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De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek demonstrates ‘deep knowledge of, and vast experience in, competition law both in the EU and in important foreign jurisdictions such as Korea, China and the US’. A significant portion of its instructions involve cartel investigations or merger filings before non-Dutch authorities. Erik Pijnacker Hordijk, Stefan Molin, ‘great communicator and strategist’ Martijn Snoep and Jolling de Pree – who is ‘sharp both on substance and on process’ – are recommended.

The ‘excellent practice’ at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringerconsists of specialists with long-term experience in this field’. Its experience spans the full gamut of competition law matters – from merger control to follow-on cartel damages litigation and state aid – for major Dutch and multinational companies in highly regulated sectors. Winfred Knibbeler is recommended along with ‘smart and strong analytical thinker’ Onno Brouwer.

An ‘excellent firm’ at the ‘top of the Dutch market’, Stibbe is equally experienced in merger control and behavioural work. Among the many matters keeping the team busy in 2016 was its representation of a financial institution in a state aid case before the Court of Justice of the European Union. The ‘very experiencedRein Wesselingthinks beyond the legal question alone’, Jeroen Kortmann is ‘a brilliant litigator’, and Christof Swaaknever loses sight of the commercial angle’.

Allen & Overy LLP is particularly well regarded for complex merger notification cases; in one highlight, a cross-office team including Amsterdam-based Kees Schillemans advised VimpelCom on the merger control aspects of its joint venture with CK Hutchison. Yvo de Vries joined the firm, having previously been a senior director of antitrust at Philips. Paul Glazener left the firm to take up a position in the judiciary.

The ‘effective, experienced and pragmatic’ team at Dentons Boekel has a busy practice in cartel investigations and follow-on damages litigation. The ‘creative and solution-drivenFrederieke Leeflang and Marc Kuijper jointly head the team, which also includes litigation expert Michel Deckers.

Houthoff has the size and experience to handle the full range of competition law matters – recent highlights include its defence of LG Electronics in a cartel damages case, wherein the ‘smart and strategicWeyer VerLoren van Themaat led the advice. Laura Parret and counsel Berend Reuder also receive strong praise.

The ‘strong antitrust department’ at Loyens & Loeff has ‘a pragmatic and solution-oriented approach’ with a deep pool of highly experienced associates. Maurice Essers and senior associate Robin Struijlaart are recommended along with senior associate Marc Custers, who represented two clients in the Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM)’s investigation into the ready-mix concrete sector.

Herman Speyart oversees the sizeable competition practice at NautaDutilh, which has resources in several cities across Europe and is especially strong in regulated sectors. It continued to receive instructions from its well-established clients and also picked up several new clients such as GE and Wolters Kluwer.

Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV acts for public bodies and private companies in a range of merger control and behavioural competition matters. ‘Outstanding lawyerBerend Jan Drijber heads the ‘very dedicated’ team; other key figures include state aid specialist Allard Knook.

The ‘extremely responsive, driven and client-focusedMinos van Joolingen heads the team at Banning NV, which has substantial experience in cartel proceedings and also regularly advises its clients on compliance.

At ‘excellent firmBarentsKrans, Joost Fanoy is ‘a very pragmatic and charismatic lawyer with a great sense for diplomacy’. He recently advised a key client in the IT sector on various merger filings. Tim Raats joined Maverick Advocaten N.V. in January 2017.

Bird & Bird LLP’s practice continues to grow and recently picked up a number of clients across the technology, telecoms and education sectors. Pauline Kuipers leads the team, which has vast experience across a range of competition and public procurement law issues.

The ‘quick and hands-on’ team at Brinkhof regularly acts on competition matters for its longstanding clients from the highly regulated TMT and pharmaceutical sectors. Pepijn van Ginneken heads the practice, in which telecoms specialist Quinten Kroes is also recommended.

A ‘boutique firm that can easily compete with the larger firms’, Maverick Advocaten N.V. has seen significant growth since its establishment in 2013. Bas Braeken is ‘highly intelligent’, Diederik Schrijvershof is ‘knowledgeable and thorough’ and Martijn van de Hel, is ‘an experienced lawyer with a hands-on mentality’.

The ‘flexible, competent and entrepreneurial’ team at Stek has built up a strong reputation in the competition field, with experience in state aid, merger control, cartel investigations and follow-on litigation. Ruben Elkerbout made partner in 2016 and is highly recommended.

Van Doorne is particularly active in the healthcare and life sciences sectors, where it has an excellent track record in merger control. Its public procurement expertise is another standout feature, while state aid and antitrust litigation are also mainstays of the practice. The ‘very thoroughSarah Beeston is ‘an outstanding competition lawyer’; Gijs Verberne is also recommended.

The competition practice at AKD is split across Brussels and Amsterdam and advises on public procurement, state aid and a range of other competition law issues. Brussels-based Pieter Kuypers heads the practice, which includes counsel Kees Jan Kuilwijk and recommended senior associate Joost Houdijk.

Baker & McKenzie Amsterdam N.V. maintains a focus on international trade and customs, where Jasper Helder is a key figure. The ‘reliable, knowledgeable and professionalChristiaan van der Meer was promoted to counsel in 2016; his practice spans the full range of contentious and non-contentious competition matters.

From its offices in Amsterdam and Brussels, the competition practice at CMS acts in a range of complex cartel investigations, merger filings and state aid matters. ‘Exceptionally good lawyer’ Edmon Oude Elferink leads the team.

Clifford Chance is noted for its ‘excellent legal know-how and practical experience’ and excels in complex and cross-border merger cases. Counsel and practice head Frances Dethmers leads the integrated Amsterdam and Brussels team.

Léon Korsten heads the competition team at DLA Piper, which is active in cartel investigations and antitrust litigation. Legal director Martijn van Wanroij is recommended.

Kennedy Van der Laan specialises in the healthcare, technology and financial services sectors, where it has a large and well-established client base. Annemieke van der Beek is ‘an excellent competition law practitioner’; Martine de Koning is also recommended.

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