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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Implementation of Antitrust Damages Directive: Dutch legislation effective as of 10 February 2017

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01.03.2017 EU law
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01.03.2017 EU law
European Commission approves German measure to support electric charging infrastructure for green vehicles

Short Reads - On 13 February 2017, the European Commission decided that the German measure to support the installation and upgrade of electric charging infrastructure for users of electric vehicles across the country is compatible with the EU State aid rules.

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Overview of Legislative Proposal on Collective Action (NL)

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01.03.2017 EU law
European Commission opens three investigations in the e-commerce sector

Short Reads - On 2 February 2017, the European Commission published a press release announcing that it had launched three separate investigations in the e-commerce sector (two investigations on its own initiative and one following complaints from customers). These investigations are part of the Commission’s broader Digital Single Market Strategy, which aims to eliminate barriers that hinder cross-border online sales [see our October 2016 Newsletter].   

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