Robert Hardy

Simmons & Simmons (Amsterdam)
Lawyer (Counsel)

Robert’s practice covers a wide range of issues under European and Dutch competition law. He represents clients before the European Commission and the Dutch Competition Authority in matters relating to cartel defence, abuse of dominance and merger control proceedings. He also advises clients on issues relating to multijurisdictional cartel investigations and damages claims. Robert has advised clients on high-value and complex matters spanning a wide spectrum of economic sectors including chemicals, defence, pharmaceuticals, and technology. Robert was admitted to the Amsterdam Bar in 2008, and is registered on the EU list of the Brussels Bar. He works in Dutch and English.

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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (Amsterdam)
Simmons & Simmons (London)
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4272 Bulletin

Robert Hardy, Koen Platteau, Nick Skerrett The EU General Court holds that the Commission was wrong to classify as State aid a progressive tax on the retail sector involving a high starting threshold (Polish tax on the retail sector)


The EU’s General Court has rejected the EU Commission’s classification of a Polish tax on the retail sector as State aid: Poland v Commission (Joined Cases T-836/16 and T-624/17). The fact that the tax was progressive in nature with a high threshold was not sufficient to meet the requirement that (...)

Arne Bleeker, Robert Hardy The Dutch Trade and Industry Appeals Tribunal holds that Art. 6 ECHR implies a foreign language defendant has the right to translations of all documents necessary to prepare its defence in a Dutch antitrust procedure (North Sea Shrimps II)


Background On 19 January 2009, the Dutch Trade and Industry Appeals Tribunal (the "CBb") ruled on two joint cases in which both a number of producer organisations and the Netherlands Competition Authority (the "NMa") had appealed decisions of the District Court Rotterdam (Rechtbank Rotterdam). (...)

Arne Bleeker, Robert Hardy The Dutch Trade and Industry Appeals Tribunal confirms that a fair and public hearing within a reasonable time according to Art. 6 ECHR can be interpreted as meaning a period of up to two years or longer in an antitrust procedure (Aesculaap)


Introduction The Aesculaap case concerns an infringement of Article 6 of the Dutch Competition Act ("Mw") on the grounds that AUV - the procurement collective and wholesaler of veterinary pharmaceuticals -, and Aesculaap - the only other wholesaler of veterinary pharmaceuticals - had adopted a (...)

Robert Hardy The Dutch Competition Authority clears in phase II a merger in the rental housing and units market despite high market shares (Woonstichting Hertog Hendrik van Lotharingen / Woningstichting SWS))


Introduction On 22 November 2005, Woonstichting Hertog Hendrik van Lotharingen ("HHvL") and Woningstichting SWS ("SWS") notified their merger plans to the Dutch Competition Authority (the "NMa"). The parties to the merger offer rental housing and rental units in the municipalities surrounding (...)

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