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Erik Pijnacker Hordijk

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Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV

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European and Competition law


Erik Pijnacker Hordijk is one of the most experienced lawyers in the Netherlands in the areas of EU Law and Competition Law. He has represented companies in connection with merger control, cartels and misuse of a dominant position before the European Commission, the Netherlands Authority for Consumers & Markets (ACM) and various other national competition authorities. Erik is likewise an experienced litigator. He has acted in more than 100 cases before the Court of Justice and the General Court of the EU, which included the largest claim for damages ever brought against the Council and the European Commission concerning unlawful legislation. He has also handled many cases for the Dutch judicial authorities in his specialist area, including various cartel damages cases.

Erik is the co-author of the well-known book on procurement law entitled Aanbestedingsrecht, handboek van het Europese en Nederlandse aanbestedingsrecht. In addition, he has various preliminary recommendations and many other publications to his name. Erik speaks fluent English, French and German.


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Erik Pijnacker Hordijk - Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV

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Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV’s ‘excellent and pragmatic’ team has a significant practice representing private clients in cartel damages proceedings, merger filings and advisory work, as well as government representation. The team is acting as counsel for ArcelorMittal in an action for cartel damages initiated by Deutsche Bahn. The team was strengthened by the arrival of Marleen Botman from a teaching position and PhD programme at Free University Amsterdam in January 2018. Erik Pijnacker Hordijk leads the team.

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Energy: regulatory

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Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV's clients range from central and local government clients to corporates including ExxonMobil,  Lundin Petroleum, and Royal Dutch Shell. It has a leading regulatory litigation offering in addition to areas such as transactions and environmental law. Iman Brinkman, senior associate Ewoud de Vries, and competition expert Erik Pijnacker Hordijk are the key members of a group that represented the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy in a claim against utilities company Eneco in relation to the allegedly erroneous allocation of capacity on cross border interconnectors. It is also assisting energy infrastructure company Rendant in a dispute with DSO Stedin over the forced transfer by Rendant to Stedin of its electricity and gas infrastructure (which stems from legislation).

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