Dave Dirks

Dave Dirks

Managing Director/Co-owner  at Certa Legal Advocaten

Startupbootcamp Amsterdam || Commerce Amsterdam || Smart City & IoT Amsterdam Mentor

After 8 years at the global law firm of DLA Piper, I joined Certa Legal in 2005 and co-founded the Certa Legal Group, the first company in the Dutch market offering both law firm services as well as tax, compliance, credit and in- and outsourcing services. I am the Managing Parter of the law firm section of our business (CLA). CLA has a strong focus on tech, corporate, finance, insurance, media & entertainment, real estate and healthcare. Clients range from startups, angel investors, VC’s to listed corporate multinationals. After having worked over 16 years as a lawyer in IT, media & entertainment, our Tech Team today is one the leading teams in the Dutch startups market. We serve both startups, investors as corporates in respect of corporate, venture capital, M&A, IP, privacy, employment and tax. Next to that, we offer investor match making services and more and more become a hub for connecting startups with investors and corporates. In almost all cases we charge fixed fees for our work, per project or time period.

Since 2011 I serve on various advisory boards of startups and act as their trusted advisor and advise with a team of experts in corporate finance, marketing and development (business, customer and technical) on how to evolve a startup from early stage to Series A and beyond. In 2012 I became a mentor and shareholder of Startupbootcamp Amsterdam and since 2014 Certa Legal is the official legal sponsor of Startupbootcamp. Next to that, I co-founded NTSU Fund I in 2012, a seed capital fund with a focus on early stage funding.