Mr Philippe De Prez > Simont Braun > Brussels, Belgium > Lawyer Profile

Simont Braun
Avenue Louise 250 (10)
1050 BRUSSELS
Belgium

Work Department

Banking & Digital Finance

Position

Senior Financial law & FinTech lawyer with a strong focus on financial regulatory law, Philippe De Prez assists on a daily basis domestic and foreign credit and financial institutions, investment firms, payment service providers, e-money issuers and technical services providers. 

As a member of Simont Braun’s Digital Finance Team, he follows closely and works on all FinTech, InsurTech, RegTech and other disruptive initiatives such as mobile payments, virtual currencies, crowdfunding, peer to peer / alternative lending, third-party payment service providers, big data ventures, ICOs and blockchain applications. 

Philippe De Prez is a multilingual conference speaker and author of various finance and FinTech-related contributions. 

He is recognised as a Next Generation Lawyer by the Legal 500 in Banking, Finance and Capital Markets.

Philippe also has specific experience in corporate & commercial law, M&A, due diligence surveys, restructuring & liquidation of companies, real estate transactions, lease law and town planning.

Languages

Dutch, French, English

Education

  • Law Degree (UGent) in 2006
  • Economic Law Degree (ULB) in 2007
  • Postgraduate in Real Estate Management (KUL) in 2013
  • Digital Leadership Programme (Vlerick Business School) in 2018
  • Admitted to the Brussels Bar since 2007

Lawyer Rankings

Belgium > Fintech

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.