Martine de Koning studied law at the University of Utrecht, graduating in 1995. She studied and lectured in the United States and Australia. In 1997, Martine joined Kennedy Van der Laan, where she started in information technology law and has in the past 15 years developed a practice in EU and Dutch competition law and international franchising, agency, distribution, sales, procurement, logistics and other commercial contracts and disputes. Martine has extensive experience with cross-border franchising in the EMEA region and competition law compliance issues in this context. In particular North American clients seek her out for her experience in working with Anglo-American partners. She works for multinationals, as well as strong national players with an international business or ambition. Martine handles the drafting and negotiating of contracts, as well as litigation and (international) arbitration in national and international courts and arbitration institutes. Martine receives praise for her hands-on, pragmatic approach and sharp strategic vision. Martine regularly publishes articles and lectures on competition law, international franchising and related subjects.