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Kennedy Van der Laan

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CEO: Joost Linnemann
Board Members:
Eva Knipschild, Frits van der Woude
Number of partners: 25
Number of lawyers: 100
Languages: Dutch, English, French, German

Firm Overview:
Kennedy Van der Laan is a leading independent Dutch law firm, with 100 attorneys. For over 25 years, the firm has serviced market leaders with specialist legal know-how. Together with its clients, Kennedy Van der Laan looks at people, society and the business with an open mind. Thanks to the firm’s deep specialist legal know-how and knowledge of the industry sectors, it is able to reach pragmatic solutions that help clients directly. The firm is characterised by a pragmatic and no-nonsense mentality; liaising closely with clients on the basis of dedicated partnership. Kennedy Van der Laan believes that this enables swift and actionable solutions. Personal, engaged and to the point.

A Global Footprint, Future Focussed:
The firm is known to be quick to act on the changing needs of market-leading clients. It developed the unique proposition ‘The Customized Alliance’ that allows global brands to manage their legal work with an equal attention to costs, specialist skills and project transparency. As innovation and technology is part of the firm’s DNA, it created Kennedy Van der Laan | Sync; offering legal tech solutions to help in-house legal teams to streamline and synchronise processes to optimise results.

Main Areas of Practice:

Privacy:
Areas of expertise include privacy compliance; GDPR; personal data protection; international data protection; privacy and e-marketing; privacy and big data; privacy and employment; international data protection; administrative procedures; cookies and anti-spam law; online advertising; international transfers of personal data.
Key Clients: TNT, GroupM

IT:
Areas of expertise include IT contracting; cyber security; digital transformation; IT outsourcing; IT suppliers; IT procurement; IT litigation and arbitration; e-commerce; IT public procurement; emerging technologies; Blockchain; telecoms.
Key Clients: Koninklijke Ahold Delhaize, Microsoft, NIBC, ABN Amro Bank

IP:
Areas of expertise include trademark law; patent law; sports marketing; sponsoring; domain and disputes; counterfeit and custom seizures; parallel import; copyright; intellectual property; IP litigation; online content; digital business, e-commerce; gaming regulation; advertising; trade names; design law; database rights; trade secrets; brand protection; licensing; R&D; med-tech.
Key Clients: Nike, Converse, PVH, Vodafone/Ziggo, Ikea, Orange, Microsoft, Facebook

Media:
Areas of expertise include media law; Internet law; freedom of speech; free speech litigation; intermediary liability law; image rights; privacy law (litigation); advertising law; licencing agreements; trademark and competition law; fundamental rights litigation; entertainment law.
Key Clients: Facebook/Instagram, VodafoneZiggo, Warner Brothers, Vice Media, Viacom

Insurance & Liability:
Areas of expertise include property, product and engineering; personal injury; financial lines; insurance law; regulatory and corporate insurance; mediation.
Key Clients: AIG, Zurich, CNA, Hiscox, Liberty, Chubb, ASR, Delta Lloyd, VGA, XL Catlin, AON, Amlin

Labour & Employment:
Areas of expertise include data protection; restructuring and collective redundancy; employee co-governance; managing directors; executives pay standard law; civil servants law; mediation; flexible employment relationships; outsourcing and tupe projects; discrimination; individual and collective dismissals; union negotiations.
Key Clients: Microsoft, Nike, Syngenta, Unisys, PwC, Sodexo, VodafoneZiggo, G-Star, Rabobank

Healthcare:
Areas of expertise include healthcare law; medical disciplinary law; medical liability law; setting up cooperation’s between health care companies; mergers and acquisitions; good governance; audit by healthcare insurance companies; life sciences.
Key Clients: GGZ inGeest, Oncode Institute, Arts en Zorg, Ambulance Amsterdam, Mentaal Beter, Stichting PAL, Stichting Aids Fonds, LivaNova PLC

EU & Competition Law:
Areas of expertise include Dutch and European competition law; antitrust law; European law; cartels; cooperation agreements; distribution, supply and purchase agreements; licensing and transfer of technology; merger control and joint ventures; abuse of dominance; dawn raids and other regulatory investigations; competition litigation; follow-on litigation; compliance programs; state aid; public-private partnerships; procurement; european payment directives and financial regulations; financial sanctions; import and export regulations.
Key Clients: Nike, Converse, ING, Rabobank, ABN AMRO, Port of Amsterdam, PVH, G-Star

Commercial Contracts & Franchising:
Areas of expertise include franchise, distribution, agency; litigation and arbitration; commercial contracts; international trade unions and treaties; incoterms; competition; abuse of dominance and pricing; selective and exclusive distribution; consumer law; omnichannel; geoblocking; licensing and transfer of technology; Internet sales (platform) restrictions; loyalty programs; logistics, transportation and warehousing; directors liability; portfolio restructuring; product compliance and labelling; export and import regulations and sanctions.
Key Clients: Nike, Converse, Hurley, Greenpeace, G-Star, Marriott/Starwood, Segway, Lumileds, Koninklijke Ahold Delhaize