Competition law

Competition law ensures that restrictive practices between companies are prohibited. Competition law also prohibits the abuse of dominant positions by companies. In addition, where appropriate, companies must report their intention to merge or set up a joint venture to the (local) competition authority. In the Netherlands, the Authority for Consumer and Markets (’ACM’) has exclusive powers to impose fines on companies and natural persons that violate the competition rules. Competition law is also increasingly being invoked in civil proceedings.

Multidisciplinairy approach with a fixed point of contact

VDB Advocaten Notarissen always takes a multidisciplinary approach to legal aspects and can help organizations with competition related matters. If necessary, we consult with tax advisers and/or accountants (including IT-auditors) in order to provide you with adequate advice. Since we have these specialists in-house (WVDB Adviseurs Accountants), we can work adequately and efficiently. You always have a fixed point of contact!

Full spectrum competition law:

Our practice covers the following topics, including:

  • preparation and assessment of alliances/drafting and assessment of alliances/cooperation contracts between competitors;
  • merger control;
  • reviewing acquisition contracts and shareholder agreements;
  • compliance audits;
  • mock dawn raids
  • advice and assistance in (cartel) investigations of the ACM and/or the EC, including supervising a raid/business visit ('dawn raid') and the (possible) subsequent sanction process;
  • commercial contracts (distribution & franchise);
  • unfair trade practices;
  • codes of conduct and compliance programs.


If you have any questions or would like to receive additional information, we are more than happy to assist.

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