Allen & Overy LLP’s EU and competition team is ‘very knowledgeable, well connected and fun to work with’ and is highly regarded for its merger control expertise, acting before the Dutch competition authority and the European Commission. In a recent highlight, the group advised PostNL on the competition elements of its proposed merger with Sandd and the subsequent competition litigation. The practice also handles competition and cartel cases, antitrust work and state aid mandates for a high-profile roster of domestic and international clients with notable experience in the energy, telecoms, finance and retail sectors. Kees Schillemans heads up the department, which also includes antitrust and regulatory specialist Yvo de Vries and counsels Marinus Winters and Tjarda van der Vijver.
EU and competition in Netherlands
Allen & Overy LLP
Other key lawyers:
Yvo de Vries; Marinus Winters; Tjarda van der Vijver
‘Experts, hands-on experience, knowledge of industry, supportive, think with the business.’
‘Yvo de Vries is very knowledgeable, has a great understanding of our business and makes sure he is up-to-date on the latest developments within our company and business. He is pro-active in his advice.’
‘Extensive knowledge of the markets where the client is active. Ability to advise proactively and efficiently. Always on time.’
‘Tjarda van der Vijver is knowledgeable, easy to work with and always available.’
‘The two lawyers (Yvo de Vries and Tjarda van der Vijver) we work with are very accessible, respond quickly and coordinate actions well. In terms of content, they are, in our opinion, among the top in the Netherlands in the field of competition law.’
- Advised KLM on the state aid aspects of its negotiations with the Dutch State and a number of domestic and foreign banks to secure €3.4bn in financing.
- Advised Anbang on the successful merger clearance of the sale of Vivat before the European Commission and the sale of Vivat’s non-life activities to NN Group before the ACM.
- Advised PostNL on the competition elements of its proposed merger with Sandd and the subsequent competition litigation.
De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek fields ‘a well-integrated team of highly qualified competition lawyers at all levels of seniority’ led by Jolling de Pree, who splits his time between Amsterdam and Brussels. The practice covers the full spectrum of competition work and is notably active in innovative mandates relating to online platforms; the group handled the high-profile merger between Takeaway.com and Just Eat. The team also utilises its best friends network to handle cross-border matters. Clients also praise ‘trusted adviser’ Bart de Rijke, merger control, litigation and advisory specialist Helen Gornall; competition litigator Machteld de Monchy and senior associate Stephanie The.
Jolling de Pree
Other key lawyers:
Bart de Rijke; Helen Gornall; Machteld de Monchy; Stephanie The; Maikel van Wissen
‘De Brauw has in-depth knowledge of our business and the retail business (as well as the market). They are fun to work with, very easily accessible, pragmatic approach and – when we have an urgent question/case – we can skip through the usual induction and explanations etc. because they know what we want from them.’
‘We work a lot with Jolling de Pree and Bart de Rijke. Both very seasoned and skilled competition law professionals. I especially value their accessibility and above all the fact that they know our business so well. This avoids misunderstandings, things not being taken into account etc. If we do not think about it, they will. And they are fun to work with.’
‘A very well-organized team with capable lawyers on each seniority level. The team with which I have been working for 3 years is headed by Jolling de Pree, who is a fantastic lawyer.’
‘Jolling de Pree is an exceptional lawyer. He has the rare ability to understand problems quickly, grab their essence and think of pragmatic and strategic solutions. A joy to work with.’
‘Machteld de Monchy is a young, talented and ambitious lawyer and definitely a rising star in her field.’
‘Bart de Rijke provides good practical advice and is easily approachable and available for his clients.’
‘The De Brauw competition team is a well-integrated team of highly qualified competition lawyers at all levels of seniority.’
‘The principal lawyers who really stand out are Jolling de Pree and Maikel van Wissen. Jolling is very effective in handling the most complex competition issues and in mastering large projects. Maikel is an upcoming star focusing primarily on merger control.’
SHV Group / Nutreco
- Advised GrandVision as co-lead counsel on the global merger filing processes concerning the acquisition by EssilorLuxottica of HAL Investments’ 76.72% interest in GrandVision.
- Acted for PACCAR/DAF in follow-on litigation arising from fines imposed by the European Commission on five truck manufacturers.
- Advising Just Eat Takeaway.com on its takeover of leading food platform Grubhub in the US.
Stibbe is singled out in the market for its behavioural practice including handling cartels, abuse of dominance work and follow-on damages litigation at a national and international level. Recent work includes representing Credit Suisse in an investigation by the European Commission into the foreign exchange market and acting for Dutch railway operator NS in a case against the Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM) regarding alleged abuse of dominance. Rein Wesseling, who clients praise as ‘possibly the best competition lawyer out there’, leads the team; other key practitioners include ‘leader in cartel work’ Christof Swaak, antitrust expert Jeroen Kortmann, Floris ten Have and associates Roos Elemans and Stijn de Jong.
Other key lawyers:
Christof Swaak; Jeroen Kortmann; Floris ten Have; Roos Elemans; Stijn de Jong
‘Stibbe Partners have close and good informal connections within the European Commission which is helpful to get as much information as possible. They are close to the fire so to say.’
‘The team knows our business, understands our way of working. They are willing/able/not afraid to give clear (legal) answers taking into account our interests and priorities.’
‘Stijn de Jong is always willing to learn and understand our business and he is always available as a sparring partner. He is not afraid to give advice on the spot.’
‘Rein Wesseling always keeps calm. That is his great strength. And he is able to translate his great legal knowledge of competition law into our way of working. He is not afraid to take well balanced ‘risks’.’
