Procurement law & Competition law

Competition is essential for a healthy and innovative economy. But to ensure that everything is fair, parties must play by the rules of the game. Both procurement law and competition law play a major role in this.

Our lawyers

Procurement law
Procurement law is no longer a matter of the purchasing practices of government institutions and their suppliers. More and more parties that tender and subsequently feel at a disadvantage are bringing action before the courts. The question is when are such legal proceedings likely to succeed? Conversely, how can you as a contracting authority ensure that the process is carried out properly? Our specialists deal with these and other questions on a daily basis.

Competition law
Regulations prevent unfair competition created by agreements between companies or abuse of their prominent position on the market. Companies and their managers are responsible for complying with competition law. Any breaches of competition law are subject to administrative penalties, not just against the company but also the employees involved.

How we help you
We can help you with matters including:

  • preventing breaches of competition regulations by advising on compliance;
  • pursuing claims for damages in the event of a breach;
  • defending against administrative fines in the event of a breach;
  • advising on tendering procedures;
  • drawing up and evaluating tender documents;
  • bringing action against the outcome of a tender.

There are many regulators to take into account, including the Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM), the European Commission, the Netherlands Authority for the Financial Markets (AFM), the Dutch Health Authority (Nza), and the Dutch Media Authority (CvdM). If your company faces investigations, fines, or other penalties from regulators, we will ensure that your interests are protected. Our specialists can also call on the support of their colleagues in economic governance and criminal law.