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Banning NV

Netherlands > EU and competition Tier 3

With a focus on the automotive industry, Banning NV regularly represents large car brands, dealers and manufacturers, and has been assisting clients in allegations stemming from the ‘dieselgate’ compensation claims. The firm is also active in vertical agreements, specialising in distribution, agency and franchise agreements, and has experience in cartel litigation in relation to the ACM. The competition and regulatory team is led by Minos van Joolingen, a seasoned practitioner with experience in cartel cases and follow-on damages claims, who has a notable specialism in the automobile industry, bolstering the firm’s wider specialism in this sector.

Practice head(s):

Minos van Joolingen


‘Practical, pragmatic and down-to-earth expert advice.’

‘Minos van Joolingen is easy going, down to earth and able to easily translate difficult concepts in an understandable way to be easily shared with the rest of the business (non-legal stakeholders). He is a quick thinker, with a good business / commercial sense, easy to reach, extremely responsive and client focused.’

‘The firm has the knowledge and expertise of the larger ‘zuidas’ law firms, and also has the culture of the smaller regional law firms. The communication lines are very short. The team is very well familiar in the automotive industry and is a leading authority for automotive dealer groups and dealer associations. Their knowledge of competition law in the automotive retail business is exceptional.’

‘Especially for their expertise and their availability. There is a no nonsense culture and flexibility. There is room for criticism and they adapt strongly to the changing demands of clients. The service level is high.’

‘Very enthusiastic team of lawyers. Nothing is too much and they are always ready to answer complex issues correctly and completely. Banning Advocaten has more than sufficient expertise in various areas. The rates are reasonable and fair.’

‘Minos van Joolingen is an extremely amiable man, with a good sense of humour. Minos will assist you day and night if necessary to bring the cases to a successful conclusion.’

‘Banning is a specialist in EU and competition and in particular in automotive. Since the current topics could have major consequences for our sector it is valuable to know we will be supported by the Banning team.’

Key clients

European Dealer council (Audi Volkswagen Seat Skoda)

Dealer council Audi Volkswagen Seat Skoda

Dealer council Citröen / DS

Dealer council Peugeot

Dealer council Opel

Dealer council Faldon (Fiat, Alfa Romeo, Jeep)

BOVAG trade association automotive industry

Belron Netherlands

Vespa Piaggio

Zero Motorcycles




Hunkemöller International

Ricoh group


Perfetti van Melle

Brand Loyalty


Udea / Ekoplaza

Van Wijnen group


BMN (Bouwmaterialen Nederland)

Vogel’s Holding


Work highlights

  • Advising the Opel dealer organisation (known as VODN) and the Peugeot/Citroën dealer organisation (known as VGPCN) and more than 130 dealers in relation to the allegations brought by Stichting Diesel Emissions Justice and Stichting Car.
  • Advises Fiat, Alfa-Romeo and Lancia Dealer Organisation Nederland (known as FALDON) and its 67 member dealers in relation to the allegations brought by Stichting Diesel Emissions Justice towards the FCA manufacturers, importers and dealers.
  • Advising DHL on the proposed acquisition by Dutch postal company PostNL of its competitor Sandd, including the authority’s blocking, government’s deblocking and currently court appeals proceedings.
Department Name Email Telephone
Employment Marcus de Bont
EU and competition Minos van Joolingen
EU and competition Martijn Jongmans
Insolvency, restructuring and finance Matthijs Steenpoorte
Insolvency, restructuring and finance Jan Stadig
Mergers and acquisitions Henk Brat
Mergers and acquisitions Jan-Willem Reesink
Public procurement Martijn Jongmans
Compensation & Benefits Jan-Willem De Tombe
Real estate Arjen de Bruijn
Supreme Court litigation Marc Janssen
Intellectual Property Ranee van der Straaten
Number of lawyers : 45
International Bar Association
Association Internationale pour la Protection de la Propriété Intellectuelle
Dutch Competition Association
Dutch Energy Association
International Trademark Association
European Communities Trade Mark Association
Association Internationale des Jeunes Avocats
Association of European Trade Mark Owners
Association Internationale pour la Protection de la Propriété Intellectuelle
Inter-Pacific Bar Association
International Association of Defense Counsel
International Fiscal Association
Other offices : Amsterdam