Reinout Rinzema

Reinout has long-standing experience in the IT industry. He advises on all types of IT-related issues. His practice covers computer contracts, outsourcing, public tenders, IT-related transactions, e-commerce and internet law.

Reinout acts as an arbitrator for i.a. the Stichting Geschillenoplossing Automatisering (the Dutch Foundation for the Settlement of Automation Disputes), the NAI (Netherlands Arbitration Institute), WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organisation) and ICC.

He frequently chairs national and international arbitral tribunals and provides binding decisions or second opinions. In addition, as a mediator or binding advisor, he assists parties in resolving IT disputes.

In 2014, he acted as an expert for a parliamentary committee surveying governmental IT projects.

Recent experience includes:

  • Advising a number of organisations involved in stimulating start-ups and scale-ups in the field of IT and public procurement law.

  • Advising various larger companies on agile software projects.

  • Assisting in the drafting of agreements through various forms of cooperation.

  • Acting as chair of a number of arbitral tribunals.

  • Advising several financial institutions on IT related issues.

  • Advising governmental institutions on IT related tenders, licence compliancy programs and IT related issues.

  • Advising and coaching several bank-insurance companies on multinational outsourcing projects and the establishment of shared service centers.

Reinout is a regular speaker at seminars and an author of various publications on ICT related issues. He is a lecturer for the Grotius Specialist Course on IT Law where he teaches on liability issues.

Reinout is a member, co-founder and former president of the Netherlands Association of Computer Lawyers (VIRA). He has been co-editor of the general IT procurement terms applied by Dutch government, both in 1990 (Biza contracten) as in 2010 (Arbit). He is also an editor of standard forms for lawpractises 'Modellen voor de Rechtspraktijk'.

As of 2019, Reinout is also vice-president of the complaints committee of a healthcare institution as well as one of the ambassadors of Humanitas Utrecht.

Reinout graduated from Utrecht University and was admitted to the bar in 1983. He started his career as a general practitioner and practiced ICT law at the Dutch law firm Stibbe (1987-2010), where he was a partner.

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