‘The team is the best in the Netherlands, they are truly leaders in the field of competition law. They are furthermore able to provide concessive and to the point advice.’
‘Rein Wesseling is possibly the best competition lawyer out there. Stijn de Jong is an excellent associate with an outstanding knowledge.’
‘Excellent in dealing with difficult cartel cases.’
‘Christof Swaak – a leader in cartel practice.’
British American Tobacco
Janssen De Jong
Kuehne + Nagel
NVB (Dutch Banking Association)
- Advised Mylan on its merger with Pfizers’ Upjohn business.
- Represented Credit Suisse in an investigation by the European Commission into the foreign exchange markets.
- Advised NS and the mobility group PON on the establishment of a joint venture (under the name of Hely).
Bird & Bird ‘comes up with creative solutions’ for mandates across the competition landscape, with particular expertise in dawn raids, investigations, competition litigation and regulatory work. The group’s sector-focused approach encompasses the technology, communications, energy, media, banking and financial services sectors; key clients include T-Mobile Netherlands, TomTom and Mastercard Europe. Pauline Kuipers leads both the Netherlands and international competition and EU law practices at the firm and is a key name for clients in regulated industries. Public procurement specialist Janneke Kohlen and Hein Hobbelen, who divides his time between The Hague and Brussels, are also noted.
Other key lawyers:
Janneke Kohlen; Hein Hobbelen
‘Janneke Kohlen, together with her strong team, is able to answer questions quickly and thoroughly.’
‘Janneke Kohlen is always well prepared for any meeting, as is her strong team. She combines her incredible legal knowledge with deep industry knowledge and is able to answer questions quickly and thoroughly. A great thing about Janneke is that she does not present the rules of law, but that she thinks along with the organisation and comes up with practical, step-by-step and easy to implement tools for every situation.’
‘Very hands on and knowledgeable about the industry and eager to understand client business; comes up with creative solutions within the boundaries of the law.’
‘Pauline Kuipers is a good strategic thinker – provides solid commercially tailored advice.’
T-Mobile Netherlands B.V.
Mastercard Europe S.A.
Marshall Land Systems Ltd.
GS1 Nederland B.V.
Groupe Limagrain Holding S.A.
Trusted Quality & Integrity Solutions B.V.
Total Gas & Power Nederland B.V.
Blackboard International B.V.
Commvault Systems International B.V.
Yum! Brands Inc (Kentucky Fried Chicken)
- Advised T-Mobile Netherlands B.V. on the successful Dutch 5G spectrum auction.
- Advised Mastercard on a variety of strategic competition law matters.
- Advised NLdigital on day-to-day business matters and provided in-house competition compliance trainings.
Dentons’ team ‘characterises itself as a very pro-active team’ under the joint leadership of ‘stand-out partner’ Marc Kuijper and ‘superb professional’ Bram Braat, who made partner in 2020. With expertise across the complete range of competition and public procurement work, the practice is particularly noted for its antitrust experience. Recent mandates include advising Fairtade Netherlands on the competition aspects of efforts to ensure a living wage is paid to African farms producing goods for Western consumption. Associate Denise Coumans is a key name for healthcare and retail clients.
Marc Kuijper; Bram Braat
Other key lawyers:
‘The team we worked with, characterised itself as a very pro active team. We noticed that, if a case needed input from more than one specialist, we never needed to ask for it. Sometimes it is difficult for a client to know where exactly the problem lies, but the people we worked with were able to translate complex cases and pinpoint the problems at hand and translate it so it is understandable for each employee involved.’
‘Besides the very pro active attitude, we specifically valued the involvement Bram Braat showed with our company and the knowledge of our business, besides the specific knowledge in his field of expertise. He always managed to react in a very professional way to the advisors of our competitors, leaving us with the best legal position possible.’
‘The team is highly knowledgeable on the complex matters of competition law and antitrust practices and the tension existing between these matters and sustainability initiatives. Besides, their drive and intrinsic motivation to clarify the linkages between consumer protection on the one hand (competition law) and fulfilment of human rights globally (sustainability) and propose concrete suggestions on how for instance the EU Commission could take steps to address this is laudable.’
‘Bram Braat is a superb professional, a great source of knowledge and super committed. His personal drive for the good cause is laudable and you can have confidence that he will do anything to drive his work to success. Bram impresses with his capacity to make complex legal stuff understandable for the common public interest.’
‘Besides the fact that the team has excellent business knowledge, the team is also very accessible and responds quickly to questions that are subject to time pressure.’
‘The team is very oriented towards supporting us as a client. It not only is about a specific case, but goes beyond that in providing general information that is relevant and important for us as an IT company.’
‘The Dentons EU and competition team is an outstanding practice in the Netherlands. They have a young, ambitious and smart team that really want to understand the case and need and interest of the client to find the best solution. They provide excellent advice, very practical training and are a pleasure to work with. ’
‘Marc Kuijper leads the practice in a modern and pleasurable way. He keeps calm in difficult cases, manoeuvring the client to a legal safe haven. He is very knowledgeable and a pleasure to work with. Bram Braat is the rising star in the team, being the new partner. He has great communication skills and has an excellent eye for the clients interests.’
Vestel Trading Companies
Van Gelder Groep
Leiden University Medical Center
Itautec S.A. – Grupo Itautec
Cemaz Industria Eletrônica da Amazonia S.A.
IGB Eletrônica S.A.
