Former De Brauw managing partner returns to firm

De Brauw Blackstone & Westbroek’s former managing partner Jaap de Keijzer is returning to the firm after spending two years on the management board of the Netherlands Competition Authority (NMa).

De Keijzer was managing partner at the Dutch independent between 2001 and 2006.

He is rejoining De Brauw’s Brussels office to focus on competition law, especially in the financial sector. In his NMa role De Keijzer was responsible for the regulation of the energy and transport sectors.

De Brauw’s current managing partner Martijn Snoep said de Keijzer would help build up the firm’s European practice.

In a statement, de Keijzer added: “I’ve noticed in the past few years that policy and legislation are increasingly coming from Europe, and quickly. And when you open the newspaper, you just can’t avoid Europe. It’s extremely inspiring to be in the middle of things and to be able to contribute to further development of the European practice of the firm.”

The move comes in the same week as US firm Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati announced it was opening in Brussels with the hire of a competition-focused team from Hunton & Williams and Shearman & Sterling (20 September 2011).