Mrs Catherine Houssa > Simont Braun > Brussels, Belgium > Lawyer Profile
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Mrs Catherine Houssa
Banking & Finance / Insurance / FinTech
Catherine Houssa has a broad expertise in banking law, finance law and insurance law.
She advises banks, investment firms, insurance companies and a wide range of financial institutions, domestic and foreign, in negotiating and drafting financing arrangements and handling all issues of banking operations in their legal and regulatory aspects.
She also assists companies, private and public, in relation to various types of financing agreements and related contracts (in particular security packages).
She practices litigation in relation to banking law and finance law.
Catherine Houssa is actively involved in ‘Digital Finance’ matters. She accompanies clients in their ‘FinTech’ related projects, such as alternative lending, innovative payments and electronic trading venues (MTF/OTF), and this in relation to her areas of expertise.
French, English and Dutch
Catherine Houssa is the chairman of the European Society for Banking and Finance law (AEDBF – 2018-2021) and director – and former chairman – of the AEDBF Belgium. She is also a director of FinTech Belgium and an independent board member of the bank Crelan and of Alterfin.
Simont Braun has had significant involvement in the fintech arena since its establishment of a specialist digital finance team in 2014. Under the joint leadership of Catherine Houssa and recently promoted partner Philippe De Prez, the firm has proven itself as one of the very leading players in the market, having advised on groundbreaking projects involving areas such as alternative lending, micro savings, robo-advisory, blockchain, ICOs and virtual currencies. In addition, since 2016, it has handled about half of all licence applications in Belgium from payment services and e-money institutions. Having assisted the client with successfully applying for a payment service licence with the Belgian National Bank in 2017, De Prez and Thomas Derval are acting for Ebury UK Limited on a group restructuring and the opening of more than branches in other EU member states. Further underlining its traction in the market, the firm is a founding member of fintech Belgium, which is the first and largest community of fintech companies nationally.