Competition & Regulation

Jolling de Pree
Bart de Rijke
Helen Gornall
+ 40 other experts

Strategic competition advice for multinational clients, globally

… in enforcement actions and transactions, with an emphasis on Europe. Active across almost the entire spectrum of Competition and Regulatory law, our large, integrated Amsterdam/Brussels-based team handles multiple complex matters in parallel fashion.

We have experience in obtaining clearance of complex merger control cases involving potential remedies before the European Commission and other competition agencies worldwide. Our team has handled many high-profile, data-intensive cartel cases before the European Commission, and has a track record of getting fines annulled before the European Courts.

We have extensive experience of taking the lead in cross-border matters with tight cost control measures in place, and efficiently coordinate merger filings, often in numerous jurisdictions, worldwide. We are involved in all pending civil cartel damage actions in the Netherlands, and work closely together with our civil litigation specialists to assist our clients in their most complex matters.

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Recent Matters

4 October 2021

EQT Infrastructure V and Stonepeak to acquire DELTA Fiber

De Brauw advised EQT Infrastructure V ("EQT V") and Stonepeak on their acquisition of DELTA Fiber from EQT Infrastructure III. DELTA Fiber is a leading owner and operator of fiber-to-the-home telecom infrastructure in the Netherlands. EQT V and Stonepeak will each hold a 50 percent stake in DELTA Fiber and co-control the company, supported by a strong advisory board of industry professionals. DELTA Fiber will benefit from the parties' significant combined expertise in the digital infrastructure sector and vast track record in fiber rollout across the Netherlands and Europe. Together, EQT V and Stonepeak are committed to investing significantly in the continued digitalisation of the Dutch society by accelerating DELTA Fiber's fiber rollout in the Netherlands and supporting its ambition to connect two million Dutch households to fiber by 2025. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including regulatory approvals and consultation with employee representatives.
7 September 2021

Deutsche Telekom and Tele2 sell T-Mobile Netherlands to a consortium of Apax and Warburg Pincus for an EV of EUR 5.1 billion

De Brauw advised Deutsche Telekom AG on the sale by Deutsche Telekom and Tele2 of T-Mobile Netherlands to an entity jointly controlled by funds advised by Apax Partners LLP and Warburg Pincus LLC for an enterprise value of EUR 5.1 billion.
18 August 2021

NN Group NV sells NN Investment Partners to Goldman Sachs for EUR 1.7 billion

De Brauw advised NN Group on the sale of its asset manager NN Investment Partners (NN IP) to Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. for total cash proceeds of EUR 1.7 billion. As part of the agreement, NN Group and Goldman Sachs Asset Management will enter into a ten-year strategic partnership under which the combined company will continue to provide asset management services to NN Group. The combination with Goldman Sachs gives NN IP a broader platform to accelerate its growth and further improve the offering and service to its clients. It will also allow NN Group to continue its successful cooperation with NN IP and to benefit from the strengths and complementary product propositions of Goldman Sachs.

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Our cross-border capability in Europe is second to none.

Over the years, we have earned a reputation for getting enforcement actions neutralised and complex transactions cleared. We collaborate closely with those law firms which form part of our network of Best Friends and together form one of the largest European competition practices in Brussels. We cover all of the major European jurisdictions and are ranked as the best by the legal directories in each of these jurisdictions.

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The team are legally sharp, practical and no-nonsense... the advice is always very precise. They understand what we want as a client.

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Insights

22 September 2021

Commission moves sustainability discussion forward by releasing competition policy brief

The European Green Deal aims to transition the EU internal market into a sustainable economy. Public and private entities are rallying behind this green ambition and working towards a new circular economic model. Because of the additional cost (and unavoidable price increase), it is sometimes a competitive disadvantage to be the first undertaking to move towards a more sustainable product or production process. To overcome this dilemma, competitors might want to take the first step together and create a level playing field. In such cases, competition law must be taken into consideration, as such a joint sustainability initiative might have anti-competitive effects. Businesses are increasingly looking for specific guidance from competition enforcers on how they can cooperate in pursuit of sustainability goals. We obtained some insights from our recent sustainability webinar where we discussed the European Commission's new policy brief.
15 July 2021

Revised EU rules for vertical agreements proposed to address changed market realities

On 9 July 2021, the European Commission unveiled drafts of the revised vertical block exemption regulation (VBER) and the vertical guidelines (VGL). The current VBER and VGL expire on 31 May 2022. They were last updated in 2010, when the e-commerce sector and the digital platform economy were still in a nascent phase. However, over the past decade (and accelerated further by COVID-19), there has been a boom in online sales and a marked prevalence of online platforms. These market changes, resulting in more complex and hybrid distribution arrangements, have significantly influenced the Commission's ongoing review.
15 July 2021

Dutch government plans to introduce foreign investment screening with retroactive effect

A bill was recently submitted to parliament establishing a national security screening regime where target undertakings active in the Netherlands in vital processes or sensitive technology, are being acquired. In 2020, the Dutch government indicated its intention for the screening mechanism to apply retroactively. Under the current bill, the regime would apply to qualifying investments made after 8 September 2020.