Tjarda van der Vijver is lauded as a "pleasure to work with" by commentators. He is recognised as a "good communicator and case manager" who writes "clearly and convincingly".
Tjarda van der Vijver specialises in competition law and sector-specific regulation. He regularly represents clients in proceedings before competition and regulatory authorities and courts. Tjarda has extensive experience in merger control proceedings and also advises on the cartel and abuse prohibitions. Recent work includes acting for the Dutch telecoms and postal incumbents, mergers between major players in the Dutch waste and insurance sectors, and several cases in the energy sector. Tjarda was involved in the recent postal merger that – after a prohibition by the regulator – was the first-ever Dutch case to win Ministerial approval.
Before joining Allen & Overy, Tjarda worked as a senior case handler at the Dutch Competition Authority. Tjarda is also active as a guest lecturer and successfully defended his PhD on the abuse prohibition at Leiden University in 2014.
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