International Business

“We acknowledge the international differences in legal culture.”

Collaboration with Foreign Law Firms

For our clients, we collaborate almost daily with foreign law firms. Knowledge of the local market, the national legal framework and the local customs and traditions is essential. For this purpose we have excellent friendly relations with other law firms throughout the world. Thus we can be flexible, engage local expertise quickly and provide our clients with one contact point for cross-border legal services.

This also gives us the possibility to refer our own clients to reliable and qualified partners when they need assistance in the fields outside our own sphere of activity. We go one step further for our clients and thus distinguish ourselves from other law firms.

We also work (non-exclusively) with international networks of firms such as TerralexITechLaw (IT) or BioLegis (Life Sciences). Also, various attorneys are associated with the International Bar Association. These contacts allow us to offer our clients the best attorney to fulfil their individual needs. Click here for all our international networks.

Foreign Desks

Our attorneys have an excellent command of the English language. In order to meet the specific language preferences of our clients, Kennedy Van der Laan has a German, French and an Italian Desk.

Customized Alliance – Legal Customized Solutions for Multinational Corporations

For multinational corporations in Europe we have experience in the establishment of a “tailor-made” network of law firms, Customized Alliance. This provides our clients with the possibility to work in any country with law firms with the best possible expertise for them. As a result, our clients are not restricted to a branch of a single brand law firm. This network enables our teams to manage cases abroad centrally and our clients will always have one contact point for all cases, in the Netherlands as well as abroad. Customized Alliance is intended for multinational corporations that have a need for more control and consistency when collaborating with European external attorneys.

Read more about Customized Alliance and how we have created an Alliance for sports giant Nike: an international flexible network of 31 reputable law firms with local expertise in 22 jurisdictions.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Martine de Koning, Alfred Meijboom or Maarten Schut.


Chambers Europe 2016 – Intellectual Property – Band 3

What the team is known for Noted for its sector expertise in the technology, life sciences, media, fashion and luxury consumer goods fields. Handles a wide range of both contentious and non-contentious issues concerning trade marks, licensing, trade secrets and copyrights.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

“The firm has a strong ability to organise and implement complex and pan-European projects. The work is efficient, smart and cordial.”

Work highlights Represented HERE in a dispute with Nav4all concerning a global licence agreement relating to navigation data.

Assisted Hermès with an appeal following a trade mark and design rights infringement dispute with Van Roon Living. 

Notable practitioners 

Alfred Meijboom is particularly recognised for his expertise in relation to the IT industry, especially regarding trade mark, licensing and domain name issues. He recently represented Cofra Holding in a domain name claim dispute.

Maarten Schut has particularly strong knowledge of brand protection and counterfeit matters in the retail sector, and also works on technology and life science trade mark issues. Clients “very much appreciate his skill and legal approach.”

Significant clients Nike, Microsoft, Reed Business, Henkel, Fujifilm.


Chambers Global 2016 – Intellectual Property (Band 3)

Alfred Meijboom is particularly recognised for his expertise in relation to the IT industry, especially regarding trade mark, licensing and domain name issues. He recently represented Cofra Holding in a domain name claim dispute.

Maarten Schut has particularly strong knowledge of brand protection and counterfeit matters in the retail sector, and also works on technology and life science trade mark issues. Clients “very much appreciate his skill and legal approach.”


Legal 500 EMEA 2016 – Intellectual Property – Tier 3

Kennedy Van der Laan’s team is headed by the ‘highly experienced’Alfred Meijboom, with support from the ‘smart, pragmatic’ Maarten Schut and ‘brilliant’ senior associate Reindert van der Zaal. Its clients include Hermès, Converse and the Dutch Premier League football clubs.


Chambers Europe 2015 – Intellectual Property – Band 3

What the team is known for Wide-ranging practice with strong experience advising on contentious and non-contentious trade marks, copyright and patent work. Represents an enviable roster of leading technology clients and is also active in the media, sport and fashion sectors.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

“The lawyers are very eager and actively want to help me. I really enjoy working with them.”

