Barbara Nijs is advisor in NautaDutilh's Competition and EU law group. Her clients are active in a wide range of sectors, such as financial services, transport & logistics, energy, healthcare, agrifood, FMCG and retail.
Barbara has a wide experience with advising on complex merger control filings with the Authority for Consumers & Markets ("ACM") and the European Commission, in both the first and second phases, and conducting remedy negotiations. Recent cases include: the divestment of QBuzz by NS, the joint venture between Vodafone and Ziggo and the acquisition of Mediq pharmacies by Brocacef, creating the leading pharmacy chain in the Netherlands. She also has a broad experience with coordinating international mergers and acquisitions that require notifications with competition authorities in multiple jurisdictions.
In addition, Barbara is a seasoned advisor in national and international cartel cases. She has represented clients in proceedings before the ACM and the European Commission and the national and European courts. She was responsible for the first settlement case in the Netherlands and in multiple cartel investigations Barbara managed to achieve that her client was not fined by the authority.
Barbara graduated from the University of Leiden in 1995. At the time of the introduction of the Dutch Competition Act in 1998, Barbara joined the legal service of the NMa (currently: ACM) as a senior associate. She also worked as a National Expert for the European Commission, DG Competition. Before coming to NautaDutilh in 2012, she worked for Clifford Chance in Amsterdam, Brussels and London. While in London, she was seconded to Shell for a year. She became a partner at NautaDutilh in 2016.
Barbara is a member of the editorial board of a Dutch competition law journal (Tijdschrift Mededingingsrecht in de Praktijk) and regularly speaks and lectures on competition law topics. Barbara is ranked in Chambers and in Who's Who Legal as an expert in her field.
Barbara is "very hands on and deeply involved in the business aspects of such matters" (Chambers 2016), “very quick and clear with responding, and understands how to translate judicial language and laws into common language" (Chambers 2015) and "a very smart lawyer who always comes up with pragmatic solutions" (Chambers 2013).