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About Dirk-Jan Smit

Dirk-Jan is our Amsterdam managing partner.

His practice focuses on complex domestic and cross-border corporate work, both transactional and advisory. He has wide experience in corporate governance, cross-border mergers and split-offs, equity capital market transactions, joint ventures and private equity structures. He combines in-depth knowledge with a pragmatic and problem solving approach.

Dirk-Jan works for a range of listed and unlisted clients, covering a variety of sectors. He is also a corporate civil law notary, which makes him ideally suited to offer those clients the full range of Dutch corporate advice. 

He speaks Dutch, English and German and has a basic knowledge of French.

Recent work

  • advising CNH Industrial NV and Iveco Group NV on the split off of Iveco Group NV and subsequent listing on the Milan stock exchange 
  • advising Universal Music Group NV on its separation from Vivendi and listing on Euronext Amsterdam
  • advising Pepco Group NV on its IPO on the Warsaw stock exchange
  • advising Allfunds Group plc on its IPO on Euronext Amsterdam
  • advising argenx SE on its listing on Nasdaq and subsequent share offerings
  • advising NN Group NV on the public offer for Delta Lloyd and subsequent merger
  • advising Digi Communications NV, Noxxon Pharma NV, NN Group NV and argenx SE on their respective IPOs
  • advising a range of financial institutions on their respective cross-border consolidations
  • advising numerous listed companies on corporate governance and MAR related topics


Dirk-Jan studied economics and has a master’s in law from the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, with further studies at Amsterdam University (in association with Columbia University) and Harvard University.