International Contracting

“We have much knowledge of and experience in dealing with international differences and practical problems.”

The International Contracts team supports clients in the drafting and negotiating of simple to very complex contracts in an international setting.

Our clients are, for instance, multinationals who require uniform contracts in a great number of jurisdictions, as well as businesses who hardly or frequently do business abroad. We give advice on and negotiate complex collaborations such as joint ventures, purchase, sale and distribution strategies and accompanying contracts, general terms and conditions, Incoterms, transport, warehousing and logistics, agency, distribution and franchising, trademark and trade name licensing contracts, information technology, telecommunications and outsourcing, consumer contracts and handling of complaints, contracting with the government and employment contracts.

We also give advice on problems during the performance of contracts and look for quick and pragmatic solutions. Because of our wide experience in international cultural differences and differences in legal systems, we are able to effectively and cost-efficiently circumvent pitfalls and catches. Especially with regard to the European, British and American markets. We collaborate closely with other teams of Kennedy Van der Laan where it concerns contracts within a specific sector or specialism:

Legal 500
Recommended for Corporate and commercial
Martine de Koning is singled out.
Recommended for Mergers and Acquisitions

PLC Cross border Communications 2005
Kennedy Van der Laan is recommended for IT and e-commerce as Leading. Under Telecommunications as highly recommended.

PLC Cross Border Mergers and acquisitions 2006-2007
Kennedy Van der Laan is recommended

Chambers Global 2004-2005
Kennedy Van der Laan is listed under Communications
“This admired niche player has made its mark in the IT field and carving inroads among major telecoms operators such as Vodafone. Clients appreciate its no-nonsense, value-for-money assistance and competence: “You won’t get a rolls Royce, just the answer you need.” Microsoft heads up the list of the firm’s leading accounts; four to five ICT specialists work exclusively for the software giant on licensing matters. The ICT team also advised internet company Overture on amending its licence agreements pursuant of Dutch law and has assisted government and commercial clients such as Schiphol Airport with procurement issues.”
The clients: Apple; Nike; ABN AMRO; Vodafone and Demon Internet.

Chambers Global 2006
Kennedy Van der Laan is listed under Competition/antitrust
“Clients flock to this practice because in the words of one source, its lawyers are “more focused on us than bigger firms and give us more partner attention.” Although it is smaller than some of its competitors, it offers a wade array of services from merger control filings to administrative fine proceedings. It is also often a first point of contact for foreign companies entering the Dutch market and looking for general counselling on the national competition laws.

Kennedy Van der Laan is listed under TMT
“Chambers’ sources pitches this team as one of the most powerful niche players in the Dutch IT arena. The group fields a star cast of quality lawyers and has established excellent working relationships with clients varying from multinational companies to young entrepreneurs. Core components of the practise include advising on software protection and licensing, technology transfers and the sale and lease of hardware. Clients also rely on the group to counsel on legal issues surrounding the internet, e-commerce and multimedia publications. Lawyers are also on hand to advice on contractual and tort liability and computer crimes. IT transactions, including outsourcing, also form part of the workload.”

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Statutory Basis for Dutch Franchise Code

On 12 April 2017, Minister of Economic Affairs Kamp published a bill (Dutch) in which the Dutch Franchise Code (Nederlandse Franchise Code,...

24 may 2017 

The Legal 500 Rankings 2017

The Legal 500 has published its rankings for 2017. On the basis of annual extensive research on the market and among clients, The Legal 500 compiles...

13 april 2017 

Chambers and Partners Europe Rankings 2017

Chambers and Partners has published its rankings for 2017. On the basis of annual extensive research on the market and among clients, Chambers and...

13 april 2017 

Kennedy Van der Laan Only Non-British Firm Nominated for The Lawyer Business Leadership Awards 2016

Today, it was announced that Kennedy Van der Laan has been nominated for The Lawyer Business Leadership Awards 2016. With its ‘Alliance Community...

27 june 2016 

Adieu Nachgründung: What Now? Important Transitional Arrangements Within the Scope of the New Flex–Wet

Introduction The general transitional rules within the scope of the Flex-Wet are based on the New Civil Code Transition Act of 28 November 1991...

28 march 2013 

Private Tenders: the End of the Freedom of Contract?

Amsterdam Court of Appeal, 20 September 2011, LJN: BT1963 In the pre-contractual phase private parties enjoy considerable freedom of contract,...

28 october 2011 

Agreeing a Non-Competition Clause In Writing

Court of Appeal of Leeuwarden, 22 February 2011, JAR 2011/89; Court of Appeal of Amsterdam, auxiliary location Arnhem, 25 January 2011, JAR 2011/149;...

30 june 2011 

Failure to Inform Employer of Establishing an Own Competing Business

Court of Appeal of Amsterdam 28 September 2010, case number 200.001.041/01 The Facts The Employer is active on the market for industrial powder...

29 april 2011 

Forced Public Service?

Subdistrict Court of Rotterdam in preliminary relief proceedings, 22 September 2010, JAR 2010/304 Background On 22 September 2010 the Subdistrict...

29 april 2011 

Legal Validity of Probationary Period; Broad Interpretation of Successive Employers

Subdistrict Court of Leeuwarden, 11 January 2011, LJN: BP1638 The Facts An employee, Mrs. F., had a temporary employment contract with a payroll...

24 february 2011 

Tax Deduction of Attorney's Fees in a Labor Dispute?

Judgment of the Supreme Court of 10 August 2007 (LJN: AZ4768) The accessibility of the legal system to employees has been at the center of...

24 september 2007 
Martine de Koning

Martine de Koning

Attorney at law, Partner

  • Martine de Koning Attorney at law, Partner +31 20 5506 639
  • Reinoud Westerdijk Attorney at law, Partner +31 20 5506 638
  • Peter van den Broek Attorney at law, Partner +31 20 5506 669
  • Christoph Jeloschek Attorney at law, Partner +31 20 5506 846