Rob Smit, Co-Chair of the International Arbitration and Dispute Resolution Practice, focuses on international commercial arbitration, bilateral investment treaty, joint venture, agency and distributorship matters, fraud, securities, banking and insurance disputes. Rob is a frequent speaker at conferences on international arbitration and litigation and also publishes extensively on the subject. He is an adjunct professor of international arbitration at Columbia Law School and Co-Editor-In-Chief of the American Review of International Arbitration.
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Columbia Law School, 1986 J.D.
Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar
Cornell University, 1981 B.A.
magna cum laude; Phi Beta Kappa
Universite de Paris I, Pantheon Sorbonne, D.E.A., Degre d'etudes approfondies, with Honors
- Adjunct Professor of Law, International Arbitration, Columbia Law School (2010–present)
- Co-Editor-in-Chief, American Review of International Arbitration (2010–present)
- U.S. Member, ICC International Court (2000–2009)
- Adviser, ALI Restatement (Third) of U.S. International Arbitration Law (2010–present)
- Chair, New York City Bar Association Committee on International Commercial Disputes (2007–2010)
- Co-Chair, ICC Task Force on Production of Electronic Documents in Arbitration (2009–present)
- Chair, CPR Arbitration Committee (2004–2007)
- Vice Chair, IBA Committee on International Arbitration and ADR (2000–2002)
- Hon. Charles M. Metzner, United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, 1986–1987
New York 1986
U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York 1989
U.S. District Court Southern District of New York 1989
U.S. Circuit Court for the Second Circuit Court of Appeals 2005
Robert H. Smit is a Partner at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP in the Firm’s Litigation Department, where he Co-Chairs the Firm’s International Arbitration and Dispute Resolution Practice. He represents clients in a wide range of complex commercial litigations and arbitrations, concentrating in the areas of international commercial arbitration, bilateral investment treaty, joint venture, agency and distributorship matters, fraud, securities, banking and insurance disputes.
Rob’s recent experience includes representation of Hanwha Group and ORIX Corporation in a billion-dollar ICC arbitration arising out of the sale of Korea Life Insurance Company; General Electric and Bechtel in ICC, AAA and bilateral investment treaty international arbitrations arising out of India’s expropriation of the multibillion-dollar Dabhol Power Project in Maharashtra, India; Moody’s Investor Services in connection with lawsuits by investors against Moody’s in Latin America; Swiss Re in U.S. federal court litigation to determine the amount of property insurance coverage for the September 11, 2001 attack on the World Trade Center; Andersen Consulting (now Accenture) in one of the largest-ever ICC arbitrations, based in Geneva, Switzerland, in which Andersen Consulting achieved its alimony-free divorce from the global Andersen organization; DHL in ICC arbitration in Paris concerning the transfer of a centi-million share interest in DHL under a shareholder’s agreement; and Blackstone in several arbitrations concerning the valuation of major commercial enterprises.
Rob has also regularly served as arbitrator in significant international arbitrations, and is listed as one of the leading international arbitration lawyers in the world by Chambers Global, Chambers USA, International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers, Law Business Research, Legal Media Group Expert Guides, Euromoney’s Benchmark Litigation and PLC Global Counsel Handbooks.
Rob is Adjunct Professor of International Arbitration at Columbia Law School; Co-Editor-in-Chief of the American Review of International Arbitration; and Member of the ICC Commission on Arbitration. He is also former U.S. Member of the ICC International Court of Arbitration; Chair of the New York City Bar Association’s International Commercial Disputes Committee; Chair of the CPR Arbitration Committee; and Vice-Chair of the IBA’s International Arbitration and ADR Committee.
He received his B.A. (magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) from Cornell University in 1981 and his J.D. (Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar) from Columbia University School of Law in 1986. Rob also has a graduate law degree (Diplôme d’Etudes Approfondies, with honors) in private international law and international arbitration from the Sorbonne in Paris, and taught U.S. Commercial Law at the Sorbonne. He is a frequent speaker at conferences on international arbitration and litigation, and has written and published extensively in the field.