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Noted for its ‘great business acumen and industry knowledge’, De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek’s competition and regulation department handles all aspects of EU and competition law, including enforcement activities, cartels and damages litigation. The ‘solid and creative’ Martijn Snoep has been assisting ASML with merger clearance issues arising from its public bid for Taiwan-listed company HMI across a number of jurisdictions, including Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan. The ‘practical’ Jolling de Pree and Daan Beenders have been defending Otis and United Technologies against damages claims brought by EWD concerning an elevator cartel. Other clients include Philips, AkzoNobel and Rabobank. Stefan Molin is now at The Hague Court of Appeal; Erik Pijnacker Hordijk joined Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s practice comprises ‘highly experienced specialists’ with particular expertise in dominance, cartel and investigation matters. The group also has experience in handling state aid and merger control matters. ‘Strategic’, ‘well-connected’ practice co-head Onno Brouwer, who has ‘strong analytical abilities’, has been defending ABB against a number of follow-on damages claims brought before the District Court and Arnhem-Leeuwarden Court of Appeal. Co-head Winfred Knibbeler has been representing Vodafone in an abuse of dominance claim brought against KPN before the District Court of Rotterdam arising from allegations of failure to supply certain ISP services. Senior associate Paul van den Berg is also recommended.

Clients praise the group at Stibbe for its ‘excellent service, not only in terms of quality of its advice but also in terms of responsiveness’. Group head Rein Wesseling and Christof Swaak, who has ‘excellent strategic and tactical skills’, have been representing Nederlandse Spoorwegen and its former CEO and CFO in an abuse of dominance case brought by the Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM). Wesseling and ‘extremely eloquent, quick-minded and very experienced litigatorJeroen Kortmann defended Heineken against a damages claim brought by Vergina Beer before the Amsterdam District Court. Senior associate Floris ten Have has significant experience in EU merger control.

Allen & Overy LLP’s ‘very timely and thorough’ practice handles a broad range of competition matters, covering merger control, state aid, internal compliance and cartel litigation. ‘Outstanding’ practice head Kees Schillemans led advice to Delta Lloyd on the successful merger clearance of a €2.5bn public takeover of NN Group. ‘Capable’ state aid expert Yvo de Vries acted for Aedes in litigation brought before the General Court (EGC) and the Court of Justice of the European Union regarding a state aid decision adopted by the European Commission (EC). The practice includes Paul Glazener, as well as of counsel Marinus Winters and Tom Ottervanger.

Dentons Boekel’s ‘extraordinary’ team has considerable experience across a wide range of matters, including antitrust litigation, state aid and public procurement. Well-regarded group head Marc Kuijper and Michel Deckers, who is ‘a highly experienced and versatile litigator’, represented Macedonian Thrace Brewery in proceedings brought against Heineken and its Greek subsidiary Athenian Brewery regarding abuse of dominance. Kuijper has also been assisting Spaansen Holding with complex state aid proceedings brought before the Court of Appeals concerning the recovery of state aid by a Dutch municipality. Frederieke Leeflang is also a name to note.

Houthoff’s department is ‘very responsive’ and ‘really knows the industry’, with particular expertise in enforcement and technology-related competition issues. ‘Well-respected’ department head Weyer VerLoren van Themaat is acting for Singapore Airlines in a number of private enforcement proceedings brought by Equilib, SCC and EWD before Amsterdam Courts following the EC decision on an air cargo case. Weyer VerLoren van Themaat and counsel Berend Reuder successfully represented AMC and VUmc in a complex merger control procedure brought before the Dutch competition authority. Laura Parret is also recommended.

Rated by clients for its ‘excellent professional work ethic’, Loyens & Loeff’s team is ‘essential for handling the nuances in complicated projects’. Litigation partner Jeroen van den Brande and counsel Marc Custers are acting for Stichting Cartel Compensation in bringing over €200m-worth of damages claims against British Airways, KLM, Air France, Singapore Airlines and Lufthansa before the Amsterdam District Court. Gert-Wim van de Meent, along with Marc Wiggers and senior associate Robin Struijlaart, is advising Accuride on the Dutch competition aspects regarding its acquisition of a German competitor. Maurice Essers is another name to note.

NautaDutilh’s ‘high-quality, extensively experienced’ group handles a broad range of competition-related transactional and litigation matters. ‘Extremely skilled and analytical’ group head Herman Speyart and the ‘charismatic, persuasive and proactive’ Barbara Nijs advised PZEM on the divestment and merger control clearance of a number of businesses to Stedin Holding and EQT. Nijs also assisted Marubeni with the competition aspects of its $170m acquisition of Creekstone Holding. Other clients include the Dutch Ministry of Finance, Vodafone and Mylan.

Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV’s ‘extremely competent, very responsive’ team is ‘fun to work with’; it is often instructed by public bodies and private corporations across the full spectrum of competition matters. The team was strengthened by the arrival of Erik Pijnacker Hordijk from De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek. Berend Jan Drijber is now at the Supreme Court.

At Banning NV, the team handles a wide range of competition matters, with particular expertise in cartel proceedings and compliance issues. Recent highlights include successfully representing over 50 traders in appeal proceedings brought before the Dutch Trade and Industry Appeals Tribunal concerning a fine by the ACM arising from a construction cartel case. It has also been handling compliance issues for a number of clients, including Ricoh Group, BOVAG and Fresenius Medical Care Nederland. Minos van Joolingen heads the group.

