Clients value Hein's experience in EU cartel, abuse of dominance and merger investigations, his experience at the interface of competition law, sector regulation and in EU trade law.

Hein is a partner in our Competition and EU practice and an active member of our market leading Tech & Comms and Media, Entertainment & Sports sector groups, of which he co-heads the Brussels sections. Hein divides his time between Brussels and The Hague.

With over 20 years' experience, he is a well-known practitioner for all key pillars of EU competition, trade and sector-specific laws. Clients include some of Europe's well-known tech, communications and media companies as well as Ahlstrom-Munksjö, connected car company Cubic Telecom, Shire Baxalta, Volker Wessels and Ingelheim-Boehringer.

Hein has particular experience in merger control; Article 101/cartel work including (global) investigations; dawn raids; antitrust compliance programmes/audits; State aid proceedings; abuse of dominance; regulatory advice in the technology, communications and media sectors; plus EU trade law advice, often at the interplay with EU competition law.

Hein is also central to firm-wide international initiatives relating to Compliance & Investigations and Public Affairs, with a particular emphasis on developing the EU/Brussels angle.

Hein regularly speaks at EU & Competition law events across Europe. He is a long-standing guest lecturer at Leuven University in Post-Graduate Studies in ICT, IP and Media Law, and at the Advanced Competition Law Course at Tilburg University in the Netherlands. Hein is also a member of the ENTraNCE Advisory Council at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy. His academic activities are complemented by regular contributions to academic publications on competition and sector-specific laws.

Hein holds degrees in Dutch and International Law from the University of Amsterdam and a Masters' degree in International and Comparative Law from the Free University of Brussels.

Hein speaks Dutch, English, French, Italian and German.

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Lawyer Testimonials
  1. Bird & Bird’s "business-savvy and efficient" group includes Hein Hobbelen.

    Legal 500 EMEA, 2018
  2. "They understand the regulatory environment in Europe and offer pragmatic, business-oriented advice."

    Chambers Europe, 2018