Advocaat | Senior Associate
Murat specialises in competition law. He focuses on mergers and acquisitions, intercompany agreements, abuse of dominance and abuse of significant market power. He is mainly involved in merger notifications at regulators such as the Dutch competition authority ACM, the Dutch Healthcare Authority NZa and the European Commission, as well as investigations by these bodies into violations of laws and regulations such as the cartel prohibition. Murat has considerable experience in healthcare and the application of competition law in this sector. He regularly advises on strategic partnerships between healthcare providers, and assists such parties with informal proceedings before the regulators.
Houthoff represented Sligro before the Rotterdam District Court in a procedure in which Sligro's competitors (through Maxxam) challenged the ACM's clearance of the acquisition by Sligro of a part of Heineken's wholesale activities. This matter concerns a rare appeal of a merger clearance decision, in which Maxxam challenged the methodology applied by the ACM. The District Court sided with the ACM and Sligro.