Mr Walter van Overbeek > Houthoff > Amsterdam, Netherlands > Lawyer Profile



Walter has a general commercial practice and specialises in contract law, litigation and competition law. He advises on and litigates matters concerning production, distribution and agency, and regularly assists producers, importers and retailers in disputes with other parties in the chain. He was a managing partner at Houthoff Buruma between 2012 and 2015. Walter also leads the Automotive Industry Group, representing mainly manufacturers and importers of luxury consumer products. Walter has successfully assisted several distribution network restructurings. He is regularly asked by manufacturers to coordinate large projects in different countries.

Walter has been involved as counsel in many important legal disputes related to his area of practice. He also litigates with some regularity against non-authorised internet dealers of products – including cars, bicycles, electronics and cosmetics that are marketed within the EU via selective distribution systems – and is highly experienced in advising on omni-channel retaining in, among other things, the food and drinks industry. Walter is a guest lecturer in commercial contracts on the ‘Zuidas Master’ at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, and also the author of various publications. He has been a speaker at several conferences, including the annual conference on competition law in the automotive industry. He worked in EU competition law in Brussels for five years.