Mr Paul Alain Foriers > Simont Braun > Brussels, Belgium > Lawyer Profile

Simont Braun
Avenue Louise 250 (10)
1050 BRUSSELS
Belgium
Paul Alain Foriers photo

Work Department

Litigation; Corporate Law; Financial Law.

Position

Lawyer at the Supreme Court and professor at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), where he teaches interalia contracts and torts and company law, amongst other subjects. Paul Alain Foriers divides his time between litigation and advisory work.
 
He acts in complex litigation in civil, commercial, company and financial law, before all jurisdictions and arbitration venues. He also acts as an arbitrator.
 
In addition, he assists listed and unlisted companies and family groups in relation to corporate reorganisations, public offerings and takeoverbids, financial regulations and the organization of shareholder relations. He also provides advice on complex questions on civil and commercial matters and on inheritance issues.

Paul Alain Foriers was chosen by the Minister of Justice to be part of the group of experts appointed to modernise the Belgian Companies’ Code.

Career

Partner of the law firm SIMONT GUTT & SIMONT (renamed SIMONT & SIMONT) from 1980 to 1991; Partner of the law firm STIBBE, SIMONT, MONAHAN DUHOT (renamed STIBBE) from 1991 to 2003; Partner of the law firm SIMONT BRAUN since 2003. Dean of the School of Law of the Université Libre de Bruxelles (2004-2005).

Languages

French and English.

Memberships

He is the author of a thesis (« La caducité des obligations contractuelles par disparition d’un élément essentiel à leur formation », Bruylant, 1998) and of numerous publications in the areas of contract law, company law and financial law (public offerings, insider trading, market abuse, shareholding transparency, …).
 
Paul Alain Foriers is a member of the editorial committee of the “Revue Critique de Jurisprudence Belge” and of the “Répertoire Pratique de Droit Belge”. He is frequently invited to speak at leading seminars in the areas of contract law, company law and financial law.
 
He was Dean of the Law Faculty of the ULB from 2004 to 2005.

Education

Université Libre de Bruxelles (Law, 1974; Economic Law 1975; Doctor of Law, 1996).

Lawyer Rankings

Belgium > Commercial, corporate and M&A

Simont Braun‘s ‘flexible and hands-on‘ corporate, M&A and capital markets practice is a popular choice for cross-border and multi-disciplinary transactions, as well as corporate and governance advice. The team has experience across a number of industries and has recently seen an increase in insurance sector work. Practice head Sandrine Hirsch frequently advises shareholders of listed entities and handles regulated M&A, while Steven Callens has particular experience in the marketing, renewable energy and food and agricultural industries. Other names to note include Paul Alain Foriers, who recently advised on the new Belgian Companies Code. Vanessa Marquette, who has experience handling real estate, banking and insurance sector M&A , moved to Loyens & Loeff.

Belgium > Dispute resolution

At Simont Braun, recent work for the ‘efficient‘ team includes acting for consumer protection company Test-Achats in a prominent class action against Ryanair. IP litigation is another core area of instruction for the group. Paul Alain Foriers and Rafaël Jafferali jointly head the department.