About Me

As a partner in our Amsterdam-based international Data Protection and Commercial practices, I advise on global and domestic data compliance projects, technology contracts, data protection enforcement, and the legal aspects around online innovation and advanced technologies.

I have over 10 years' of experience working together with technology-driven companies, financial/payment companies, and other data-rich clients on compliance, data transfer, enforcement and outsourcing matters. I find a genuine satisfaction in combining my knowledge of IT and new technologies with my legal expertise to deliver what clients need.

Over the years, I have been seconded with a number of technology companies, including a prominent telecom operator, a leading automotive company, and a pharmaceutical company. I draw on my in-house experience to provide clients with pragmatic and hands-on advice, helping them to translate legal issues into solutions that are appreciated by their colleagues and customers.

I have extensive experience in working with relevant supervisors, including leading Binding Corporate Rules applications, investigations and permits. This is of great use to companies when navigating the regulatory landscape in Europe and the Netherlands.

Beyond Europe, I have a strong interest in, and knowledge of, the data protection and broader legal & technology developments in other parts of the world, specifically in Asia. I have previously worked in Singapore and Jakarta and frequently visit the region.

I am a co-editor of the Journal for Internet Law (Tijdschrift voor Internetrecht), and am actively involved in both the Dutch Association for Information Technology and Law, and the Association for Privacy Law. I am a published author, having co-written books on the law and computer games, and on the liability of intermediaries. I often speak and write on topics including data protection matters, online liability, and net neutrality.
Cases
  • Acting for Nederland.FM in a landmark case about online linking
  • Acting for one of the largest telecom operators in the Netherlands in the DPI investigation, by the Dutch Data Protection Authority
  • Acting for Skyscanner in an important ruling on liability for third party content
Education

Studied

  • Universiteit Leiden, Bachelor Economy and Law, Master's, Civil Law
  • University of Amsterdam, Master's, Information Law
  • University of Florida - Fredric G.Levin College of Law, Bachelor's Degree, Law

Admissions

  • The Netherlands Bar in 2009
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Berend is an incredible partner and resource. He understands the privacy legal landscape across Europe, and he is incredibly responsive and able to manage matters across Bird & Bird's European offices. But what really makes Berend stand out is that he is always translating complex legal principles into practical solutions that a business can implement. It's been a pleasure working with him.

Legal 500, Data Privacy and Data Protection

Berend is always extremely reactive and is adept at carefully navigating the legal challenges presented at the intersection of tech and data protection, whilst providing legal advice that can be applied in practice. Berend's ability to step in, for instance on important international product launches for which there isn't internal capacity, take the lead, and work collaboratively with my colleagues has been both impressive and valuable for me and my team.

Leading social media company

Berend is an excellent sparring partner. His proactive attitude and thoughtful advice is always spot on. He is able to find the right balance between legal complexities and practical application. I rely on his advice with full confidence.

Leading American credit card and financial services company

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