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.
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