Mr. Tom Helms
Mr. Tom Helms
Areas of Expertise: International Commercial Transactions / Intellectual Property / Dispute Resolution / Debt Restructuring and Bankruptcy
Tom graduated from Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, the Netherlands in 1987, and
earned Master Degrees from the T.M.C. Asser Institute, the Hague, the Netherlands in
1987 focusing on International and European Law, and Master of Laws in International
Business Law from the University of Houston, Law Center, Houston, Texas in 1992.
Tom has academic and professional experience in both civil and common law jurisdictions, holding Dutch and USA qualifications. He is a member of the State Bar of New York and is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Southern Districts of New York and Texas, USA. He was in private practice in the USA with Haight, Gardner, Poor & Havens (now Holland & Knight) in New York City and Houston, and with Meyer Orlando & Evans in Houston.
He has extensive experience on a wide variety of commercial agreements, with a focus on IT and ICT, Cloud Services, SAAS, software licensing and automotive. He held positions as European legal counsel for reputable companies such as Adobe Systems, Parametric Technology Corporation and as Benelux legal counsel SAS Institute, and acted as outside counsel for Philips Lighting (now Signify), Philips Electronics, Navteq, Nokia (now HERE), SAS Institute, Springer Nature/Science+Business Media, and Randstad Sourceright EMEA.
Tom is provider of sound, commercially orientated legal advice, and highly recognized as a successful negotiator with strong international and cross-cultural experience and skills with ability to identify strategies for change, structuring business models and