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Technology, Media and Telecom

Technologie is onmisbaar geworden in de bedrijfsprocessen van ondernemingen en de concurrentie in de technologiesector is groot. Door een strategische samenwerking aan te gaan of bepaalde ICT- of businessprocessen uit te besteden, kunnen nationale en internationale ondernemingen hun marktposities verstevigen. Daarnaast is de innovatiesnelheid binnen de technologiesector hoog. Dit biedt commerciële mogelijkheden voor ondernemers en overheden. Bijvoorbeeld door strategisch gebruik te maken van internet of things, big data en online (cloud)oplossingen. Het ervaren Technology, Media & Telecom team van Houthoff bestaat uit een groot aantal juristen dat diepgaande kennis heeft van IT-, internet-, fintech-, e-commerce- en privacyrecht. Onze TMT specialisten doorzien de kansen en risico's binnen de technologiesector. Kansen voor bijvoorbeeld financiële instellingen, die steeds vaker interesse hebben in cloudoplossingen. Houthoff staat onder meer internetondernemingen, ICT-leveranciers en -afnemers, telecombedrijven en innovatieve techbedrijven bij. 

  • “Clients approve of the quality of the services provided and appreciate the team’s ‘client-focused and commercial’ attitude.”
    Chambers Europe, TMT: IT & IT Outsourcing (2020 Edition)
  • “This practice is unique in their friendly and practical approach. They give good, quick and workable advice. The firm is also very easily accessible.”
    Legal 500, IT (2020 Edition)
  • “Key strengths are their business-minded focus and practicality.”
    Legal 500, Media and Entertainment (2020 Edition)
  • Recommended
    Legal 500, Telecoms (2020 Edition)
  • “Sources say the firm’s offering is ‘excellent’ and entails a ‘high-level service.’”
    Chambers Europe, TMT: Data Protection (2019 Edition)
  • “The lawyers have a thorough and deep understanding of the law combined with a hands-on and service-oriented approach.”
    Chambers Europe, TMT: Data Protection (2019 Edition)
  • “The practice at Houthoff is highlighted for ‘its personal approach’ and for collaborating with various specialists within the firm.”
    Legal 500, IT (2019 Edition)
  • Recommended
    Legal 500, Media and Entertainment (2019 Edition)
  • Recommended
    Legal 500, Telecoms (2019 Edition)
  • First Tier firm
    Legal 500, IT (2019 Edition)
  • First Tier firm
    Legal 500, IT (2018 Edition)
  • "The ‘proactive, business-oriented’ team at Houthoff is ‘very knowledgeable on all aspects of IT’."
    Legal 500, IT (2018 Edition)
  • "One client remarks on how well the IT and data team integrate with their business, describing the lawyers as 'open and accessible' and adding: 'They are like an extension of my colleagues'."
    Chambers Europe, TMT: Data Protection (2018 Edition)
  • "The team is very knowledgeable and responsive, and we rely heavily on their expertise for many projects. If one lawyer is unavailable, there are others who will step in so that projects continue seamlessly."
    Chambers Europe, TMT: Data Protection (2018 Edition)
  • Recommended
    Legal 500, Telecoms (2018 Edition)
  • "Houthoff’s practice is particularly strong in corporate work and litigation."
    Legal 500, Media and Entertainment (2018 Edition)
  • "Broad range of expertise, handling contentious and non-contentious trade mark, patent and copyright issues, with a particularly strong focus on the pharmaceutical, automotive and media industries."
    Chambers Global, Intellectual Property: General (2017 Edition)
  • "One client admires the way the lawyers 'very easily broke down the case, the options and possibilities.' The same client praises the 'very high quality' of the individuals within the team."
    Chambers Europe, TMT (2017 Edition)
  • "Another client is pleased with the way the team is 'able to get deeply involved in our business model' and is also impressed with 'the supporting team and how they deal with the associates'."
    Chambers Europe, TMT (2017 Edition)
  • First Tier firm
    Legal 500, IT (2017 Edition)

VOORBEELDEN VAN ONZE EXPERTISE BINNEN DE TECHNOLOGIESECTOR

Technologiedienstverlening is complex. Daarom zijn goede overeenkomsten nodig. Cliënten schakelen onze ervaren TMT-specialisten in voor het herzien of opstellen van outsourcingovereenkomsten, softwarelicenties, service level agreements (SLA's), verwerkersovereenkomsten, projectovereenkomsten en overeenkomsten met betrekking tot de ontwikkeling van software, de inkoop van hardware en het gebruik van clouddiensten. Ondernemingen zijn inmiddels afhankelijk van een goedwerkende ICT-structuur. Dit vergt vaak vergaande ICT-kennis die ondernemingen steeds vaker out- of insourcen. Ons TMT team werkt nauw samen met onze arbeidsrechtspecialisten en heeft vergaande expertise op het gebied van outsourcing en insourcing.

