Gerard brings more than 30 years of experience in the legal and professional services sector to his clients. He has undertaken a wide range of roles, predominantly advising (international) legal organisations (law firms, patent & trademark attorneys and in-house legal departments) and financial institutions, governments and multinational corporations on strategy and market positioning, organisational performance and human resource strategy formulation. In the legal sector he has executed strategic transformation programs and complex change processes. Since 2005 Gerard’s main focus has been on assisting clients to create competitive legal businesses in Benelux countries, Germany and Central Europe.
Profile & Professional background
Before establishing his own consultancy in 2005, Gerard worked with Clifford Chance LLP, having global responsibility for various post-merger integration processes as well as human resource performance, partner development and client management educational programs. He also founded and headed the Clifford Chance Academy, delivering some 250 educational programs to approximately 3000 staff worldwide (partners, associates and senior business service staff) annually.
Before joining Clifford Chance LLP in 1999, Gerard worked as an international strategy consultant and interim manager in the professional services sector (legal sector, insurance & banking sector, intellectual property/patent offices). He has undertaken assignments with international law firms and in-house legal departments in the United States, Asia, United Kingdom and in continental Europe. Gerard worked as a director at the prestigious TMC ASSER Institute for International Law and as legal advisor at the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and was an associate professor at Leiden University.
Gerard holds an LLM and PhD in Law and has an MBA from the University of California. Moreover, Gerard is a visiting professor for the Entrepreneurship & Innovation program at the Law Faculty of the University of Leiden.
Gerard is a member of the IBA and he is active in the IBA Law Firm Management Committee.
- Leading post-merger integration processes (a contribution in Leadership for Lawyers, 2015)
- High Impact Developments Dutch Legal Market
- Changing Competition Regimes: Organizational Best Practices for Navigating Cross-border Legal and Political Risks in Emerging Markets
- Increasing and intensifying relationships German and Dutch law firms
- Big auditors are advancing in legal services