Van Doorne

Competition/European Law Department

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Our market economy is based on economic freedom and fair competition, which ultimately benefits the consumer. To ensure this, European and Dutch competition law sets all kinds of boundaries for corporate market conduct.

For example, companies are not allowed to make any arrangements or exchange any information that might restrict competition, nor are they allowed to abuse their economic dominance, certain types of state aid are prohibited, and the competition authorities assess in advance whether certain mergers or acquisitions may actually proceed.

Although the competition rules have an extensive impact on business operations, the application of the rules containing these prohibitions is often complicated. Furthermore, the risks are significant. Violation of the rules can lead to hefty fines, businesses can be forced to repay state aid, and mergers or acquisitions can fall through. Our experienced European & Competition Law team is known for finding innovative solutions and achieving practical possibilities.

Innovative and practical approach

We adopt a practical approach when advising on compliance with regulations. We map out risks and propose appropriate and proportional measures to manage them. The team has excellent relationships with regulatory authorities and is known for its innovative solutions as an alternative to fines where competition-law issues arise.