- Advising Fairtrade on the competition law aspects of a new effort to ensure that workers on African farms who produce goods for western consumption are paid a living wage.
- Represented Spaansen Holding, a construction company, in complex proceedings in relation to the recovery of alleged state aid by a Dutch municipality that claims to have overpaid for land purchases.
- Acting for 11 trading companies forming part of Vestel in antitrust and cartel proceedings arising from a global cartel involving manufacturers of components for computers and tube televisions.
With ‘genuine strength in depth’, Houthoff is experienced in competition litigation and merger control procedures; the group is representing Singapore Airlines and Cargolux in Dutch private enforcement proceedings relating to the European Commission’s decision on the air cargo case, and also advised Wingtech on its acquisition of the remaining shares in Nexperia Holding. Weyer VerLoren van Themaat leads the practice, which also fields Gerrit Oosterhuis and counsel Greetje van Heezik.
Weyer VerLoren van Themaat
Other key lawyers:
Gerrit Oosterhuis; Greetje van Heezik
‘Excellent understanding of Deutsche competition regulator informal and formal practices. Good reputation in the market.’
‘Weyer VerLoren van Themaat is a market leader in Holland with deep academic and practical knowledge. He is also a pleasure to work with.’
‘They are knowledgeable, respond quickly and are able to present difficult material clearly.’
‘Team player, very well aware of the legal framework, strong communication skills, feeling for the business, looking for the limits of what is feasible and responsible.’
‘The antitrust team is very knowledgeable, responds quickly and provides clear hands-on advice.’
‘The Competition team at Houthoff has genuine strength in depth – an excellent group of partners supported by an expert team of associates. Collectively, they are experts in their field and a pleasure to work with.’
‘I work regularly with Gerrit Oosterhuis on a range of merger control and competition law matters. Gerrit is an excellent lawyer – expert, highly collaborative, and always delivers client-friendly commercial advice.’
Koninklijke Drukkerij Em. De Jong
NL Healthcare (the healthcare fund of NPM Capital)
Zwanenberg Food Group
- Representing Singapore Airlines and Cargolux in numerous Dutch private enforcement proceedings before Amsterdam Courts, initiated by the mass claim vehicles Equilib, SCC and EWD, following the EC Decision on the air cargo case.
- Representing VBO Makelaar, an association of realtors, in civil dominance proceedings before the court of Amsterdam against Funda, the dominant online real estate portal in the Netherlands and subsidiary of the largest association of realtors in the Netherlands, NVM.
- Advised Wingtech, a Shanghai-listed smartphone manufacturer, on its acquisition of the remaining 23.77% shares in Nexperia Holding B.V.
Loyens & Loeff’s ‘client-oriented’ team is jointly led by healthcare sector specialist Gert-Wim van de Meent, life sciences and digital tech industry expert Marc Wiggers and Marc Custers, who provides ‘practical, concrete and to-the point advice’. The group’s sector-focused approach also includes advising clients in the food and technology industries. The broad practice has also been notably active in phase II merger proceedings. Senior associates Robin Struijlaart and Natasja Brusik are also singled out.
Gert-Wim van de Meent; Marc Wiggers; Marc Custers
Other key lawyers:
Robin Struijlaart; Natasja Brusik
‘Marc Custers understands our business, advice is practical, concrete and to the point.’
‘The team is client-oriented and tells the client what its opportunities are rather than focusing on their constraints.’
‘Marc Wiggers is able to combine a good professional relationship with firmness on the legal principles. This makes him both flexible and firm in his overall approach to legal matters.’
Municipality of Alkmaar
PHOENIX group and Brocacef
ABN AMRO Participaties
Active Capital Company
- Advised DPG Media on its acquisition of Sanoma’s Dutch media activities.
- Assisted Active Capital Company/CleanLease with its acquisition of its largest competitor LipsPlus.
- Acted for VIVAT N.V. on the sale of VIVAT N.V. by Anbang Insurance Group to Athora Holding and NN Group.
Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV acts for the Dutch State and the Dutch competition authority as well as handling work for other notable public sector clients including several municipalities and provinces; it is also growing its corporate client base. The practice is a key name in the market for contentious competition work and acts in cartel damages proceedings, state aid claims, competition litigation and contentious merger control work. Litigator Erik Pijnacker Hordijk leads the group, which also includes senior associates Marleen Botman and Christina Mutinghe.
Erik Pijnacker Hordijk
Other key lawyers:
Marleen Botman; Christina Mutinghe
Dutch Competition Authority
City of Amsterdam
City of Rotterdam
- Representing Daimler AG in all pending damage actions, that have been and may be brought against it, before Dutch courts in connection with the decision of the EU Commission regarding the Trucks case.
- Represented the Dutch State Secretary of Economic Affairs and Climate in administrative proceedings concerning the takeover of a competitor by the largest provider of postal services in the Netherlands (PostNL).
- Represented JCDecaux in a state aid procedure started by the municipality of Zwolle concerning the fees to be paid for street furniture advertising and billboards in the municipality of Zwolle.
Baker McKenzie’s ‘highly pragmatic’ broad practice has a substantial focus on handling ACM investigations, merger control work, competition litigation, compliance issues and EU export controls and sanctions. The group also leverages the firm’s global network, and works closely with the firm’s Brussels and London offices, to advise on cross-border mandates. Christiaan van der Meer heads up the EU, competition and trade department, while Frank Kroes and Sjef Janssen focus on damages litigation.
Christiaan van der Meer
Other key lawyers:
Frank Kroes; Sjef Janssen
‘Very pragmatic, with good industry knowledge.’
