State aid after 1 July 2014: more rules and less bureaucracy?

The European Commission last week launched a detailed investigation into tax benefits allegedly received by Starbucks in the Netherlands. This case illustrates the potentially serious consequences of granting state aid to private companies. View blog >

Non-compete and the cartel prohibition: high evidentiary standards apply

Competition law often permits the use of non-compete clauses in agreements between undertakings. It is apparent from Dutch case law, that a thorough market analysis is required to successfully invoke the nullity of such a clause. View blog >

The Netherlands: an attractive jurisdiction for follow-on cartel damage claims

For several years the Netherlands has been amongst the most attractive jurisdictions in the European Union for follow-on proceedings in the field of competition law (cartel damage claims). View blog >

Supreme Court: competition law restricts range of services provided by trade associations

Trade associations are finding it increasing difficult to convince their (prospective) members of the added value of membership of their association. View blog >

Supervisory authorities investigating public announcements by companies

The European Commission has instituted an investigation into possible cartel practices of various shipping companies involved in container liner shipping. View blog >

Simplification of merger control but increased supervision

Since 1 January 2014 the European Commission has broadened the scope of its simplified procedure to review unproblematic transactions. The ACM is expected to follow suit and to simplify its procedure too. View blog >

A closer look at e-commerce and e-tailing

The world is increasingly online – and the same applies to the distribution of products. The European Commission is also keeping a close eye on the rise of Internet distribution (also known as e-tailing). View blog >

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