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Bart-Adriaan de Ruijter joins CMS as a partner

06 November 2020

CMS is delighted to welcome Bart-Adriaan de Ruijter, a specialist in (international) corporate litigation and arbitration, as a new partner. Bart-Adriaan joins from Kennedy Van der Laan.

Bart-Adriaan joins the continuously expanding CMS Dispute Resolution Group, which now has over 1200 dispute resolution lawyers across 43 countries in the world. The Netherlands is an important forum for dispute resolution, with one of the most liberal class action climates in Europe, an efficient and cost-effective Commercial Court for international disputes, unique possibilities for conservatory arrests (in order to safeguard recovery) and international enforcement of its judgments. 

International law firm CMS is pleased to announce the forthcoming appointment of Bart-Adriaan de Ruijter as Partner Corporate Litigation. 

Bart-Adriaan specializes in complex international and national corporate and commercial litigation and advice in crisis situations. He regularly represents clients in high-profile media sensitive proceedings. His expertise entails international shareholder disputes and collective actions (plaintiff and defense), (director’s) liability cases, contractual (post M&A) disputes, international (prejudgment) attachment and execution disputes and international conflicts in relation to restructuring. 

Bart-Adriaan has been praised for his expertise in 'contentious matters and Brexit related issues' in Legal 500 (Tier 1, Retail, 2020). His appointment will powerfully reinforce the firm’s already strong practice in international litigation and arbitration for its international clients.

Global Head of CMS' Dispute Resolution Group, Zsolt Okányi comments:

In these challenging times (with COVID-19, Brexit and US elections) it is important for our international clients to provide optimal service in international and Pan-European litigation and arbitration. The Netherlands is an important forum for cross-border disputes with a lot of class action activity last years, the establishment of the Netherlands Commercial Court in 2019 and a significant role in international attachment and execution disputes in regular courts and in arbitration. I am happy that we can strengthen our portfolio in the Netherlands with the experience and track record of Bart-Adriaan. I look forward to working alongside him.
Zsolt Okányi

Head of Dispute Resolution Netherlands, CMS, Mr. Leonard Böhmer adds:

We have been seeing, especially over the last years, that the Dutch jurisdiction is very interesting to international disputes. In these times it is important to further strengthen our corporate litigation practice in order to be able to optimally service our clients. The combination of our strong, proven track record in international restructuring and corporate litigation, including class action litigation, is key to our clients in the coming period. Bart-Adriaan's experience and track record will be of real benefit for the team and our clients.
Mr. Leonard Böhmer

Bart-Adriaan de Ruijter:

I am very excited to join CMS. Its impressive international reach not only appeals to me, I also realize its great important for international clients. I look forward to work together with the CMS Global Dispute Resolution team and optimize the service for our clients in these difficult times.
Bart-Adriaan de Ruijter