Claudia Bruins (admitted to the Bar in 2000) advises on the full range of Dutch and European competition law, state aid, and consumer law. She is the founder of C-law and has around 20 years of experience in the field of competition.
In particular, she has a great deal of experience with Dutch and European cartel law (including multijurisdictional leniency cases) and with large-scale merger control proceedings. For many years she was the lawyer for a number of large construction companies (including Koop Tjuchem) that were at the centre of the notorious “construction fraud affair”. Claudia has also successfully assisted dozens of enterprises in obtaining clearance from The Hague and Brussels for a merger or acquisition. Representing more than 60 municipalities in the province of Noord-Brabant, she won a lengthy civil action involving waste management before the Dutch courts (preliminary relief proceedings and main action) and an associated state aid case in Brussels.
Before setting up C-law in 2013, she worked as a regulator with the ACM and as a competition lawyer with the international law firms Baker & McKenzie, Norton Rose Fulbright (Amsterdam and Brussels), and with two Dutch firms.
In addition to her work as a lawyer, Claudia is a guest lecturer in competition law at Tilburg University, writer for a number of professional journals, and regulator. In recent years, her advisory work has focused on food, health, innovation, and technology.
Claudia studied Dutch law at Maastricht University and European law at the University of Amsterdam. She subsequently completed two postgraduate programmes at the Grotius Academy, in Dutch and European competition law and in mergers and acquisitions.
Claudia is a member of the Dutch Bar Association, the International Bar Association (IBA) and the American Bar Association (ABA)(section Antitrust Law)
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(ranked in Chambers Europe, 2018 as 'leader in the field of European law/Competition')