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With our specialists we look at the opportunities and challenges that cross your path. We examine how blockchain will change the financial services industry. We study the legal frameworks and the ethical aspects of using big data. Or the unique powers of artificial intelligence. When it comes to examining and understanding these developments we are in the vanguard. Because we want to understand and control all aspects that determine your success. That is why we are so eager to obtain new insights. And we always want you to benefit from it. Therefore we want to help you to find innovative solutions. And therefore we work together with you in order to create the solution that is commercially the best for your organization.

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"Really excellent in-depth knowledge and understanding of the industry as well as the law."

Chambers Global, 2018

"Well-rounded firm, capable of outsourcing work through their own firm."

Chambers Europe, 2018

CMS’ department is praised for its "contracting and negotiating skills".

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    Blockchain & Smart Contracts

    Blockchain is kort gezegd een manier om data betrouwbaar en op een voor een ieder toegankelijke manier vast te leggen. Bijzonder is dat door Blockchain alle data een unieke code krijgt, een hash, waardoor ingevoerde gegevens altijd controleerbaar zijn. Bovendien is het unieke van in een Blockchain vastgelegde data dat deze data niet ongemerkt te wijzigen is. Dat maakt Blockchain betrouwbaar en transparant. Door de wijze waarop data in Blockchain wordt vastgelegd, is het mogelijk om afspraken digitaal vast te leggen en om bepaalde gevolgen van een afspraak of contract geautomatiseerd te laten verlopen. Deze manier van in een Blockchain vastleggen van afspraken wordt Smart Contracts genoemd, alhoewel er nog de nodige discussie is over wat Smart Contracts precies zijn.

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    Data Protection & Privacy

    The Data Protection & Privacy team of CMS Netherlands has a long standing practical experience of advising Dutch and international clients on data protection matters across a wide range of industries. Our approach combines thorough legal specialisation with expertise in sector and application-specific requirements and concepts that has been gained through our work. We provide support and advice on structuring business models in compliance with data protection regulations (privacy by design), enabling such models to be implemented in an environment where privacy and personal rights are becoming increasingly sensitive issues. Close international co-operation within the CMS Data Protection Group enables us to deal with issues at any European level.

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    Sport

    The sports world requires specialist legal services. Sports clubs, associations and individual sportsmen and women may require assistance in a highly diverse range of practice areas.

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    Telecoms

    Telecommunications affect our daily lives. The increasing convergence of technologies and applications will cause this influence to grow further in the future. Telecommunications are developing not only in the area of communication between persons, but also between devices themselves such as payment by mobile phone, smart energy meters and navigation.

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    Jan 2018
    Net­work Shar­ing 3.0
    In­fra­struc­ture shar­ing and in­vest­ment 2017
    April 2018
    CMS guide to Elec­tric Vehicles

