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Höcker in transition

21 February 2017, by Paul Jongen , Kees van de Meent  

Höcker Advocaten will be splitting up in the near future. A group of five partners will be leaving with their teams and, together with BLIX Advocaten, will be setting up a new firm, FLORENT. Six partners and their teams will continue practising under the name ‘Höcker’, with four new partners joining them.

Attachments to preserve evidence

14 November 2016, by Christiaan Hemmink   #fraud   #preserve evidence

As a company, you may be faced with employees who have committed fraud, ex employees who use competition-sensitive trade information to compete with you as the former employer, and contracting parties who may be breaching exclusivity clauses. It’s not always easy, however, to provide evidence of fraud or other wrongful acts. In such instances, levying a prejudgment attachment to preserve evidence may offer a solution.

The Netherlands: Tackling Corruption at Home, Challenged Abroad

22 September 2016, by Cathalijne van der Plas   #asset recovery

Earlier this year, Transparency International released its Corruption Perception Index (CPI) 2015, which evaluates the level of endemic corruption in countries across the globe.

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Recent cases

Acquisition of Runbook by BlackLine

Runbook Company was acquired by the American company BlackLine, a supplier of cloud-based finance and accounting solutions. Runbook’s software links with SAP ERP software and is used by companies to optimise financial reporting procedures. Höcker Advocaten (Matthijs Brons and Marnix van den Bergh) assisted Runbook’s management-sellers in this transaction.

Assisting sellers in the sale of property P.C. Hooftstraat 5-11, Amsterdam

17 October 2016: Höcker (Paul Jongen, Jurjen Tuinman) has assisted sellers in the sale to IVY Group of P.C. Hooftstraat 5-11 in Amsterdam. The five-storey building containing approximately 1,800 m2 of floor space currently houses the offices of law firm De Vos & Partners. IVY intends to redevelop the newly acquired office building into a retail outlet.

Procedure with European Court of Justice regarding e-books

Höcker Advocaten (Jacqueline Seignette and Marijn Kingma) represents Stichting Lira and Stichting Pictoright (the CMO’s for writers and visual creators) in proceedings regarding the question whether or not the lending right exception applies to e-books. The Court of The Hague referred the case to the European Court of Justice for a preliminary ruling. Other parties in these proceedings are the Dutch Association of Public Libraries, the Dutch Public Lending Right Office and the Dutch Publishers Association.

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