Prof. Dr., Partner, Linklaters LLP
Gerard is widely recognised as a leading international arbitration practitioner and as one of the leading figures in the Netherlands for arbitration and arbitration-related litigation. He has extensive experience acting as counsel to Dutch, international and multinational corporations, as well as to governmental bodies, in high-value matters in a wide range of disputes.
Gerard has been involved in disputes under a variety of arbitration rules (including UNCITRAL, ICSID, ICC, SIAC, LCIA, SCC, CEPANI and NAI). He regularly advises corporations on the structuring of their foreign investments and the investment protection offered by international investment agreements. In addition, Gerard is regularly involved in high-profile arbitration-related court proceedings, such as the setting aside and enforcement of arbitral awards and proceedings relating to interim measures in support of arbitration. Gerard has been involved in many of the most salient and landmark arbitration cases and arbitration-related court proceedings in the Netherlands in the last fifteen years. Gerard also frequently sits as an arbitrator, both party-appointed and as chairman. Gerard has some experience in art law cases, he has acted as counsel to a reputable Parisian art gallery in a dispute concerning the sale of a high-value sculpture at an art exhibition.
Gerard is professor of International Arbitration & Dispute Resolution at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam and he is the President of the Netherlands Arbitration Institute (NAI). He is one of the ‘founding fathers’ of the Court of Arbitration for Art (CAfA) and is one of CAfA’s board members.
Gerard is also a member of the Netherlands Arbitration & ADR Commission of the ICC and was part of the ICC’s task force on Arbitration of Climate Change Related Disputes. He has led various innovative initiatives in the international arbitration market, such as the European Federation for Investment Law and Arbitration (EFILA), P.R.I.M.E. Finance and the Hague Court for Arbitration for Aviation (HCAA). He regularly writes about arbitration for leading publications and commentaries. His doctoral dissertation on the arbitration agreement and his commentary to the Dutch Arbitration Act are among the most cited publications in Netherlands on those topics.
He was appointed to the Arbitration pool of CAfA in 2022.
Gerard holds a PhD degree from Erasmus University Rotterdam, as well as a Masters and a Bachelors in Law, both from Erasmus University Rotterdam. He also did a Comparative Study on Dutch and French Property Law at the Université Paris II Panthéon-Assas. He is fluent in Dutch, English, and French.
Jurisdiction: the Netherlands