Technology Media Telecom

Technology, Media and Telecom

Technology has become a vital part of corporate business processes. The competition within the sector is fierce. National and international companies can strengthen their market positions by entering into strategic partnerships or by outsourcing specific ICT or business processes. Combined with the high innovation speed within the technology sector, this offers commercial opportunities for companies and government bodies. These opportunities can involve making strategic use of the Internet of Things, big data, and online and cloud solutions. Houthoff's experienced Technology, Media & Telecom team is made up of a large number of lawyers with in-depth knowledge of IT, internet, fintech, e-commerce and privacy law. Our TMT specialists understand the opportunities and risks within the technology sector. We see opportunities like the growing interest in cloud solutions among financial institutions. Houthoff assists many players in the TMT market, including internet companies, ICT providers and buyers, telecom companies and innovative tech companies. 
  • “Houthoff is a very agile and knowledgeable firm with a team of very intelligent and analytical lawyers, the experience of the firm with high-end litigation makes cooperation with the firm very pleasant and efficient.”
    Chambers Europe, TMT: IT & IT Outsourcing (2021 Edition)
  • Recommended
    Legal 500, Data privacy and data protection (2021 Edition)
  • Recommended
    Legal 500, Media and Entertainment (2021 Edition)
  • Recommended
    Legal 500, Telecoms (2021 Edition)
  • “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)
  • Recommended
    Legal 500, Telecoms (2020 Edition)
  • “Key strengths are their business-minded focus and practicality.”
    Legal 500, Media and Entertainment (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)
  • “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)

OUR EXPERTISE IN THE TECHNOLOGY SECTOR

Our Technology Team works for a wide variety of technology companies, including online platforms, semiconductor companies, automotive companies, software developers, fintech companies, cloud service providers.

Our expertise includes assisting technology companies with strategic M&A projects and IPOs, and negotiating strategic partnerships and joint ventures. We specialise in ecommerce platforms, consumer protection and privacy matters, and telecom projects. Our team is also adept at structuring and negotiating outsourcing projects, drafting and negotiating complex IP and technology licensing agreements, and conducting IP litigation.

Houthoff has an unrivaled track record as a legal adviser within the technology sector. As a member of the TechLaw Group, a leading international network of law firms in more than 48 countries, we can assist our clients and provide the highest quality service anywhere in the world.
  • Advised Marktplaats, a classified advertising site based in the Netherlands, on preliminary relief proceedings brought by a professional advertiser who was blocked from the platform.
  • Represented Ola Cabs in data access request proceedings before the Amsterdam District Court. This was the first judgment by an EU court on data portability.
  • Represented RDW (Dutch Vehicle Licence Authority) before the Dutch DPA and administrative courts in defence of complaints raised by a group of data subjects.
  • Advising Thoma Bravo, a leading software investment firm, on its acquisition of Talend, a leader in data integration and data integrity and Nasdaq listed, by means of a cash tender offer at approximately USD 2.4 billion.
  • Advised Siemens with its acquisition of Sqills, a leading provider in the provision of cloud-based inventory management, reservation, and ticketing software to public transport operators around the world. The agreed purchase price is EUR 550 million plus an earn out.
  • Represented Xebia, a portfolio company of Waterland Private Equity, in connection with the acquisition of Oblivion Cloud Control.
  • Advised Veritas Capital, in cooperation with Skadden, on possible objections under the Economy and National Security Bill regarding its USD 3 billion acquisition of Cubic, a producer of C4ISR software for the US Army.
  • Houthoff assisted Vermeg, Vermeg's founder and its management team in Charterhouse's acquisition of an interest in Vermeg from Crédit Mutuel Arkéa.
  • Advised Siemens with its acquisition of Culgi. Culgi provides expertise and develops software solutions for multiscale chemistry simulation, from quantum chemistry to molecular dynamics.
  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.
  • 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.

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