Competition Law and European Law

“Strategic advice in the field of Competition Law and European Law.”

Competition Law and European Law are playing an important role in an increasing number of sectors in the Netherlands. Many companies are confronted with these complex areas of law, for instance when collaborating with other companies, in commercial contracts, mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures. Besides companies, authorities and other non-commercial parties may also be confronted with Competition Law and European law, for instance in relation to state aid.

With its expertise, experience and knowledge of the market the Competition Law and European Law Team is able to give clients practical advice on how to limit Competition-Law risks and how to resolve disputes with competition authorities.

The Competition Law and European Law Team is a spider in our firm’s web. The team cooperates with all other teams of Kennedy Van der Laan and has developed special expertise in, inter alia, the financial sector, the healthcare sector, telecommunications and information technology, life sciences, media, fashion and retail.

The Competition Law and European Law Team, headed by Annemieke van der Beek, assists clients in Competition Law and European Law matters in a broad sense.

The Core of the Competition Law and European Law Practice:

  • Strategic advice on alliances and governance models in mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures
  • Notification of concentrations (mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures) to the competition authorities
  • Notification and guidance of complaints to the competition authorities
  • Guidance of compliance of companies
  • Advice on and litigation regarding:
      • Cartel agreements (e.g. price-fixing arrangements and market allocation schemes);
      • Commercial contracts (e.g. for distribution, agency, franchise, licenses and joint ventures)
      • Specific rules and limitations for companies having a dominant position (e.g. pricing policies and exclusivity arrangements)
  • Advising authorities and companies on:
      • State aid
      • Public procurement
      • Public-private partnerships

Martine de Koning of the technology practice particularly focuses on distribution structures.

Competition and Litigation

Our Competition Law and European Law practice not only provides advice, it also has broad experience in representing clients in proceedings before the competition authorities (the Netherlands Authority for Consumers & Markets ACM and the European Commission), Dutch courts and European judicial authorities.

If you would like more information about Competition Law and European Law, please do not hesitate to contact Annemieke van der Beek or Martijn van Bemmel.

Legal 500 EMEA 2015 – Competition and European law – Tier 4

Kennedy Van der Laan handles contentious and non-contentious competition matters for a client base of Dutch and international companies, particularly in the technology, media, healthcare and transport sectors. Annemieke van der Beek and Martijn van Bemmel are recommended.

Chambers Europe 2014 – Competition/European Law

What the team is known for Maintains a strong reputation for competition matters in the healthcare sector, as well as the technology, banking and retail industries. Offers a broad practice encompassing issues such as mergers, abuse of dominant position, technology transfer and the free movement of goods and services.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) “The lawyers were really able to get into the client’s shoes and understand what we were asking them to do from a business perspective.”

What’s new? New client wins include ING and LEO Pharma.

Work highlights Assisted Mobiel Betalen Nederland, a consortium consisting of Rabobank, ABN AMRO and ING, with the competition aspects of establishing a national infrastructure for mobile payments and other services.

Advised Nike on the development of a global store network.

Notable practitioners Clients praise Annemieke van der Beek for her expertise in competition matters in the healthcare industry, saying: “She has a lot of experience, great communication skills and an excellent network.”

Significant clients ASML, Dutch Banking Association, Geldservice Nederland, NKOC, Telegraaf Media Groep.

Legal 500 EMEA 2014 – EU and competition – Tier 4

Annemieke van der Beek leads Kennedy Van der Laan’s team, which advised a joint venture of major Dutch banks on creating infrastructure for cash management services and mobile payments. It also assisted the Dutch Banking Association with setting up an association of payment institutions. Other clients include Capgemini, Nike and Converse.

The Legal 500 rankings 2015

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16 april 2015 

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18 february 2015 

Power of Health Care Insurers Increases: NZa Is Going to Supervise More Strictly

The Dutch Health Care Authority (‘NZa’) is going to supervise health care insurers more strictly. Maarten Ruys, interim president of the board of...

10 december 2014 

Fair competition: ambient intelligence, smart marketing and loyalty programmes

The retail sector increasingly uses databases filled with (potential)customers’ behaviour for smart marketing purposes. This involves largescale...

06 may 2014 

NMa Can Only Fine Supervisory Directors in Exceptional Cases

The Court of Rotterdam, 27 September 2012, LJN BX8528 The Facts In 2010, the Dutch Competition Authority (“NMa”) first used its new authority...

29 october 2012 

Recent Developments in the Area of Co-Insurance Pools: More (Un)Certainty?

Certain concerted actions between undertakings may lead to a prohibited restriction of competition. Within the insurance sector, this will be the...

28 march 2011 

Competition Law: New Exemption Decree Applicable in Insurance Sector

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25 june 2010 

Up to Dutch Court to Prohibit Online Games of Chance of English Ladbrokes at Lotto's Request

European Court of Justice, 3 June 2010, C-258/08 (Lotto / Ladbrokes) The Netherlands have a very restrictive national gaming policy. Offering...

25 june 2010 

New European Competition Rules on Vertical Agreements

The Block Exemption Regulation stipulates under which conditions vertical agreements are exempted from the cartel ban in any case. If a vertical...

28 may 2010 

Conflicting Sponsorship Agreements in Badminton

Court of Utrecht in Preliminary Relief Proceedings, 20 March 2010, LJN BL6880 Exclusive Sponsorship Agreement Binding on the Players The Dutch...

29 april 2010 

Commitment Decision after Patent Ambush

Rambus Rambus Inc is a technology licensing company that owns various patents in the field of memory chips. On 30 July 2007 the European Commission...

26 january 2010 

Legal privilege in-house counsel rejected again

On 17 September 2007 an interesting EC-judgment was rendered on the question of whether the communications of in-house counsels fall under the scope...

20 september 2007 

Cases against Microsoft

In the past years, Microsoft has been under heavy antitrust scrutiny. The company has been accused of several forms of anti-competitive behaviour....

01 june 2007 
Annemieke van der Beek

Annemieke van der Beek

Attorney, Partner

  • Annemieke van der Beek Attorney, Partner +31 20 5506 684
  • Martine de Koning Attorney, Partner +31 20 5506 639
  • Martijn van Bemmel Attorney +31 (0)20 5506 653
  • Fabian Kroon Attorney +31 20 5506 814