‘Christiaan van der Meer is a very pragmatic and knowledgeable lawyer – easy and fun to work with.’
- Represented a global manufacturer of consumer goods in an ACM investigation into suspected resale price maintenance practices.
- Representing a major energy wholesale trading company before the ACM in an extensive investigation into alleged violations of the EU Regulation on Wholesale Energy Market Integrity and Transparency.
- Representing an oil major and a chemicals company in follow-on litigation proceedings further to competition infringement decisions by the European Commission.
Banning NV ‘combines unique litigation and competition skills’ and is a ‘remarkable player in the south of The Netherlands’ for cartel litigation. The practice also acts for clients in the automotive, construction and postal sectors; key examples include dealer councils for Peugeot and Citroen, Vespa Piaggio and DHL. The group is led by ‘excellent sparring partner’ Minos van Joolingen and includes associate Marcel Groothuismink. Martijn Jongmans is now at AKD.
Minos van Joolingen
Other key lawyers:
‘Banning is located in the south of the country and from that perspective alone is already a remarkable player in the competition law field. We have found the team to be very knowledgeable and experienced in the competition law area.’
‘Underrated team in competition litigation; unlike most firms, combine unique litigation and competition skills, are very sharp and direct to the point.’
‘Minos Van Joolingen is the only Dutch competition litigator able to explain in clear terms and layman’s language complex legal issues; very pragmatic and hands on.’
‘The service of Banning is very fast. The contact is friendly and not too formal, which makes the threshold to get in touch very low.’
‘One of the qualities which I appreciate most of the lawyers from Banning is that they are capable of translating complex legal matters into clear pieces of useful information. The advice is always written in a way comprehensible to the business partners, without leaving out essential legal details.’
‘Minos van Joolingen is our sparring partner and maybe that describes it best. Being a sparring partner rather than an external advisor from a theoretical perspective.’
‘Banning is always is up to date and keeps us informed about the main developments which are relevant for our organisation. They are very easy to contact and a dedicated specialist for our sector.’
‘Minos van Joolingen: open and easy to connect, a very good and pleasant sparring partner, knows the context on a national and international level and is a dedicated specialist for our sector.’
Udea / Ekoplaza
Perfetti van Melle
Dealer council Audi Volkswagen Seat Skoda
BOVAG trade association automotive industry
BMN (Bouwmaterialen Nederland)
Van Wijnen group
Dealer council Citröen
Dealer council Peugeot
Dealer council Faldon (Fiat, Alfa Romeo, Jeep)
- Assisting DHL with its involvement in the proposed acquisition by Dutch postal company PostNL of its main competitor Sandd, including the authority’s blocking, government’s deblocking and currently court appeals proceedings.
- Acting for Via Location in civil damages actions against the truck manufacturers before the Dutch court as a result of the high-profile Commission decision.
- Advising the BOVAG on a frequent basis regarding all types of competition law related matters, including new products and tools, cooperation with third parties, benchmark initiatives and compliance work.
The ‘experienced, professional and hands-on practice’ at BarentsKrans is led by Joost Fanoy and handles the full spectrum of competition work including state aid matters, investigations, public procurement issues and cartel litigation. In a recent highlight, the group advised TUI on the merger control elements of its acquisition of assets from Thomas Cook, and also represented clients in the air cargo and truck cartel damages cases. Senior associate Tim Raats is also singled out.
Other key lawyers:
‘Joost Fanoy is a respected and knowledgeable competition lawyer who goes the extra mile for you. He never loses focus on the company’s goal. He gives advice in a clear and understandable way, leaves out the fuzz and nitty-gritty. Joost doesn’t shy away from dealing with (non-legally trained) directors and giving them his opinion, even if the message isn’t what they want to hear.’
‘Although relatively small, the BarentKrans competition law team is agile, complementary and reacts fast.’
‘Tim Raats is dedicated, listens and is an expert in his field. He is very good at incorporating the views of the client in a sound juridical plea.’
‘An experienced, professional and hands-on practice with good understanding of our business.’
‘Joost Fanoy: good expertise and knowledge of our business. Clear communicator and accessible.’
Macedonian Thrace Brewery
Claims Funding Europe
- Acted as plaintiff counsel in a variety of cartel damage cases including the Air cargo, Trucks, Elevators, Sodium Chlorate, Paraffin Wax and MTB/Heineken cartels.
- Advising Stichting Jeugdformaat and Exterion Media with respect to several public procurement issues up to the Supreme Court.
- Advising TUI on the merger control aspects of its acquisition of assets of Thomas Cook after the worldwide bankruptcy.
With ‘a hands-on mentality, excellent knowledge and a personal touch’, Brinkhof is a key contact in the market for domestic and international clients in the technology, telecoms, energy, postal, pharmaceuticals and healthcare sectors. The group is also experienced in merger clearance proceedings and cartel claims; it recently represented Heineken in follow-up claims relating to the international truck cartel. Pepijn van Ginneken and Quinten Kroes jointly lead the practice, which also includes Remy Chavannes and Daan de Lange.
Pepijn van Ginneken; Quinten Kroes
Other key lawyers:
Remy Chavannes; Daan de Lange
‘Hands-on mentality, excellent knowledge, personal touch.’
‘Pepijn van Ginneken: very approachable, excellent knowledge and pragmatic.’
Dutch Dairy Board (NZO)
- Advising Google on all of its relations with the Authority for Consumers & Markets (ACM).
- Representing leading beverage company Heineken in its follow-up claims based on the international trucks cartel.
