Restraints of trade and dominance, cartel leniency and merger control in The Netherlands: An overview
01 November 2022
Thomson Reuters has published a series of articles on its Practical Law Country Q&A Guides platform. The competition law practice group of Banning has written the competition guides on the Netherlands, which are part of the Global Guide’s competition coverage.
Restraints of trade and dominance
Areas covered in this article include monopolies and abuses of market power, regulatory authorities and the regulatory framework, the scope of rules, exemptions, exclusions, statutes of limitation, notification, investigations, penalties and enforcement, third party damages claims, EU law, joint ventures and proposals for reform.
This item is part of the global guide to cartel leniency, and addresses themes such as leniency and immunity, the applicable procedure, relevant regulatory authorities, and conditions to be satisfied. Other subjects covered in the article are immunity from civil fines to individuals, the scope of leniency, circumstances when leniency may be withdrawn, leniency plus, confidentiality and disclosure, whistleblower tools and protections, and proposals for reform.
The article on merger control includes an overview of the regulatory framework, regulatory authorities, relevant triggering events and thresholds. Also covered are notification requirements, procedures and timetables, publicity and confidentiality, third party rights, substantive tests, remedies, penalties, appeals, joint ventures, inter-agency co-operation, powers of intervention and proposals for reform.