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29 July 2019 / news

Loyens & Loeff Publishes Chambers Merger Control The Netherlands 2019

Loyens & Loeff gladly announces the publication of the digital edition of its chapter on the Netherlands in the Chambers Merger Control Guide 2019. The physical edition is expected to be published shortly.

Loyens & Loeff gladly announces the publication of the digital edition of its chapter on the Netherlands in the Chambers Merger Control Guide 2019. The physical edition is expected to be published shortly.

The Merger Control Guide is part of Chambers & Partners’ Law & Practice series, which provides easily accessible information on navigating the legal system in key jurisdictions when conducting business there. Leading lawyers explain local law and practice at key transactional stages and for crucial aspects of doing business.

The chapter on merger control in the Netherlands provides a concise but complete overview of the Dutch merger control system. It provides the reader with an insight into which mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures require notification in the Netherlands, what information is required in a notification, the steps and timetables of the notification process, and how the Dutch Authority for Consumers & Markets assesses merger notifications. It also deals with divestiture and behavioural remedies and with the various penalties for a failure to notify, a belated notification (both known as ‘gun-jumping’) or incomplete or incorrect notifications. Finally, it briefly but accurately describes the most important landmark cases of the past few years.

The chapter appears in a time in which scrutiny of competition authorities with regard to ‘gun-jumping’ is becoming tighter (see our recent Competition Bit regarding the fine of EUR 28 million that the European Commission recently imposed on Canon) and, therefore, awareness of and adequate advice on the obligations under the various merger control regimes is becoming ever more important for companies around the world.

Loyens & Loeff provides advice on EU and national (Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg) competition law and assists clients who find themselves to be the subject of an investigation by one or more competition authorities. We have represented clients in antitrust proceedings (cartel prohibition and prohibition on the abuse of a dominant position) before the European Commission as well as before national competition authorities and courts (Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg). We also advise them on the implementation of compliance programs and distribution schemes in order to take account of the (European) competition rules in the course of their daily business. Together with our Corporate/M&A experts, we guide M&A projects through the mandatory merger notification proceedings with competition authorities in the Benelux countries, European Union and across the world.

Contact

Should you have any questions with regard to the above, please contact Marc Wiggers, Gert-Wim van de Meent, Marc Custers or your regular Loyens & Loeff adviser.



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