Bird & Bird (The Hague)

Janneke Kohlen

Bird & Bird (The Hague)

Janneke Kohlen is a partner in Bird & Bird’s Competition & EU Law Group in The Hague where she specialises in competition law and public procurement law, advising on contentious and non-contentious matters for a broad variety of the firm’s clients with a specific focus on the Life Sciences sector as well as ICT and transportation. Janneke joined Bird & Bird in 2009 and was promoted to partner in May 2017. With in-depth experience in merger control, cartel cases and abuse of dominance issues, Janneke also has broad expertise in acting as a compliance officer in meetings with competitors. In addition, Janneke’s practice also consists of advising on distribution agreements and she frequently provides in-house competition compliance programmes and trainings to clients. This comes along with extensive experience in drafting codes of conducts for companies, with a focus on competition law. In addition, she advises a variety of Bird & Bird’s clients on issues throughout the public procurement process, from reviewing tender documents and advising clients on the questions to ask procuring entities, to representing companies in court.


Ranked as an Up and Coming lawyer in category Competition/European Law. Chambers Europe, 2019. Janneke Kohlen is regarded as a "very talented" up-and-comer in the competition area. She has a specific focus on public procurement matters and advised Kinly as a third party in EUR82 million public procurement proceedings between the Dutch Police and Avex, the losing tenderer. Chambers Europe, 2019. Ranked as a Next Generation Partner in category EU and Competition.

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959 Bulletin

Mariska Van De Sanden, Janneke Kohlen, Hera Butt, Tialda Beetstra The Dutch Competition Authority confirms the commitment to dissolve the joint venture by two port towing undertakings (Port Towage Amsterdam)


PORT TOWING JOINT VENTURE DISSOLVED AFTER INVESTIGATION BY THE DUTCH COMPETITION AUTHORITY: FULL-FUNCTIONALITY QUESTIONED* Background On 20 December 2019, the Dutch Authority for Consumers & Markets (ACM) published a decision in which the commitment to dissolve the joint venture Port (...)

Mariska Van De Sanden, Janneke Kohlen, Pauline Kuipers The Dutch Competition Authority publishes a sector report on the impact of biosimilars on competition between TNF-alfa inhibitors


Dutch competition authority ACM publishes a sector report on the impact of biosimilars on competition between TNF-alfa inhibitors* The Dutch competition authority, ACM, initiated a market study in 2018 into the effect of the introduction of biosimilars on the competition between TNF alfa (...)

Hera Butt, Mariska Van De Sanden, Janneke Kohlen The Dutch Parliament submits a legislative proposal to relax competition law for collaborations aimed at achieving sustainability goals


COMPETITION LAW AND SUSTAINABILITY INITIATIVES: DUTCH BILL PROVIDES MORE LEEWAY* On 4 July 2019 a long-awaited Dutch legislative proposal regarding sustainability initiatives (“Wet ruimte voor duurzaamheidsinitiatieven“) was submitted to the Dutch House of Representatives. The proposal aims to (...)

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