I am Christof Swaak
EU Law, Competition and Regulation specialist
Compliance and Sanctions specialist

Christof Swaak

Christof is the head of our competition and regulation practice in Amsterdam.

He regularly represents high-profile clients before the European Commission, the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg, national competition authorities including the Dutch Authority for Consumers & Markets and the relevant national courts. His broad expertise includes European and Dutch competition law and he is a recognised specialist in complex multi-jurisdictional cartel cases, leniency and compliance issues.

Christof received a PhD in European law and was a senior lecturer for four years at the European Institute of Leiden University. He has also co-authored several books and lectured at programs sponsored by organisations such as the American Bar Association and the International Bar Association.

Furthermore, Christof has been active as ad-hoc professor at Fordham Law School, New York (USA) and Yale Law School, New Haven (USA).

  • Languages: Dutch, English
  • Admitted to the Amsterdam Bar: 1988
  • Partner since: 1999

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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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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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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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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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