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    Eversheds Sutherland injects further investment into Netherlands with commercial team hire

    Eversheds Sutherland will welcome a new commercial team to its Netherlands-based practice, led by lateral Partner hires Thera Adam-van Straaten and Olaf van Haperen who will join from law firm, Kneppelhout.

    Thera, an IP/marketing lawyer with over 20 years’ experience both in-house and in private practice, will join Eversheds Sutherland on 1 June alongside Olaf, an IT and privacy law specialist with notable experience in IT and data privacy.

    Olaf has advised on a number of large, complex cases for domestic and international clients, and specialises in both IP and IT law. Thera has significant experience within the Life Sciences & Health sector, advising on contentious IP issues in advertising, health, trademarks, design disputes and copyright.

    Their clients include prominent national and multinational corporates, small and medium-sized businesses as well as central and local government institutions and not for profit organisations.

    The announcement of the 12-strong team’s arrival is the latest in a number of senior appointments to Eversheds Sutherlands Netherlands in the last year, and reflects its determination to meet increasing client demand for highly experienced legal specialists able to provide high quality, technical advice within the more complex areas of IP and IT.

    The move also demonstrates the continued investment by Eversheds Sutherland in Europe, having integrated the Dutch firm Eversheds Sutherland B.V in January last year: Eversheds Sutherland Netherlands.

    The last 12 months has seen significant European growth and expansion for the global legal practice including:

    • its recent announcement of 27 partner promotions across its International and Europe network, along with the promotion of 17 lawyers to legal director across the UK, Spain and Austria
    • its Rotterdam-based team’s recent relocation to its new offices at the prestigious, commercial building ‘The Mark’
    • Lateral Partner and team hires in
        • Germany: corporate Partner Maximilian Findeisen, banking & finance Partner Dr. Stefan Schramm; employment and labour Partners, Marco Ferme; and Dr Nina Springer
        • France: real estate Partner Eric Métais and private equity Partner Sebastien Pontillo;
        • Luxembourg: tax Partner Olivier Gaston-Braud, financial services Partner Viviane de Moreau;
        • Russia: Andrey Grachev – new Head of Tax Practice – and team;
        • Netherlands: pensions heavyweight Eric Bergamin along with pension specialists Marthe van den Broek and Arjan van’t Zelfde in ES Advisory,  real estate Partner Natascha Geraedts and Yuri Wehrmeijer  as a litigation partner.

    Ian Gray, Chairman of Eversheds Sutherland Europe said:

    “We’re delighted to welcome Thera, Olaf and the team, reaffirming our commitment to growing our business across continental Europe. We have doubled partner numbers in the Netherlands in the last 18 months. Our brand is growing strongly in Europe, and investing further in the key jurisdictions remains a central part of our global strategy.”

    Simon Crossley, Co-Head of global Commercial at Eversheds Sutherland said:

    “The Netherlands is a key international trading jurisdiction and building a strong IP/IT/privacy team across Rotterdam and Amsterdam complements the hires that we’ve recently made in these specialist areas in Paris and Hong Kong. With the relocation of the European Medicines Agency to the Netherlands as part of the Brexit process, the team’s life sciences expertise will also be of value to our global clients.” 

    Thera said:

    “Becoming part of a strong international IP team with a focus on the life science and consumer sectors fits very well with my expertise on labelling, medical devices and food. It will add more depth to the current services my team offer and further develop our IP presence in the Netherlands.”

    Olaf added:

    “I have enjoyed building a national leading practice in both IT and Privacy these past few years and I am now looking forward to taking it to the next level. Becoming part of Eversheds Sutherland, one of the  strongest brands in the international legal market, is an exciting prospect and I look forward to working with the existing team to help build on these achievements.”

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