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Gerben is every inch a litigator who stands out because of his solution-driven approach. Gerben’s practice covers the full range of corporate and commercial dispute resolution, with an emphasis on contractual liability, discovery proceedings, banking and finance litigation and follow-on (cartel) damage claims. Gerben has particular strengths in contract law and has ample experience acting for financial institutions and global (listed) companies active in the transportation, leisure, retail and industry sectors.  He represents his clients in both local courts and before (international) arbitration tribunals.

Gerben was a senior associate in the litigation and corporate departments of Allen & Overy and a legal counsel at a Dutch 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 Corporate Litigation Association, the Dutch Association for Procedural Law and the International Bar Association (IBA).


  • Right combination of legal, strategic and commercial skills” (Europe 2020)
  • Very pragmatic problem solver” (Global, 2019)
  • Smart litigator with great commercial awareness” (Global, 2018)
  • He’s really one of a kind” (Global, 2017)
  • Highly qualified and able to make a complex matter simple” (Europe, 2016)
  • Extremely sharp, responsive and practical” (Europe, 2015)
  • Comes up with unusual and practical solutions” (Europe, 2014)
  • One of Europe’s forty outstanding up and comers 2014

The legal 500:

  • Excellent litigator” (2018)
  • Very strong and dedicated disputes team – Gerben Smit is recommended” (2017)
  • Smart, energetic and highly knowledgeable” (2016)