Ground Floor, Runway 01
Cape Town 7525
Mr. Smit grew up in and around Cape Town, South Africa. After matriculating, he spent a gap year travelling the UK and Europe. Subsequent to that, he completed BCom (Law) and post-graduate LLB degrees at the University of Stellenbosch and two years’ articles at a large law firm in Cape Town in 2012 before practising as a litigation attorney for three years. He was accepted by the University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business, to pursue a full-time MBA in 2017. As part of his MBA he was accepted as one of two students to attend Yale’s School of Management for a term. He joined Benchmark International in July 2018.
As part of Benchmark International’s process, Tiaan negotiates terms of non-disclosure agreements, facilitates meetings with prospects, reviews non-binding offers, identifies potential risks to client and negotiates the terms of the offer to unlock maximum value for the client.
Communication, Negotiation, Leadership, Problem Solving, Networking, Analytical Thinker, Logical Reasoning, Knowledge of Substantive Law and Legal Procedure, Empathy, Teamwork
BCom (Law) and LLB (Stellenbosch); MBA (Cape Town)
Before joining Benchmark International, Tiaan practised as a litigation attorney, managing the full spectrum of litigation, from the investigation, pleadings, and discovery through the pre-trial, trial, settlement, and appeal processes. He developed the ability to read and absorb large amounts of information, analysing material and distilling it into manageable parts. He also developed a sharp eye for accuracy and strong oral and written communication skills during this time.
Tiaan is motivated by serving clients through adding value, using his negotiation skills, and finding attractive alternatives to a problem. At Benchmark International, he can challenge himself daily in this regard.
Tiaan, who is passionate about helping people and building long-term relationships, feels fortunate to be part of Benchmark International’s team of highly knowledgeable individuals who commit themselves to the process and the client and who all work together to achieve a favourable outcome.