Pauline KuipersPartner at Bird & Bird
Pauline is recommended for her expertise in EU & competition law, particularly in regulated sectors.
Pauline is a partner in our office in The Hague. She leads our Competition and Public Procurement Practices and co-heads our Media Group in the Netherlands.
With over 20 years of experience, Pauline specialises in EU and Dutch competition law in regulated markets. Her team deals with cartel procedures, abuse of dominance matters, merger notifications to the Dutch competition authority and European Commission as well as coordination of multiple merger filings, private enforcement actions, competition regulation of network industries as well as the media sector and competition rules on undertakings granted special or exclusive rights by the state including state aid. Her practice also includes public procurement law and energy and utilties.
Her previous experience in intellectual property law has given her specific expertise to advise in matters on the verge between competition law and intellectual property, such as licensing arrangements and other technology transfer agreements, standardisation discussions, refusal to license, FRAND licensing, abuse of IP rights etc. She is also a member of our Tech & Comms and Life Sciences Groups.
Pauline was admitted to the bar in 1995 and joined us in 2001 as one of the founding lawyers of our office in The Hague.
Pauline has served on the board of the Dutch Competition Law Association (VvM). She has been Secretary General of the International League of Competition Law (LIDC) and is also a member of the Dutch Association for Media and Communication Law (VMC), Association for Public Procurement Law (NvvA) and the Licensing Executives Society (LES). Pauline teaches competition law in the Professional Education for In-House Lawyers (SBB) and regularly publishes on competition law topics.