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AVENUE LOUISE 149, PO BOX 20, 1050 BRUSSELS, BELGIUM
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Work +32 2 543 70 80
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Fax +32 2 543 70 90
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64 BAB
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Web:
www.simontbraun.eu

Belgium

Banking, finance and capital markets
Banking, finance and capital markets - ranked: tier 3

Simont Braun

Simont Braun is an active player in the digital transformation of the financial services sector in Belgium, with its team advising Belgian and overseas-based clients on a wide range of fintech projects, including those relating to alternative lending, initial coin offerings, electronic trading venues and blockchain applications. The firm was a founding member of independent not-for-profit organisation FinTech Belgium, where Catherine Houssa is a director. Partner Philippe De Prez, who is also noted for his fintech expertise, is also knowledgeable about initiatives connected with InsurTech and RegTech. De Prez and Houssa advised French digital bank Oney Bank on introducing a micro-credit product to the Belgian market. Elsewhere, Vanessa Marquette is recommended for her expertise in international finance law, which encompasses areas such as factoring agreements, ISDA and credit agreements. The firm's broad practice also covers real estate finance, and bonds and rights issues. Sandrine Hirsch is another notable individual in the 'outstanding team', which is 'very unique in terms of engagement, availability and responsibilities'.

Next Generation Partners

Philippe De Prez - Simont Braun

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Commercial, corporate and M&A
Commercial, corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 3

Simont Braun

The 'professional and dedicated' corporate and M&A practice at Simont Braun attracts praise for its 'industry expertise and for building long-term relationships with its clients'. It was recently instructed by the Urban Development Corporate of the Brussels-Capital Region (Société d'Aménagement Urbain) on the creation and implementation of the Contemporary and Modern Art Museum and Architecture Museum in Brussels, including advising on corporate aspects and negotiations relating to partnerships with Centre Pompidou in Paris. In another work highlight, a team led by Vanessa Marquette is assisting Vivaqua and Hydrobru with the proposed merger of the two main operators in the water sector, including successfully representing the companies in a judicial proceeding opposing the transaction. Sandrine Hirsch heads up the team, which also includes the well-regarded Paul Alain Foriers.

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 3

Simont Braun

Simont Braun's team¬†provides 'strong practical advice' to clients from a broad spectrum of industries, and reports a significant uptick in IP litigation, with a key focus on trade mark disputes. The key contacts are¬†Paul Alain Foriers, who is highly regarded for his expertise in handling disputes before the Supreme Court, and¬†Rafa√ęl Jafferali.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 2

Simont Braun

Simont Braun's 'reliable' team garners praise for its 'deep knowledge' of IP litigation, advisory matters and transactional IP. Complex patent litigation is a core area of expertise for the team, which acts for clients drawn from the chemicals, mechanical engineering and life sciences industries in this area. Trade mark infringement disputes are also prominent. Fernand de Visscher and Eric De Gryse are 'reactive, clear and knowledgeable'; Emmanuel Cornu is also a key contact. Philippe Campolini joined Stibbe in September 2019.

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Real estate and construction
Real estate and construction - ranked: tier 2

Simont Braun

The 'reactive and pragmatic' team at Simont Braun is well known for its 'strong expertise in construction, public and administrative law'. In a prominent highlight for the multidisciplinary practice, the firm was selected by means of a public tender to assist the Urban Development Corporation in Brussels with creating and implementing the Contemporary and Modern Art Museum and Architecture Museum development project. The 'brilliant' and 'very knowledgeable' Manuela von Kuegelgen leads the team. Counsel Martin Bassem departed the firm to become corporate legal counsel at SNCB.

Leading individuals

Manuela von Kuegelgen - Simont Braun

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