Bas Braeken is an experienced EU competition lawyer with in-depth knowledge of all aspects of EU competition and antitrust law. He represents companies in (alleged) cartels and dawn raids and advises on almost a daily basis on distribution systems, abuse of dominance and state aid.
Bas is also a renowned specialist in the field of regulated markets (in specific media, telecoms, fintech, mobility and data). He has represented clients in more than 100 proceedings (both administrative and civil law proceedings) in the field of competition law and economic regulation, before the Dutch and EU courts. He represented one of the mobile operators in the landmark cartel case that led to the T-Mobile judgment of the European Court of Justice. Bas has an excellent track record and has assisted clients in obtaining important successes, including for undertakings such as Canal+, Sandd, Prijsvrij, various telecom operators and Fox. In the field of merger control he has been deeply involved in complex (often second phase) takeovers such as PostNL/Sandd, T-Mobile/Tele2, Vodafone/Ziggo, Holland Pharma/FACO, Liberty/Ziggo, KLM/Martinair and KPN/Tiscali.
Bas is seen as a trusted adviser and often acts as counsel’s counsel for specific matters of (European) competition/regulatory law, for example in the context of takeovers and joint ventures, and contractual disputes. Bas has established working relations with first-tier corporate and commercial lawyers in the Netherlands, and competition lawyers in all major jurisdictions. For many years, Bas has been recommended as one of the leading competition, and telecoms and media lawyers in the Netherlands.