European law

Are you an entrepreneur and do you sometimes have to deal with EU regulations? Because more and more arrangements between member states are incorporated in EU directives, this will only increase in the future. Some EU rules apply directly, others have to be transposed into Dutch legislation. EU rules are penetrating every area of national legislation, including, for example, the way in which the rights of agents, employees, distributors, franchisees, licensees and consumers are protected.

Are you involved in proceedings concerning the free movement of goods, people, capital or services within the EU? You might also receive a government subsidy that qualifies as state support. Or you may have to deal with problems related to competition law. We know all the ins and outs of the widely diverse aspects of European law.

See the Holla lawyers who can help you make your cross-border business operations successful further down this page.

Regulated markets / ACM

The business landscape is dynamic and challenging. New opportunities are continuously created. Your task as an entrepreneur is to make strategic decisions. You might be considering joining forces with your competitors, for example, because of the synergy effects or for the sake of innovation. If this is the case, competition law will play a role.

If you plan to merge, or if you want to transfer control of your company, notifying the Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM) may be required (for example, if specific turnover thresholds are exceeded). We can help you in this respect and advise you about submitting this type of notification. We can also supply the required product information and map out the relevant geographical market for you. Should the ACM ultimately decide that your company needs a licence, we can assist you with your application.

If you are contemplating a joint venture instead of a merger, we can also advise you about how to avoid violating the ban on cartels. Together with you, we carry out a self-assessment focused on your company. This involves determining whether competition is likely to be restricted by the arrangements you wish to make. If this is the case, it is important to examine whether consumers will benefit and whether there…

Lawyers within European law

Alissa van Tongerloo

Jan van Heijningen

Ferry Weelen