22 December 1983
Admitted to the Bar: October 2010, member of the Dutch bar association
Get in Touch with Gerben
+31 6 51 25 08 90
Areas of Expertise
Corporate law (shareholders agreements, issues concerning shareholders/directors, joint ventures, corporate housekeeping, incorporation and demerger of companies)
Commercial tenants rights
Commercial contracts (B2B) and general law of obligations
Procedural law (commercial and corporate disputes)
Intellectual property / information technology / privacy (GDPR), protection personal data, compliance procedures
Gerben’s Way of Working
Gerben sets great store by plain communication and short lines with his clients and expects the same from his clients and discussion partners. He is convinced that dialogue is the best way to get results. High quality is a given, of course. If necessary, Gerben doesn’t shy away from litigation.
His clients’ legal issues often also touch on economic or strategic issues. From that perspective DayOne’s legal services should add value, in his opinion. In advising his clients Gerben finds it helps that he is an entrepreneur himself and easily accessible. His clients appreciate his views of entrepreneurship because they feel that he also takes responsibility for their challenges. That was the approach Gerben has taken right from the moment he joined the commercial practice of his associate. And his clients appreciate that approach.
Degree in Dutch law (with an emphasis on private law), including honors program (2009). Post-graduate program in corporate and business law (Grotius academy 2016). Member of the Dutch Bar Association.
Besides working as a lawyer at DayOne, Gerben feels it is important to engage with the community. He recently joined SRA as a lecturer, teaching business law in a broad sense. For two years he was on the board of the Young Bar, the Hague chapter, the professional association for young lawyers. Every year Gerben and his co-workers organise ‘Recht in Beweging’, a run for and by people working at law firms, the Public Prosecution Service, courts, and the city of the Hague. Moreover, he regularly gives workshops to clients, for instance on the GDPR and privacy law.
Some Recent Examples from Gerben’s Practice
Litigation about non-conformity with specs of a machine supplied by an international supplier of industrial print streets
Litigation about the exploitation obligations under the lease of commercial premises
Litigation about surety and directors’ liability
Counsel to a shareholder regarding the dismissal of a director
Various contracts/advice on lease of commercial premises
Overseeing online start-up in commercial contracting
Advice on the implementation of the GDPR
Counsel to a shareholder in shareholders dispute (deadlock)
Drafting of tailor-made standard terms and conditions for supplier of medical equipment
Opposition action before Benelux Office for Intellectual Property (BOIP)
Counsel to a shareholder on the participation by a venture capitalist
Gerben Metz has registered the following principal (and secondary) legal practice areas in the Netherlands Bar’s register of legal practice areas (rechtsgebiedenregister):
- Tenancy law
- Corporate law
- Contract law
Based on this registration, he is required to obtain ten training credits per calendar year in each registered principal legal practice area in accordance with the standards set by the Netherlands Bar.