Smeets van Empel advocaten


Smeets van Empel advocaten is specialised in EU Law and Competition Law, and the regulation of such sectors as the health care sector, the energy sector and the telecommunications sector. The firm was founded in 2009, by lawyers from top firms and from the very start, has been involved in the most complex and challenging cases in the areas of law offered.

Work highlights

  • Representing one of the defendants in the airfreight investigation of the European Commission and the subsequent appeal proceedings before the Court of Justice of the European Union, as well as assisting in the defence against damages actions.
  • Representing one of the defendants in the investigation of the Netherlands Competition Authority (the ACM) into the flour industry and the subsequent appeal proceedings.
  • Diverse compliance work for the Benelux organisation of an international oil company.
  • Advising and representation in the area of concentration control in the health care sector, the agricultural sector and foodstuffs industry.


Smeets van Empel advocaten, whilst retaining traditional core values of the legal profession such as highly specialised professional knowledge, attention to detail and reliability, focuses strongly on offering a hands-on, communicative and efficient way of working. We view ourselves not just as dedicated specialist lawyers but as a point of reference for all strategic and practical issues you are confronted with in our areas of law. Courtesy of this all-round expertise, we are eminently suited to acting as ‘lawyers’ lawyers’ as well: a firm your internal and external advisors can also turn to with their specialist questions.

What others say about us

‘Highly specialised knowledge, professionalism of a large firm with the flexibility, approachability and personal involvement of a smaller firm.’

– Client survey feedback

“[Mark Smeets] is an excellent and very thorough lawyer.”

– Chambers Europe 2014

‘Mark Smeets receives high praise from market commentators. Sources praise his ability to handle large and complex cases.’

– Chambers Europe 2013


Mark Smeets

Mark Smeets > Advocaat

Mark Smeets practiced for more than 10 years as competition law lawyer at Stibbe and at Allen & Overy. He has had broad experience in all individual aspects of competition law (cartel law, concentration control, abuse of dominance, State aid, and damages cases), in which he both advises and litigates. Mark Smeets also advises regularly on strategic issues, such as the designing and implementation of compliance measures.

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Martijn van Empel

Martijn van Empel > Advocaat

Martijn van Empel has a long track record both within and outside of the legal profession. After a period in Luxembourg (Court of Justice) and Brussels (Council of Ministers) Martijn combined his professorship with acting as company lawyer to Philips. In 1983, he switched to the legal profession and became a partner at Stibbe. Since 1998, after holding professorships in Groningen and Amsterdam, he has been affiliated to the LUISS University in Rome, Italy as professor of European Law.

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Loes Brekhof

Loes Brekhof > Senior case handler

Loes Brekhof is senior case handler at Smeets van Empel advocaten. After graduating in law, she was affiliated as researcher to the Europa Instituut of Utrecht University, where she concentrated on the role of economic evidence in competition law. Loes publishes articles regularly on various subjects of Competition Law.

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Smeets van Empel advocaten
PO Box 952
1000 AZ Amsterdam

+31 20 5141090