About Me

I am a partner in our NL office, based in The Hague, where I was one of its founding lawyers in 2001.

Today, I lead our International Competition and EU Law Group and head our Competition Group in the Netherlands, providing our clients with wide-ranging expertise in EU & competition law, particularly in regulated sectors and on the interface between IP and competition law. I am also a member of our Tech & Comms, Media, Retail & Consumer and Life Sciences Groups.

Here in The Hague, I lead the team dealing with cartel procedures, abuse of dominance matters, and merger notifications to the Dutch competition authority and European Commission. We also co-ordinate multiple merger filings, and deal with private enforcement actions, the competition regulation of network industries and the media sector.

Meanwhile, my expertise in IP law enables me to advise in matters at the convergence of competition law and intellectual property, such as licensing arrangements and other technology transfer agreements, standardisation discussions, 'refusal to license' issues, FRAND licensing, and abuse of IP rights.

In addition, we advise on competition rules on undertakings granted special or exclusive rights by the state, including state aid. My practice also includes work in public procurement law.

I teach competition law in the Professional Education for In-House Lawyers courses and publish regularly on competition law topics. Over the years I have served on the board of the Dutch Competition Law Association and been Secretary General of the International League of Competition Law. I am also a member of the Dutch Association for Media and Communication Law, the Association for Public Procurement Law and the Licensing Executives Society.
Education

Studied

  • Leiden University, Law (Dutch, international/EU)
  • Leiden University, History

Admissions

  • The Hague Bar, Netherlands in 1995
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Pauline Kuipers covers a range of competition law matters, advising on distribution agreements and merger filings, as well as assisting with abuse of dominance cases, cartel investigations and market manipulation allegations. A client appreciates that she 'is always quickly available to provide pragmatic and sound advice.'

Chambers Europe, 2022 - band 2

Pauline Kuipers is a good strategic thinker – provides solid commercially tailored advice.

Legal 500 EMEA, 2021 - Leading individual

Pauline Kuipers is reputed among market commentators for her work on competition issues in the telecoms sector. She advises on selective distribution systems, abuse of dominance issues and investigations before the ACM.

Chambers Europe, 2021 - band 2

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