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Bart-Adriaan de Ruijter


Atrium - Parnassusweg 737
1077 DG Amsterdam
PO Box 94700
1090 GS Amsterdam
Languages Dutch, English

Bart-Adriaan de Ruijter is Partner Corporate Litigation at CMS. Bart-Adriaan specialises in corporate and commercial litigation. 

Bart-Adriaan focuses on the representation and advice of companies and/or its management board, supervisory board or shareholder(s) in complex litigation and crisis situations (often involving multiple jurisdictions). His expertise entails (M&A)transaction-related disputes, Enterprise Chamber proceedings, shareholder & joint-venture disputes/activism, (director’s)liability claims, international attachment/execution disputes and conflicts in relation to insolvency/restructuring. Bart-Adriaan is also passionate about and experienced in ESG and climate change & energy related disputes. He is member of the global ESG Task Force of CMS.

Bart-Adriaan is also experienced in corporate dispute resolution via arbitration (NAI and ICC). 

Bart-Adriaan regularly publishes and lectures on his areas of expertise such as corporate litigation, director's liability and board room counselling. He is lecturer at the Law Firm School, Governance University and Finance Academy and member of the Supervisory Board Library Group Amstelland.

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Bart-Adriaan is the go-to guy when it comes to litigation, since he manoeuvres cautiously and with a clear strategy.

The Legal500 EMEA, 2022

Bart-Adriaan de Ruijter is very exceptional and to be credited

The Legal500 EMEA, 2022

Bart-Adriaan de Ruijter is recommended.

Legal500 EMEA, 2021

Recognised for 'contentious matters and Brexit related issues' and 'D&O-liability'

