Mr Jean-Pierre Fierens > Strelia > Brussels, Belgium > Lawyer Profile


Work Department

Dispute Resolution


Jean-Pierre Fierens is a partner in our dispute resolution practice. He specialises in corporate and contract law and is one of Belgium’s most renowned litigators, especially in arbitration.

Jean-Pierre acts on a range of domestic and international cases, covering both litigious and arbitral proceedings for clients in sectors including banking, food, and insurance. He also represents state entities.

He is well-known for his roles in complex and highly mediatised disputes involving liability of directors.

Over the last ten years, Jean-Pierre has been appointed numerous times as sole arbitrator, co-arbitrator, or chairman of an arbitral tribunal.

He also acts as counsel in arbitration matters, and he is an accredited mediator (CEDR, London).


Jean-Pierre Fierens started his career as a lawyer at De Bandt (presently Linklaters). Before joining Strelia in January 2013 as founding partner, Jean-Pierre Fierens was a partner in the Brussels office of Stibbe, since 1986. He chaired the Board of Stibbe and was the head of the litigation department at Stibbe Brussels.


Dutch / French / English


Jean-Pierre Fierens was the President of the Dutch-speaking Bar Council of Brussels from 1998 until 2000, the President of the Belgian section of the League pour le Droit de la Concurrence from 2000 to 2003 and is a member of the ICC, the CEPANI, FRANCARBI and the ABA.


Main secondary school attended: St Michielscollege (Brasschaat) 1967-1972 : Catholic University of Louvain; – Magna cum Laude and Cum Laude 1972-1973 : Special Lic. Economic law, Catholic University of Louvain; (French) – Cum Laude 1977-1979 : Special studies in tax law, Ecole Supérieure de Sciences Fiscales, ICHEC, Brussels ; 1979-1980 : Master of Laws, Columbia University, New York (USA);

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Belgium > Dispute resolution

(Hall of Fame)

Jean-Pierre FierensStrelia

Strelia fields a strong bench of partner talent, with the team acting for clients active in a diverse range of sectors in numerous disputes, both domestically and internationally. The group is noted for its prominent arbitration practice, where Jean-Pierre Fierens – who is regularly appointed as chair in CEPANI and ICC proceedings – and newly appointed partner Joanna Kolber are both key contacts. Olivier Clevenbergh is noted for his capabilities in construction litigation  and Sébastien Ryelandt is a key contact for clients seeking representation in liability claims and concession agreements.

Belgium > Industry focus: Retail

Led by cross-border franchising specialist Olivier Clevenbergh, Strelia regularly acts for franchising, distribution, and commercial real estate actors from Belgium and beyond. In recent months, the team has handled commercial partnership terminations, master franchise agreements, and disputes regarding various breaches of contract, including distributorships and events-based projects in the high fashion space. Clevenbergh is also known for his transactional expertise, assisting various supermarkets and apparel chains with their expansion efforts. Jean-Pierre Fierens is widely regarded for his capabilities as an arbitrator and litigator in distribution law cases and franchising agreements. Joanna Kolber and Gaetano Jannone are also noted.