- Represented Nuon/Vattenfall in its highly anticipated procedure against the Dutch Electricity Act.
CMS fields ‘a team of experts’ led by Edmon Oude Elferink, who is notably active in European Commission and ACM investigations. The practice handles the full range of competition work with expertise in cartel proceedings, merger notifications and state aid issues; it also leverages a substantial public procurement practice led by Petra Heemskerk. The firm’s global network also enables the group to advise on cross-border mandates. Litigator Robert Bosman and associates Annemieke Hazelhoff and Roderick Nieuwmeyer are also noted.
Edmon Oude Elferink
Other key lawyers:
Petra Heemskerk; Robert Bosman; Annemieke Hazelhoff; Roderick Nieuwmeyer
‘Experts in the field of EU law.’
‘In-depth knowledge and commitment to delivering good work.’
‘CMS has guided and represented us in a very pro-active way.’
‘The team has good and in-depth knowledge of the legal system and knows what is going on in practice and with the regulators.’
European Chemical Industry Council (Cefic)
All Nippon Airways (ANA)
Dutch Association for ICT and Telecommunication Large-volume users (BTG)
Port of Rotterdam
Mitsui Rail Capital Europe
Koninklijke Volker Wessels
- Represented two Dutch professional football clubs, SC Cambuur and BV De Graafschap, in injunction proceedings concerning the decision of the national football association to terminate the 2019-2020 season in light of the Covid-19 crisis.
- Representing AEB in the context of the granting of rescue and restructuring aid to that company by the municipality of Amsterdam.
- Advised BTG with regard to the standardisation for indoor coverage of mobile networks.
DLA Piper’s ‘highly accessible’ team is ‘always thinking in terms of opportunities’ and is singled out for its expertise in competition litigation, merger control work and public procurement law. Léon Korsten heads up the department and also co-leads the firm’s international antitrust and competition group; he focuses on dawn raids, investigations and cartel defence work. Other notable individuals include newly promoted partner and public procurement specialist Janet Meesters, and legal director Martijn van Wanroij.
Other key lawyers:
Janet Meesters; Martijn van Wanroij
‘Quick and alert responses. A very high level of expertise. Always thinking in terms of opportunities. Very accessible for us as client. The communication with us as client is to-the-point and transparent. The team is very professional and thinks pro-actively along with us and the issues which are relevant for our company.’
‘Léon Korsten: very alert and has a great deal of persuasion when arguing with opponents in court sessions, always with powerful substantive arguments. Martijn Van Wanroij: a keen eye for relevant details in (the preparation of) legal procedures, without losing track of the main legally relevant message.’
‘A specialist for every field, where they have the best for procurement law. A strong organisation.’
‘Janet Meesters – There is no better in her field. The personal contact distinguishes her even more.’
The Carlyle Group
Ergon Capital Partners
Hoeksema Totaal Recycling
ASR Real Estate
Ocean (previously Ngage Media)
- Successfully defended Afvalsturing Friesland in summary proceedings brought by AVR relating to public procurement and state aid issues.
- Represented Asset Rail in two separate court proceedings relating to rail maintenance against VolkerRail Nederland B.V.
- Assisted private equity investor Carlyle Group with the competition clearance for two investments.
Kennedy Van der Laan
Kennedy Van der Laan has ‘a lot of practical experience’ in the banking and financial services, manufacturing and retail sectors. The group is led by Annemieke van der Beek, who has been notably active in the payment services industry; she recently worked with Martijn van Bemmel advising a variety of Dutch banks on a matter relating to the pooling of ATM machines. Martine de Koning is also recognised for handling the competition elements of franchising, distribution and agency issues.
Annemieke van der Beek; Martijn van Bemmel; Martine de Koning
‘We have worked for many years with Annemieke van der Beek, an outstanding lawyer with excellent knowledge and experience.’
‘Broad knowledge and experience in (EU) competition law.’
‘Annemieke van der Beek is very experienced in this field.’
‘Very knowledgeable and pleasant to work with. Kennedy van der Laan has a strong profile in IT and innovative sectors. Their experience in related fields helped to structure our project and future cooperation.’
‘Annemieke van der Beek has a strong personality and is an experienced lawyer. Martijn van Bemmel is very clever and an innovative thinker.’
Betaalvereniging Nederland ( Dutch Payment Association)
Bureau Krediet Registratie (BKR)
Nationale Goede Doelen Loterijen N.V. (including Nationale Postcode Loterij)
NIKE and Converse
Port of Amsterdam
UCI (Union Cycliste Internationale)
- Handled the pooling of all ATM-machines of the Dutch largest banks into a joint venture for Geldmaat and ABN AMRO, ING and Rabobank.
- Coordinated the establishment of a digital platform for Mobility as a Service for NS, GVB, HTM and RET in the Netherlands and represented the clients in concentration control proceedings before the European Commission and the DCA.
- Acted for Nike in a dispute regarding the termination by Nike of its relationship with an Italian retailer, Action Sport, based on a breach of Nike’s selective distribution policy by selling products online on the third party platform of Amazon.
With ‘a fantastic niche competition practice’, boutique competition firm Maverick Advocaten N.V. regularly handles large cartel investigations and anti-competitive issues, transactions in regulated markets including merger control proceedings, and competition and regulatory litigation. Key names at partner level include Martijn van de Hel, who acts in cartel investigations and follow-on damages claims; and Diederik Schrijvershof, who is experienced in the agriculture and healthcare sectors.
