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Vanessa Marquette

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Simont Braun

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Banking and Finance; Corporate Law; M&A; Private International Law.


Partner Vanessa Marquette specialises in banking and financial law at large.

She assists Belgian and international listed and unlisted companies in public transactions such as mergers and acquisitions and in relation to financial regulations.
In addition, Vanessa Marquette frequently acts in real estate transactions to advise on company law and financial law aspects.

She is a lecturer at the Université libre de Bruxelles in international financial law. 
She is the author of many publications in French and English, in the areas of international private law and financial law. More specifically, her publications relate to cross-border bankruptcy and security interests. She is a co-author of a work entitled “Les offres publiques d’acquisition. Le nouveau regime”, published by Larcier in 2008.

Vanessa Marquette is involved in Digital Finance matters, and accompanies clients in a constantly evolving environment regarding FinTech-related developments, such as alternative lending, innovative payments and sharing economy, in relation to her/his areas of expertise.


Junior associate of the lawfirm COPPENS, VAN OMMESLAGHE & FAURES (1995-1997); Associate of the law firm STIBBE (1998-2001); Senior associate of the law firm FRESHFIELDS, BRUCKHAUS DERINGER (2002-2004); Partner of the law firm SIMONT BRAUN since 2005. Independent director of SCOR SE.


French, English and Dutch.


Vanessa Marquette is member of the editorial committee of the “Revue de Droit Commercial Belge”. She is also a member of the European Society for Banking and Financial law (A.E.D.B.F.).


Université Libre de Bruxelles (Law, 1994; Economic Law, 1995); University of Michigan school of law, Ann Arbor (LL.M. 1998); University of California, Davis and Boalt Hall Schools of Law, Davis and Berkeley (orientation in US law - summer 1997).


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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Commercial, corporate and M&A

Within: Commercial, corporate and M&A

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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