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.
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.
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.
Antitrust, Concentrations & Dominance
European and national competition regulations aim to prevent unfair or restricted competition caused by agreements between businesses, takeovers and mergers or the abuse of a dominant position by powerful businesses. These regulations provide opportunities.
Claims for compensation often result in very complex procedures with multiple parties from different jurisdictions and various applicable national legal systems. Our Competition Litigation team successfully supports its clients in such procedures.
When it comes to the complex playing field that is state aid, Van Doorne has the expertise to make proactive and creative contributions to both businesses and authorities to help them achieve their goals without violating state aid regulations and without the unlawful state aid being claimed back and having to be paid.