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Maverick Advocaten

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Number of partners: 3
Number of lawyers: 10
Languages: Dutch, English

Firm Overview:
Maverick Advocaten is the independent and leading competition law firm in the Netherlands. The team has vast experience at the top of the Dutch legal profession.

The lawyers provide advice on Dutch and EU competition law, including cartels, abuse of dominance, (second phase) merger control and cartel damage claims. They also frequently advise clients on economic regulation, consumer law and EU law (including state aid, unfair competition and procurement law). The team regularly represents clients in proceedings before the Dutch and EU courts, the Netherlands Authority for Consumers & Markets, the European Commission and the Dutch Healthcare Authority.

Maverick Advocaten represents clients in a wide variety of sectors, including healthcare, pharmaceuticals, agri and food, FMCG, energy, transport, retail, fintech, media and communications 

Recent Work:
• Representation of British Airways in a contribution proceeding concerning damages claim relating to the alleged airfreight cartel
• Representation of Fapricela in a follow-on cartel damages claim procedure relating to the alleged pre-stressing steel cartel
• Assisting various companies in obtaining EU merger control approval for example Waterland/NLE
• Assisting third parties in EU merger control proceedings, including the European Investors’ Association (EIA) and the Dutch Association of Investors (VEB) in their objections against the merger between London Stock Exchange (LSE) and Deutsche Börse (DB)
• Representation of Parnassia and Antes, two mental healthcare providers, in obtaining conditional second phase approval of the ACM
• Assisting 55 real-estate traders involved in foreclosure actions in the appeal procedures at the Dutch Trade and Industry Appeals Tribunal against the fine of the ACM for alleged collusion
• Representing various companies in Dutch cartel proceedings including the appeal of H&S against ACM’s fine in the cold storage industry and the appeal of Midac against a fine for alleged price-fixing involving forklift truck batteries
• Drafting a report on behalf of GroentenFruit Huis, Dutch Produce Association and Nationaal Coöperatieve Raad on the application of competition law on cooperative associations
• Representing the Association of Practising General Practitioners (VPH) and the National Association of General Practitioners (LHV) in the appeal procedure at the Dutch Trade and Industry Appeals Tribunal against tariff decisions of the Dutch Healthcare Authority (NZa)
• Representing Sandd, the second largest postal operator in the Netherlands, on the competition law issues of the envisaged takeover by PostNL, the incumbent postal operator in the Netherlands
• Representing Youfone, the second largest MVNO in the Netherlands, as third interested party during the phase II investigation by the European Commission into the T-Mobile/Tele2-transaction
• Successfully representing online travel agency Prijsvrij in civil competition law proceedings against tour operator Thomas Cook, resulting in a judgment declaring the termination of the agency agreement by Thomas Cook in violation of EU competition law
• Representing professional iceskaters Mark Tuitert and Niels Kerstholt as well as EU Athletes as third parties in the appeal proceedings before the General Court brought by the International Skating Union (ISU)
• Successfully representing a large group of healthcare providers in a cartel investigation of ACM
• Successfully assisting a healthcare provider by convincing the NZa to abandon an administrative fine in a gun jumping case regarding the healthcare provider
• Successfully filing several enforcement requests with the NZa on behalf of healthcare providers and their trade association regarding breaches of mandatory rules by three healthcare insurers

Key Clients

Aegon, Bayer, Bosch-Siemens Household Appliances, Brocacef/Mediq, EBS, Eneco, Fox, Funda, Gimv, MRCE, Parnassia Groep, Prijsvrij, Sandd, T-Mobile, Ursapharm, Unilever