Other key lawyers:
Martijn van de Hel; Diederik Schrijvershof
‘Super flexible and professional legal experts. They understand exactly what their client needs. I consider them to be a true strategic partner and value driver for our business. Because of these reasons, we prefer dealing with Maverick over others where it comes to competition law.’
‘Specific stand-out partner: Diederik Schrijvershof. Diederik is proactive, approachable, very responsive, he provides practical advice, always employs a broad perspective based on his knowledge of our business and proactively considers potential future legal risks and opportunities (and sends valuable updates in that respect).’
‘Martijn van de Hel is an excellent lawyer. He has excellent analytical skills which have benefitted our firm immensely. He is able to process large volumes of information quickly and formulate an effective strategy.’
‘Unique proposition solely aiming at competition law. Very experienced partners. Result oriented, well established and connected within regulatory community.’
‘Both Martijn van de Hel and Diederik Schrijvershof are an excellent choice if you require competition law advice.’
‘Very knowledgeable lawyers with an enormous amount of experience. Knowledge of the team members is continuously up-to-date.’
‘Enormous experiential expertise and enthusiasm. Great endurance during a gruelling matter. Partners are driven and compliment each other very well as people.’
‘Martijn van de Hel is an absolute rockstar in his field. He always keeps an eye on the business side of things; he genuinely understands entrepreneurial risk taking versus real competition law risks businesses want to stay away from. He is accessible and fun to work with.’
De Nederlandse GGZ
Federatie van Mobiliteitsbedrijven
Van Loon Group
- Assisted Stichting Omring and Stichting Vrijwaard with obtaining approval from NZa and ACM for their merger.
- Assisted SRK Rechtsbijstand at the ACM with regard to a new form of legal service called BrandMR and advised SRK, among other things, on the compatibility of the rules of the Dutch Bar Association with competition law and compliance with the cartel prohibition.
NautaDutilh ‘provides strategic advice in a reactive manner’ to clients in the financial services, healthcare, consumer goods, transport and energy industries. The practice is notably active in cartel damages litigation, private equity liability issues, investigations and state aid work, and leverages its offices in Brussels and Luxembourg to handle international mandates. Mauricette Schaufeli leads the group, which also fields cartel damages specialist Philip Malanczuk.
Other key lawyers:
Philip Malanczuk; Arnout Koeman
‘The team is very knowledgeable and service-oriented.’
‘Responsiveness and clear engagement with a sense of humour too.’
‘Philip Malanczuk is a stand out – clear in advice and delivery; engaged and super motivated; and good fun to work with.’
‘Within this area I have only worked with Arnout Koeman. I was pleased with the quality of his advice, the speed of response and the practical approach adopted in order to fit clients’ needs.’
‘I work mainly with Mauricette Schaufeli. Mauricette is a very experienced lawyer who is able to provide strong advices in a timely manner.’
‘Mauricette Schaufeli has the potential to develop into a leading practitioner in the field. She is skilled, very pleasant to work with and has a good sense of collegiality. She is ambitious but not too pushy, which is just right. She is very good in handling clients.’
‘I worked with Mauricette Schaufeli and what sets her apart is her unique knowledge of both competition law and economics, which she skilfully manages to translate into very pragmatic advice.’
Dutch Ministry of Finance
ABN AMRO Bank
SHV, including NPM
- Assisted the Dutch Ministry of Finance with designing a state aid scheme consisting of the reinsurance of short-term trade credit insurance portfolios of all credit insurers active in the Netherlands.
- Representing Lufthansa and Swiss Air in multiple high-value cartel damages cases before different court levels, including the Court of Justice of the European Union.
- Assisting HAL with the sale of its subsidiary GrandVision N.V.
Stek’s team, which is ‘young, talented and on top of its game’, is a key name in the market for antitrust litigation and cartel and consumer protection investigations. The group is also noted for its healthcare, technology, travel, energy, consumer goods and maritime sector expertise; clients include Atlas Air, L’Oréal and Samsung. Ruben Elkerbout and Berend Reuder jointly lead the competition team, and Jan Erik Janssen heads up the regulated markets group.
Ruben Elkerbout; Berend Reuder; Jan Erik Janssen
Other key lawyers:
‘The lawyers we use work collaboratively to brainstorm about the best approach to take on various pending litigation matters. They are very smart and creative.’
‘Ruben Elkerbout – Very knowledgeable about EU antitrust matters, and antitrust in general Mattijs Baneke – Very smart and capable – a real “up and comer”.’
‘Both Ruben Elkerbout and Mattijs Baneke are highly motivated and determined to get the best results for our company. They put much effort into our cases and are always available for questions and advice.’
‘The team is young, talented and on top of their game. Stek is about value for money. They understand client needs and are able to deliver at lower costs.’
‘Ruben Elkerbout is a very responsive and pragmatic lawyer with business acumen. ’
- Represented Samsung in litigation relating to cathode ray tube cartels.
- Represented three healthcare providers, Schakelring, De Riethorst Stromenland and Volckaert in a second phase merger control procedure before the Dutch Competition Authority.
- Representing Corendon in a merger filing procedure before the Dutch Competition Authority (ACM) and Belgian Competition Authority in relation to the sales of its tour operating and Dutch airline activities to Triton Partners.
With ‘an excellent reputation in the healthcare sector’, Van Doorne also acts for clients in the food and beverage, IT, media and retail sectors. The ‘no-nonsense’ team handles the full range of competition work including EU law matters, state aid issues, competition litigation, antitrust work and procurement mandates. The ‘excellent and experienced’ Sarah Beeston and public procurement expert Gijs Verberne jointly lead the practice, which also includes counsel Cees Jan de Boer and associate Pim Jansen.
