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Our experience in EU and competition law ensures we are able to handle the most complex domestic or international matters for our clients.

EU Law, Competition and Regulation

With proven experience in this often-complex area of law, our experts have successfully defended clients in landmark cases in Belgium, the Netherlands and the EU. 

On the menu to the right you will find a list of the specialisms we provide our clients including local companies, multinationals, associations, national and international governments and institutions.

Our expert team has particular expertise in national and transnational cartels and litigation together with regulatory issues in many areas such as the energy, health, communications, media and transport sectors. With regard to litigation, we represent clients with cases brought before the national courts, competition authorities, the General Court, the European Court of Justice and the EU Commission.

As part of our wide-ranging service we handle EU competition law, national competition law, EU law, internal market secondary legislation, regulated markets and unfair commercial practices.

In addition, we assist clients in a large number of civil claims for damages for infringements of competition law.

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Chambers Europe Awards for Excellence 2014

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Chambers Europe 2016, Competition/European Law chapter

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Articles - Elke producent die pesticiden met actieve bestanddelen, zoals fipronil, op de Europese markt wil brengen, is afhankelijk van een Europese en nationale toelating. Die toelating is slechts tijdelijk. Daarenboven moeten de residuen van bepaalde stoffen (zoals fipronil) in ons voedsel onder een maximumgrens blijven. Hierna geven wij u een basisinzicht hoe pesticiden op de Belgische – en bij uitbreiding de Europese – markt kunnen terechtkomen. Als voorbeeld nemen we, hoe kan het anders, de stof fipronil.

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District Court of The Hague rules on ACM's powers to select and inspect digital data

Short Reads - On 18 July 2017, in the context of preliminary relief proceedings, the District Court of The Hague ruled that the Dutch Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM) did not exceed its powers in the selection of digital data following a recent dawn raid at company whose identity was undisclosed (applicant). The judge stated that the applicant did not sufficiently substantiate its claim that certain digital documents selected by the ACM were outside the scope of the investigation. The judgment sheds new light on the application of the ACM 2014 Procedure for the inspection of digital data.

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Short Reads - On 10 July 2017, the Dutch Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM) discontinued its preliminary investigation into Fox. The investigation followed a complaint by cable company CAIW, alleging that the new conditions imposed by Fox on TV distributors in relation to live-soccer matches were discriminatory. The ACM, however, concluded that there was insufficient evidence to establish that these conditions would result in consumer harm and/or an appreciable restriction of competition.

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Short Reads - On 6 July 2017, the European Court of Justice dismissed an appeal brought by Toshiba regarding its participation in the gas-insulated switchgear (GIS) cartel, upholding the General Court's (GC) judgment of 19 January 2016 and making the fine imposed on Toshiba final. The judgment shows that the European Commission is able and willing to repair any breach of the principle of equal treatment in the rare occasions in which this leads to the annulment of a fining decision.

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Arnhem-Leeuwarden Court of Appeal rules on duration of a non-competition clause in SPA

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Recent enforcement action demonstrates an increasing focus on compliance with procedural EU merger rules

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District Court of Rotterdam upheld ACM's decision to clear lottery merger

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