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.

Testimonial Geld Service Nederland

In our cooperation with Kennedy Van der Laan, the elements that appeal to us are the mutual harmony and interest, flexible attitude and professionalism of the firm.

In 2010 we asked Annemieke van der Beek for strategic advice about the incorporation of Geld Service Nederland (GSN); afterwards, in the past years Kennedy Van der Laan assisted us in several proceedings and summary proceedings. Other parties in the market claimed that GSN was restricting competition and brought several proceedings against us. The outcome of all these cases was unanimous: the various banks that cooperate within GSN do not restrict competition.

We at GSN are especially happy with the cooperation model between ourselves and Kennedy Van der Laan. Thanks to a great mutual commitment to the preparation of the cases and a clear division of roles, we were able to choose the best strategy to follow in these cases together. With Kennedy Van der Laan we have developed a characteristic method of cooperation, in which GSN supplies the relevant facts, after which Annemieke and her team translate this business information into legally relevant information.

All in all, we are extremely satisfied; not only with the positive outcome of the various proceedings and summary proceedings, but also with the cooperation. The team of Kennedy Van der Laan, consisting of Annemieke van der Beek, Martijn van Bemmel and Fabian Kroon and several other colleagues from other practice groups, always do their utmost to achieve the best result for us.

Victor de Wolff
Financial Director GSN


Legal 500 EMEA 2016 – EU and Competition – Tier 4

Kennedy Van der Laan is particularly strong in certain industry sectors, including healthcare, IT and financial services. Annemieke van der Beek’s practice takes in state aid and public procurement. Martine de Koning is recommended.


Chambers Europe 2015 – Competition/European Law – Band 3

Annemieke van der Beek of Kennedy Van der Laan focuses on competition work related to corporate transactions, as well as cartel and abuse of dominance matters. She represents high-profile clients from the banking, healthcare and telecoms sectors.


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.

The Legal 500 Rankings 2017

The Legal 500 has published its rankings for 2017. On the basis of annual extensive research on the market and among clients, The Legal 500 compiles...

13 april 2017 

Chambers and Partners Europe Rankings 2017

Chambers and Partners has published its rankings for 2017. On the basis of annual extensive research on the market and among clients, Chambers and...

13 april 2017 

Kennedy Van der Laan Only Non-British Firm Nominated for The Lawyer Business Leadership Awards 2016

Today, it was announced that Kennedy Van der Laan has been nominated for The Lawyer Business Leadership Awards 2016. With its ‘Alliance Community...

27 june 2016 

The Legal 500 rankings 2016

The Legal 500 has published its rankings for 2016. On the basis of annual extensive research on the market and among clients, The Legal 500 compiles...

19 april 2016 

Kennedy Van der Laan contributed to Global Practice Guides Merger Control 2016

Annemieke van der Beek, Martijn van Bemmel and Fabian Kroon, Competition Law and European Law attorneys, cooperated in the book Global Practice...

22 march 2016 

Manual for Raids by Supervisory Authorities (NZa, ACM, European Commission, etc.)

The Dutch health care sector actively supervises the behaviour of health care insurers and health care providers in particular. The Dutch Health Care...

28 september 2015 

European Commission Starts Investigation in E-Commerce Industry

The European Commission is going to start a competition investigation in the e-commerce industry. The purpose of the investigation is to map the...

03 september 2015 

Competition Investigation into Amazon: Second Attack on American IT Giant by European Commission

The European Commission has announced a formal investigation into Amazon’s distribution agreements regarding e-books. The investigation is...

03 september 2015 

Google Under Fire: Next Fine of Billions for American IT Giant?

The European Commission has sent Google a so-called ‘Statement of Objections’, because it suspects that Google is abusing its dominant position...

22 april 2015 

The Legal 500 rankings 2015

The Legal 500 has published its rankings for 2015. On the basis of annual extensive research on the market and among clients, The Legal 500 compiles...

16 april 2015 

Legal aspects e-mandates

Mandates for direct debits have already been widely used, but were limited to national direct debit transactions. As SEPA direct debit mandates are...

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

Competition Law Framework In principle, arrangements between undertakings that restrict competition are not allowed under the ban on cartels...

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 at law, Partner

  • Annemieke van der Beek Attorney at law, Partner +31 20 5506 684
  • Martine de Koning Attorney at law, Partner +31 20 5506 639
  • Martijn van Bemmel Attorney at law +31 20 5506 653