Voordat Murat in dienst trad bij Houthoff, is hij werkzaam geweest als advocaat en als senior jurist bij de Nederlandse Zorgautoriteit (NZa) op het gebied van mededingingsrecht en zorg.
- LL.M. European Law (cum laude) (Rijksuniversiteit Groningen)
- LL.B. Internationaal en Europees Recht (cum laude) (Rijksuniversiteit Groningen)
- Postgraduate Diploma in European Competition Law (King's College London)
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 and held that the ACM had analysed the consequences of the acquisition in sufficient detail, including the impact on the wholesale market of a related distribution agreement between Sligro and Heineken. Notably, the District Court confirmed the relevance of the economic model developed by Sligro.
Houthoff represented Sligro Food Group in the strategic, long-term partnership with Heineken Netherlands for beer and cider logistics in the Netherlands, and the sale of other parts of the Heineken beverages wholesaler to Sligro Food Group. The partnership makes Heineken Sligro’s number one partner for beer and cider.