"Clients regard him as 'smart and client-sensitive' and further praise his 'sharp' advice."Chambers Europe, Corporate Investigations (2018 Edition)
RecommendedLegal 500, Fraud and White-collar Crime (2018 Edition)
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Vincent is an expert in handling politically sensitive cases, and advises on and litigates matters at the interface between public and private law. Vincent is a lecturer at the Law Firm School and a regular annotator for the legal journal JOR. He is also associated with the Institute for Financial Crime and a member of various professional associations.
Qualifications & Experience
LL.M. Private Law (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)
LL.M. Constitutional and Administrative Law (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)
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 successfully represented Nationale Nederlanden (NN) in proceedings that were brought by the foundation Vereniging Woekerpolis.nl 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.