Tier 1 Retail Legal 500 2020

Relevant experience

  • Assistance of German and Swiss minority shareholders in Enterprise Chamber Proceedings about shareholder dispute in Dutch R&D-group;
  • Assistance Chinese listed company in post M&A dispute before Dutch courts;
  • Assistance Japanese listed company in post M&A dispute in multiple jurisdictions;
  • Assistance Indian multinational in several international proceedings;
  • Assistance of Danish multinational in international arbitration in renewable energy sector;
  • Assistance of minority shareholders and co-founders in Enterprise Chambers proceedings and follow-on proceedings about the strategy and policy of further investments in the Renewable Energy sector.
  • Assistance of board and minority shareholder in big director's and shareholder's liability proceedings against trustee and trade union in real estate sector;
  • Assistance of board, shareholders and informal investors in international media sensitive dispute about fulfillment of obligations under purchase agreement with seller and other stakeholders in TMT sector; 
  • Assistance of investment companies in multiple Pan-European proceedings against joint venture partners in the  Retail-sector;
  • Assistance of claim foundation in media sensitive proceedings about fulfillment investment obligation in TMT-sector. 
  • Assistance of majority shareholders in arbitration with minority shareholder in consultancy sector.
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  • Economic Public and Business Law 2003, with merit, Utrecht University
  • Private law 2003, with merit, Utrecht University 
  • Post-Academic Specialization Education (Grotius) National and International Contracting 2011, cum laude, Radboud University
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Ar­bit­ra­tion in post M&A dis­putes: stra­tegic choice for ar­bit­rat­ors and...
Con­tri­bu­tion by Bart-Ad­ri­aan de Ruijter and Maur­its Rab­bie for the e-book 'Man­aging and Resolv­ing Com­mer­cial Dis­putes 2022' pub­lished by Fin­an­ci­er World­wide in as­so­ci­ation with the In­ter­na­tion­al Centre...
Join CMS at the Par­is Ar­bit­ra­tion Week
As the of­fi­cial part­ner of this year's Par­is Ar­bit­ra­tion Week, we are pleased to in­vite you to join the event that our CMS Dis­pute Res­ol­u­tion Group is host­ing on 1 April, with the top­ic of:"The rise of...
Class ac­tions in the Neth­er­lands
See the Over­view of the Rep­res­ent­at­ive Ac­tions Dir­ect­ive >> 1. Do you have a spe­cif­ic pro­ced­ure or pro­ced­ures for bring­ing “opt-in” class ac­tions?  If so, please out­line such pro­ced­ure(s) and...
Im­pact Cli­mate Change: rise of share­hold­er act­iv­ism and board re­spons­ib­il­ity...
ESG and cli­mate change lit­ig­a­tion: ex­tern­al pres­sure on com­pan­ies CMS’s Cli­mate Change Risk Re­port con­firmed the im­pact on cor­por­a­tions from ex­tern­al pub­lic in­terest groups that are fo­cused on cli­mate change.As this art­icle shows, a key driver of Cli­mate Risk for cor­por­a­tions re­volves around in­form­a­tion. Com­pan­ies are pro­du­cing re­ports that are de­lu­ging in­vestors with in­form­a­tion on how they are meas­ur­ing and man­aging their im­pact on and from cli­mate change. Cli­mate change is one of the en­vir­on­ment­al factors provided for in the let­ter “E” of the ESG prin­ciples: En­vir­on­ment­al, So­cial and Gov­ernance.Cli­mate change lit­ig­a­tion is a dir­ect and grow­ing risk to cor­por­a­tions that fall un­der the spot­light of a vari­ety of po­ten­tial claims against an in­creas­ing num­ber of po­ten­tial claimants. It is prudent to act­ively man­age this risk through dis­pute avoid­ance strategies, hav­ing plans in place to deal quickly and ef­fect­ively with the situ­ation where a claim is brought, and un­der­stand­ing the key fea­tures that are  typ­ic­ally at  play in such lit­ig­a­tion.Cli­mate change lit­ig­a­tion is as­cend­ing the cor­por­ate-risk re­gister. NGOs and in­di­vidu­als are in­creas­ingly us­ing the courts to try to achieve their ob­ject­ives, in­clud­ing en­for­cing cor­por­ate and gov­ern­ment­al ad­her­ence to en­vir­on­ment­al reg­u­la­tions, sus­tain­ab­il­ity tar­gets and broad­er ESG prin­ciples. Lit­ig­a­tion can also en­cour­age be­ha­vi­our­al change by rais­ing pub­lic aware­ness for cli­mate change, en­vir­on­ment­al harms and oth­er hu­man rights in­fringe­ments. Spurred on by land­mark judg­ments in the Neth­er­lands, Ger­many, Nor­way, Italy, France, Ire­land and the UK, cli­mate change claims have now been filed in over 40 coun­tries.The COV­ID-19  crisis  has  already ac­cel­er­ated  a  fo­cus on sus­tain­ab­il­ity and so­cial re­spons­ib­il­ity. In ad­di­tion, ex­ist­ing so­cial dy­nam­ics res­ult in more pub­lic pres­sure on cli­mate-change pre­ven­tion.If the trans­ition pro­cess will not go fast enough, private en­force­ment through lit­ig­a­tion in court might act as a ‘big stick’, mo­tiv­at­ing cor­por­a­tions to get on the right track.In ad­di­tion to pres­sure from ex­tern­al parties, po­ten­tial in­vestors and share­hold­ers are also in­creas­ing their in­tern­al fo­cus on cli­mate change and ESG.
CMS In­ter­na­tion­al Dis­putes Di­gest - 2021 Winter Edi­tion
Wel­come to the winter edi­tion of the In­ter­na­tion­al Dis­putes Di­gest, a bi­an­nu­al pub­lic­a­tion that ex­plores, ana­lyses and provides com­ment­ary on the latest trends in the world­wide dis­pute-res­ol­u­tion mar­ket.Des­pite...
In­ter­na­tion­al ar­bit­ra­tion law and rules in the Neth­er­lands
In the Neth­er­lands, ar­bit­ra­tion has gen­er­ally been the most im­port­ant form of dis­pute res­ol­u­tion after court lit­ig­a­tion. This is par­tic­u­larly the case for the res­ol­u­tion of con­struc­tion and nu­mer­ous...
Cli­mate Risk re­port
