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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 2016, Competition/European Law chapter

One of the best firms on the Belgian competition scene.

Chambers Europe 2015, Competition/ European Law chapter

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01.05.2017 EU law
European Commission publishes report on effectiveness of enforcement in online hotel booking sector

Short Reads - On 6 April 2017, the European Commission published the results of a monitoring exercise conducted in the online hotel booking sector together with ten other national competition authorities (NCAs). The exercise was aimed at measuring the effects of changes made to the "price parity clauses" that online travel agents (OTAs) included in contracts with hotels following interventions by NCAs.

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04.04.2017 EU law
District Court of Gelderland denies passing-on defence in antitrust litigation related to the GIS-cartel

Short Reads - On 29 March 2017, the District Court of Gelderland rendered a ruling in the "damage assessment procedure" ("schadestaatprocedure") between TenneT and ABB concerning an overcharge TenneT allegedly paid for a gas insulated switchgear installation ("GIS-installation"). The District Court awarded an amount of EUR 23 million plus interest to TenneT and denied ABB’s defence that TenneT did not suffer any loss because it passed on the costs of the GIS-installation to its customers (the "passing-on defence").

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09.05.2017 NL law
Kroniek van het mededingingsrecht

Articles - De ACM ziet zich in het huidige politieke en sociaal-maatschappelijke krachtenveld – met brede steun voor meer overheid en minder markt – geregeld genoodzaakt minder streng in de leer te zijn, bijvoorbeeld op het gebied van samenwerking tussen zorgaanbieders en sectorbrede productiebeperkingen die milieu- en natuurbeschermende doelen nastreven. Tegelijkertijd voert de ACM haar missie uit en blijft zij standvastig het nut en soms de noodzaak van marktwerking benadrukken.

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01.05.2017 EU law
Commercial Court of Ghent grants compensation to parallel importers for competition law infringement by Honda

Short Reads - On 23 March 2017, the Commercial Court of Ghent ruled that the damages claim brought by parallel importers in the Honda motorcycle abuse of dominance case were not time-barred. In March 1999, following a complaint filed by a number of parallel importers, the Belgian Competition Authority (BCA) imposed a fine of approximately EUR 750,000 on Honda Motor Europe Logistics for abusing its dominant position on the Belgian market for the issuance of conformity certificates for Honda motorcycles.

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04.04.2017 EU law
European Commission proposes a new Directive to empower national competition authorities to be more effective enforcers of EU competition law rules

Short Reads - On 22 March 2017, the European Commission published a proposal for a new Directive that aims to provide national competition authorities ("NCAs") with minimum instruments to detect EU competition law infringements and impose effective sanctions.

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01.05.2017 EU law
Court of Justice allows use of evidence received from national tax authorities

Short Reads - On 27 April 2017, the Court of Justice delivered its judgment on the appeal of the Pacific Fruit ruling that the European Commission could rely on evidence that it obtained from the Italian tax authority in a cartel case. Importantly, this judgment clarifies the legality of information exchanges between national authorities other than competition authorities and the Commission.

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01.05.2017 EU law
Hague Court of Appeal rules on interpretation of object infringements

Short Reads - On 4 April 2017, the Hague Court of Appeal ruled that supermarket and food service trade association CBL (Centraal Bureau Levensmiddelhandel) and its member Jumbo had not infringed article 6 of the Dutch Competition Act (Mw) when setting minimum standards for preventing the sale of alcohol and tobacco to underage customers. The ruling overturns the earlier judgment of the District Court of the Hague finding an infringement of the Dutch cartel prohibition.

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21.04.2017 NL law
Doorberekening van kartelschade

Articles - In het arrest Tennet/ABB laat de Hoge Raad voor het eerst zijn licht schijnen over doorberekening van kartelschade. Meer in het bijzonder geeft de Hoge Raad antwoord op de vraag op welke wijze een doorberekeningsverweer (‘passing-on defence’) naar Nederlands recht kan worden vormgegeven.

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04.04.2017 EU law
Court of Justice confirms the fine imposed on Samsung in the cathode ray tubes cartel

Short Reads - On 9 March 2017, the Court of Justice delivered its judgment on the appeal of Samsung SDI and Samsung SDI (Malaysia) (together "Samsung") against the General Court's ("GC") ruling of 9 September 2015. The GC had earlier dismissed Samsung's appeal against the cathode ray tubes cartel decision from the European Commission [see our October 2015 Newsletter] and confirmed the fines imposed by the Commission.

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