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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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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04.04.2017 EU law
General Court annuls European Commission's merger blocking decision in UPS/TNT for procedural errors

Short Reads - On 7 March 2017, the General Court ("GC") annulled the decision of the European Commission to block the proposed acquisition of TNT Express ("TNT") by United Parcel Service ("UPS"). The GC found that the Commission had infringed the right of defence of UPS by failing to communicate the final version of the econometric model used in the assessment.

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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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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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04.04.2017 EU law
Court of Justice rules on the Hearing Officer's competence to resolve confidentiality requests

Short Reads - On 14 March 2017, the Court of Justice ruled on an action brought by Evonik Degussa ("Evonik") against the publication of an extended non-confidential version of the hydrogen peroxide cartel decision. This judgment clarifies the Hearing Officer's competence to decide on confidentiality claims and provides guidance on the type of information the European Commission may disclose in a public decision.

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