I am a co-founder and partner of Magnus & Weiss. The combination of law, technology and business has been my passion since I passed the bar, in 1992. Over the years, I have helped many high tech companies develop and grow their businesses by managing their legal risks, protecting their assets and supporting their deal-making, both as an in-house and an outside legal counsel. My style is no-nonsense, concise, practical and always focused on the balance between risks and revenues. My clients describe me as a bridge-builder with an eye for people, interests and context, and able to get to the heart of the matter quickly. I am a member and former board member of VIRA, a specialist association recognized by the Netherlands Bar Association for lawyers with proven knowledge and experience in the field of computer law (www.vira.nl) as well as a member of LES Benelux, a society for professionals and business people interested in licensing, the transfer of technology, and the commercialization of intellectual property rights (www.les-benelux.org).
In a world characterized by the return of geopolitics, shifting power balances, political and economic volatility, climate change, energy struggles, health crises and ever accelerating digitization, you probably have more urgent things to do than taking care of your legal affairs.
Enter Magnus & Weiss.
We act as your outsourced or extended legal department and help you navigate the legal risks you may encounter on your journey to success. Our experienced lawyers are what we call T-shaped: all specialists in their field of expertise, always aware of the major developments in your industry and with a general understanding of what else is happening in the legal world. We have earned our stripes in acting as in- and outside legal counsel for many tech companies, from start-up to scale-up to mature. We recognize and understand your issues and are therefore capable to proactively think along with you.
I am a partner and co-founder of Magnus & Weiss. During the last 11 years, I have been a legal partner for companies that work in innovation, high tech and digitization, developing their legal structures, drafting and reviewing contracts and other legal documents and acting as their legal representative in negotiations and if necessary, in court. I am also an outside legal counsel of an international consumer electronics company and have worked, on interim basis, as part of the legal department of various universities. As a graduate of the Grotius post-doctoral specialization education Privacy, I provide legal training on data and privacy and compliance. The European data strategy requires compliance protocols and my work entails to create awareness on how companies should organize their infrastructure to abide that strategy. I am a partner to the Yellow Cubes network (www.ycnetwerk.nl), a network for digital experts and a member of both the Dutch Association for Privacy Law (www.verenigingprivacyrecht.nl) and LES Benelux, a society for professionals and business people interested in licensing, the transfer of technology, and the commercialization of intellectual property rights (www.les-benelux.org).
Pieter de laat
As an experienced lawyer and legal tech expert, I prepare Magnus & Weiss for the technological changes in the legal market that occur today and in the future. I am mainly involved in legal innovation, legal tech, legal design, digital transformation and other legal operations. Working more efficiently, partly through the use of smart software, plays an important role in this. As a former IP/IT lawyer, I know what challenges there are in the field of legal services. I think it’s a great challenge to carry out high-quality legal work as efficiently as possible.
Pieter's expertise:Legal Operations