Rowe & Maw has lost its head of regulation to Clyde & Co after just two years of being at the firm.
Philippe Ruttley, an expert in international and European Commission (EC) trade law, will join Clyde & Co along with associate Marc Weisberger in January. Ruttley is also a qualified barrister.
Ruttley joined Rowe & Maw in November 1998 from Garretts and headed its international regulation team, which acted on a case involving a consortium of more than 28 Chinese importers of coke fuel.
EU producers formed a consortium entitled EUCOKE, which complained to the EC's Directorate General for Trade over the amount of coke China was exporting into Europe. The case was seen as one of the most important anti-trust proceedings in recent years (The Lawyer, 1 November 1999).
Ruttley also has an extensive shipping practice, which is believed to be one of the main reasons that he joined Clyde & Co. "Clyde & Co's leading maritime practice is an ideal home for my EC competition practice, which focuses on the liner shipping sector," says Ruttley.