Thomas de Weerd

Thomas de Weerd

Advocaat | Partner

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+31 20 605 69 85
+31 6 5165 9208

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Dutch
English

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Thomas specialises in IT, privacy, outsourcing and intellectual property. His daily work involves advising a wide range of national and international clients on IT, privacy and intellectual property matters, technology-related transactions, outsourcing transactions, and technology contracts. He has experience as an in-house counsel for technology and internet companies. He regularly advises on General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) related matters. Thomas is a board member of the Netherlands Association for Information Technology and Law and a member of the Dutch Privacy Law Association,  INTA and the Licensing Executives Society (LES).
  • Recommended
    Chambers Europe, TMT: IT & IT Outsourcing (2019 Edition)
  • Notable practitioner
    Chambers FinTech (2019 Edition)
  • Leading Individual
    Legal 500, IT (2019 Edition)
  • Recommended
    Legal 500, Telecoms (2019 Edition)
  • Recommended
    Legal 500, Media and Entertainment (2019 Edition)
  • Recommended
    Legal 500, Trade Marks, copyrights and design rights (2019 Edition)
  • "He has good technical knowledge and can advise on a variety of matters, well beyond only commercial questions."
    Chambers Europe, TMT: IT & IT Outsourcing (2018 Edition)
  • "Thomas de Weerd is a 'very capable lawyer and is a great resource for us,' one client says."
    Chambers Europe, TMT: IT & IT Outsourcing (2018 Edition)
  • Recommended
    Legal 500, Media and Entertainment (2018 Edition)
  • Recommended
    Legal 500, Intellectual Property: Patents (2018 Edition)
  • "Thomas de Weerd is 'very knowledgeable on all aspects of IT'."
    Legal 500, IT (2018 Edition)
  • Recommended
    Legal 500, telecoms (2018 Edition)
  • Recommended
    Legal 500, Intellectual Property: Trade marks, copyrights and design rights (2018 Edition)
  • Next generation lawyer
    Legal 500, IT (2018 Edition)
  • "Thomas de Weerd has impressed his clients by contributing 'a lot of ideas about how to approach things and he can not only solve the problem, but think with us as a team'."
    Chambers Europe, TMT: IT & IT Outsourcing (2017 Edition)
  • Next generation lawyer
    Legal 500, IT (2017 Edition)
  • "Thomas de Weerd leads the widely capable team at Houthoff Buruma."
    Legal 500, Intellectual Property (2017 Edition)
  • "Very practical practice head Thomas de Weerd advised Volvo, Renault, Ferrari and Ford on the legal aspects of connected cars."
    Legal 500, IT (2017 Edition)
  • Recommended
    Legal 500, Media and Entertainment (2017 Edition)
  • "Thomas de Weerd is the name to note."
    Legal 500, Telecoms (2017 Edition)

Thomas is co-author of the book Overeenkomsten inzake Informatietechnologie (Agreements regarding Information Technology) and the editor of the chapters on Intellectual Property and Privacy in Kluwer's ‘Modellen voor de Rechtspraktijk’ (‘Templates for Legal Practice’).

Qualifications & Experience

  • Grotius Academy specialisation course on Information Law
  • Business Law (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)
  • Business Economics (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)
  • 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.
  • Served as legal advisor to ECI Software Solutions, a leader in cloud-based business management solutions. ECI has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Netherlands-based Trivest Beheer B.V., a provider of smart vertical software solutions to the SME manufacturing sector. With this acquisition, Trivest’s nearly 3,000 customers and more than 300 employees will join ECI’s manufacturing division.

  • Houthoff advised GIC, Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund, on the joint venture agreement with Equinix for more than USD 1 billion to develop and operate hyperscale data centres in Europe. The joint venture will acquire two operational data centres in London and Paris and plans to futher develop data centres in Amsterdam, Frankfurt (two sites) and London. Houthoff was co-counsel to Kirkland & Ellis on this transaction.
  • 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 assisted Exact Group B.V. with the acquisition of the construction software company Bouw7 B.V.

  • 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.

  • Houthoff has assisted Twence, a waste processing company that produces energy, in the acquisition of Empyro. The Empyro plant produces pyrolysis oil, green steam and electricity from biomass by polygeneration.

  • Houthoff advised the shareholders (Waterland Private Equity and management) on the sale of the Infradata group to IK Investment Partners
  • Houthoff represented Paypal in their acquisition of iZettle, a Swedish payment platform and supplier of mobile credit card readers for $2.2 billion in a successful process lead by Roschier.

  • Houthoff advised a Netherlands based insurance company on the outsourcing of the administrative handling of car insurance claims to an India-based business process outsourcing service provider.
  • Houthoff advised a multinational financial services company on the outsourcing of the administrative servicing of a consumer mortgage portfolio to a Netherlands-based financial services provider.
  • Houthoff advised a major car manufacturer on the processing of big data (including personal data, vehicle data and location data) from connected cars.
  • The team advises on the handling of HR data (centralised HR databases in and outside the EU), whistle blower procedures, data breach notifications, employee internet and email codes and the transfer of personal data to countries outside the EU for various corporate activities.
  • Advising several major car manufacturers and importers on the processing of big data, generated by state of the art cars, for safety and security purposes and for marketing and other commercial purposes.
  • Advised Balderton Capital (one of the leading technology investors in Europe) on an investment round in 3DHubs, 3D printing community portal matching demand and supply for 3D printing services.
  • Advising Ohpen, an IT service provider for the financial services industry, in a cloud based investment portfolio administration outsourcing for a Dutch financial institution.
  • Assisting construction multinational Volker Wessels with its global IT and cloud services purchasing agreement with Microsoft.
  • Successfully representing Rotterdam's Erasmus University Medical Centre, one of the largest and most authoritative scientific University Medical Centres in Europe, in summary proceedings before the Rotterdam interim injunction judge against a spin-off company about the licensing and development of software for laboratory information management and the early detection of hospital-acquired infections (HAI's).
  • Advising the receivers of DSB Bank (the largest Dutch financial institution ever to file for bankruptcy) on the restructuring of DSB Bank's trademark and domain name portfolio.
  • Succesfully representing Rotterdam's Erasmus University Medical Center, one of the largest and most authoritative scientific University Medical Centers in Europe, and Erasmus University in summary proceedings before the Rotterdam interim injunction judge against a spin-off company about the licensing and development of software for laboratory information management and the early detection of hospital-acquired infections (HAI's).
  • Advising Ohpen, a Fintech company which offers a mutual funds and savings account platform as Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) or Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) solution, on outsourcing agreements with two major Dutch financial institutions.
  • Houthoff advised the bankruptcy trustees of DSB Bank on the outsourcing of its IT-department to IT-service provider SLTN.
  • Advising various start-ups on FinTech regulatory compliance aspects such as payment services, electronic money, consumer credit, bitcoin regulation.
  • Advising eBay / Marktplaats on the selection of its payment service provider.
  • Houthoff advised JAC Capital, a subsidiary of Chinese state-owned investment company JIC, and Wise Road Capital, as lead counsel on the USD 2.75 billion acquisition of the Standard Products business from NXP Semiconductors, one of the semiconductor market leaders worldwide. The transaction is waiting for approval from amongst others of the European Commission, Federal Trade Commission (US), CFIUS and the Chinese Ministry of Trade.