Biographical note: René Smits

René SmitsProfessor Dr René Smits is a consultant on EMU law, banking regulation and 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).

Professor Smits has been the 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), in multiple capacities: Head of the Legal Department, Chief Legal Counsel to the Board, Compliance Officer and Complaints Officer.