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mr. drs. Anja E. Dekhuijzen MCJ

Whitebridge Advocatuur - Legal 500 EMEA 2021 Leading Firm
Whitebridge Advocatuur – Legal 500 EMEA Leading Firm

Anja Dekhuijzen is a leading IT, Outsourcing and Privacy lawyer in the Netherlands. She frequently advises clients on Outsourcing, IT contracts, Privacy, Security, IT disputes and the Cloud with over 25 years of experience. After being a Partner for almost a decade at a large national and international law firm, Anja Dekhuijzen is founder of Whitebridge Advocatuur BV. Clients endorsed this decision and embrace Whitebridge Advocatuur.

Legal 500 2022 recommends Whitebridge Advocatuur and Anja Dekhuijzen: “Boutique IT firm Whitebridge Advocatuur B.V. handles outsourcing, data privacy, IT contractual, IT disputes and cloud sourcing. Practice head and outsourcing expert Anja Dekhuijzen represents clients following failed IT projects and assists innovative clients with IT and data protection matters. The group is particularly sought out by clients for assistance with IT matters concerning Serbia. Testimonials: ‘Unique combination of legal and IT knowledge that leads to a quick and accurate analysis.’ ‘Makes time on short notice if the matter is urgent.’.”

Legal 500 2021 recommends Whitebridge Advocatuur and Anja Dekhuijzen: “Specialist boutique Whitebridge Advocatuur B.V. advises on IT outsourcing, data privacy, cloud computing and more general related corporate issues and disputes. Anja Dekhuijzen heads the firm. The practice has launched a Serbian Helpdesk in response to the expanding cooperation between a growing IT sector in Serbia and the Netherlands.”

Legal 500 2020 recommends Whitebridge Advocatuur and Anja Dekhuijzen: “Boutique IT law specialist. Whitebridge Advocatuur BV is active in IT outsourcing, GDPR, contracts, disputes, cloud computing, security and privacy matters. The group counts multinational blue-chip companies among its client base. Anja Dekhuijzen heads the practice.”

Legal 500 2019 recommends Whitebridge Advocatuur and Anja Dekhuijzen: “Anja Dekhuijzen heads the specialist IT firm Whitebridge Advocatuur B.V.  whose core work involves outsourcing contracts and data protection/GDPR compliance. The team’s clients come from a range of industries including those concerned with data analytics and big data issues.”

Legal 500 2018 recommends Whitebridge Advocatuur and Anja Dekhuijzen: “Outsourcing and data privacy are particular strengths of Whitebridge’s team which is led by Anja Dekhuijzen. Myriad International Holding instructed Dekhuijzen on various matters, including the contracts for a new data centre and a new identity management platform.

Legal 500 2017 recommends Whitebridge Advocatuur and Anja Dekhuijzen: “Anja Dekhuijzen is the key partner at IT boutique Firm Whitebridge, which is particularly strong in outsourcing and data security…“.

Legal 500 2016 recommends Whitebridge Advocatuur and Anja Dekhuijzen: “Anja Dekhuijzen leads Whitebridge’s department, which specialises in outsourcing. She assisted Bridgestone Europe, ARAG SE Nederland, IPsoft and LaSer Nederland with various outsourcing issues.”.

Legal 500 and Chambers Europe 2015 recommend Whitebridge Advocatuur and Anja Dekhuijzen: “Whitebridge’s IT outsourcing team advised LaSer on the drafting and negotiations of contracts. Anja Dekhuijzen is ‘highly analytical and thorough’.” And: “She covers IT contracts and data protection. Sources highlight her client focus and direct approach, noting: “She is not afraid to give advice even if it is not what we want to hear.”

Chambers Europe 2014 and Legal 500 2014 recommend Whitebridge Advocatuur and Anja Dekhuijzen: “She maintains a broad practice which encompasses IT, outsourcing and telecoms work. She is vice-president of the E-Commerce Committee.

