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Christiaan Smits


Christiaan heads the daily operations of our EU regulatory and public affairs practice in Brussels.



Christiaan heads the daily operations of our EU regulatory and public affairs practice in Brussels. In the past 10 years he has co-ordinated various public affairs campaigns, providingstrategic advice on the EU institutions and policy-making processes and advocacy on a range of EU issues.

He has worked on a broad range of projects across industry sectors, including environment, financial services, transport and network industries.

Career to date

Before joining the firm in August 2009, Christiaan was Manager EU Affairs at American International Group, a financial conglomerate comprising companies in the areas of insurance, banking, investment and aircraft leasing. Before that, he ran
the Institutional Relations department at CEA, the EU federation for the insurance industry, where he guided EU advocacy through an industry network across Europe.

Qualifications and education

Christiaan graduated from the University of Twente, the Netherlands, with an MA in Public Policy and Public Administration, with a focus on the political and legal aspects of EU legislation.


Christiaan speaks English, Dutch and French.

  • Brussels

  • Bastion Tower
  • Place du Champ de Mars/
  • Marsveldplein 5
  • B-1050 Brussels
  • T +32 2 504 7000
  • F +32 2 504 7200

    Direct line
    T +32 2 504 7628

  • christiaan.smits@freshfields.com
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