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Gerben is an expert in (inter)national contract law and specialises in commercial litigation and arbitration. His practice covers the full range of commercial dispute resolution, with an emphasis on banking and finance litigation, (financial) product liability, follow-on (cartel) damage claims and M&A-related disputes. With his in-depth knowledge of the leisure market Gerben advises several important undertakings active in the leisure market.

Gerben was a senior associate in the litigation and corporate departments of Allen & Overy and a legal counsel at a producer of wind turbines before joining Stek in 2010. Gerben is a contributor to the Kluwer legal monthly Rechtspraak Contractenrecht (Contracts Case Law) and a member of, amongst others, the Association Internationale des Jeunes Avocats (AIJA), the Dutch Association for Procedural Law and NAI Jong Oranje of the Netherlands Arbitration Institute.

Chambers: “Right combination of legal, strategic and commercial skills” (Europe 2020); “He’s really one of a kind, he really puts himself forward as one of the team not just an expert adviser” (2017); “very pragmatic and easy to work with, and successful in the way he handles our cases”, “highly qualified and able to make a complex matter simple” (2016); “extremely sharp, responsive and practical”, “we trust his judgement” (2015); “comes up with unusual and practical solutions” (2014). In addition, Gerben has received market recognition as one of Europe’s forty “outstanding up and comers 2014″.
Legal 500: “very strong and dedicated disputes team – Gerben Smit is recommended” (2017); “smart, energetic and highly knowledgeable” (2016).