René Smits

Professor Dr René Smits is a consultant on EMU law, banking regulation, financial sector legislation and competition law and a part-time professor of the law of the Economic and Monetary Union (EMU) at the University of Amsterdam. He is an Alternate Member of the Administrative Board of Review (ABoR), the independent review panel for the ECB’s supervisory decisions, and an assessor in the Belgian Competition Authority’s Competition College.

He is an Expert on the Panel of Recognized International Market Experts in Finance (P.R.I.M.E. Finance) and a member of the International Law Association’s Committee on International Monetary Law (MOCOMILA).

René Smits has been General Counsel of the Netherlands Central Bank (DNB), where he worked for 24 years. From 2001 until 2014, he worked at the NMa (Netherlands Competition Authority) and its successor ACM (Authority for Consumers & Markets) as Head of the Legal Department, Chief Legal Counsel, Compliance Officer and Complaints Officer.

His extensive legal writing ranges from an early institutional monograph on the ECB (1997) to contributions on EMU, including on democratic accountability of the ECB; bank holding regulation in Africa; sustainable finance; competition law enforcement in line with animal rights; and transparency of court proceedings on EU prudential supervision.

Associate member
University of Amsterdam