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Gaby Smeenk


  • Profession
    Advocaat, admitted to the Bar in the Netherlands in 2003
  • Expertise
    Capital markets, Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Languages
    Dutch, English
  • Education
    University of Utrecht, University of Sydney


Gaby is a partner in De Brauw’s Corporate practice and has a specific focus on cross-border equity capital markets and M&A transactions. Gaby’s transactional practice includes advising on IPOs, private and public M&A and joint ventures. In addition to her transactional practice, Gaby advises listed companies on compliance with securities laws and disclosure obligations.


Gaby set up De Brauw’s Shanghai office in 2014 and headed the office until 2017. Accordingly, Gaby’s experience includes acting as lead counsel in transactions with a strong Asian component. She continues working on Asia-related transactions from the Amsterdam office. Gaby previously also worked in De Brauw’s New York office.


Gaby’s recent Capital Markets work includes advising:

  • Underwriters on the secondary listing of Marel on Euronext Amsterdam
  • AkzoNobel on its EUR 2.5 billion share buyback programme
  • AkzoNobel on the dual track for its Specialty Chemicals business
  • IGEA on its listing on SIX Swiss exchange
  • Altice on the spin-off of its 67,2% interest in its sister company Altice USA
  • GenScript on its listing on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange

Gaby’s recent M&A work includes advising:

  • FrieslandCampina on the sale of its cream liqueur business
  • AkzoNobel on the dual track for its Specialty Chemicals business
  • ASML on the USD 3 billion acquisition of Hermes Microvision through a public offer
  • NXP on the USD 1.8 billion sale of its amplifiers business to Jianguang Asset Management
  • Rabobank on the divestment of a 90.01% interest in Robeco to Japanese company ORIX Corporation
  • Philips on the divestment of its Lifestyle Entertainment business to Gibson Brands and the sale of its TV business to TPV Technology

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