Christof Swaak

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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06.12.2017 EU law
EU Court of Justice: Suppliers of luxury goods may prohibit their authorised distributors from selling on third party internet platforms

Short Reads - Today the ECJ rendered its much anticipated judgment in a dispute between a supplier of luxury cosmetics (Coty) and one of its authorised resellers. The central question was whether Coty is allowed under the competition rules to forbid its resellers to sell Coty products over third party internet platforms with visible logos (like eBay or Amazon).

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28.02.2018 EU law
The role of individuals in antitrust enforcement actions: it's personal!

Articles - Over the years, an increasing number of jurisdictions have decided to follow the U.S. example by making it possible to go not only after companies but also after individuals who were involved in violating competition rules, creating an important additional personal incentive to comply with these rules. The theory is that ‘making it personal’ by sanctioning individuals in some way may be a more effective deterrent to cartels than imposing high fines on companies.

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01.05.2017 EU law
European Commission publishes report on effectiveness of enforcement in online hotel booking sector

Short Reads - On 6 April 2017, the European Commission published the results of a monitoring exercise conducted in the online hotel booking sector together with ten other national competition authorities (NCAs). The exercise was aimed at measuring the effects of changes made to the "price parity clauses" that online travel agents (OTAs) included in contracts with hotels following interventions by NCAs.

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