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US firm Dorsey & Whitney is expanding its Brussels practice with the former head of competition from Dutch firm Trenité Van Doorne.
Pierre Bos, who headed the Brussels office of Trenité before moving to Rotterdam in 1999, has been a partner at the firm since 1985.
Trenité split in two at the end of last year when the 27-partner Amsterdam office sought foreign merger partners. It specialises in banking and securities, while the 25-partner Rotterdam office handles less profitable energy and transport work (The Lawyer, 23 October 2000).
Bos says he made his decision to leave before the split, after he became frustrated with the firm's lack of international strategy. "My reason for leaving is that Trenité was unable to come up with an international strategy," he says. "I didn't feel comfortable with that, so I started looking around. People knew this, and so I wound up here. I was looking for a more proactive international environment."
At the moment, Bos is involved in a massive anti-cartel case against credit card companies Visa, Mastercard and Europay on behalf of retail group EuroCommerce.
He will be the second competition partner in Dorsey's Brussels office, joining Maurice Byrne. Managing partner of the office Barry Glazer says: "The strategy for us is to expand further our European Union competition and national competition capabilities in the Brussels office."
The firm has 10 lawyers in Brussels, five of whom are partners. As well as handling competition law, the practice also does more general corporate and commercial work. Worldwide, Dorsey has 700 lawyers across 21 locations.