Greetje van Heezik

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Greetje is gespecialiseerd in Europees recht en mededingingsrecht, waaronder staatssteun en de Wet markt en overheid. Zij is in 2008 bij Houthoff in dienst getreden en adviseert regelmatig bedrijven en overheden over allerlei staatssteunaspecten, waaronder bij strategische projecten en public private partnerships. Daarnaast adviseert zij over Europese wet- en regelgeving op het gebied van landbouw, levensmiddelen, markttoegang en productvereisten voor biociden, pesticiden, geneesmiddelen, medische hulpmiddelen en chemische stoffen (REACH). Greetje heeft ook specifieke expertise op het snijvlak van agrarisch recht en mededingingsrecht. Zij staat cliënten bij in procedures bij de Europese Commissie, Europese instellingen, en nationale en Europese rechters in zaken over haar vakgebieden. 
  • "A client mentioned that 'She has a hands-on mentality, a good strategic approach and a good knowledge of EU law'.”
    Chambers Europe, Competition/European Law: Lawyers Based Abroad (2024 Edition)
  • "She is very pleasant to work with."
    Chambers Europe, Competition / European Law: Expertise Based Abroad Netherlands (2023 Edition)
  • "One client said: ‘Greetje van Heezik makes sure she has a thorough understanding of the client’s wishes and is therefore able to give the best practical, hands-on advice'."
    Legal 500, EU and Competition (2023 Edition)
  • “A client reports: ‘We continue to be impressed by the intelligence and cleverness of Greetje van Heezik’.”
    Chambers Europe, Competition / European Law: Expertise Based Abroad Netherlands (2022 Edition)
  • Recommended
    Legal 500, EU and Competition (2022 Edition)
  • “Her customer-centric approach is acknowledged by clients, recommending her for ‘thinking along with the client.’”
    Chambers Europe, Competition / European Law: Expertise Based Abroad Netherlands (2021 Edition)
  • Recommended
    Legal 500, EU and Competition (2021 Edition)
  • “She has the ability to bring back complicated legal matters to the heart of the matter.’”
    Chambers Europe, Competition / European Law: Lawyers Based Abroad Netherlands (2020 Edition)
  • “Clients also appreciate that she ‘showed a great drive to find as many convincing arguments for the client as possible.’”
    Chambers Europe, Competition / European Law: Lawyers Based Abroad Netherlands (2020 Edition)
  • Recommended
    Legal 500, EU and Competition (2020 Edition)
Voordat Greetje bij Houthoff in dienst trad, was zij acht jaar werkzaam bij het ministerie van Landbouw, Natuur en Voedselkwaliteit en bij de Juridische Dienst van de Europese Commissie, waar zij ervaring heeft opgedaan op het gebied van Europees en agrarisch recht en visserijrecht. Bij het ministerie was zij verantwoordelijk voor advisering over zaken op het gebied van Europees recht en staatssteun. Ook was zij verantwoordelijk voor het uitdenken van subsidieregelingen en wetgeving. Bij de Juridische Dienst van de Europese Commissie adviseerde Greetje de EC-diensten en de Commissieleden over voorstellen voor nieuwe wetgeving. Zij trad op als gevolmachtigde van de Europese Commissie in gerechtelijke procedures bij het Hof van Justitie van de EU en het Gerecht. Als gevolmachtigde was zij betrokken bij zaken op het gebied van landbouw, levensmiddelen en visserij, onder meer met betrekking tot de fundamentele beginselen van Europees recht en de niet-contractuele aansprakelijkheid van de Europese Commissie.
  • Advised Provincie Zeeland on the unbundling of Evides B.V. from PZEM N.V. and the related sale of the shares held by PZEM N.V. in Evides N.V. to GBE Aqua B.V. and the financing thereof by BNG.
  • Advised Castik Capital S.à r.l., a Luxembourg-based private equity firm, on its acquisition of a majority stake in Customs Support Group (CSG).
  • Advised publicly traded Swedish company XVIVO Perfusion AB on the acquisition of 100% of the shares in Organ Assist BV for a purchase price of EUR 24 million. Organ Assist’s business focuses on developing machines and disposable components for liver and kidney perfusion.
  • Represented, together with Nishimura & Asahi, OAT Agrio Co. Ltd. ("OAT") in the acquisition of Blue Wave Holding B.V., the holding company of Chrysal International. Chrysal is engaged in the field of producing, selling and distributing branded and private label post-harvest flower care and nutrient products.

  • Represented Simadan in the sale of its businesses to Parcom Capital and John Swire & Sons. Parcom Capital will acquire the businesses Noba and Rotie. John Swire & Sons will acquire Biodiesel Amsterdam, Tankstorage Amsterdam and Cleaning & Services Amsterdam, a cleaning terminal for (bulk) trucks. The transactions are subject to Dutch and UK antitrust clearance.
  • Advising on the establishment of internet pharmacies including various regulatory and competition aspects of internet sales of pharmaceutical products.
  • 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 a subsidiary of the Royal Dutch Pharmacists Association before a Dutch court against YO Medical B.V. regarding the reimbursement of the costs for specific medical devices by health care insurers.
  • 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.
  • 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.