Leading global law firm Baker McKenzie is proud to announce the appointment of Benjamin van Kessel as Intellectual Property, Technology and Commercial Contracts partner in the Amsterdam office.

Baker McKenzie's Amsterdam Managing Partner Corinne Schot: "Benjamin is rejoining the Firm with 16 years' experience, having built a strong reputation as a leading IP, technology and commercial contracts lawyer. His appointment furthers our goal of delivering clients the highest-quality advice, and will help solidify our local market position as the world's economies continue to become increasingly global and data driven. We are very pleased to welcome him back!"

Benjamin is an important strategic hire, with experience in all fields of intellectual property law, including trademarks, patents, copyrights and design rights. He advises his (international) clients on both contentious and non-contentious matters. Benjamin has ample experience in IP and IT heavy transactional work (due diligences / acquisitions) and IP (tax) restructurings, often working together with in-house and external tax teams. He further focuses his practice on technology and commercial contract law, including negotiating and drafting complex (IT) agreements, distribution, outsourcing, manufacturing and supply chain agreements. His clients mostly comprise of US and European multinationals.

"The Netherlands remains a key market and the demand from clients for IP, tech and commercial contracts work has never been stronger. We are delighted to welcome Benjamin back to the Firm. His skillset and specialism make him a perfect fit and we are now even better positioned to build on our successes and continue to strengthen our strategic growth throughout the EMEA region," added Eva-Maria Strobel, Chair of the EMEA IPTech practice group.

Benjamin van Kessel: "I am very happy to be rejoining Baker McKenzie for many reasons. The Firm's global footprint is unmatched, the client base is truly impressive, the international IP Tech practice group brings together some of the brightest minds in the business, and there is a lot of cross-practice collaboration. Most of all though, I look forward to working together with the colleagues in Amsterdam again. I spent the first ten years of my career at Baker McKenzie, and it really feels like coming home."

Benjamin joins Baker McKenzie from Eversheds Sutherland, where he led the Amsterdam IP, Technology and Commercial Contracts department.

He is a member of the Dutch Bar Association as well as a member of the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI), the Dutch Association Advertising Law (VvRr) and the Association for Benelux Trademarks and Design (BMM).

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