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Catherine Houssa

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Simont Braun

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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.


Banking, finance and capital markets

Within: Banking, finance and capital markets

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'.

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