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17 January 2020 / article

Competition law in the Netherlands 2019

We are pleased to present to you this overview of competition law developments in the Netherlands in 2019. With Martijn Snoep, eminent competition lawyer, in office as chairman of the Dutch Authority for Consumers & Markets (the ACM) for over a year now, it would appear that the ACM has embarked on a more interventionist policy course.

Multiple dawn raids were carried out, no fewer than five merger control cases were referred to the second phase for an in-depth investigation and the ACM published several noteworthy reports and policy guidelines. Especially the healthcare sector, digital markets and the food sector - areas in which our team has a strong focus and track record – have been at the centre of the ACM’s attention.

This resulted in another busy year for Loyens & Loeff’s EU Competition Team. We were involved in several concentrations, court proceedings and cartel and abuse of dominance investigations. For example:

  • We represented clients in two Phase II merger cases, one of which is still pending. We successfully advised textile services provider CleanLease and its majority shareholder AAC on the acquisition of its competitor Lips, uniting numbers 1 and 2 in the market.
  • In the digital sector, we advised and represented various online platforms and retailers, big tech companies and data driven companies.
  • 2019 also marked the year in which we published the first comparative handbook in relation to EU digital competition law. We also launched our own Digital Competition Course.

In 2020 we will continue to follow developments in these and other sectors in order to assist our clients on competition law matters in an increasingly complex digital landscape.

Please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any questions. We will be happy to discuss.

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