General Manager Amsterdam & Regional COO
As Regional Chief Operations Officer (COO) Continental Europe, Robert Smit focuses on the operational, business and finance matters of Clifford Chance’s 16 continental Europe offices next to his General Manager responsibilities at the Amsterdam office of this eminent global law firm. As Regional COO he is also member of the firm’sExecutive Operations Group.
Robert has been in the role of General Manager since 2010, with a dual role as the office’s head of finance between 2010 and 2013. Since November 2014 he acted as Clifford Chance’s Executive Operatings Group European Representative and in June 2016 he was appointed to Regional Chief Operating Officer (COO) for Continental Europe.
Robert started his career at KPMG in 1988 and fulfilled various functions and qualified as a Chartered Accountant (Royal NIVRA). Robert was lead partner at KPMG from 2001 to 2010, where he was responsible for maintaining the relationship with both listed and large private companies. He also led HR, risk management and resource management departments.