Het Europese recht is voor vrijwel alle sectoren van grote invloed. In veel sectoren wordt de eerlijke concurrentie op de Europese interne markt gewaarborgd door middel van zeer gedetailleerde en veelal complexe voorschriften die betrekking hebben op de markttoegang, de productieprocessen en de producten en diensten die op de markt worden aangeboden.

Het Houthoff EU-team heeft veel ervaring met voorschriften op uiteenlopende terreinen zoals levensmiddelen, biociden, pesticiden, REACH, automotive, en gereguleerde sectoren zoals de spoorsector. Daarnaast heeft het EU-team grondige kennis van het materiële en institutionele EU recht en de fundamentele vrijheden voor goederen, diensten, personen en kapitaalverkeer. Het EU-team adviseert diverse internationale producenten over zeer specifieke EU regulatory aspecten.

  • “The team is very supportive and responsive, meeting all of our needs. The team is very meticulous in all of its legal analysis and focused on preparing for important court filings well ahead of time.”
    Legal 500, EU and Competition (2022 Edition)
  • “Houthoff has a swift and responsive team with good sectoral knowledge. They are also very proactive in suggesting new ways of collaborations and billing.”
    Legal 500, EU and Competition (2022 Edition)
  • “Houthoff is strong in international matters. Good network, high quality.”
    Legal 500, EU and Competition (2022 Edition)
  • “The Houthoff team is very knowledgeable and all-round which enables them to serve as our “one-stop-shop.”
    Legal 500, EU and Competition (2022 Edition)
  • “The lawyers have knowledge of the market and will be able to give you the pragmatic advice needed.”
    Chambers Europe, Competition/European Law (2020 Edition)
  • “A client describes the team as ‘accurate, fast delivering and proactive.’”
    Chambers Europe, Competition/European Law (2020 Edition)
  • “Excellent expertise in the field of European law and good contacts with the European Commission.”
    Legal 500, EU and Competition (2020 Edition)
  • “Clients value the ‘tailor-made solutions’ provided, alongside the team’s ‘holistic approach’ and ‘commercial understanding.’”      
    Chambers Europe, Competition/European Law (2019 Edition)
  • “They are really good at immediately identifying the problems and coming up with practical solutions.”
    Chambers Europe, Competition/European Law (2019 Edition)
  • “Praised for its ‘sound industry knowledge and professionalism’ Houthoff’s team further stands out for its ‘specific industry knowledge and high-quality associates.’”
    Legal 500, EU and Competition (2019 Edition)
Het EU-team combineert een grondige kennis van het EU recht met een ruime ervaring in het voeren van procedures voor de Europese Commissie en de Europese rechterlijke instanties (Hof van Justitie en het Gerecht van de Europese Unie). Zo adviseren de leden van het EU-team regelmatig over Europeesrechtelijke argumenten in nationale procedures. Het EU-team was bijvoorbeeld betrokken bij de nationale proefprocedure door Nationale Nederlanden die resulteerde in een prejudiciële procedure voor het Hof van Justitie van de EU.

Cliënten benaderen het EU-team indien zij oneerlijke concurrentie ondervinden als gevolg van onjuiste toepassing of interpretatie van EU recht of van nationale beschermende maatregelen zoals bijvoorbeeld discriminerende belastingen of andere belemmeringen van het vrij verkeer van goederen, van bijvoorbeeld merkproducten of geneesmiddelen.

Het EU-team staat voor een effectieve inbreng in de besluitvormingsprocessen van de Europese instellingen en een effectieve uitoefening van de rechten die kunnen worden ontleend aan het Europese recht in nationale of Europese gerechtelijke procedures.
  • Represented Ola Cabs in data access request proceedings before the Amsterdam District Court. This was the first judgment by an EU court on data portability.
  • Advised Platinum Equity on Landal GreenParks' sale to Roompot.
  • 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 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 university medical centres in public tender procedures for IT and electronic medical files.
  • 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 Total in a follow-on damage claim.
  • 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.
  • Represented of the municipality of Eindhoven in the formal investigation of the European Commission on presumed state aid to footballclub PSV.
  • Assisted the AMC and VUmc hospitals in obtaining the required approval from the Netherlands Authority for Consumers & Markets (ACM) for an administrative merger. The approval enables the two Amsterdam-based university medical centres to cooperate on patient care, research, education and training without limitation. This will create the biggest university medical centre in the Netherlands.
  • Houthoff is representing the association of realtors, VBO Makelaar, in ongoing civil proceedings before the court of Amsterdam against Funda. Funda is the largest online real estate portal in the Netherlands and a subsidiary of the largest association of realtors in the Netherlands, NVM. The case is one of the few Dutch cases based on abuse of dominance. The case revolves around discriminatory practices by Funda to the detriment of VBO Makelaar's members.

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