Jeroen van Helden acts as lead counsel in IT tenders and other IT transactions. He has specific expertise in software licensing, data protection, IT litigation and compliance issues. He likes to share his knowledge of IT law and his enthusiasm for the field in professional journals and through seminars and courses.
Education and career
Jeroen studied law at the University of Amsterdam and the University of Michigan. He graduated cum laude. During his studies he worked as a tutor European legal history, gained experience at a law firm in The Hague and learned programming. After obtaining his master’s degree, he worked for several years as IT legal counsel within the government. Since April 2018 he joined the IT, IP & Privacy section of De Clercq Advocaten Notariaat.
Jeroen’s daily practice
“Every sector of economy and society now feels the (disruptive) influence of digital information techniques and no area of law remains unaffected. The field I practice, IT law, therefore has a tendency to straddle the various domains of law, from the Civil Code to the Procurement Act and from the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) to the Copyright Act. That is what makes the profession so interesting. It is always a matter of combining excellent knowledge of law with good knowledge of both information techniques and the IT industry, in order to find practical solutions for clients. That often requires creativity, but actually always works.”
Selection of recent work
- Lead counsel for various large transactions related to cloud services (including Google Cloud Platform, Oracle Fusion Cloud, Microsoft Azure Platform).
- Procedure for leading European retail company in international dispute over failed implementation of ERP software, resulting in damages from both the software supplier and the implementation partner.
- Advice on software license resale dispute.
- Drawing up and negotiating a contract for anti-DDoS services.
- Arbitration procedure for government organisation over failed IT project, resulting in tens of millions of damages from the IT supplier.
- Lead counsel for various large IT tenders (including infrastructure and management services, workplace equipment, hosted telephony, MS licenses).
- Drafting general terms and conditions for various internet platforms.
- GDPR implementation and GDPR audits at various companies and (semi-) governments, including in IT, healthcare and education.