Christiaan van der Meer joined Baker McKenzie’s Amsterdam office in 2005, where he is now a counsel practicing EU and Dutch competition law. He has worked in the European & Competition Law Practice of the Firm’s Brussels office between 2009 and 2011.
Christiaan's main focus is EU and Dutch competition law. He has considerable experience in advising on a range of competition law issues, including cartels (both horizontal agreements and vertical agreements), abusive conduct of dominant undertakings, merger control and state aid. He acts for complainants and defendants in cartel and abuse of dominance investigations, and represents clients in merger control proceedings before the Dutch Authority for Consumers & Markets (ACM) and EU Commission. Christiaan also regularly advises on the multi-jurisdictional merger control aspects of mergers and joint ventures, and assists clients on public procurement law matters. His main clients range from technology companies to companies active in regulated markets (pharmacy, telecom and energy). His practice further includes assisting clients on competition compliance issues and working with them on creating and implementing compliance policies and training, as well as internal investigations and audits.
Representative Legal Matters
- Obtaining merger control clearance from the ACM and EU Commission for clients operating in a wide range of industries, including financial services, pharmaceuticals, logistics, media and energy.
- Representing clients in cartel investigations by the ACM and EU Commission, including the preparation of leniency applications.
- Successfully defending an automotive company in investigations by the ACM into its alleged abuse of a dominant position.
- Representing a Japanese manufacturer in the Elevators & Escalators cartel case of the EU Commission, securing the lowest fine.
- Representing an energy company before the EU General Court in its appeal of a EU Commission decision ordering the recovery of state aid, resulting in annulment of that decision.
- Defending a global technology company in investigations by the ACM into its alleged violation of Dutch telecom regulations, securing dismissal of the case.
- Representing former employees of a major financial institution in Libor/Euribor investigations by government authorities in The Netherlands, UK and US.
- Assisting multinational clients on the creation and implementation of EEA-wide distribution systems.
- Advising various clients on the legality of pricing schemes from an abuse of dominance perspective.
Professional Associations and Memberships
- Dutch Competition Law Association
- Dutch Bar Association (NOvA)
- Amsterdam~Netherlands (2006)
- Maastricht University (2004)
- University of Amsterdam
- University of British Columbia
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