Everything comes together in the Telecommunications sector. Because of the ever more far-reaching convergence and consolidation of the providers in this market, strict distinctions can hardly be made anymore between infrastructure, telephony, broadcasting companies, media and the Internet. These developments imply that more and more organizations are affected by rules and regulations which in the past were only meant for the providers of telecommunications services. Issues such as SPAM, obligations to retain data, security breaches and cookies are as high on the agenda as traditional issues such as interconnection and pricing regulation. As a client, you want to talk with attorneys who are familiar with all sectors and are legally up-to-date. The Telecommunications team of Kennedy Van der Laan meets this requirement. Our legal advice is innovative, but always applicable in practice. Moreover, you will not have to wait long for the advice: the team works fast and is aimed at finding solutions.
Advice and litigation in the field of telecommunications
The Telecommunications team advises and litigates with a focus on the developments in laws and regulations. We give advice, amongst other things, on fixed network services, competition-law issues and commercial contracts. We also advise on the telecom aspects of privacy and security. We work for providers of various networks and services but also for customers and users.
Legal 500 EMEA 2015 – Information Technology – Tier 1
Within Information technology, Kennedy Van der Laan is a first tier firm, Kennedy Van der Laan’s team is ‘highly experienced and highly specialised in IT’. The outsourcing practice, which is led by Patrick Wit, recently assisted Liberty Global with the drafting of outsourcing agreements. Martine de Koning heads the department.
Chambers Europe 2014 – TMT – Band 3
What the team is known for Experienced IT team with an impressive record of advising on international privacy mandates. Acclaimed for its understanding of defamation and freedom of speech matters in the media field, and also handles regulatory and copyright issues. Clients include broadcasters, publishers and newspapers.
Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) “The real talent of the team is its ability to work under extreme pressure and still get the job done.”
“For media-related litigation it is at the top of the league. The team has a very strong track record in these matters, varied experience and deep knowledge of the area.”
“The team has excellent knowledge of the relevant legal fields combined with great business understanding.”
What’s new? NRC Media and De Persgroep Publishing are among the firm’s new clients.
Work highlights Represented TMG in a litigation against Dutch TV broadcasters concerning the attempted publication by the client of a weekly TV guide.
Represented KRO in defamation proceedings.
Notable practitioners Clients say Joost Linnemann “brings things to the table in an extremely clear way and is very strong at thinking strategically and assisting us to move forwards in the process.” He is noted for his work on international projects.
Practice group head Patrick Wit “is a very business-oriented lawyer who brings good advice and experience to projects,” say market observers. He handles outsourcings, telecoms projects and litigation.
Jens van den Brink has an excellent reputation for media projects, particularly unlawful publications and freedom of speech matters. “He is very easy to work with, hands-on in his approach and provides good, practical advice,” say clients.
“We were very impressed with Christien Wildeman and the way she prepared and handled our case,” enthuse clients, adding: “She always has a strong argument and clearly really knows the background of the matter.”
Hester de Vries “is one of the best on the market for privacy matters,” say respondees. Her clients include international banks and infrastructure operators.
Significant clients Audax Publishing, De Persgroep, IDTV, PowNed, Reed Business.
Legal 500 EMEA 2014 – Information Technology – Tier 1
Kennedy Van der Laan’s ‘practical and business-minded’‘ Patrick Wit heads the practice, with the ‘highly experienced and knowledgeable’ Joost Linnemann advising on data protection and projects work. Reinoud Westerdijk handles licensing and cloud computing matters.
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