Ms Janneke Kohlen > Bird & Bird > Amsterdam, Netherlands > Lawyer Profile

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Work Department

Competition & EU Law


Janneke is partner in our Competition & EU Law practice and is based in The Hague. Janneke specialises in competition law and public procurement law and advises a wide variety of clients, both contentious and non-contentious. She has substantial experience in merger control, cartel cases and abuse of dominance. Janneke has broad expertise in advising on distribution agreements and frequently provides in-house competition compliance programs and trainings to clients. Additionally, she has extensive experience in drafting Codes of Conducts and compliance manuals for companies with a focus on competition law. In addition, she advises a wide variety of clients on public procurement issues throughout the process from reviewing tender documents and advising clients on which questions should be asked of the procuring entities and representing companies in court, if necessary. Her practice areas are primarily focused on the postal and telecommunications, consumer products as well as food and beverages sectors. She is also a member of our Tech & Comms Group. Janneke also publishes regularly and is co-editor for the European and Economic chapter of the Dutch journal ‘Juridisch Up To Date’.

Testimonials – The Legal 500 EMEA 2021

‘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.’


Before joining us in 2009, Janneke worked for another top tier law firm in the Netherlands. In 2011, she successfully completed the post graduate public procurement course at the Grotius Academy.


Dutch and English


Member of the Dutch Associations for Competition Law and Public Procurement Law.


Janneke was admitted to the bar in 2005.

Lawyer Rankings

Netherlands > EU and competition

(Next Generation Partners)

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