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Frederik Harms

Baker & McKenzie Amsterdam N.V.


Frederik Harms is a member of the IP/IT and Commercial practice groups at Baker McKenzie Amsterdam. Frederik focuses on IT, outsourcing and commercial law. He works with a broad range of clients, mostly in the technology and trade sectors and ranging in size from stock-listed entities to start-ups. Frederik began his career at a London-based international firm in 2005 and joined Baker McKenzie in April 2013. He has completed mid-term secondments to a US-based IT consulting firm and a Dutch national telecommunications company where he was involved in drafting, negotiating and reviewing contracts and sales processes.

Practice Focus

Frederik focuses his practice on information technology, outsourcing and commercial law. He is involved in all aspects of commercial contracts, including drafting, negotiating, advisory, contract restructuring, long-term contract termination, as well as litigation. He is proficient in supply and services agreements, distribution and agency agreements, joint ventures, licensing, NDAs and variious trading arrangements. He also advises on international private law, software licensing and public procurement.

Representative Legal Matters

  • Assisting a Japanese supplier of apparel in the development, roll-out and maintenance of a pan-European e-commerce system.
  • Assisting a Netherlands-based national telecommunications company in litigation with respect to critical IT services that were provided by an international IT consultancy firm.
  • Assisting a US-based data center with regard to its contracting procedure on a continuous basis for several years.
  • Assisting a Netherlands-based international company providing conditional access technology in all legal aspects (including sale, purchase, licensing and piracy) on a continuous basis for several years.
  • Assisting a Japanese automotive supplier with regard to its purchasing contracts on a continuous basis for several years.
  • Assisting a US-based company providing identification technology with a long-term production agreement of identification documents to a European government.
  • Representing and assisting an international franchise organization in the termination and settlement of various long-term franchise agreements.

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Dutch Association for IT and Law
  • Association for Distribution Franchise and Agency
  • Dutch Bar Association (NOvA)


  • Netherlands (2005)


  • Vrije Universiteit (2010)
  • Tilburg University (2005)
  • University of Utrecht (2001)


  • Dutch
  • English
  • German