SOLV welcomes competition lawyer Kim van Haastrecht as a partner

Published on 7 October 2021 categories 

As of October 1, we have strengthened our team with a new partner: Kim van Haastrecht. Kim is an absolute top specialist in the field of competition law and an experienced compliance professional. Her years of experience as in-house counsel with multinationals make her a true business partner for our clients.

Kim is enthusiastic and committed, a quick thinker and has a strong strategic insight. Breaking away from the legal and looking for strategic and commercial solutions is her strength.

Experience and expertise

Kim has extensive experience in competition law issues in the context of cooperations between companies, distribution relationships and abuse of dominant market positions. In recent years she has been focussing on assisting clients in setting up distribution systems. She also has extensive experience in creating effective compliance programs in various industries and providing engaging compliance trainings.

Kim assists clients in investigations and proceedings before the Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets and the European Commission. She also assists clients in the notification of mergers and acquisitions that require approval from authorities. In addition, she is regularly involved as an expert in civil proceedings concerning infringements of competition law.

Kim previously worked as a lawyer at large international firms and as in-house counsel at several multinationals:

SOLV’s focus and ambitions fit perfectly with my vision for the future. For larger companies, the relevance of competition law and a sound compliance program will continue to grow. At the same time, I see significant added value in SOLV’s experience in large litigations. In competition law, I see regulators becoming more active and market participants becoming more litigious. To meet those challenges for my clients, the team at SOLV is the perfect match.”

Great addition to SOLV’s team

Competition law is a valuable addition to our services. Many of our clients – both offline and in the digital domain – regularly face questions about this area of law, which can rightly be called a minefield. The regulations and case law are complex and the regulator is increasingly showing its teeth. Meanwhile, markets are becoming increasingly international and intertwined. Online, new realities are emerging through the power and functioning of online platforms.

SOLV managing partner Thomas van Essen:

“We are very impressed with Kim’s work. Competition law touches upon a lot of cases we do and it will only get more attention in the future, especially in the digital domain.”

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