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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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Market recognition

Stibbe has 'excellent expertise in the field of competition law' and gives 'practical and streetsmart advice'.

Legal 500 2013, EU and Competition chapter

Stibbe is renowned for its work in the field of civil damages following findings of antitrust violations.

Chambers Europe 2013, Dispute Resolution chapter

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Articles - This chapter of EU State Aid Control deals with the element in Article 107(1) TFEU that only interventions by the State or through State resources can qualify as State aid in the sense of the EU State aid rules. As is the case with respect to the other elements of Art. 107(1) TFEU, no specific legislation exists on the issue of State measures. However, the Commission Notice on the notion of State aid as referred to in Article 107(1) TFEU (the “Notice on the notion of State aid”),1 published on 19 May 2016, covers this topic extensively.

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General Court awards damages for failure to adjudicate within a reasonable time

Short Reads - On 10 January 2017, the General Court ("ruled on the non-contractual liability of EU institutions in an action for damages brought by Gascogne Sack Deutschland GmbH ("Gascogne Sack") and Gascogne. The GC ordered the EU to compensate Gascogne Sack and Gascogne for the damage that they had suffered as a result of the GC's failure to adjudicate within a reasonable time.

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Belgian Competition Authority confirms that the acquisition by a dominant player of a small competitor is not automatically an abuse of a dominant position

Short Reads - On 21 November 2016, the Belgian Competition Authority ("BCA") rejected a request for provisional measures by Alken-Maes ("AM"), the second brewer on the Belgian beer market, against Anheuser-Busch Inbev ("ABI"), the number one player and, according to the provisional decision, the dominant player.

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02.01.2017 EU law
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Short Reads - On 2 December 2016, the Authority for Consumers and Markets ("ACM") adopted guiding principles in relation to sustainability arrangements, together with an accompanying 'decision tree', providing guidance for conducting an initial assessment of the compatibility of the sustainability initiative with the competition rules.

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02.01.2017 EU law
Envelope maker's cartel fine annulled in first successful European settlement appeal

Short Reads - On 13 December 2016, the General Court ("GC") annulled the € 4.7 million cartel fine the European Commission imposed on envelope maker Printeos. The GC ruled that the Commission failed to state adequate reasons in the settlement decision with regard to why the cartelists were granted different fine reductions.

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District Court of Rotterdam confirms that investment firms may be held liable for conduct of portfolio companies

Short Reads - On 30 January 2017, the District Court of Rotterdam upheld the ACM's decision to impose a fine on investment firm Bencis for an infringement committed by its portfolio company Meneba. In 2014, the ACM imposed fines on three investment firms for the involvement of one of their (former) portfolio companies in an alleged cartel on the Dutch flour market, including Bencis that received a fine of EUR 1,3 million [see our January 2015 Newsletter]. Only Bencis appealed the ACM's decision.  

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