Thomas de Weerd

Thomas de Weerd

Advocaat | Partner

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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).
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    "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)
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    "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)
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    Legal 500, Media and Entertainment (2018 Edition)
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    "Thomas de Weerd is 'very knowledgeable on all aspects of IT'."
    Legal 500, IT (2018 Edition)
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    Legal 500, telecoms (2018 Edition)
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    Legal 500, Intellectual Property: Trade marks, copyrights and design rights (2018 Edition)
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    "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)
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    "Thomas de Weerd leads the widely capable team at Houthoff Buruma."
    Legal 500, Intellectual Property (2017 Edition)
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    Legal 500, IT (2017 Edition)
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    "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)
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    "Thomas de Weerd focuses primarily on commercial IT contracts, outsourcing and litigation, as well as internet and privacy mandates. Clients state that he is a 'very good negotiator, very responsive, quick and does solid drafting'."
    Chambers Europe, TMT: IT & IT Outsourcing (2016 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 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 represented Sligro Food Group in the strategic, long-term partnership with Heineken Netherlands for beer and cider logistics in the Netherlands, and the sale of other parts of the Heineken beverages wholesaler to Sligro Food Group. The partnership makes Heineken Sligro’s number one partner for beer and cider.

  • Houthoff advised Dümmen Orange on the acquisition of the business of Grow-Tech LLC, a world wide developer and manufacturer of grow plugs and microgreen growing media.
  • 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.
  • Wereldhave acquires 9 shopping centers in the Netherlands. Houthoff advised Wereldhave, a Dutch listed real estate investment company with commercial property of around EUR 3.3 billion, on the EUR 730 million acquisition of 9 shopping centers in the Netherlands from its French competitor Klépierre. The shopping centres were part of Corio's portfolio and were recently taken over by Klépierre. Wereldhave is financing the deal by issuing up to 5.25 million new shares. In addition, existing credit facilities will be evaluated. The transaction is expected to close before the end of 2015.
  • Assisting technology start-up Trakkies, which offers Internet of Things (IoT) technologies, on various IT and corporate matters.
  • 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.
  • Advising on the application of three major new European legislation activities:
    - Directive 2004/48/EC (Enforcement of IP rights);
    - the (new) Regulation 608/2013 (anti counterfeit and piracy);
    - the legislative process for the review of the European trademark system (amending Regulation 207/2009 Community trademark); and,
    - the recast of the EU trademark directive
  • There are several ongoing projects advising clients on the compatibility of hiring US IT providers with current and future EU privacy rules. Prior to the NSA revelations, customers in the banking and health care sectors expressed concern about the possibility of US investigative authorities using powers under the US Patriot Act and similar legislation to obtain access to their personal data through their US IT providers.
  • Advising Ohpen, an IT service provider for the financial services industry, in a cloud based investment portfolio administration outsourcing for a Dutch financial institution.
  • The privacy team assists companies on data protection compliance in connection with disclosure requests from Dutch investigation authorities, US civil litigation, US enforcement agencies such as OFAC, FTC and SEC, as well as under the UK Bribery Act.
  • 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.
  • Dutch hospitals are introducing new IT systems for Electronic Health Records on a large scale. The IT team currently assists two other hospitals in drafting and negotiating their EHR contracts.
  • Advising the receivers of DSB Bank, the largest Dutch financial institution ever to file for bankruptcy) on the BPO outsourcing of the servicing of DSB Bank's EUR 5 billion Dutch mortgage portfolio and related IT systems to financial service provider Quion.
  • Assisting construction multinational Volker Wessels with its global IT and cloud services purchasing agreement with Microsoft.
  • Advising the receivers of DSB Bank (the largest Dutch financial institution ever to file for bankruptcy) on a dual service provider BPO outsourcing transaction regarding DSB Bank's long-term arrears portfolio.
  • Advised Media-Saturn-Group, Europe’s number one consumer electronics retailer, on the acquisition of a majority stake in Dutch flash sales and live shopping platform iBOOD.com.
  • Advised eBay and Marktplaats on the acquisition of Nieuweautokopen.nl, a Dutch leader in the online sale of new cars.
  • 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).
  • Ongoing projects include advising on privacy policies, cookie use and other aspects of e-commerce transactions, such as profiling and use of customer and website visitor data.
  • Dutch hospitals are introducing new IT systems for Electronic Health Records on a large scale. The IT team currently assists two other hospitals in drafting and negotiating their EHR contracts.
  • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • Representing a Dutch exempt electronic money institution in respect of queries by the Dutch Central Bank on the scope and adequacy of its exempt status.
  • Advising eBay / Marktplaats on the selection of its payment service provider.
  • Houthoff assisted multiple companies with the first data breach filings in accordance with the new Data Breach notification legislation in effect as of 1 January 2016.
  • Houthoff advised JAC Capital, a subsidiary of JIC Capital - a Chinese state-owned investment company, as a lead counsel on the USD 1.8 billion acquisition of the RF Power Business (radio frequency power amplifiers), from NXP Semiconductors, a Dutch semiconductor manufacturer and one of the semiconductor sales leaders worldwide. The transaction is waiting for their approval of The European Commission, The Federal Trade Commission (US) and Chinese Ministry of Trade.
  • Houthoff advised the bankruptcy trustees of DSB Bank on the outsourcing of its IT-department to IT-service provider SLTN.
  • Representing Fashion Giftcard, a Dutch exempt electronic money institution, in legal proceedings relating to the marketing of gift cards.
  • Advising Cass Europe, a Dutch regulated payment institution part of Cass Information Systems, on its application for a payment institution license and various ongoing compliance aspects including detailed discussions with the Dutch Central Bank on its business processes.
  • Advising various start-ups on FinTech regulatory compliance aspects such as payment services, electronic money, consumer credit, bitcoin regulation.
  • 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.
  • Houthoff advised multiple companies in the automotive sector on privacy aspects of connected cars.
  • Houthoff advised a telecommunication services provider on net neutrality matters.
  • Paul, Weiss together with Houthoff advised Apollo Global Investment in the 80.1% interest in Lumileds, a leading supplier of LED components and automotive lighting. Philips will retain the remaining 19.9% interest in Lumileds.
  • Houthoff advised a multinational financial services company on the outsourcing of the servicing of a closed book insurance portfolio to an India-based business process outsourcing service provider.