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    European & Competition Law

    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.

    Efficient solutions

    By applying sector-specific knowledge, we support our clients as they structure strategic alliances and transactions. We make a valuable and efficient contribution to proceedings before competition authorities and courts.

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    Visit the pages below to learn more about what we can do for you in the fields of competition, dominant parties (and their special responsibilities), merger control, competition litigation and state aid.

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    Recommendations

    "Van Doorne is appreciated for its ‘daring approach to solutions’" - The Legal 500 EMEA 2019, EU and Competition

    "The team draws praise for its 'broad knowledge and experience'"; "The department is 'very high-quality and responsive'" - Chambers Europe 2019, Competition/European Law

    "Rated for its 'swift response times, excellent industry knowledge and suitable advice'." - The Legal 500 EMEA 2018, EU and Competition 

    "Van Doorne's practice is instructed by clients across various sectors, including healthcare, retail, education, media and financial services." - The Legal 500 EMEA 2018, EU and Competition 

    "'Profound knowledge' and 'fit-for-purpose, pragmatic'." - Chambers Europe 2018, Competition/European Law 

    "It's a good mix of experienced and junior lawyers with a bright future ahead." - Chambers Europe 2018, Competition/European Law 

    "Thorough, hands-on and very friendly." - Chambers Europe 2018, Competition/European Law