EU & Competition

The EU & Competition team of Pels Rijcken is known for the consistent high quality of its broad practice. The competition law practice covers the full range of antitrust, abuse and merger cases. The team has regularly acted for national competition authority ACM in the administrative courts and it represents various multinational companies in cartel damages actions before the Dutch civil courts. The state aid experts rank among the top of the Netherlands. Clients are public authorities as well as financial institutions and beneficiaries of state aid. The team handles all common forms of state aid, such as subsidies, loans, guarantees, share participations, restructuring aid, etc. The EU & Competition team also has a strong reputation for handling complex EU law matters, be it institutional questions or matters of substantive law. Many cases relate to the compatibility of national measures with EU law. Team members all have a profound sectoral knowledge of one or more sector on industry, such as energy, food, transport, media, sports and infrastructural projects.


Some highlights

Recently the team successfully defended the first prohibition by ACM of a hospital merger. It represents defendants in several cartel damages actions, amongst whom ArcelorMittal and Scandinavian Airlines. The team’s state aid practice includes both financial transactions and many development projects one of which concerns a the new football stadium in Rotterdam. General EU law cases for the Dutch state concern inter alia the ownership unbundling of regional energy companies, the opening up of gambling markets, and legislative measures in social areas such as healthcare and the Dutch occupational pension schemes.


Berend Jan Drijber

Berend Jan Drijber | EU & Competition | Partner

+31 70 515 37 69 | |

Berend Jan Drijber is an all-round EU lawyer. His practice encompasses European and national competition law, state aid and the EU internal market, with a sectoral focus on energy. Besides a trusted advisor to decision makers in companies and governmental bodies, Berend Jan is also a seasoned litigator. He regularly represents clients in high profile administrative or civil proceedings. Cartel damages actions are one of his specialisms. Berend Jan regularly publishes articles and frequently conducts courses. He is fluent in English, French and German.