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Katelijne De Smet

Senior Associate

Senior Associate
Katelijne De Smet

Katelijne de Smet specialises in commercial and corporate litigation and has experience in acting for clients in shareholder disputes, post-M&A disputes and commercial liability proceedings. She also regularly acts in inquiry proceedings and squeeze-out proceedings before the Dutch Enterprise Chamber. Besides acting in court, she frequently advises clients on contract law – for instance on the interpretation of commercial contracts or shareholder agreements.

  • a purchaser in proceedings against a seller following an international M&A deal
  • (minority) shareholders in inquiry proceedings before the Dutch Enterprise Chamber
  • a shareholder in relation to a joint venture dispute
  • a defendant in various follow-on damage claim procedures following a decision of the European Commission on an infringement
  • a large pension fund in relation to a dispute with its co-investors
  • an investment firm as petitioner in Dutch insolvency proceedings
  • a director regarding a director's liability claim
  • a manufacturer in product liability proceedings
  • investment firms in squeeze-out proceedings before the Dutch Enterprise Chamber
  • various clients on claiming damages for breach of contract
  • banks and private equity firms in relation to private and public M&A deals

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Career and qualifications

  • University of Utrecht (LLM) 2011
  • Joined Clifford Chance 2012
  • Admitted as an advocaat in Netherlands 2012

Professional bodies

  • Dutch Association of Corporate Litigation