At COP26 in­sti­tu­tion after in­sti­tu­tion came for­ward to make stronger com­mit­ments to what is now broadly seen in most coun­tries as a com­mon goal: to re­duce glob­al car­bon di­ox­ide emis­sions. In par­tic­u­lar, the private sec­tor stepped up to the plate. For ex­ample, the Glas­gow Fin­an­cial Al­li­ance for Net Zero pos­ited a po­ten­tial USD 130tn of private cap­it­al to ac­cel­er­ate the green trans­ition. COP26 also es­cal­ated the role of cli­mate dis­clos­ures in achiev­ing net zero. To achieve glob­al com­par­ab­il­ity, the In­ter­na­tion­alSus­tain­ab­il­ity Stand­ards Board (ISSB) is to de­liv­er a glob­al baseline that gives in­vestors in­form­a­tion about the cli­mate and sus­tain­ab­il­ity risks in re­la­tion to com­pan­ies they (may) in­vest in. Fur­ther, the UK in­tro­duced re­quire­ments for all lis­ted com­pan­ies to pro­duce net-zero trans­ition plans by 2023. These are seen as drivers for achiev­ing cli­mate-pos­it­ive in­vest­ing.In­ter­na­tion­al com­mer­cial law­yers have a cru­cial role to play in nav­ig­at­ing and im­ple­ment­ing the frame­works that emerge from COP26. Be­ing guard­i­ans of the rule of law  and fa­cil­it­at­ors of busi­ness and trade, law­yers will be at the centre of dis­cus­sions on what our cli­ents are re­quired to do, and also on what they should do in light of wider  so­ci­et­al and repu­ta­tion­al con­sid­er­a­tions. It is in our cli­ents’ in­terests that we guide them to­ward out­comes in line with wider so­ci­et­al am­bi­tions. To do oth­er­wise would, among oth­er things, risk pla­cing them at a com­pet­it­ive dis­ad­vant­age as the world pivots to­ward a clear­er cli­mate mit­ig­a­tion agenda. Cli­mate Risk is a broad term and cov­ers a mul­ti­tude of con­cepts. This re­port fo­cuses on three leg­al risks. First, of fin­an­cial in­sti­tu­tions hold­ing cor­por­ates to ac­count over  per­ceived cli­mate risks. Second, the risk to cor­por­ates on what they do and say about the im­pact on their busi­ness from (or from their busi­ness on) cli­mate change. Fi­nally,  risk of lit­ig­a­tion against cor­por­ates re­lat­ing to cli­mate change.As law­yers, what we see is broadly a great de­sire among our cli­ents to be part of the solu­tion on cli­mate change. Al­most all ma­jor cor­por­ate cli­ents that we speak to wish  to take pos­it­ive steps that are in line with the de­sire for cli­mate ac­tion, and also to cap­it­al­ise on the op­por­tun­it­ies presen­ted as we trans­ition to a net zero eco­nomy. We find that, among the in­vest­ment com­munity, vast cap­it­al is ready and avail­able to be de­ployed on in­fra­struc­ture and oth­er pro­jects that will push the agenda for­ward. The ques­tion is wheth­er there is suf­fi­cient clar­ity on the agenda, the rules and the risks in­volved.As this re­port shows, a key driver of Cli­mate Risk for cor­por­ates re­volves around in­form­a­tion. Both quan­ti­fi­able in­form­a­tion about the po­ten­tial dir­ect im­pacts of cli­mate change on par­tic­u­lar sec­tors and busi­nesses. And also con­sist­ent, com­par­able and re­li­able in­form­a­tion about the com­pan­ies them­selves. Com­pan­ies are pro­du­cing  re­ports that are de­lu­ging in­vestors on how they are meas­ur­ing and man­aging their im­pact on and from cli­mate change. However, there is some dis­tance to go be­fore in­vestors can com­pare the in­form­a­tion across the eco­nomy to make in­formed de­cisions. Or­gan­isa­tions such as Baringa, who have kindly con­trib­uted to this re­port, sup­port the same cli­ents from a par­al­lel per­spect­ive. They help in­vestors and cor­por­ates  to as­sess cli­mate risk ex­pos­ure by us­ing Baringa’s Cli­mate Change Scen­ario Mod­el­ling. Tools such as these are in­valu­able for mak­ing the best de­cisions from the  in­form­a­tion avail­able on risks to com­pan­ies and the cred­ib­il­ity of their ad­apt­a­tion and trans­ition plans.On cli­mate lit­ig­a­tion, this is a dir­ect and grow­ing risk to cor­por­ates who fall un­der the spot­light of a vari­ety of po­ten­tial claims against an in­creas­ing num­ber of po­ten­tial claimants. It is prudent to act­ively man­age this risk through dis­pute avoid­ance strategies, hav­ing plans in place to deal quickly and ef­fect­ively with the situ­ation  where a claim is brought, and un­der­stand­ing the key fea­tures that are typ­ic­ally at play in such lit­ig­a­tion.Cor­por­ates are well aware that cli­mate risks are an in­teg­ral fea­ture of their busi­ness plan­ning. What some oc­ca­sion­ally cri­ti­cise is the lack of long term cer­tainty. Mak­ing knee jerk de­cisions based on woolly polit­ic­al sen­ti­ments that could change to­mor­row rarely makes good busi­ness sense. Clear­er long term policy state­ments from gov­ern­ments and inter-gov­ern­ment­al in­sti­tu­tions can help on this, as well as clear­er policies on how gov­ern­ments see the shape of the fu­ture zero car­bon eco­nomy, and the path­ways to it. Quite apart from the out­comes of COP26, with the private sec­tor com­mit­ting en masse to the cli­mate agenda and the abil­ity to scru­tin­ise the private sec­tor’s re­sponse through cli­mate dis­clos­ures, net zero plans and oth­er ac­tions they take, we an­ti­cip­ate that the is­sue of Cli­mate Risk will con­tin­ue to rise up board­room agen­das.
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CMS In­ter­na­tion­al Dis­putes Di­gest - 2021 Sum­mer Edi­tion
Wel­come to the 2021 sum­mer edi­tion of our In­ter­na­tion­al Dis­putes Di­gest, a bi-an­nu­al pub­lic­a­tion fea­tur­ing ana­lys­is and com­ment­ary on the key trends cur­rently shap­ing the glob­al dis­pute res­ol­u­tion mar­ket.As...
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Class ac­tions we­bin­arThe num­ber of class ac­tions be­ing filed in Europe is show­ing a re­lent­less up­ward trend with a 120% growth between 2018 and 2020. Drivers be­hind this growth in­clude new pro­ced­ur­al...
Class ac­tions risk in the con­sumer products sec­tor
The num­ber of class ac­tions be­ing filed in Europe is show­ing a re­lent­less up­ward trend with a 120% growth between 2018 and 2020. Drivers be­hind this growth in­clude new pro­ced­ur­al devices, in­creas­ingly...
CMS European Class Ac­tions Re­port 2021
First re­port on the true pic­ture of European class ac­tion risk, a key con­cern for ma­jor cor­por­ates