Robbert Santifort

Advocaat | Associate


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Robbert specialises in IT and privacy law. He also has a strong focus on copyright law, e-commerce and trade secret protection. Robbert has extensive experience with IT contracts and disputes, (international) data transfers and analysis, (privacy) compliance / enforcement issues and new technologies, such as blockchain. Before he joined Houthoff, he worked in the IT, Privacy and Intellectual Property practice of Kneppelhout & Korthals in Rotterdam.

In addition, Robbert is an enthusiastic speaker at seminars, lecturer for various educational institutions and is frequently asked for in-house compliance training courses. He also publishes about current topics within his specialism, such as the Dutch Magazine for Internet Law. Robbert is a member of the Dutch Association of Copyright Law, the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) and the Dutch Association for Privacy Law. Robbert was admitted to the Dutch bar in 2014.

Qualifications & Experience

  • LL.M. Private Law / IP (Utrecht University)
  • LL.B. Dutch Law (Utrecht University)
  • Advised the on the Toronto Stock Exchange listed WSP Global Inc., one of the world's leading professional services firms providing engineering and design services to clients in the Transportation & Infrastructure, Property & Buildings, Environment, Power&Energy, Resources and Industry sector as well as offering strategic advisory services, on the acquisition of multidisciplinary consultancy- and engineering firm Lievense


  • Houthoff assisted Shenzhen Goodix Technology Co. with its agreement with NXP Semiconductors under which it will acquire all assets of NXP Semiconductors' Voice and Audio Solutions (VAS) for USD 165 million.
  • Houthoff advised a.s.r., a large Dutch insurance company, on the acquisition of VvAA Levensverzekeringen, the life insurance business of VvAA Groep. The life insurance portfolio comprises approximately 18,000 policies. The annual premium income is EUR 28m, and the technical provisions amount to EUR 430m. In addition to a multi-year life insurance partnership, VvAA and a.s.r. also intend to further expand the services to VvAA members.
  • Houthoff advised Sligro Food Group N.V. with the proposed acquisition of the shares in Exploitatiemaatschappij Wheere B.V. by Sligro Food Group Nederland B.V. This will include the activities of Vroegop Ruhe & Co B.V., consisting of food wholesaler De Kweker, Vroegop AGF and freight company L.A.J. Duncker.
  • Houthoff – together with Sidley Austin LLP – represented Wex Inc., a leading financial technology service provider, in connection with its planned acquisition of EG Group Limited’s GO Fuel Card business. The Go Fuel Card business is headquartered in Breda, Netherlands with approximately 200,000 proprietary cards in circulation across the Netherlands, France, Belgium and Luxembourg.