EU & Competition

Economic crisis or not, we live in a relentlessly competitive world. Compliance with competition law is important to the daily operations of every business. Our lawyers specialise in European and Dutch competition law and can advise entrepreneurs and managers on the opportunities and risks concerning their business operations and with setting up a compliance programme.

Which issues should be identified in vertical agreements such as franchise, distribution and agency agreements? How should one deal with e-commerce and which competition law rules are applicable. With which parties can you cooperate and how? Which mergers, acquisitions or joint ventures do you need to report to the Authority for Consumers & Markets (ACM) or the European Commission? What constitutes abuse of a dominant market position? What should you do in case of a dawn raid of your company by the ACM or the European Commission? Our lawyers give answers tailored to your situation including industry-specific aspects (such as food & agriculture, health care, leisure & hotels, transport & logistics). The team is also very experienced with cartel damage claims.

Competition is also at the heart of public procurement. The BarentsKrans’ lawyers also specialise in public procurement law and can advise tenderers  or contracting authorities before, during and after the tendering process. Does your bid documentation comply with procurement rules, such as the principle of transparency and equality? Are you asking the right questions when it comes to an information notice? What can you do if you have wrongfully lost a tender? Public procurement law requires speed and precision, which is exactly what we stand for. You have come to the right place!


Market sources particularly highlight the firm’s experience in private damages litigation. – Chambers Europe 2020

The team is praised not only for its expertise but also its ‘understanding of the broader business challenges‘. –Legal 500, 2020

BarentsKrans’ competition and public procurement team is noted for its ‘efficiency and easy access to partners’ and its ‘strong and thorough knowledge of competition law’. – Legal 500, 2019

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