Clients consider BarentsKrans’ competition and public procurement team to be ‘a very good choice for EU and competition law matters’. It is headed by the ‘fantastic’, ‘very intelligentJoost Fanoy, who advised Infotheek on the competition aspects of a number of acquisitions in 2017. Martijn van Maanen is also recommended.

Bird & Bird LLP’s ‘quick’, ‘proactive’ competition and public procurement practice specialises in handling competition matters for clients in the technology and telecoms sectors. Well-regarded practice head Pauline Kuipers is advising TomTom on competition and compliance issues concerning various matters, including commercial agreements. The practice, which includes the ‘stand-outJanneke Kohlen, was bolstered by the arrival of Hein Hobbelen from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.

Brinkhof’s ‘hands-on’ and ‘extremely responsive’ group is noted for its ‘deep industry knowledge’. ‘Knowledgeable’ and ‘highly skilled’ group head Pepijn van Ginneken is leading advice to KPN on various matters, including an appeal brought before the EGC concerning the EC’s approval of Vodafone and Liberty Global’s merger. The ‘excellent’ Quinten Kroes is a name to note.

Maverick Advocaten N.V.’s team is rated by clients for its ‘trustworthy and no-nonsense approach’. Martijn van de Hel successfully represented 55 real estate traders in administrative proceedings regarding the annulment of a €15m cartel fine imposed by the ACM arising from allegations of collusion in foreclosure auctions. Bas Braeken is assisting Sandd with a number of regulatory and competition matters, including a complaint brought against postal operator PostNL before the ACM alleging abuse of dominance. Diederik Schrijvershof is also recommended.

Stek’s well-regarded group often handles competition matters for clients across a wide range of sectors, including aviation, energy and agriculture. Recent highlights include acting for a bunker fuels supplier in the ACM’s cartel investigation. The team also successfully represented online children’s clothing reseller Kinderkleding Groep in summary proceedings brought by regarding allegations of an anti-competitive scheme with two other resellers. ‘Clear communicatorRuben Elkerbout and Jan Erik Janssen are key names.

Rated for its ‘swift response times, excellent industry knowledge and suitable advice’, Van Doorne’s practice is instructed by clients across various sectors, including healthcare, retail, education, media and financial services. The ‘excellentSarah Beeston defended Total against various cartel damages claims brought before the Dutch courts. Beeston leads the team jointly with Gijs Verberne.

AKD’s department is ‘excellent’ and ‘to the point’. Brussels-based practice head Pieter Kuypers is acting for Dutch conservation organisation Vereniging Natuurmonumenten on proceedings brought before the EGC regarding allegations that various Dutch nature conservation organisations received illegal state aid. The team includes counsel Kees Jan Kuilwijk and senior associate Joost Houdijk.

The group at Baker McKenzie often handles internal investigations and compliance matters with an international element. It is headed by ‘impressive’ of counsel Christiaan van der Meer, who assisted Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane with all competition, public procurement and regulatory issues regarding its acquisition of Dutch public transport company Qbuzz. Frank Kroes defended Shell against follow-on damages claims following a cartel decision by the EC. Jasper Helder is now at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld.

Clients note that the team at CMS has ‘proven to be reliable and responsive’. ‘Knowledgeable and experienced’ group head Edmon Oude Elferink acted for Dyckerhoff in a cartel investigation conducted by the ACM. The Brussels-based Robert Bosman assisted Cott with the Dutch and EU merger control issues arising from the approximately $1.3bn sale of its bottling business to Refresco Group. Other clients include Eli Lilly, Bayer and GSK.

Clifford Chance’s practice is ‘always very responsive’ and has particular expertise in cross-border merger matters. Counsel Frances Dethmers heads the practice.

Part of the firm’s wider international trade, regulatory and governmental affairs department, DLA Piper’s competition practice is ‘very familiar with the market’. Practice head Léon Korsten advised Mortelcentrale Cuijk on an ACM investigation. Other clients include ING, Royal Reesink and OSI Group.

As part of EY’s integrated multi-disciplinary platform, HVG Law LLP’s practice has notable expertise handling cross-border contentious and non-contentious matters for foreign clients. It is led by Misha Lutje Beerenbroek and includes state aid expert Steven Verschuur.

At Linklaters, the well-integrated team has experience in assisting clients with competition-related litigation proceedings. It is headed by ‘keen’, ‘reachable’ managing associate Maikel van Wissen, who is acting for Mediahuis in proceedings brought by Talpa regarding Mediahuis’s merger with TMG. Van Wissen and corporate partner Pieter Riemer also advised a number of national and international banks in Belgium and the Netherlands on competition issues arising from the implementation of a digital payment platform. Other clients include Air France, Nestlé and Glencore.

Kennedy Van der Laan’s ‘very professional and prompt’ team has a strong focus on handling competition matters for clients in the banking and finance, retail and healthcare sectors. Annemieke van der Beek is assisting the Port of Amsterdam with state aid issues arising from a number of construction, real estate and community projects. Martine de Koning is a name to note.

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