Sarah Beeston; Gijs Verberne
Other key lawyers:
Cees Jan de Boer; Pim Jansen; Nina Korstenbroek
‘I found the team in Van Doorne to be very professional in their approach to dealing with our subject matter. Information flow was steady and concise at all times.’
‘Sarah Beeston and Nina Korstenbroek are very intelligent and very pleasant to work with. Sarah Beeston has significant expertise in cartel cases and merger control and deals with the most complex cases. She heads the department with a great team assisting her, but she is also closely following up and involved in cases. She has also significant experience in follow-on damages cases.’
‘Sarah and Nina are pragmatic, competent and highly responsive. A pleasure working with them.’
‘None has excelled Van Doorne in terms of quality of advice which is not only technically very sound but also accessible. No nonsense, on point and very practical.’
‘Van Doorne’s EU and competition practice has experience in all the relevant branches of EU competition law. Van Doorne’s strong knowledge in the healthcare and life sciences industries and related standards is impressive.’
‘I enjoyed working together with Pim Jansen, who is definitely someone to watch in the field of EU industrial regulation. His solid knowledge of EU internal market law and the free movement framework is also appreciated. Pim combines a pragmatic legal mindset with a useful academic background, which is a real plus.’
‘Van Doorne’s competition practice delivers 100% satisfaction. Everything you can want from you legal team – highly knowledgeable, responsive, clear, to the point and friendly as well.’
‘Pim Jansen stands out for being an experienced and trusted advisor highly skilled in both competition and administrative law. This combination is useful across the entire field of competition law but also gives him a particular advantage in more specialised areas such as energy regulation.’
Netherlands Cancer Institute & Antoni van Leeuwenhoek Ziekenhuis
Technical University Eindhoven
‘s Heeren Loo
Airport Coordination Netherlands (ACNL)
Dutch Province of Zuid-Holland
OV bureau Groningen-Drenthe
Facilitaire Samenwerking Bevolkingsonderzoeken
Metropoolregio Rotterdam Den Haag
ROC van Amsterdam (University of applied science)
Netherlands Federation of University Medical Centres (NFU)
Benelux Office Intellectual Property (BOIP)
- Advised Achmea on the competition aspects of its joint acquisition of InAdmin RiskCo Group, and assisted with the merger clearance procedure.
- Assisted Mercury with negotiations with Ministry of Finance in relation to the structure of an aid package for the credit insurance sector in the Netherlands.
- Advised Trioplast on the international competition law aspects of its acquisition of Apeldoorn Flexible Packaging, and assisted with the merger clearance in the Netherlands and Germany.
bureau Brandeis regularly acts for clients in regulatory and competition litigation including merger control proceedings and competition authority investigations. Clients stem from the digital markets, telecoms, media, mobility, travel and fintech sectors; examples include Pathé, Aegon and ANP. Bas Braeken leads the department and is a specialist in regulated markets. Antitrust litigation expert Hans Bousie also contributes.
Other key lawyers:
Eredivisie Media & Marketing
Multi Tank card
Bosch Siemens Household Appliances
- Represented Sandd, the second largest postal operator in the Netherlands, in a merger control process before the ACM and Ministry of Economic Affairs in relation to the anticipated acquisition by PostNL.
- Representing EU Athletes, Mark Tuitert and Niels Kerstholt as third parties in the appeal proceedings before the General Court in Luxembourg lodged by the International Skating Union (ISU) against the Commission’s decision prohibiting the eligibility rules of the ISU.
- Representing Prijsvrij in two civil competition proceedings against tour operators Thomas Cook Nederland and Corendon claiming damages for terminating its agency contract in violation of competition law.
The ‘incredibly attentive and responsive’ group at Clifford Chance focuses on multi-jurisdictional merger control work, foreign investment issues, antitrust matters and cartel and abuse of dominance proceedings. The practice, which is led by counsel Frans Muller, counts Spotify, Sanoma and Tele2 as key clients. Associates Céline Vermeulen and Jurre Jurriëns are also noted.
Other key lawyers:
Céline Vermeulen; Jurre Jurriëns
‘The EU Competition practice, and, in particular, Frans Mueller, are incredibly attentive and responsive. They provide insightful, practical and easy to understand advice on even the most complicated topics.’
‘Frans Mueller, based in Amsterdam, is a great lawyer, sage counsellor and effective advocate.’
‘Strong expertise and able to translate this to practical advice.’
‘Frans Muller and Jurre Jurriëns are always approachable for a quick sanity check. Practical advice.’
‘Transaction mindset, close interaction with corporate M&A team and supporting expert lawyers. Quick and easy access to global network and local counsel input with same good quality and quick response times.’
‘Frans Muller, competition law counsel in Amsterdam is a quick thinker, very sharp and knowledgeable.’
‘Excellent focus on partnership with companies by understanding their business and concerns.’
‘Frans Muller has a deep well of knowledge to draw on.’
- Advised a syndicate of national and international banks led by ABN AMRO, Rabobank and ING on the state aid aspects of the €3.4bn financial support package for KLM consisting of a State guarantee on loans and a subordinated State loan to KLM to provide urgent liquidity to the company in the context of the coronavirus outbreak.
- Advised the Sanoma Group on its divestment of the strategic business unit Sanoma Media Netherlands to DPG Media, the leading Dutch and Belgian cross-media company.