Strategische samenwerkingsverbanden worden steeds belangrijker. Binnen- en buitenlandse ondernemingen laten zich door ons TMT team bijstaan in toonaangevende fusies en overnames. Binnen de ICT is het verwerken en beveiligen van persoonsgegevens belangrijk, mede met het oog op de aanzienlijke boetes die kunnen worden opgelegd bij schending van de Algemene Verordening Gegevensbescherming. Ons TMT team toetst of cliënten compliant zijn met de wet- en regelgeving. In de praktijk blijkt dat complexe ICT-projecten een bovengemiddelde kans hebben te mislukken. Onze TMT-specialisten hebben de kennis en jarenlange (proces)ervaring om de kans hierop aanzienlijk te verkleinen. Zij staan grote (internationale) partijen bij als adviseur om de planning en uitvoering juridisch en strategisch te begeleiden.

Houthoff heeft een ongeëvenaard track record als juridisch adviseur binnen de technologiesector. Dankzij haar lidmaatschap van de TechLaw Group Inc, een vooraanstaand internationaal netwerk van advocatenkantoren in meer dan 60 landen, kan zij cliënten wereldwijd bijstaan en van de hoogste kwaliteit voorzien. In een geïntegreerde samenwerking met onze specialisten op het gebied van onder meer M&A, arbeidsrecht, intellectuele eigendomsrecht, privacyrecht, contractenrecht en financieel toezichtsrecht, is ons TMT team in staat cliënten oplossingen te bieden die zorgen dat cliënten verder en vooruit kunnen.
  • Houthoff assisted the shareholders of The Datacenter Group Nederland Holding B.V. (TDCG) with the sale of a majority stake in TDCG to investment institution DWS.

  • Houthoff advised Hexaware Technologies Ltd on the acquisition of Mobiquity Inc. Mobiquity provides digital consulting services for the world’s leading brands, such as Amazon Web Services, Rabobank, Philips, Wawa, Backbase and Otsuka. Houthoff worked jointly with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP on this transaction.

  • Houthoff advised, together with Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, Tele2 AB in connection with the exit from its joint venture with Kazakhtelecom. The net proceeds to Tele2, after deducting the existing earn-out liability, will be USD 169 million.

  • Houthoff advised Hearst with the purchase of The History Channel Iberia from its A+E Networks joint-venture partner Disney. The History Channel Iberia operates Historia, Blaze and Crimen+Investigación, which are distributed in Spain, Portugal, Angola and Mozambique.

  • Houthoff advised Telia Company, together with Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, in connection with the divestment of its holding in Kcell and the dissolution of its Fintur partnership with Turkcell. Telia Company and Fintur Holdings B.V., which is jointly owned by Telia Company and Turkcell, have agreed to sell their 75% stake in the leading Kazakhstani telecommunications operator Kcell JSC to the telecom operator Kazakhtelecom JSC for USD 446 million. Telia Company has also signed an agreement to acquire Turkcell's 41.45% stake in Fintur, which will make it Fintur's sole shareholder.
  • Houthoff represented The Datacenter Group in the acquisition of two data centers from Rabo Bouwfonds Communication Infrastructure Fund and the refinancing of The Datacenter Group.

  • Houthoff represented Ease2pay in its acquisition of the business of MyOrder, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the major Dutch bank Rabobank. The acquisition combines the mobile fueling- and parking solutions of both companies, resulting in a combined network of over 600 fueling stations and 116 cities where customers can pay with one mobile app for their fuel and street parking.

  • Houthoff represented the shareholders of Plaxinvest B.V. on the sale of their interest in Plaxinvest B.V. to Bentley Systems, Inc. Plaxinvest is the parent company of the Plaxis Group, the leading provider of geotechnical software. This strategic acquisition by Bentley, leading global provider of comprehensive software solutions for advancing infrastructure, serves to make Bentley a complete source for geotechnical professionals.

  • Houthoff advises Tofane Global on the acquisition of iBasis from KPN. This acquisition is the first milestone in the intended strategy of the Paris-based company. By means of acquisitions and digital transitions, Tofane Global aims to become the market leader in worldwide telephone services. After the completion of the acquisition, Tofane Global and iBasis will continue to work with KPN as strategic partners.
  • Houthoff advised together with Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, Telia Company in connection with the divestment of its holding in Azertel. Fintur Holdings B.V., jointly owned by Telia Company and Turkcell, has agreed to sell its 51.3% holding in Azertel, sole shareholder of the Azeri telecommunications operator Azercell, to Azintelecom, a company wholly owned by the Republic of Azerbaijan. The agreed price for Fintur’s 51.3 percent in Azertel is EUR 222 million.
  • 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.
  • Houthoff is representing the association of realtors, VBO Makelaar, in ongoing civil proceedings before the court of Amsterdam against Funda. Funda is the largest online real estate portal in the Netherlands and a subsidiary of the largest association of realtors in the Netherlands, NVM. The case is one of the few Dutch cases based on abuse of dominance. The case revolves around discriminatory practices by Funda to the detriment of VBO Makelaar's members.
  • Represented telecom provider T-Mobile Netherlands against a former agent of T-Mobile in a landmark case on agency law before the Supreme Court and the referral Amsterdam Appeal Court. After the Supreme Court set the rules for calculating the due goodwill fee after termination of an agency agreement, the Amsterdam Court of Appeal decided on the goodwill fee due in this specific matter.
  • 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).

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