Information & Communication Technology

Every single business - from a sole trader to a multinational corporation - depends on an ICT infrastructure. The unstoppable flow of new developments in this area often makes it difficult to see the wood for the trees.

And, new developments can also trigger unprecedented legal issues. Solving these may call for some creative legal thinking. But, matters must not be made more difficult than they need be. An experienced legal professional is in the best place to decide whether a legal sophistication may be necessary, and, just as important: where not.

Simple where possible, innovative where needed

NautaDutilh combines in-depth knowledge and understanding of its clients, their technology, and the sectors in which they operate, with a pragmatic approach to resolving legal issues: simple where possible, innovative where it serves the client's interests. The international Chambers and Legal 500 guides have recognized our team for their dedication to clients and their businesses, speed of action, and practical, high quality consultancy services. To achieve this, the team has developed a highly effective approach to making use of its technical and international experience.

Taking ICT legally 'back to the basics'

We offer a full range of legal advice in the area of ICT. This includes preparing, negotiating, and handling legal proceedings involving ICT contracts for software development, licensing, maintenance service and support through to outsourcing, cloud, apps and e-commerce. Our team is frequently involved in important mergers and takeovers. ICT issues have an unfortunate reputation for becoming 'deal breakers' in such transactions. Where this happens, we can take the ICT matter 'back to the basics' and minimize the likelihood of it being a deal breaker. We often do the same where an issue is unprecedented, unusual, or highly complicated.

Our track record includes:

  • We assisted a major Dutch bank in the outsourcing of its ICT systems and the setting up its operations in Belgium in a joint Dutch and Belgium ICT team with support from colleagues specialising in banking and securities law;
  • We advised a listed e-commerce company with all of the important contracts concerning its operations in the Netherlands and in relation to a conflict with the Consumer & Market Authority (Autoriteit Consument & Markt);
  • We advised a large industrial company in the process of renegotiating its enterprise resource planning licence, maintenance and service contracts.