Competition & Regulation

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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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Global Competition Review's 'European Law Firm of the Year 2021'

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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.

More than 175 Lawyers
40+ Brussels-based lawyers
Across 7 EU Member States

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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.

Chambers Europe, 2021


15 July 2024

UK changes rules for mergers and introduces digital markets regime

One year after it was first presented to parliament, the long-awaited Digital Markets, Competition and Consumers Act (DMCCA) received royal assent on 24 May 2024, marking a shift in digital, competition and consumer protection regulation in the UK. The DMCCA grants the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) expanded powers to regulate the digital sector, scrutinise a broad range of mergers and acquisitions across digital and other markets, enforce consumer protection law, and strengthen competition oversight.
10 July 2024

Our new client guide: FSR information gathering in M&A transactions

On 12 October 2023, the European Union's new rules under the Foreign Subsidies Regulation (FSR) took effect. The FSR aims to tackle distortive subsidies granted by non-EU countries to companies active on the internal market. Under the new rules, M&A deals or public procurement bids concluded by companies benefiting from foreign financial contributions (FFCs) made by third-countries must be notified to the European Commission if they meet certain thresholds. An FSR notification is separate from merger control notifications and foreign direct investment screening notifications, and parties need separate clearance from the European Commission before they can implement the transaction.
24 May 2024

De Brauw publishes third edition of "Unlocking the WAMCA"

All the latest developments around the WAMCA in one book, available to anyone who is interested.