Maurice Essers

Maurice (M.J.J.M.) Essers

Of counsel

Maurice Essers is of counsel who specialises in Procurement & Competition law.

Maurice Essers is a specialist in competition, regulatory and procurement law. He advices businesses in relation to cartel investigations conducted by the ACM [Dutch competition authority] and the European Commission. He is also active in merger review with the ACM and the European Commission. In addition, Maurice regularly litigates before Dutch courts of law and the European Court of Justice.

In procurement law Maurice assists tenderers in tendering procedures. He provides advice on the Procurement Act [Aanbestedingswet], procurement policy, concessions, exclusive and special rights, and he performs procurement audits.

Maurice is the author of the handbook Aanbestedingsrecht voor overheden [Procurement Law for Public Authorities]. He is also an a contributor or editor-in-chief of various magazines and journals, such as Tijdschrift voor Staatssteun, Nederlands tijdschrift voor Europees recht, Mededinging in de praktijk, Tekst & Commentaar Aanbestedingswet (Kluwer) and SDU Commentaar Aanbestedingswet.

Before he joined Clairfort Advocaten in July 2018, Maurice was a partner with the Competition and Government legal team of Loyens & Loeff in Amsterdam and operated with his team under the name Essers Advocaten for one and a half years.

Maurice serves as a speaker at conferences, as a lecturer (Grotius, AvdR and the University of Utrecht) and as a member of specialist associations. For instance, he is a member of the Vereniging voor Mededingingsrecht [Competition Law Association], the Nederlandse Vereniging voor Aanbestedingsrecht [Procurement Law Association] and the Landelijk Netwerk Staatssteun [National State Aid Network]. He is founder and honorary member of the Vereniging Compliance [Compliance Association] in the health care sector.

Europe Chambers and Partners and Who’s who legal:

Maurice Essers, who is ‘one of the best Dutch lawyers in merger control and procurement law’. Essers led on Veolia Transdev merger clearance and acted for Orbis and Atrium on the largest hospital merger to be brought before the NMa.

Maurice Essers is a determined, responsive and extremely experienced lawyer. He is highlighted for his expertise and tenacity in cartel investigations, and represented Schiphol Airport in a challenge against the Netherlands state concerning the introduction of an aviation tax.

Companies credit the “tenacious” Maurice Essers with having considerably improved their business. A “meticulous, thorough and analytical” attorney.

Interviewees adore him as an “incredibly hard-working individual

Maurice Essers is specialized in competition law (merger control, antitrust and state aid) and procurement law with a sector focus on utilities. Well-experienced litigator, both in public procurement, state aid and antitrust (i.e. cartel claims), and special expertise in EC and Dutch merger review and compliance and investigations.

Reactive, reliable and quick, Maurice Essers specialises in competition and procurement issues within the transportation, healthcare and energy sectors. He recently handled the notifcation of Veolia Transport and Transdev’s merger plans.

Attorneys-at-law are required to publish the below notice regarding their legal practice areas in accordance with the regulations that apply to them.

Maurice Essers has registered the following principal (and secondary) legal practice areas in the Netherlands Bar’s register of legal practice areas (rechtsgebiedenregister):

  • Procurement law
  • Competition law

Based on this registration, he is required to obtain ten training credits per calendar year in each registered principal legal practice area in accordance with the standards set by the Netherlands Bar.


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