30 September 2021 / 7:00 - 8:00

Master Class - The freedom of information act (WOB)

As society becomes increasingly transparent, public access to government information through Freedom of Information requests (Wob-verzoeken) plays an important role. With detailed requests on sensitive topics carried out daily, the impact on the private sector and the relationship between government and business is enormous. The dynamics are changing, with political debate on transparency (including the new Rutte-doctrine) and the new Wet open overheid due to enter into force in 2022. Companies need to understand the legal framework of the Dutch Freedom of Information Act in order to safeguard their interests and to prevent potential disclosure of information.

During this Master Class Arjan Kleinhout and Jasper van Uden will focus on recent developments and on how companies can efficiently and effectively handle these requests.

This Webinar Master Class will be held on on Thursday, 30 September at our Amsterdam Office (Covid permitting) from 08:30 – 10:30 or Friday, 1 October via MS Teams from 08:30 – 10:00.


Arjan kleinhout
Arjan specialises in public law and mainly focuses on energy and environment, state aid, market regulation and public enforcement matters. Arjan is known in the market for his thorough but pragmatic and effective approach to resolving matters. These characteristics and his vast knowledge of public law (including EU regulation) allow him to offer on-point legal advice in complex multi-disciplinary cases. Clients value his sharp legal analyses, strong memory and hands-on approach in achieving the best outcome in regulatory, litigation and enforcement matters. Many clients have praised Arjan’s extensive experience and knowledge of markets and sectors. According to clients, “Counsel Arjan Kleinhout is the go-to-person for extremely complex and technical energy regulatory questions. He is down to earth and his calm personality helps diffuse volatile situations in negotiations and litigation.” Arjan is a cutting-edge litigator before the highest administrative and civil courts (both national and European), as well as a sharp negotiator in several cases before the regulatory authorities. These include the Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets, the Dutch Data Protection Authority and the European Commission. His active involvement in complex regulatory and litigation matters contributes towards De Brauw’s integrated approach – unrivalled compared to other firms.


Jasper vanuden

Jasper van Uden

Senior Associate

Jasper is an expert in public law. He focuses on complex matters in energy law, environmental law and spatial planning. Regulatory issues, especially politically sensitive matters and enforcement disputes, are part of his vast experience. His track record consists of work for major national and international private companies and vital state-owned entities. Jasper handles the litigation side of a matter when necessary: he is effective and driven and he never loses sight of his client’s interests. At the same time, he is a good negotiator and knows how to deal with regulators. Jasper also advises clients on compliance matters, including export control and economic sanctions regulations, as well as on foreign direct investment control. His expertise is often sought in complex cross-border M&A matters.

29 September 2021

6:30 - 8:30

30 September 2021

6:30 - 8:00

Please note that our Master Classes are invitation only.