Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton (London)

Maurits J. F. M. Dolmans

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton (London)
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.

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Articles

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Paul Gilbert, François-Guillaume de Lichtervelde, Maurits J. F. M. Dolmans, Robbert Snelders, Wanjie Lin, Jeanne Lévy-Bruhl, Frédéric de Bure The EU Court of Justice annuls the Commission decision on a pay TV service company’s commitments for breaching the principle of proportionality (Paramount / Sky / Groupe Canal +)

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On December 9, 2020, the Court of Justice of the European Union granted Canal+’s application to annul the European Commission’s decision under Article 9 of Regulation No. 1/2003 to adopt commitments offered by Paramount (the “Commitments Decision”). The commitments prohibited Paramount from (...)

Nicholas Levy, Maurits J. F. M. Dolmans, Paul Gilbert, Richard Pepper, John Messent, Esther Kelly, Nallini Puri, Tihir Sarkar, Sam Bagot, Courtenay Stock, Chase D. Kaniecki The UK Government introduces a national screening regime for foreign investments

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On November 11, the UK Government proposed a new national security screening regime that would allow the Government to intervene in “potentially hostile” foreign investments that threatened UK national security while “ensuring the UK remains a global champion of free trade and an attractive place (...)

Maurits J. F. M. Dolmans, Robbert Snelders, Richard Pepper, Frédéric de Bure, Laura Chovet-Ballester, Giulio Cesare Rizza, Romina Polley The EU Commission publishes a call for contributions to determine if and how competition policy can better support the European Green Deal

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On October 13, 2020, the European Commission published a call for contributions to determine if and how EU competition policy can better support the European Green Deal. The European Green Deal is a comprehensive action plan aimed at making Europe the world’s first climate neutral continent by (...)

Nicholas Levy, Maurits J. F. M. Dolmans, Francisco Enrique González-Díaz, Romina Polley, Patrick Bock The EU Commission announces new policy to accept Member State referrals for merger review even if EC and national thresholds are not met

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In September 2020, Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager announced that from mid-2021 the European Commission (“EC”) would “start accepting referrals from national competition authorities of mergers that are worth reviewing at the EU level – whether or not those authorities had the power to (...)

Nicholas Levy, Maurits J. F. M. Dolmans, Romano F. Subiotto, Paul Gilbert, Richard Pepper, Paul Stuart, John Messent The UK Government prohibits acquisition of a UK supplier of military aircraft components on national security grounds (Gardner Aerospace / Impcross)

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On 5 September 2020, the UK Government accepted undertakings from Gardner Aerospace Holdings Limited not to proceed with its proposed acquisition of Impcross Limited, a UK-based manufacturer of components for the aerospace industry (including for military aircraft). Gardner is owned by (...)

Maurits J. F. M. Dolmans, Daniel P. Culley, David Herrington, Jessica Hollis, Alexandra Theobald The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit reverses a ruling finding that a semiconductor company abuses its dominant position regarding its standard-essential patents (Qualcomm)

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On August 11, 2020, a Ninth Circuit panel reversed the District Court for the Northern District of California’s judgment in FTC v. Qualcomm, Inc. The panel held that Qualcomm’s conduct—(a) refusing to license its standards essential patents (SEPs) to rival chipset manufacturers ; (b) refusing to (...)

Maurits J. F. M. Dolmans, Nicholas Levy, Romano F. Subiotto, Paul Gilbert, Richard Pepper The UK Competition Authority consults on amending guidance on applications for leniency and no-action in cartel cases

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The CMA’s Guidance on applications for leniency and no-action in cartel cases provides detailed guidance on the principles and process for leniency applications. On 30 July 2020, the CMA invited comments on a proposed addendum to clarify the way the CMA will exercise its discretion in relation (...)

John Messent, Paul Stuart, Richard Pepper, Paul Gilbert, Nicholas Levy, Maurits J. F. M. Dolmans The UK Government introduces measures allowing it to intervene in merger transactions to mitigate the effects of public health emergencies following the COVID-19 outbreak

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On 22 June 2020, the UK Government introduced new measures allowing it to intervene in merger transactions “to maintain in the United Kingdom the capability to combat, and to mitigate the effects of, public health emergencies." The Government will be able to intervene on these grounds in any (...)

George S. Cary, Maurits J. F. M. Dolmans, Bruce Hoffman, Thomas Graf, Leah Brannon, Richard Pepper, Henry Mostyn, Alexis R. B. Lazda, Savannah Haynes, Kristi Georgieva, Jan Przerwa Exploitative abuses, price gouging & COVID-19 : The cases pursued by EU and national competition authorities

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The COVID-19 pandemic has led to extreme demand and price volatility for certain products, as well as fluctuations in firms’ costs. As firms struggle to manage these changes, agencies are aggressively seeking to show they are preventing consumer exploitation—for example, as a result of (...)

Maurits J. F. M. Dolmans, Alexander Waksman, Nicholas Levy, Wanjie Lin, Romi Lepetska The UK Competition Tribunal publishes a summary of an application to commence collective proceedings for losses arising from a settlement decision finding infringements of article 101 TFEU in the automobile market (Mark McLaren)

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On 1 April 2020, the CAT published a summary of an application to commence collective proceedings under section 47B of the Competition Act 1998. The application was filed by Mark McLaren Class Representative Limited, a special purpose vehicle, alleging losses arising from the European (...)

Maurits J. F. M. Dolmans, David Little, Wanjie Lin The EU Commission fines a chipmaker company €242 million for predatory pricing in the market of 3G baseband chipsets (Qualcomm)

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This article has been nominated for the 2020 Antitrust Writing Awards. Click here to learn more about the Antitrust Writing Awards. On 18 July 2019, the European Commission (“EC”) fined Qualcomm for abusing its market dominance by selling 3G baseband chipsets below cost, to force its competitor (...)

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

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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 J. F. M. Dolmans, David Little, David Herrington The US District Court sets out FRAND rates for licensing standard-essential patents for 2G, 3G and 4G wireless communications (TCL / Ericsson)

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This article has been nominated for the 2019 Antitrust Writing Awards. Click here to learn more about the Antitrust Writing Awards. 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 (...)

Christopher Cook, Francisco Enrique González-Díaz, François-Charles Laprévote, Maurits J. F. M. 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)

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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 J. F. M. Dolmans, Wanjie Lin Fairness and competition law : A fairness paradox

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Le mot “équité”, qui revient fréquemment dans les discussions politiques, connaît une résurgence dans les débats publics sur le droit de la concurrence de l’UE. “Equité”, cependant, est un concept moral imprécis et subjectif. Cela signifie des choses différentes à des moments différents, dans des pays (...)

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

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Nous bénéficions des avantages de la révolution des technologies qui a eu lieu au cours des dernières décennies – des recherches en ligne gratuites, des médias sociaux gratuits, des logiciels gratuits pour les smartphones et une innovation constante. En même temps, l’environnement en ligne est de plus (...)

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

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Contributors to this thematic study were asked to answer a question that seems simple on the surface : Do open standards promote competition ? However, this question raises a tricky and preliminary problem : how to define an “open standard” ? Written by eminent specialists, this set of articles (...)

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