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bureau Brandeis

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Number of partners: 7 Number of lawyers: 28
Languages: Dutch, English

Firm Overview:
bureau Brandeis is an independent boutique law firm specialising in complex litigation. Founded in 2013, the firm has grown rapidly and has seen its client base increase. The firm’s clients are national and international companies, listed entities and startups, as well as interest groups.
The firm:
■Handles high-profile cases, including landmark cases before the Dutch Supreme Court and the ECJ and (international) cartel damages cases
■Focuses on litigation and other forms of dispute resolution, and chooses not to represent Dutch government bodies, big banks and accountancy firms
■Works in close contact with many foreign law firms in cross border disputes and investigations
■Represents clients in all stages of proceedings, before courts and tribunals
■Prevents disputes with its diligent compliance work
■Is outspoken about matters of public interest and has a preference for the challenger This gives bureau Brandeis a unique position in the Dutch market.

Main Areas of Practice:  

Administrative Law
Class Actions
Commercial Litigation
Corporate Governance
Corporate Litigation
Data Protection & Telecom
European & Antitrust Law
Financial Services Litigation
Gaming & Gambling Law
Intellectual Property Law
Internet & Technology Law (Intermediary & Platform Law)
Media & Entertainment
Shareholders’ Activism
Supreme Court Litigation

Corporate & Commercial Litigation:
bureau Brandeis handles corporate and insolvency law, board members’ liability, hedge funds and shareholders’ activism, commercial litigation, takeover disputes, internal business conflicts and compliance (ia corporate governance, commercial contracts).
Key Clients: Chevron Corporation, Bastion Hotels, Eminence Capital, Jana Partners, De Wolff Vereenigde Bedrijven, the bankruptcy trustees of Weyl Beef
Partners: Frank Peters, Louis Berger

Data Protection & Telecom:
The specialists at bureau Brandeis have many years of experience in complex compliance matters in the field of data protection and telecommunications, and as many litigating in these areas. bureau Brandeis’ specialists combine excellent legal skills with a pragmatic style.
Key Clients: Netflix, AMS-IX, KPN/XS4ALL, NUV, eBay, Sanoma, Pearson, Lottovate, 538/Talpa Radio, AT5/RTV NH
Partners: Christiaan Alberdingk Thijm, Machteld Robichon.
Key Attorney: Vita Zwaan

European & Antitrust Law:
bureau Brandeis is known for challenging the status quo and has a preference for those that create change in the market place, the challengers. bureau Brandeis is involved in various cases in this field.
Key Clients: DB Barnsdale AG, Stichting Truck Cartel Recovery
Partners: Louis Berger, Hans Bousie

Intellectual Property Law:
Known for developing landmark case law and handling most landmark cases in the Netherlands in the field of digital copyright/IP litigation before the ECJ. The firm also has experience in reputation management, advertising law and trade name law.
Key Clients: Netflix, Springer, KPN, NUV, eBay, Sanoma, Unga, Pathé, Red Bull, Marqt Partners: Christiaan Alberdingk Thijm, Hans Bousie

Internet & Technology Law (Intermediary & Platform Law):
The firm has been at the root of developments in Dutch legislation in this area of expertise. The firm was involved in the foundation of Skype, has been eBay’s regular Dutch attorney for years and assisted Netflix in the establishment of its European headquarters in Amsterdam.
Partner: Christiaan Alberdingk Thijm

Gaming & Gambling Law:
Proceedings before the Netherlands Gaming Authority and licence applications. Representation in enforcement procedures by the Dutch Gaming Authority, including the recent ruling of the Council of State that the prohibition to promote games of chance does not apply to payment services.
Key Clients: EGBA, Lottovate
Partner: Machteld Robichon

Media & Entertainment:
bureau Brandeis supports producers and distributors of film, radio, television, music and books who are active in this dynamic market. Companies who are just entering the market can also count on bureau Brandeis’ pragmatic assistance. The firm also represents major e-commerce retailers and advises online game suppliers.
Key Clients: 538/Talpa Radio, public broadcasters, Pearson, Unga
Partners: Hans Bousie, Machteld Robichon

Shareholders’ Activism:
The firm assists hedge funds and other minority shareholders in creating higher shareholder value in Dutch listed companies: in close consultation with clients, by demanding attention and creating support for relevant subjects in the media and if necessary by litigating before the Enterprise Division. Partner: Frank Peters

Supreme Court Litigation:
The firm specialises in Supreme Court litigation and represents clients in various civil cases before the Dutch Supreme Court.
Partner: Jozua van der Beek

Class Actions:
The firm is involved in various class actions. The firm has unique expertise and experience in this field.
Partners: Jozua van der Beek, Louis Berger, Frank Peters

Corporate Governance:
The firm mostly assists directors, supervisory directors and shareholders of both listed and nonlisted companies in disputes concerning corporate governance.
Partners: Louis Berger, Frank Peters

Financial Services Litigation:
bureau Brandeis handles complex financial services litigation and other contentious regulatory matters. The team represents financial services companies and individual directors in investigations and enforcement measures of regulators such as DNB and AFM, and also provides risk management and compliance advice.
Partner: Simone Peek