meet marco

Marco can offer assistance in the following areas:
  • Commercial and trade contracts
  • Competition law
  • European law
  • Food law
Recent cases handled by Marco

Compliance training programmes
Marco regularly conducts in-house training courses for businesses operating in highly regulated industries. For example, he recently organised a training course on recall management for an international supermarket retailer. He also gave a course on general competition law and food & commodities law for an international manufacturer of various leading dairy products.

Establishing a joint venture to target new markets
Marco recently supervised a major international pet food company in the process of establishing a strategic joint venture with a partner in South-east Asia. Amongst other aspects, he provided advice on the establishment of a legal structure for collaboration and set up the new legal entities in collaboration with the civil-law notary.

Preventing NVWA fines
A retailer in the super foods industry asked Marco to offer insight into what is legally permissible. ‘Which claims am I allowed to make in relation to a food product?’ In addition to providing advice, Marco supervised and supported the retailer during interactions with the Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (NVWA). Close consultations with the NVWA helped to prevent major fines and ensured the company wasn't dragged through the court of public opinion.

Client testimonials

'Over the course of the reorganisation effort at the National Waste Materials Registration Point, Marco proved himself to be a driven lawyer that seeks out collaboration and helps to develop creative solutions. He goes about his work in a relaxed and friendly manner.'
Jean Paul de Poorter, National Waste Materials Registration Point Foundation (LMA)

'A business minded lawyer enabling long-term relations with your customers and suppliers is what Marco Balhuizen was for me when we worked for many years together. When I was growing the business at Nayak I noticed that my customers (mainly airlines) were having thick contracts and strong legal departments with deep financial pockets. 
Marco is able with controllable costs to achieve remarkable results. Whether it is setting up agreements with key performance indicators, as well dealing legal discussions related to negative PR or settling early terminated agreements. With his enthusiastic, always connected, customer business driven approach, he is making tough legal discussions for “non legal” persons to controllable files to be solved.'

Patrick Morcus, ex-CEO Nayak Aircraft Service Netherlands B.V.

'We have needed Marco's help several times to resolve legal matters. We were struck by how pleasant the consultations were, and how Marco kept looking for the best and most practical solutions. We hope that we will be able to continue making use of his qualities and his expertise in the future.'
Ber van Nobelen, CEO Nobel's Machinefabriek BV and Javo BV

Education
  • Competition Law programme at the Grotius Academy
  • Post-academic course in Competition Law and Economics
Memberships
  • Food Law Association
  • Competition Law Association
  • Commercial Law Association
  • Distribution, Franchising and Agency Law Association (DFA)
  • Sports Law Association
  • Dutch Franchise Association

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