I am Rein Wesseling EU Law, Competition and Regulation specialist

Rein Wesseling

Rein regularly assists companies in their dealings with national courts, national competition authorities, the EU Commission and the European courts.

His expertise covers all areas of EU and competition law including cartels, joint ventures, abuse of dominance and state aid law. He assists clients across numerous business sectors from fast moving consumer goods to pharmaceuticals.

Rein has a Doctor of Philosophy from European University Institute (Florence) together with a Master of Law from the University of Amsterdam. In addition, he is the professor of competition and regulation at the law faculty of the same university.

Rein has published many articles and a book in his specialist area of EU and competition law called The Modernisation of European Antitrust Law

  • Languages: Dutch, English, German, French, Italian
  • Admitted to the Amsterdam Bar: 1998
  • Partner since: 2004

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20.02.2017 EU law
EU State Aid Control: chapter about State Measure

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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01.02.2017 EU law
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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20.02.2017 NL law
Overview of Legislative Proposal on Collective Action (NL)

Short Reads - In the Netherlands, it is possible for a representative entity to bring a "collective action" on an "opt-out basis" under article 3:305a of the Dutch Civil Code (the "DCC"). However, under the current provisions in Dutch law, the representative entity is not entitled to claim monetary damages. This limitation is likely to be removed in the not too distant future.

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01.02.2017 EU law
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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