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Kennedy Van der Laan

Firm Profile


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  • Haarlemmerweg 333
  • Amsterdam
  • North Holland
  • Netherlands
  • 1051 LH

Firm profile submitted by Kennedy Van der Laan

Managing Partner: Bart de Man
Number of partners: 26
Number of lawyers: 100
Languages: Dutch, English, French, German

Kennedy Van der Laan is a full-service law firm based in Amsterdam and Eindhoven, and active around the world. With around 100 attorneys, Kennedy Van der Laan has been a prominent independent law firm in the Netherlands for decades.
Clients can count on a personal approach, with Kennedy Van der Laan acting as a dedicated sparring partner. Attorneys at Kennedy Van der Laan are approachable, rather than formal or chic. They are ambitious and prefer to do things their own way.
Kennedy Van der Laan looks for the shortest way to a solution and reduce complexity. They speak the language of their clients and are realistic and open about the chances of success. They advise in a clear and practical way, try to prevent escalation, but act decisively when it comes to litigation. For Kennedy Van der Laan, the law has no secrets, it is a comfort zone. Innovative cooperation needs a vision that reaches further. That is why the firm is exploring new ways of co-creation, knowledge sharing and pricing daily. Kennedy Van der Laan is a partner of Dutch Legal Tech; a platform that promotes innovation in legal services. Through this partnership the firm puts ‘legal tech’ on the map both in the Netherlands and abroad.

Kennedy Van der Laan works in multidisciplinary teams. By combining its large legal and sector knowledge, the firm has become one of the best ‘sparring partners’ for clients.

Banking & Finance:
The team is instructed on a wide array of banking and finance-related matters including financing transactions, regulatory/FinTech, banking litigation and insolvency. Its attorneys are continuously involved in cross-border finance transactions both for financial institutions and large corporate borrowers. The team keeps close track of innovative technologies in the financial sector and is a legal pioneer in this field. The firm offers advice not only to incumbents, but also to FinTech start-ups, ranging from online lending platforms to payment solution providers.
Key Clients: HSBC, ABN AMRO, Barclays, Silicon Valley Bank, RBS, ING, BrandLoyalty, Barentz, Spotcap, PayU, Ayden.

The team handles the broad spectrum of corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, outsourcings, investments, joint ventures, private equity, and management buy-ins and buy-outs. Its clients are given expert strategic legal advice about establishing, changing and maintaining their corporate governance structures and business structures. The firm is expert in implementing the structures in an efficient and pro-active way.
Key Clients: Microsoft, RiskPoint, Port of Amsterdam, SIG, Barentz, DCC, HCC, AWAC, Nike, Emerald Technology Ventures.

The employment team and co-governance team consists of 15 attorneys. The team represents a number of high-profile national and international clients, advising and litigating on all aspects of employment law but with a specific focus on reorganisations, outsourcing and the dismissal of managing directors and senior executives. The firm works on international projects covering multiple jurisdictions, which includes intensive guidance during co-governance processes with works councils and trade unions, such as the negotiation of redundancy packages and collective bargaining agreements. The team keeps close track of innovative technologies and creates legal tech solutions in joint cooperation with its clients.
Key Clients: Nike, Microsoft, PepsiCo, CGI, UWV, Port of Amsterdam, Rituals, Rabobank, Reed Business, Exact, Liberty Global, VodafoneZiggo.

The team consists of attorneys from various disciplines who advise insurers, insurance brokers, loss adjustment agencies, and all other companies that are active in the insurance industry, in every aspect of their business. The insurance team works closely with the financial supervision team.
Key Clients: AIG, Zurich, CNA, Hiscox, Liberty, Chubb, ASR, Delta Lloyd, VGA, XL Catlin, AON, Amlin.

Intellectual Property:
The team is highly regarded and services high-profile international clients in the fields of media, fashion, advanced technologies and life sciences. The team provides both contentious and non-contentious work, especially in the fields of trade marks, brand protection, copyright, licensing, R&D, trade secrets and patents.
Key Clients: Nike, Converse, Hermès, Lacoste, Victoria’s Secret, Microsoft, Fujifilm, Orange, Henkel, Syngenta, Reed Business, C&A, Viacom.

IT & Privacy: These teams are regarded both locally and internationally as the go-to teams for tech matters in the Dutch market. The teams are well versed in technical, business and, of course, legal aspects of all issues that arise on the IT and telecoms markets. The team handles a broad range of matters from outsourcing, telecoms, privacy, IT projects and transactions, to litigation, e-commerce, cyber crime, licensing, distribution, and electronic signatures work. The team operates at the cutting-edge of technological and legal developments, which allows them to give clients pragmatic advice.
Key Clients: Microsoft, Capgemini, Facebook, ABN AMRO, ING, TNT Express, Ahold Delhaize.

Customized Alliance:
Customized Alliance is a tailored legal solution, designed for the specific needs of multinationals by Kennedy Van der Laan. With Customized Alliance clients can choose to have the flexibility to work with the network solution they want. This unique strategic partnership model offers multinationals full cost control resulting from innovative pricing and central billing. Peace of mind is also provided through central project management. Customized Alliance offers the opportunity to work with local, well-established firms in an efficient, uniform manner. Providing the best level of expertise, in every jurisdiction.


  • Haarlemmerweg 333,
  • Amsterdam,
  • North Holland
  • Netherlands
  • 1051 LH
  • Tel +31 20 550 6666
  • Fax +31 20 5506 777
  • Email : [email protected]
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