aspects of communications regulation and advises on a range of commercial and litigation matters. He recently represented KPN in its challenge of ACM’s decision to impose price caps on KPN’s wholesale portfolio.

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Bird & Bird

From the Chambers Europe guide

Marjolein Geus is a leading figure within the telecommunications section and is head of the firm's team in this area. She is frequently involved in contentious issues and has continued to represent Tele2, recently advising the client on Supreme Court litigation challenging ACM's regulation of the unbundled access market. She also advises clients on regulatory issues and commercial negotiations.

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Brinkhof

From the Chambers Europe guide

Quinten Kroes has experience in all fields of TMT and has recently been focusing heavily on data privacy litigation. He represented WhatsApp in an inquiry by the Dutch Data Protection Authority regarding the use of telephone numbers. He also advises on a broad range of telecoms and media cases.

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Bird & Bird

From the Chambers Europe guide

Paul Waszink is the most recent addition to the telecoms practice and is admired by his clients for "his good industry knowledge, his thorough approach and the consistent quality of his output." He continues to advise Vodafone on various contentious proceedings relating to the regulation of telecommunications as well as a mixture of other media and technology companies.

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Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn N.V.

From the Chambers Europe guide

Clients value Arnoud Boorsma because "he knows the business and the government very well and has clients from both the government and corporate sectors." Others describe him as "gentle and very understanding but he also has a sharp eye." He is experienced in telecoms matters as well as general administrative law.

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Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn N.V.

From the Chambers Europe guide

Jannetje Bootsma primarily advises government authorities and is well versed in telecoms, recently leading the firm's work on legal proceedings relating to the mobile and fixed telephony termination tariffs.

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Maverick Advocaten

From the Chambers Europe guide

Bas Braeken of Maverick Advocaten is a competition lawyer with a focus on the telecoms sector. He regularly litigates in areas such as price regulation and consumer protection. He represented T-Mobile in numerous cases concerning decisions and regulation of the broadband markets.

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Brinkhof

From the Chambers Europe guide

Remy Chavannes is "quick-thinking and knows how to discover the issues at stake right away just by asking a couple of questions." Clients also acknowledge his "great knowledge of media and online platforms." His broad practice concerns information law across several platforms, including online, and matters related to telecoms.

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Winfred Knibbeler

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

One client values the way Winfred Knibbeler is "very involved in our cases and our business" and views him as a lawyer with a "sharp mind who easily understands complex matters and can boil them down to their essence - he disseminates information fast and effectively." He is well regarded in the field of competition law and has extensive experience advising on antitrust mergers in the telecoms sector.

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Elisabeth Pietermaat

Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn N.V.

From the Chambers Europe guide

Elisabeth Pietermaat frequently represents regulators in the telecommunications sector and focuses on constitutional and administrative law aspects of the industry including both regulatory advice and guidance on contentious cases.

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