Chambers Europe 2013 and Legal 500 2013 recommend Whitebridge Advocatuur and Anja Dekhuijzen: “She is much praised by interviewees for her work in IT privacy and outsourcing. Bridgestone and Ziggo are clients.”

Legal 500 and Chambers Europe 2012 recommend Whitebridge Advocatuur and Anja Dekhuijzen:  “She continues to focus on privacy and IT litigation. Clients value her flexibility, pragmatism and “can-do mentality.”

Legal 500 and Chambers Europe 2011 recommend Whitebridge Advocatuur and Anja Dekhuijzen: “IT specialist with a loyal client base. … “She is precise, clever, client-oriented and empathetic. I would recommend her to anyone,” said a client”.

Legal 500 and Chambers Europe 2010 recommend Whitebridge Advocatuur and Anja Dekhuijzen: “Her advice on outsourcing, contracts, IT disputes and privacy is greatly appreciated by clients“.

Chambers Europe 2009 recommends: ”Boosting the profile of the entire firm with her presence in the sector, Anja Dekhuijzen is well known for her outsourcing expertise, e-commerce activity and IT litigation. “She is a master at managing our commercial interests,” remarks one client, while others praise her “valuable ability to see both sides of a deal.” She “has received instructions from Meetingpoint BV, which acts as an e-commerce platform for major insurers like Aegon, Delta Lloyd and Reaal.” Legal 500 2009 notes that Anja Dekhuijzen “handles contentious and non-contentious IT work.”

Chambers Global, 2008 notes, “Anja Dekhuijzen frequently acts for insurance companies. Clients are full of praise for her entrepreneurial approach, which shows that she has always the business in mind”.

The Legal 500, 2007 remarks, “Partner Anja Dekhuijzen has niche experience in the IT outsourcing field.” Chambers Europe, 2007 commented, “Clients endorsed her excellent judgement and business sense.”

Anja has co-authored three books on outsourcing (2008), e-commerce (2001) and the millennium bug (1998). She has written over 100 articles and speaks on IT, outsourcing and telecoms. Anja is former Co-President of the Outsourcing Committee of the Information Technology Law Association (Itechlaw) as well as former Vice President of the E Commerce Committee of Itechlaw, and former Board member of the CIO Academy, and teached IT and liability, E commerce and Open Source at the Grotius Academy.

Whitebridge Advocatuur has been Member of the ITECHLAW planning committee of the European Conference 2013, which took place in October 2013 in Amsterdam.

Anja was admitted to the Amsterdam Bar in 1991, after graduating at the University of Amsterdam with qualifications in both Dutch Law and Legal Public Administration. She also graduated with a Master of Comparative Jurisprudence from New York University School of Law.

Current side activities

Anja Dekhuijzen is President of the New York University Alumni Association of the Netherlands.

Anja is since the start Jury Member of the Annual Dutch Outsourcing Prices (Tommies).

From 2010 until 2019 Anja wrote on outsourcing and public procurement law in each issue of Outsourcing Magazine, and on GDPR in each issue of CDO Magazine. Since 2019 Anja writes on IT law and GDPR in each issue of CIO Magazine. 

Summary of work experience

Representing clients on business process and information technology outsourcing, intellectual property audits on software portfolios, e-commerce, IT contracts and Telecoms. Particular expertise in advising larger clients in the IT industry and the financial, insurance, telecoms and publishing sectors.

  • Advising and assisting the Dutch Ministry of Internal Affairs on contracts and privacy issues;
  • Advising Ziggo on outsourcing;
  • Advising Bridgestone on outsourcing;
  • Advising IPSoft on outsourcing;
  • Advising Dell on outsourcing;
  • Advising CapGemini on outsourcing and privacy issues;
  • Advising Meetingpoint on contracts and e-commerce;
  • Advising various leading insurance companies on IT related contractual and litigation issues

mr. drs. Anja E. Dekhuijzen MCJ

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