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EU Law, competition and regulation

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. 

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.

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.

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Market recognition

Chambers Award 2018

Netherlands Law Firm of the Year

Exceptional Benelux firm with a market-leading domestic practice. Particularly adept in state aid, behavioural investigations, private damages claims and wider litigation. Additionally offers a strong EU-level practice.

Chambers Europe 2017, Competition / EU Law chapter
Who's Who Legal Awards 2018

Belgium Law Firm of the Year

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Short Reads - Competition Commissioner Vestager presented a sneak peak of her plans for the future of EU merger control on the 30th anniversary of the EU Merger Regulation. The proposed plans include a simplification of the notification procedure and a new approach towards the system of referral to ensure that significant transactions, particularly in the digital and pharmaceutical industries, no longer escape Commission scrutiny.

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Cigarettes producers fined for alleged indirect info exchange

Short Reads - Enforcement of competition rules in relation to indirect information exchange seems to be catching on; while the European Commission only flagged the risks in its consumer electronics cases, the ACM has taken up the challenge and imposed fines. Four cigarettes producers were fined a total of EUR 82 million for allegedly indirectly exchanging information on the future retail prices of cigarettes through their wholesalers and other buyers. According to the ACM, the manufacturers knowingly accepted this information and used it to determine their own pricing strategies.

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Luxembourg tax measures on non-cooperative jurisdictions: EU blacklist updated

Articles - On 6 October 2020, the European Union list of non-cooperative jurisdictions (the “EU List") was updated. The changes have an impact on bill of law nº 7547, providing that, as from 1 January 2021, interest or royalties, accrued or paid, should no longer be deductible for tax purposes when the beneficiary is a related enterprise established in a country included in the EU List.

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Waiting for the EC: third-party platform bans and RPM still on radar

Short Reads - The results of the European Commission’s evaluation of the Vertical Block Exemption Regulation (VBER) call for more clarity and convergence in the interpretation of certain (online) vertical restrictions. However, the Dutch competition authority (the ACM) and the Dutch courts cannot wait for the European Commission’s revised VBER rules to deal with such sales restrictions.

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What to expect when you are expecting: broader investment screening in the Netherlands

Short Reads - On 8 September 2020, a draft bill setting up an ex-ante and ex-post screening mechanism for investments in companies active in vital processes or sensitive technology in the Netherlands was published for consultation. Investments, mergers and acquisitions that took place between 2 June 2020 and the entry into force of the proposed law may also be scrutinised. The draft bill is open for consultation until 7 October 2020. Companies should beware of these new developments in relation to future, and potentially past, M&A deals.

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Directors' liability due to competition law infringements by the company

Short Reads - The District Court Noord-Nederland recently allowed the trustees in bankruptcy of Northsea shrimp trading company Heiploeg to recover part of a EUR 27 million cartel fine from a former director. Internationally, the question whether companies can recover competition law fines through civil claims against individuals involved in the competition law infringement, is controversial. The court held, however, that the director’s personal involvement in the infringement amounted to ‘serious mismanagement’, triggering personal liability to pay damages.

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Short Reads - There is a new enforcement trend in the Netherlands; consumer protection is shifting from private enforcement before the civil courts, to public enforcement through the Dutch Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM), the combined antitrust and consumer protection authority. This is not mere cheap talk from the authority; multimillion fines have already been imposed on Dutch telecom operators and a Dutch energy company, whereas fines approximating one million euro have been imposed on three kitchen retailers, all for allegedly misleading consumers.

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Stibbe hosts a webinar on dawn raids organised by IBJ/IJE

Seminar - On 24 September 2020, several Stibbe lawyers ​​​​​explain the rights and obligations of companies when confronted with announced or unannounced raids. What do to when, for example, tax authorities, the competition authorities, police services or a bailiff are at your doorstep?

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