Janneke Kohlen Bird & Bird


Janneke Kohlen is a partner in Bird & Bird’s Competition & EU Law Group in The Hague where she specialises in competition law and public procurement law, advising on contentious and non-contentious matters for a broad variety of the firm’s clients with a specific focus on the Life Sciences sector as well as ICT and transportation. Janneke joined Bird & Bird in 2009 and was promoted to partner in May 2017. With in-depth experience in merger control, cartel cases and abuse of dominance issues, Janneke also has broad expertise in acting as a compliance officer in meetings with competitors. In addition, Janneke’s practice also consists of advising on distribution agreements and she frequently provides in-house competition compliance programmes and trainings to clients. This comes along with extensive experience in drafting codes of conducts for companies, with a focus on competition law. In addition, she advises a variety of Bird & Bird’s clients on issues throughout the public procurement process, from reviewing tender documents and advising clients on the questions to ask procuring entities, to representing companies in court.

2022 Awards


Ranked as an Up and Coming lawyer in category Competition/European Law. Chambers Europe, 2019. Janneke Kohlen is regarded as a "very talented" up-and-comer in the competition area. She has a specific focus on public procurement matters and advised Kinly as a third party in EUR82 million public procurement proceedings between the Dutch Police and Avex, the losing tenderer. Chambers Europe, 2019. Ranked as a Next Generation Partner in category EU and Competition.

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