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Hans Urlus coordinates inbound and outbound investments with respect to China and counsels international clients in all aspects of international trade, commercial agency, franchise and distribution, with a focus on EU and national competition law, EU regulatory issues, mergers and acquisitions. He is also involved in litigation and arbitration in relation to these matters. Hans has worked in the regulatory field, including numerous cases involving the introduction of various regulated products into the EU market, and heads the German desk of the firm's Amsterdam office.

Continue Reading Progress Towards EU Control of Non-EU Subsidies: EU White Paper of 17 June 2020

Under EU competition law, it is allowed in most vertical agreements to grant distributors exclusivity for a territory or customer group. Selective distribution is the well-known exception, where no geographic
Continue Reading Vertical Agreements: Permitted Passive Sales and Public Procurement in the EU

Ook de verplichte verzekering van motorvoertuigen is een uitvloeisel van Europese regelgeving. Daarom is de volgende beslissing van het Europese Hof ook van belang voor bijvoorbeeld verzamelaars van nog rijklare
Continue Reading Aansprakelijkheidsverzekering motorvoertuigen ook verplicht voor rijklare auto´s die niet meer worden gebruikt

Mergers or other transactions that bring about change-of-control over businesses with an impact on the relevant markets (“concentrations”) in the European Union, when exceeding the relevant national or EU merger-filing thresholds, require prior notification to and a review by the relevant national authority or with the European Commission (the Commission). Failure to notify such planned concentrations before completion (“gun jumping”) is often not intentional but rather the result of a mistake made by either a party or its advisors. Gun jumping generally occurs in one or more of the following circumstances:

  • a misinterpretation, whether a letter of intent or other prearrangement, de facto transfers control over a company prior to completion;
  • failure to acknowledge whether an acquisition of a minority stake in a company de facto gives control; or
  • a misperception of what constitutes negative control in certain multiparty situations, like joint ventures.

Continue Reading Can 1 Mistake Result in 2 (Expensive) Infringements?