“Vincent Affourtit is valued by clients as a ‘a very trusted sparring partner on sensitive issues’ and for his ‘keen eye for detail.’”Chambers Europe, Corporate Investigations (2019 Edition)
RecommendedLegal 500, Fraud and White-collar Crime (2019 Edition)
"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)
RecommendedLegal 500, Fraud and White-collar Crime (2017 Edition)
Vincent is een specialist in het behandelen van politiek gevoelige zaken en adviseert en procedeert voorts in zaken op het grensvlak van het publiek- en het privaatrecht. Vincent is als docent verbonden aan de Law Firm School en een vaste annotator bij JOR. Daarnaast is hij aangesloten bij het Institute for Financial Crime en lid van diverse vakverenigingen.
- LL.M. Privaatrecht (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)
- LL.M. Staats- en bestuursrecht (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.