- Advised Spotify on its submissions to the Dutch Competition Authority (the Authority for Consumers and Markets, ACM) as part of the ACM’s sector investigation into mobile app stores.
Under the leadership of Misha Lutje Beerenbroek, HVG Law LLP is singled out for its cartel work, merger control expertise and distribution and vertical restraints knowledge. The team also advises clients in the retail and consumer sectors and heavy industry arenas with notable experience acting for listed Japanese multinationals including Hitachi Construction Machinery Europe and Mitsubishi Caterpillar Forklift.
Misha Lutje Beerenbroek
SHOP APOTHEKE EUROPE
Alpro Comm V.A.
Hitachi Construction Machinery Europe
Mitsubishi Caterpillar Forklift
Kawasaki Motors Europe
De Jong Verpakking
- Advised Fonterra on all competition law aspects of the auctioning of its 50% stake in DFE Pharma, its joint venture with Royal Friesland Campina, to venture capitalist CVC.
- Represented Alpro in the Netherlands Supreme Court in litigation relating to the interpretation of what constitutes a level playing field in the EU dairy and non-dairy market.
- Secured multiple approvals for Remondis with the Dutch Competition Authority ACM.
Jones Day attracts praise for its cross-border experience, leveraging the firm’s network to advise on international mandates, particularly antitrust work including investigations and litigation. ‘Stand-out partner’ and Amsterdam office head Yvan Desmedt leads the department, which also benefits from the expertise of Coen Drion and associate Kornel Olsthoorn.
Other key lawyers:
Coen Drion; Kornel Olsthoorn
‘Jones Day offers expertise on technical files and knows well how to build positions from several companies into a common one. They are capable of understanding the needs of a trade association and they show great understanding of the EU process.’
‘They stand out for their expertise and ability to meet expectations; their availability and rapid response; always solution-oriented. I highlight Yvan Desmedt as an stand-out partner.’
- Advising the FESE in relation to antitrust and regulatory issues as well as assisting in advocacy efforts in relation to the ongoing regulatory review of access to trading data, which is collected by the stock exchanges and sold to investors.
- Advising APPLiA, the European association of household appliances, in relation to various strategic industrial topics and compliance with EU regulations (including competition law).
- Providing antitrust counselling to Allison Transmission regarding its global commercial distribution network and M&A strategy.
Simmons & Simmons
With a notably international practice, Simmons & Simmons takes a sector-focused approach to its competition work; the group is particularly active in the financial services, life sciences, TMT, energy and infrastructure industries. The practice’s expertise spans cartel proceedings, merger control work, antitrust litigation and state aid issues. Brussels-based Koen Platteau leads the team, which fields Robert Hardy, who divides his time between Brussels and Amsterdam.
Other key lawyers:
Gilde Equity Management (GEM) Benelux
Nippon Cargo Airlines
O2 Capital Partners
- Represented Charterhouse Capital Partners before the European Commission on the sale of Nuova Castelli to Lactalis Group.
- Advised Gilde Equity Management on the acquisition by Gilde of HC Groep before the Dutch Competition Authority (ACM) and the Austrian Competition Authority.
Taylor Wessing LLP
With 'a thorough understanding of the conflicts between IP and competition law and how to reconcile those conflicts', Taylor Wessing LLP leverages the firm's technology expertise to act for a roster of clients including Asus and Digicert. The group handles the full spectrum of competition mandates including state aid issues, competition litigation and merger control work. On the procurement side, the team has expanded beyond its expertise in assisting private companies, notably adding several procuring authorities in the education sector to its client list. Counsel Bram Nijhof leads the practice, which includes recently recruited associate Nick Strous.
Other key lawyers:
‘Bram Nijhof works in a very focused manner and transmits his work results promptly in the interests of the client, without the long explanations often found in the industry that have nothing to do with the actual task.’
‘Ambitious young team, increasingly visible in the market.’
‘Nick Strous is a talented young associate. As far as we can observe, Nick is working hard to grow the practice.’
‘I believe the team members are very up-to-date with regard to the latest developments in law and recent court judgements. They dare to share their own interpretations and understandings and enter into the debate about legal issues. They do not just apply the law but also analyse it and aim for a deeper understanding by opening the debate. The team really thinks out-of-the-box.’
‘Great team, well balanced, different skills add up to a great sum.’
‘Their practice has an absolute effective winners mentality and drive. Very thorough and diligent in their work and look ahead with a scenario-based approach of legal cases to successful outcomes. Always swift to the point, on top and ahead of the legal key facts.’
‘Their team has a thorough understanding of the conflicts between IP and competition law and how to reconcile those conflicts.’
‘Bram Nijhof is down-to-earth, direct and practical in his advice. He has an entrepreneurial mindset which is also demonstrated by the fact that the practice was virtually non-existent at the firm when he joined six years ago and has grown into what it is today.’
Asustek Computer Inc.
Five Arrows Principal Investments
RM (Netherlands) 1 B.V.
- Successfully acted for De Vos Diensten and RM Netherlands in an appeal against the merger permit approved by the State Secretary of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy for the proposed merger between PostNL and Sandd.
- Represented Asus in three Dutch patent infringement proceedings initiated by Philips, in which Asus raised a so-called FRAND defence. The case is a landmark decision in the Netherlands as it is the first case where a higher Appeal Court in the Netherlands ruled on the issue of FRAND after the CJEU case of Huawei/ZTE.
- Advising the Dutch branch of Lidl on all competition law-related matters including the development of compliance presentations to key employees of Lidl and day-to-day issues.