Greetje van Heezik

Greetje van Heezik

Advocaat | Counsel


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Greetje specialises in EU law and competition law, including State aid and market and government regulations. She advises companies and public bodies on the State aid aspects of strategic projects and public-private partnerships. Greetje also advises companies on the compatibility of business practices and various types of collaboration with the competition rules and a very wide range of EU regulations on agrifood, including the common organisation of the agricultural markets, food law, biocides, pesticides, and with regard to other medicinal products, medical devices and hazardous substances (REACH).
Greetje has specific expertise on the interaction between the rules for the common organisation of markets and competition. Greetje is also involved in several national and European proceedings on matters related to her areas of specialisation. She has particular experience litigating before the European Court of Justice and the General Court of the European Union. Greetje regularly publishes on subjects related to her areas of expertise and is a member of the Dutch Association for European Law, the Dutch Competition Law Association, the Dutch Food Law Association and the Dutch Agricultural Law Association. Before joining Houthoff, she worked at the Legal Service of the European Commission for 8 years and the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality.
  • Houthoff, together with Nishimura & Asahi, represented OAT Agrio Co. Ltd. ("OAT") in the acquisition of Blue Wave Holding B.V., the holding company of Chrysal International. Chrysal is engaged in the field of producing, selling and distributing branded and private label post-harvest flower care and nutrient products.

  • Houthoff represented Simadan in the sale of its businesses to Parcom Capital and John Swire & Sons. Parcom Capital will acquire the business Noba, supplier of fat products for the animal feed industry, and Rotie, collector and processor of used cooking oil and energy-rich organic waste. John Swire & Sons will acquire Biodiesel Amsterdam, a producer of second generation biodiesel from used cooking oil and animal fat, Tankstorage Amsterdam, a tank storage facility, and Cleaning & Services Amsterdam, a cleaning terminal for (bulk) trucks. The transactions are subject to Dutch and UK antitrust clearance.

  • Houthoff successfully represented Nationale Nederlanden (NN) in proceedings that were brought by the foundation Vereniging in relation to investment-linked insurance offered by NN. The court ruled that generally speaking NN had provided sufficient information on costs and premiums. It thus concurred with NN’s position that the provision of information to customers should be assessed against the regulations and system of standards that applied when the investment-linked insurance was offered. The court dismissed all of Vereniging Woekerpolis’s claims.
  • Representing various large construction companies such as BAM, in state aid litigation on contracts for the realisation of major projects concluded before the financial crisis.
  • As reported in the news (most recently 4 April by BBC), in March 2013 the European Commission started a formal state aid investigation against the Netherlands in several cases concerning presumed state aid to football clubs. The most important case concerns presumed state aid to PSV, one of the largest clubs in the Netherlands. In this case, we represented the municipality of Eindhoven. The cases involving football clubs have received considerable attention in the press. The investigation is ongoing and proceedings against the opening of the second phase state aid investigations have been initiated before the General Court of the EU. In view of recent case law, we defend the view that such an appeal is possible. The judgment of the General Court on this is awaited eagerly by state aid law specialists. We are involved in other investigations on state aid to football clubs, which investigations are not yet public.
  • Advising public bodies and renowned companies on the state aid rules applicable to the roll-out of broadband, environmental taxes, sustainable energy, major regional investment projects and agriculture.
  • Advising a US based company on the introduction and distribution of new medical devices in the Netherlands/EU.
  • Advising both public bodies and large construction companies on state aid rules in relation to contracts for the realisation of various prestigious projects. In many cases, the financial impact of the application of the state aid rules in the concerned multimillion projects can be considerable.
  • Representing a leading company in the field of self care pharmaceuticals in various cases before the Dutch Health Care Inspectorate and before the Dutch courts against the Medicines Evaluations Board.
  • Representing a subsidiary of the Royal Dutch Pharmacists Association before a Dutch court against YO Medical B.V. regarding the reimbursement of the costs for specific medical devices by health care insurers.
  • Advising on the establishment of internet pharmacies including various regulatory and competition aspects of internet sales of pharmaceutical products.
  • Advising pharmaceutical wholesale companies on various regulatory aspects of the distribution of pharmaceuticals and medical devices including the notification, packaging/labelling requirements and CE-marking.
  • Advising a US based company on the regulatory aspects of the introduction and use of electronic devices that produce radiation in the Netherlands.
  • Representing Nationale-Nederlanden, a major insurance company in a preliminary procedure (case C-51/13) before the EU Court. The case concerns questions from the Rotterdam court on the interpretation of EU directives on the life insurance sector and more specifically the pre-contractual information requirements imposed on insurers. The EU Court has ruled in favour of Nationale-Nederlanden on 29 April 2015. The judgement has caused an avalanche of comments and publicity because of the major impact of this case in the sector. Procedures will now continue in many other cases before the national courts based on this judgment.
  • Houthoff is advising the Province of Zeeland, one of the public shareholders of Delta N.V., on the restructuring and split of Delta N.V., including its nuclear, wholesale, retail and grid operating businesses.
  • Houthoff advised Dümmen Orange on the acquisition of Olij Roses International and Olij Breeding. This integration will enable Dümmen Orange to expand its assortment within the roses product group, giving it access to a wider sales network. Olij’s activities in the field of breeding, propagation and production of plant material in South America, Africa and the Netherlands offer opportunities to achieve maximum customer value and bring more innovations into the market for growers.