Competition rules are no longer just imposed by Brussels, or intended for multinationals only. The Netherlands Competitive Trading Act (Mededingingswet) sets rules for the situation and scale of the Netherlands. The rules sometimes form barriers which have to be taken into account. At the same time, these rules offer opportunities which can be taken advantage of.
Small and medium-sized businesses (MKB) are often large enough to take account of the limitations and small enough to be protected by competition law in their dealings with large market participants. Fairly strict tendering rules apply for the public sector, which does not only consist of government organizations but also of many semi-public institutions. The companies intending to operate in this market must know and follow these rules. Schoemaker Advocaten renders advice and provides assistance to entrepreneurs on how to deal with all the rules applicable.