TeekensKarstens have Embarked on an Inspiring New Chapter: TK Amsterdam
With effect from January 2019, TK’s specialists in the Information, Communication & Technology sector have operated from the heart of smart city Amsterdam. With its headquarters in high-tech city Leiden, TK now has an additional presence in an area where technological developments are happening in rapid succession and where start- ups and scale-ups are continuously working on the Next Big Thing.
Amsterdam is one of the world’s most important start-up hubs. Within that ecosystem, there is a need for specialist legal knowledge. TK’s tech lawyers are experts in fields such as privacy (GDPR), intellectual property, M&A, blockchain and artificial intelligence. The new TK offce in Amsterdam was offcially opened on Friday, 8 March 2019.
Rens Goudsmit, tech lawyer, believes that “we translate issues in the technology sector into the best and most practical legal solutions. We develop close relationships with our clients and take on a connecting role. We know the sector and the issues that will be relevant in the future. As tech lawyers, we leverage our knowledge and experience to forge the essential link between innovation and regulation.”
Laws and regulations are often not adapted to new developments
New technologies and developments are also leading to innovative, interesting and complex legal issues. “Current laws and regulations tend not to have been geared to these new developments yet,” says Goudsmit. “There is still no obvious answer to questions such as: how do the principles of GDPR affect the documentation of all manner of transactions in a decentralised blockchain? Who is liable if a selfdriving car causes an accident? Who holds the copyright if a robot writes a book? We address these questions based on our legal knowledge and knowledge of the sector, always with a keen eye for technology.”
Growth through connecting – new GGI Special Interest Group on “New Tech”
Making connections is key for TK Amsterdam. The network TK has built within the sector is opened up to and expanded for clients in this growth sector. Especially in this area, it is crucial to share best practices and knowledge. That is why TK Amsterdam is located in a co-workspace at Keizersgracht, and its tech lawyers are members of various networks.
The new offce is also an important link in the further expansion of TK’s international practice, which has a particular focus on international dispute resolution, M&A, and start-up and scale-up growth support services, including assistance in investment rounds by venture capitalists, informal investors and/or angel investors.
Rens Goudsmit plans to establish a GGI Special Interest Group on “New Technologies”.
Offcial Opening of the new TK offce in Amsterdam
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