Simont Braun appoints Tom Swinnen as co-managing partner

BRUSSELS, January 25, 2023 – Simont Braun announced that the firm has appointed Tom Swinnen as Managing Partner. Together with Joan Carette, Managing Partner since March 2022, they will form Simont Braun’s new managing duo in charge of all matters of day-to-day management. Tom Swinnen (39) has over 15 years of experience and specialises in Corporate M&A. His practice […]

Our ESG values

Environmental sustainability, social responsibility and good governance are essential to our progress as a society and as a firm. Simont Braun is committed to walking the talk towards better sustainability, diversity, inclusion, and good governance practices. We actively promote and implement ESG values within our firm, in our interactions with our clients and other actors in our […]

Simont Braun assists active partners in funding round in classified cycling

Brussels, 5 December 2022 |  Simont Braun successfully assisted Active Partners in a funding round of €22 million in Classified Cycling, a Belgium-based company developing innovative technology for the cycling industry Active Partners, a consumer-focused investment firm, took the lead and invested in a funding round of €22 million in Classified Cycling, a Belgium-based company developing innovative technology for […]

Access to the Belgian insurance distribution market for UK providers in a post-Brexit era

Anticipating and reacting to the effects of Brexit, various insurance intermediaries based in the United Kingdom looked for means to continue serving the European market after the loss of their passporting rights (i.e. their right to recognition of their UK licence as an insurance intermediary throughout the EEA). A traditional solution, chosen by many UK […]

Simont Braun boosts its mediation capabilities with Alexia Faes named certified mediator

We are delighted to announce that Alexia Faes, associate in construction law, has been named registered mediator in civil and commercial matters by the Federale Bemiddelingscommissie – Commission fédérale de mediation. More than ever, enterprises want efficient and swift solutions rather than lengthy judicial proceedings to solve their disputes. At Simont Braun, we understand this […]

The Special Commission on Construction: in case of dispute, think of mediation!

The construction sector is a permanent mediation. Contractors, suppliers, site managers, all of them have to engage in constant dialogue to find pragmatic solutions to possible conflicts. The event “Construction & Mediation into the wild”, organised by Simont Braun and the Federal Mediation Commission on 31 August at Pairi Daiza, was the perfect opportunity to […]

Payment service providers can rely on bank secrecy in case of tax audit

Can payment service providers rely on bank secrecy in case of tax audits? On 31 May 2022, the Court of appeal of Ghent ruled on the possibility for the Belgian tax authorities to request information from payment service providers (PSP) regarding financial transactions. In its decision, the Court notably confirms the following: PSP should be […]

Simont Braun assists Atlantic Money in obtaining licence as payment institution

Brussels, July 2022 –  Simont Braun successfully assisted Atlantic Money, an international money transfer provider, in obtaining a licence as an authorised payment institution (PI) from the National Bank of Belgium (NBB). This is the first new Belgian payment institution licence granted by the NBB in over a year. This Belgian PI licence will allow […]

Blueprint for a large tax reform

Today, our Minister of Finance has released a “Blueprint for a large tax reform”, paving the way for a vast reform of our Belgian tax system. Key principles of this groundbreaking reform that would lead to a “dual income tax” system: Lowering taxation on professional income: tax rates would be reduced and made more progressive; […]

PropTechs | Comment se faire une place dans les marchés publics ?

Pouvez-vous nous présenter brièvement votre angle de services, et les possibilités d’aide que peut fournir votre cabinet, afin de soutenir l’implémentation de la proptech en Belgique? Simont Braun est un cabinet d’avocats belge indépendant offrant des services spécialisés dans tous les domaines du droit des affaires. Simont Braun a toujours été pionnier en Belgique en […]

Does Brussels I Regulation now bind arbitrators?

The Grand Chamber of the European Court of Justice (“ECJ”) decided that a judgement entered by a court of a Member State in the terms of an arbitral award can in principle be the basis for a refusal to recognize a later irreconcilable judgment of another Member State. However, this rule does not apply when […]