Region: Netherlands

bureau Brandeis hires from Dutch enforcer

Lara Elzas has left her role as a senior lawyer at the Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets to join litigation boutique bureau Brandeis.

08 April 2021

Netherlands set to take veal merger to Phase II

The Dutch competition authority has indicated it will take a deal involving the country’s largest veal producer to an in-depth review over concerns the merged company could use its buyer power to “significantly” lower prices for young calves.

29 March 2021

Dutch court sends education publishing deal back to enforcer

A Dutch court has annulled the national competition enforcer’s conditional approval of a merger between two publishers of educational materials, after a rival challenged the adequacy of the agency’s in-depth investigation.

08 March 2021

Dutch court can hear Greek brewery’s damages claim against Heineken

A Dutch appeals court has overturned a lower court’s ruling that found it does not have jurisdiction over a Greek brewery’s competition damages claim against Heineken and its Greek subsidiary.

25 February 2021

VodafoneZiggo loses challenge to EU regulatory recommendations

The European Commission’s recommendations to national regulatory authorities cannot be challenged before the EU courts as they do not constitute a “legal decision”, the European Court of Justice has ruled.

25 February 2021

Dutch enforcer calls for cohesion on sustainability across EU

The Dutch competition authority has said its draft guidelines on sustainability agreements are ready to be discussed at an EU-wide level after updating the advice to clarify what types of cooperation qualify for exemptions from antitrust rules.

27 January 2021

General Court backs EU enforcer in Liberty Global/Ziggo challenge

The EU’s General Court has upheld the European Commission’s decision to reapprove Liberty Global’s acquisition of Dutch TV operator Ziggo, over three years after the same court sent the case back to the EU enforcer to reconsider.

27 January 2021


Featured in GCR 100 2021

The Netherlands is known as a European hotspot for antitrust damages claims, but frequent appeals against fines issued by the Authority for Consumers and Markets and an enticing investment environment also keep Dutch competition practices busy.

11 December 2020

Dutch enforcer launches payment apps probe

The Dutch competition authority is investigating whether payment apps have been unlawfully restricted from accessing software in smartphones needed to provide contactless payment services.

04 December 2020

Dutch enforcer finds big tech is encroaching on payments sector

The Dutch competition authority has recommended that the European Commission use its proposed new gatekeeper rules to prevent large technology companies from dominating the payments market.

01 December 2020

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