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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 international and national corporate and commercial litigation and crisis situations. He regularly represents clients in high-profile media sensitive proceedings. His expertise entails (director’s) liability cases, contractual (post M&A) disputes, shareholder & joint-venture disputes/activism (collective/WAMCA), international (prejudgment) attachment and execution disputes and conflicts in relation to insolvency/restructuring (bet-the-company). Next to civil (interlocutory) proceedings, Bart-Adriaan is experienced in Enterprise Chamber (inquiry) proceedings and 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 member of the Supervisory Board Library Group Amstelland and lecturer at the Governance University and Finance Academy.

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

Tier 1 Retail Legal 500 2020

Relevant experience

  • 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 minority shareholders and co-founders in Enterprise Chambers proceedings about the strategy and policy of further investments in the Renewable Energy 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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