What’s new? Eredivisie, FOX International Channels Netherlands and are new client wins.

Work highlights Advises Nike on a range of issues including brand protection and marketing issues.

Assisted Fujifilm with a series of research and development negotiations and subsidy arrangements.

Notable practitioners

Alfred Meijboom advised Delta on a dispute with BREIN arising out of the Pirate Bay cases. HERE and Orange are amongst his other clients.

Maarten Schut regularly advises sports and fashion companies on trade mark issues. He also handles technology work.

Significant clients Nike, Converse, Hermès, Reed Business,


Legal 500 EMEA 2015 – Intellectual Property – Tier 3

Within Intellectual property, Kennedy Van der Laan is a third tier firm, Kennedy Van der Laan’s ‘very professional’ team has extensive experience in the fashion and technology sectors. Department head Alfred Meijboom, represented Nike in proceedings before the Amsterdam Appellate Court.


Chambers Europe 2015 – Banking & Finance – Band 5

What the team is known for Well-regarded practice advising a range of national and international banks on a broad spectrum of finance mandates. Offers notable experience in cross-border transactions, restructurings, banking litigation and regulatory issues.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

“The lawyers are responsive and clear-thinking, with superb English. They are always helpful when we have questions, and are less bureaucratic than others we have dealt with.” 

“We always go back to the firm as it knows our company, is flexible, acts quickly and is always reachable.”

What’s new? Lendico Netherlands is a new client win.

Work highlights Acted for Hercules on a USD10 million loan agreement for uniQure.

Acted for Brand Loyalty on an amendment and restatement agreement of a EUR75 million arranged by banks including NIBC Bank and ING.

Notable practitioners 

According to a client, managing partner Bart de Man “delivers an amazing work product in a short period of time. He is structured and can oversee a deal.” He covers syndicated loans, refinancing and acquisition finance.

Associate Joris van Horzen wins effusive praise from sources, with clients describing him as “technically strong, commercial and efficient. He thinks with us to find solutions.”They continue: “He is straightforward and to the point, and keeps things moving.”

Significant clients Silicon Valley Bank, RBS, KPMG, HSBC, Bremer Landesbank.


Legal 500 EMEA 2015 – Banking & Finance – Tier 4

Kennedy Van der Laan, which attracts plaudits for its ‘succinct advice’ and ‘flexible and creative solutions’, has particular expertise in crowdfunding and peer-to-peer lending. ‘Very professional’ senior associate Joris van Horzen is ‘extremely quick to respond’.


Chambers Europe 2015 – Employment – Band 2

What the team is known for Renowned employment practice advising on standalone works council issues, dismissals and non-compete agreements, while also supporting clients in transaction-related matters, such as reorganisations. Active in a wide range of sectors, notably healthcare and technology.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

“I am impressed by the lawyers – they are fresh and modern.”

“The team has a good balance of the legal and practical approach.”

Work highlights Assisted Reed Business with works council consultation, transfer of employees, dismissals and privacy matters.

Advised NS on all employment matters, including dismissals, discrimination cases, drafting of internal policies and negotiations with the works council and trade unions.

Notable practitioners

Eva Knipschild is praised for being “really hands-on,” with “a knowledgeable attitude to complicated cases.” Clients further value her intelligence and creativity. Knipschild’s particular area of focus is mediation and the employment aspects of a flexible workforce.

Department head Chris Nekeman is valued for his pragmatism and deal-making ability. His experience with a versatile clientele is appreciated by interviewees, who say:“He doesn’t just work for employers, but employees and works councils as well. He knows all sides.”


Legal 500 EMEA 2015 – Employment – Tier 3

Within Employment, Kennedy Van der Laan is a third tier firm, Kennedy Van der Laan’s expertise takes in discrimination, dismissals, employee transfer and reorganisations. Chris Nekeman heads the team, which includes recommended partner Eva Knipschild.

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Martine de Koning

Martine de Koning

Attorney at law, Partner

  • Martine de Koning Attorney at law, Partner +31 20 5506 639
  • Eva Knipschild Attorney at law, Mediator, Partner +31 20 5506 840