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    Elle Todd
    April 2018
    Data Law Nav­ig­at­or | Over­view
    In­form­a­tion on Data Pro­tec­tion and Cy­ber Se­cur­ity laws...
    17/05/2018
    Ar­ti­fi­cial In­tel­li­gence and Ro­bot­ics: From a La­bour and Tax Per­spect­ive...
    Mod­ern in­form­a­tion tech­no­logy, in­tel­li­gent al­gorithms and pro­duc­tion ro­bots are strongly in­flu­en­cing the work­ing world in the 21st cen­tury. Every­day tasks are already be­ing per­formed by in­tel­li­gent al­gorithms.
    Jan 2018
    Net­work Shar­ing 3.0
    In­fra­struc­ture shar­ing and in­vest­ment 2017
    26/03/2018
    McHardy with­draws in­junc­tion re­quest – Is this a vic­tory for open...
    After the with­draw­al of re­quest for in­ter­im in­junc­tion in Co­logne High­er Re­gion­al Cour­ton March 7, can users of open source soft­ware breathe a sigh of re­lief or does this with­draw­al give rise to false hope? When Co­logne Re­gion­al Court is­sued an in­junc­tion in.
    19/03/2018
    Open Source Com­pli­ance
    Open source com­pli­ance fail­ures can pose a ser­i­ous threat to af­fected com­pan­ies. Here is an over­view. After the first open source li­cense was en­forced by a Ger­man court in 2004, there is no longer any doubt about their valid­ity.
    08/03/2018
    Court of Justice re­jects call to an­nul On­line Gambling Guidelines
    On 20 Feb­ru­ary 2018, the Court of Justice of the European Uni­on (“CJEU”) pub­lished a judg­ment which up­held an earli­er de­cision of the Gen­er­al Court re­ject­ing an ap­peal by the Bel­gian state to an­nul a European Com­mis­sion ("Com­mis­sion") re­com­mend­a­tion deal­ing.
    08/03/2018
    CJEU rules Hun­gary's On­line Li­cens­ing Re­gime in­com­pat­ible with EU...
    On 28 Feb­ru­ary 2018, the Court of Justice of the European Uni­on (“CJEU”) is­sued a pre­lim­in­ary rul­ing which found the Hun­gari­an li­cens­ing re­gime for on­line gambling op­er­a­tions in­com­pat­ible with EU law.
    13/02/2018
    The rise of the new lux­ury eco­nomy
    Travel has al­ways played host to dra­mat­ic and of­ten dis­rupt­ive changes. At CMS’s an­nu­al tech­no­logy con­fer­ence, In­nov­ate to Sur­vive, onefinestay’s CEO, Javi­er Ce­dillo-Es­pin de­livered a key­note, sum­mar­ised in this art­icle.
    02/02/2018
    IBM Wat­son at work
    There may be much hype around ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence but IBM has been demon­strat­ing the busi­ness po­ten­tial of ma­chine learn­ing through its Wat­son ana­lyt­ics plat­form since 2011. Wat­son came about after one of IBM’s re­search teams were at the pub watch­ing.
    24/01/2018
    Is eS­ports the next big sen­sa­tion?
    Jimmy Kim­mell learnt the hard way what hap­pens when you cri­ti­cise the world of eS­ports gam­ing – a new mar­ket where people watch oth­er people play­ing video games via live stream­ing on­line. The fam­ous Amer­ic­an late night talk show host said his cri­ti­cism res­ul­ted.
    22/01/2018
    In­nov­ate or your deal could die
    Any com­pany or law­yer that has ever been in­volved in any kind of mer­ger or ac­quis­i­tion trans­ac­tion will know one thing for sure – a deal typ­ic­ally in­volve hours of leg­al work, in­clud­ing of­ten mundane, but es­sen­tial tasks.
    30/10/2017
    What next for in­ter­na­tion­al data trans­fers?
    Sum­mary The Ir­ish High Court has made a pre­lim­in­ary ref­er­ence to the Court of Justice of the European Uni­on (the “CJEU”), ask­ing wheth­er stand­ard data pro­tec­tion clauses (“stand­ard clauses”) are com­pat­ible with the leg­al rights of data sub­jects un­der EU law.
    10/07/2017
    GDPR ques­tion­naire: 50 ques­tions to identi­fy if your busi­ness is ready
    The Bav­ari­an Data Pro­tec­tion Au­thor­ity re­leased a GDPR im­ple­ment­a­tion ques­tion­naire 12 months be­fore the GDPR ap­plies to busi­nesses in Europe. On 25 May 2017, 12 months be­fore the Gen­er­al Data Pro­tec­tion Reg­u­la­tion (“GDPR”) ap­plies to busi­nesses through­out.
    26/06/2017
    Al­gorithms and Col­lu­sion – the de­bate by the OECD Com­pet­i­tion Com­mit­tee
    On 16 May 2017, the Sec­ret­ari­at of the OECD made avail­able a back­ground note about “Al­gorithms and Col­lu­sion” that was at the centre of the de­bate by the OECD Com­pet­i­tion Com­mit­tee on 21-23 June 2017.
    14/06/2017
    Coun­cil of the European Uni­on ad­opts the port­ab­il­ity Reg­u­la­tion for...
    On 8 June 2017, the Coun­cil of the European Uni­on ad­op­ted the much-dis­cussed Reg­u­la­tion on port­ab­il­ity of di­git­al ser­vices across the EU. This rep­res­ents the clear­ing of the fi­nal pro­ced­ur­al hurdle be­fore the re­quire­ments of the Reg­u­la­tion ap­ply, which is an­ti­cip­ated.
    06/04/2017
    Do ro­bots have rights? The European Par­lia­ment ad­dresses ar­ti­fi­cial...
    Back­ground A lively dis­cus­sion is cur­rently un­der way in the busi­ness world re­gard­ing pos­sible ap­plic­a­tions of in­tel­li­gent IT sys­tems and autonom­ous ma­chines and equip­ment. Rap­id tech­nic­al de­vel­op­ment in these areas has spurred the ima­gin­a­tion of users.
    28/03/2017
    On the road to autonom­ous vehicles
    Con­nec­ted and autonom­ous vehicle (“CAV”) tech­no­lo­gies are set to have a pro­found so­cial and eco­nom­ic im­pact world­wide and con­tin­ue to ac­cu­mu­late a great weight of ex­pect­a­tion. Ad­voc­ates ar­gue that CAV tech­no­lo­gies will im­prove road safety, ease con­ges­tion and.
    05/01/2017
    Leg­al Com­mit­tee of the European Par­lia­ment ap­proves the Port­ab­il­ity...
    On 29 Novem­ber 2016, the Leg­al Com­mit­tee of the European Par­lia­ment ap­proved the reg­u­la­tion on “en­sur­ing the cross-bor­der port­ab­il­ity of on­line con­tent ser­vices” (the “Port­ab­il­ity Reg­u­la­tion”). So far, the Port­ab­il­ity Reg­u­la­tion is the only re­main­ing pro­vi­sion.