Esther van Aalst.

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Lawyer specialized in EU and Dutch competition law, consumer law and compliance

Partner, lawyer

Esther represents companies, other law firms, industry associations and healthcare institutions with all competition law, consumer law and compliance matters. She started as a lawyer in 1998 after studying at Erasmus University Rotterdam. She was first a lawyer in corporate and commercial law, and built up her current antitrust practice from there. As a result, she has a deep understanding of how businesses and markets work. 

Esther has specific knowledge of the following sectors: retail, agri and healthcare.


Clients who describe Esther: “accurate, sharp in her analysis”, “provides clarity quickly, committed and knowledgeable”, “approaches matters practically and tailored to the business”, “thoughtful and solution-oriented”.


Esther regularly gives compliance training courses to client employees, also abroad. She also teaches other lawyers and consultants in competition law, including on merger control.



  • Dutch Competition Law Association
  • Women@Competition
  • Distribution, Franchise and Agency Association
  • Dutch Procedural law Association 
  • Dutch Arbitration Association
  • European Competition Lawyers Association
  • Dutch Investment Screening Association.

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

– Competition law
– Corporate law: Mergers and acquisitions, Distribution and Agency Agreements
– Civil procedural law: Litigation and Arbitration

Based on this registration, she 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.

What clients say about Esther

Christian Ayerst - senior lawyer at Stolt-Nielsen

Esther advised us on cross-border merger control matters. She is a practical lawyer with a sound understanding of our business interests. As a former M&A lawyer, she has plenty of experience with transactions. She provided us quick insight and held focus on our objectives, while guiding us through complex processes. Esther has a personable and firm but friendly style which we appreciate in our business.

Christian Ayerstsenior lawyer at Stolt-Nielsen
Mathilde Glemot - Head of commercial law and litigation - Legal Compliance Officer

Faced with litigation issues in the Netherlands, I was happy and lucky to meet Esther. Thanks to her we found ways to defend our interests and amicably settle the dispute. Esther is a pragmatic business lawyer, result-oriented and resourceful. She has now been assisting different business areas of our Group in contractual matters. Her assistance is very greatly appreciated by our legal team as well as by the management teams.

Mathilde GlemotHead of commercial law and litigation - Legal Compliance Officer

Esther advises companies, trade associations, healthcare institutions and governments throughout the entire spectrum of competition law, consumer law and compliance; such as cooperation between competitors (i.a. joint production, joint purchasing), cooperation to reach sustainability goals, merger control and the Dutch Act on Governments and Free Markets.

Esther regularly provides compliance training to companies in the Netherlands and abroad and lectures competition law to other law firms and consultancy firms.

Esther is described by clients as “accurate and analytic”, “committed, quickly providing clarity”, “able to solve complex challenges while keeping a practical approach, tailored to the business”, “contributing ideas, solution-oriented”.