We are Stibbe EU Law, Competition and Regulation specialists

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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Client says: "Very accessible - when I call I can be sure that I will get a call back within a short period of time. The lawyers act fast and are not afraid to give straightforward advice."

Chambers Europe 2015 - Competition/European Law chapter

The firm has excellent knowledge of our business and the issues that might create problems for us.

Chambers Europe 2014, Competition/European Law

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