"Cyriel Ruers has joined Maverick Advocaten as a partner in Amsterdam after almost a decade with Allen & Overy’s Dutch antitrust group.
Ruers, 35, started at Maverick on 1 January. He described the firm as the “only truly” independent competition law boutique in the Netherlands. He makes the move from Allen & Overy, where he became a senior associate in 2020, seven years after joining the firm as an associate.
While there, he advised Samsung Electronics Benelux as the Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets probed if the company had unlawfully compelled its online retailers to stick to price recommendations for its television sets. The enforcer fined the company over €39 million in September 2021 in its first-ever decision fining a company for resale price maintenance.
Ruers also assisted global vehicle leasing company LeasePlan in its sale to ALD, which the European Commission cleared in Phase I in November subject to several divestment remedies.
In 2017, Ruers helped defend Dutch telecommunication operator KPN against a €115 million damages claim by Vodafone, which unsuccessfully alleged that the company had abused its dominance by refusing to grant it access to its nationwide fixed-line networks for the provision of broadband and TV services.
Kees Schillemans, a partner at Allen & Overy in Amsterdam, said he will miss Ruers and wished him luck in his new role.
Maverick partner Martijn van de Hel described Ruers as one of the country’s “most promising” antitrust lawyers.
The firm now has three partners in its competition practice, all of whom are based in Amsterdam. According to van de Hel, Maverick plans to hire several new associates in the coming months to support Ruers."
The full GCR article can be read here.
GCR was not the only one to notice Cyriel Ruers' partner appointment. In this article, Mr. Online praised Maverick Advocaten's original approach to announce the legal transfer. Advocatie and Recht.nl Magazine also covered the switch.
Click here to watch the video that was made on the occasion of Cyriel Ruers' partner appointment.
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