About Me

I am a partner in our office in The Hague where I was one of its founding lawyers in 2001. I am also member of the firm's global executive committee.

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.

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. I teach competition law in the Professional Education for In-House Lawyers courses and publish regularly on competition law topics.


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


  • The Hague Bar, Netherlands in 1995
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Pauline Kuipers frequently represents clients before the Dutch competition authority in cartel cases. Her client roster includes high-profile clients in the telecoms sector. Kuipers also advises on merger clearance mandates. She attracts praise from clients who report that 'her main strengths are that she is approachable, pragmatic and is able to apply the law to specific cases.'

Chambers Europe, 2020

'Pauline Kuipers has assisted with certain more complex advice issues. Pauline is a very experienced lawyer with a great network, lots of directly relevant business experience and persuasiveness as a person. She is also a very nice person to work with.'

Legal 500 EMEA, 2020

Pauline Kuipers heads the firm's competition and public procurement practice and has vast experience in abuse of dominance matters, cartel procedures and merger filings. She is appreciated by clients for being 'pragmatic, straight to the point and giving timely answers.'

Chambers Europe, 2019

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