Maurits Dolmans

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton (London), Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton (Brussels)
Lawyer (Partner)

Maurits J.F.M. Dolmans is a partner at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton based in the London office. Mr. Dolmans’ practice focuses on EU, UK, and international competition law, as well as EU regulatory, and EU intellectual property law. Mr. Dolmans has extensive experience in the information technology, telecom, media and entertainment, as well as in energy, medical devices, chemicals and manufacturing industries. He appeared in proceedings before the EU Commission and the EU courts, national courts and national competition authorities of several Member States, and ICC and NAI arbitrations. Many of his competition cases involve abuse of dominance, licensing or refusals to license, European standardization, access to networks, mergers, joint ventures and other transactions in the IT, telecom and other areas, intellectual property arbitration and litigation, abuses of dominance and cartels. He has published widely in these areas. Recent public cases involve EU clearance for Google’s acquisition of Motorola, UK OFT clearance for Google’s acquisition of Beatthatquote, successful closure of a range of complaints against IBM for alleged abuse of dominance, representation of Google in a wide range of matters involving alleged abuse of dominance relating to patents, search services, and advertising. Other matters include representation of various complainants in Commission and European Court proceedings against Microsoft concerning the interface between IP and competition (e.g., disclosure of Microsoft interoperability information), unilateral conduct (tying of media player and browser, pricing practices, etc), leading to the successful 2004 EC decision, the rejection of interim measures requested by Microsoft and the rejection of Microsoft’s appeal to the European Court in 2007, as well as the 2009 Microsoft Interoperability Undertaking and the 2009 Microsoft Browser Choice Commitment. Another recent series of highly visible cases concerns the interaction between international standardization and antitrust and IP, including licensing practices and abuse of dominance. Mr. Dolmans is distinguished by Chambers "The World’s Leading Lawyers" and other publications as a leading lawyer in the areas of Competition/Antitrust and Communications. Mr. Dolmans joined the firm in 1985 and became a partner in 1994. He received an LL.M. degree from Columbia University in 1985 and a Master of Laws from the Rijks Universiteit Leiden in The Netherlands in 1984. Mr. Dolmans is a member of the Bars in New York, Rotterdam and Brussels (E-list). His native language is Dutch, and he is fluent in English and French. He also has a working knowledge of German.


Linked authors

General Court of the European Union (Luxembourg)
Ziggo (Amsterdam)
Partridge Consulting
Microsoft (Brussels)
Apple (Brussels)
Aalto University
DG COMP (Brussels)
DG COMP (Brussels)


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Mario Siragusa, Maurits Dolmans, Paul Gilbert, Romano F. Subiotto QC The EU Court of Justice clarifies the scope of the regulatory framework for three-party schemes but individual assessment is needed to determine whether fee caps apply (American Express / HM Treasury)


In 2015, the EU Interchange Fee Regulation (the “IFR”) introduced price caps on the interchange fees paid between banks for processing credit and debit card payments. These fee caps attempt to address concerns identified in a series of antitrust investigations into Visa and Mastercard through (...)

Maurits Dolmans, David R. Little, David Herrington The U.S. District Court sets out FRAND rates for licensing standard essential patents for 2G, 3G and 4G wireless communications (TCL / Ericsson)


On December 21, 2017, the District Court for the Central District of California issued TCL v. Ericsson, resolving a long-standing dispute between the parties concerning worldwide licenses to 2G, 3G, and 4G standard essential patents (SEPs) owned by Ericsson. The court determined that none of (...)

Christopher Cook, Francisco Enrique González-Díaz, François-Charles Laprévote, Maurits Dolmans, Nicholas Levy, Thomas Graf The EU Commission fines a company for providing incorrect or misleading information during its investigations on a merger (Facebook / WhatsApp)


On May 18, 2017, the European Commission (the “Commission”) fined Facebook €110 million for providing incorrect or misleading information during its 2014 investigation of its acquisition of WhatsApp The magnitude of the fine dwarfs the few penalties the Commission has imposed in the past for (...)

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Maurits Dolmans, Wanjie Lin Fairness and competition law: A fairness paradox


“Fairness” in EU competition law is hotly debated. This article explores the concept from a sociological, philosophical, and legal perspective, and suggests there is a fairness paradox: while competition law should reflect the values of fairness, if fairness were actually employed in substantive (...)

Christian D’Cunha, Jacob Turner, Liza Lovdahl Gormsen, Maurits Dolmans, Ricardo Zimbron Digital consolidation, citizen and community (Online markets and offline welfare effects: The Internet, competition, society and democracy - Oxford, 22 May 2017)


We are enjoying the benefits of the IT revolution over the last few decades—free online searches, free social media, free smartphone software, and constant innovation. At the same time, the online environment is more and more dominated by a handful of IT giants. Digital consolidation is (...)

Friedrich Wenzel Bulst, Jean-Yves Art, Jérôme Gstalter, Machiel Bolhuis, Maurits Dolmans, Mikko Välimäki, Per Hellstrom, Thomas Kramler, Ute Decker Open standards & antitrust


Les contributeurs à ce dossier « Tendances » se sont vu soumettre une question qui pourrait sembler simple a priori : Les normes ouvertes promeuvent-elle la concurrence ? Cependant, la réponse à cette question requiert un travail préalable et délicat de définition des termes du sujets. Rédigés par des (...)


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