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Band 1 in FinTech | Chambers

Simont Braun is delighted to be ranked this year again in Band 1 in FinTech by Chambers & Partners.

« The team was incredibly helpful and responsive. The client service is excellent. »

Joan Carette and Philippe De Brez both improve their individual ranking from Band 3 to Band 2.

Joan Carette is ranked in Band 2: « Her knowledge is described as « extensive » by appreciative clients, while peers recognise the value of her addition to the firm’s FinTech practice. »

Philippe De Prez is ranked in Band 2: « He goes beyond expectations; his availability, even as a partner, is particularly impressive. My opinion of the firm is testament to him and his team. »

Tier 1 in Financial Services Regulatory

Simont Braun is the only Belgian independent law firm ranked Tier 1 in this category.

The rankings are available here.

Chambers Europe 2021 - Belgium

Simont Braun achieves excellent rankings in Chambers Europe

All our rankings and feedback are available here.

Intellectual Property | Band 2

“One source praises the lawyers for their work on contentious matters, reporting that they are “very good litigators in the way they express their views,” and adding that they are “sophisticated in how they use the law to present their case.”

Individually, Fernand de Visscher maintains his top ranking as a Senior Statesperson, and Emmanuel Cornu and Eric De Gryse remain highly ranked in Band 2.

Dispute Resolution | Band 3

“Clients appreciate the lawyers’ communication skills.”

Individually, Paul Alain Foriers maintains his leading position as a Senior Statesperson.

Corporate M&A | Band 4

“One interviewee attests that the team “has a great sense of detail and is always trying to get the global picture from all the information they have.”

Another commentator states that the lawyers are “confident and as responsive as you need them to be,” as well as being “time-efficient and very competent.”

Sandrine Hirsch maintains a very good individual ranking in Band 3.

Banking & Finance Regulatory

Joan Carette keeps its excellent ranking in Band 2.

Simont Braun achieves excellent rankings in The Legal 500

All our rankings and feedback are available here.

FinTech – Tier 1
Joan Carette is recognised as a Leading Individual
Philippe De Prez is recognised as a Next Generation Partner
The team is number one for fintech matters in Belgium. They are proactive and hands-on, with a unique knowledge of the market and pragmatic advice.
Extraordinary knowledge of the market; a strong team from associate to partner, very friendly to work with, very strong legal capacities, and extremely reliable and efficient.

Intellectual Property – Tier 2
Emmanuel Cornu and Eric De Gryse are recognised as Leading Individuals.
‘Excellent knowledge of IP, reactivity, clarity, efficiency.’

Real Estate – Tier 2
Manuela von Kuegelgen is recognised as a Leading Individual
Laura Grauer is recognised as a Rising Star
‘The team is always available and ready to deliver thorough advice and practical solutions‘.

Regulatory Financial Services – Tier 2
Joan Carette and Philippe De Prez are recognised as Next Generation Partners.
‘The regulatory team of Simont Braun is knowledgeable, easy and quick to work with. They have broad expertise and great work spirit‘.

Commercial, Corporate M&A – Tier 3
Agile, multidisciplinary and integrated team that is oriented towards simple and pragmatic solutions.‘
Very good value for money, very skilled and friendly lawyers that are always available.
‘Very involved and great knowledge of market practices.‘

Dispute Resolution – Tier 3
Rafaël Jafferali is recognised as a Next Generation Partner
Fanny Laune is recognised as a Rising Star
Very experienced’ team

Chambers global 2021 Simont Braun Belgium

Simont Braun recognised in Chambers Global

Dispute Resolution | Band 3: « Experienced firm noted for its considerable Supreme Court practice. Represents public sector clients and private companies in bankruptcy litigation and leasing-related disputes. Also assists with domestic arbitration, particularly involving post-acquisition disputes. Acts for clients from the financial, telecommunications and pharmaceutical industries. »

Paul Alain Foriers | Senior Statesperson: « Paul Alain Foriers is a renowned litigator and a member of the Belgian Supreme Court. Foriers has extensive experience representing clients in financial and competition disputes, as well as in administrative proceedings.« 

Corporate M&A | Band 4: « Well known for its experience in transactions involving regulated industries and regularly acts for financial industry clients on mid-market M&A deals. Also advises on corporate governance. Benefits from close relationships with the firm’s IP, employment and public law teams to offer comprehensive coverage for corporate clients. Particularly popular with clients from the technology and real estate sectors. »

Sandrine Hirsch | Band 3: « She’s great at looking at the overall perspective of all the issues that could arise. » Clients also highlight her « precise and accurate » work. »

Intellectual Property – Trade Marks – Silver

“Adroitly navigating the Belgian and European IP spaces, formidable contentious shop Simont Braun has the instinct and tenacity to secure the right results before the courts and at the EUIPO. The squad recently secured a precedent-setting, headline-grabbing decision for Caterpillar at the Belgian Supreme Court in an action relating to its CAT mark. This win was masterminded by Emmanuel Cornu and Eric De Gryse. “A leader in the field”, Cornu is frequently asked to assist various councils and government bodies on trademark questions, while also holding his own positions of authority within the IP community. De Gryse is a first port of call for brand-rich pharmaceutical, engineering and retail services players. For instance, along with Cornu, he recently assisted HEMA in infringement proceedings brought by Levi Strauss. »

Emmanuel Cornu | Gold

Eric De Gryse | Silver

Leaders' League - Leading law firm corporate, M&A, private equipy, Real estate, Banking & Finance, Capital Markets

Simont Braun ranked in Leaders League

Simont Braun is delighted to be recognised amongst the best law firms in Belgium by Leaders League 2021:

  • Mergers & Acquisitions : Highly recommended
  • Banking & Finance : Highly recommended
  • Real Estate : Highly recommended
  • Capital Markets : Highly recommended
  • Private Equity : Recommended

Band 1 in FinTech | Chambers

Simont Braun is delighted to be ranked this year again in Band 1 in FinTech by Chambers & Partners.

Joan Carette is ranked in Band 3: « Joan is an exciting new partner for the firm, » acknowledges a local legal peer. « Joan’s a great hire; she used to work for the regulator and will be a quality addition. »

Philippe De Prez is ranked in Band 3: « Philippe goes above and beyond to ensure all of his client’s needs and requests are met and exceeded. »

Tier 3 in Corporate M&A

Simont Braun is delighted to see the ranking of its Corporate M&A team improve from Tier 4 to Tier 3.

Sandrine Hirsch has also maintained her excellent individual ranking as Highly Recommended Leading Lawyer.

The rankings are available here.

Simont Braun ranked in Silver in Patent

“Complex global patent litigation is meat and drink to the lawyers at Simont Braun, who conjure up ingenious solutions to contentious challenges in the life sciences, medical device, electronics sectors. Fernand de Visscher recently played a hand in a high-profile matter for weapons manufacturer FN Herstal, ensuring that his client could keep its key product on the international market. He also teamed up with colleague Eric De Gryse to represent OGI Systems, a diamond and gemstone manufacturer, in parallel infringement proceedings which are also ongoing in Israel and India. They both possess significant trial strength and an intuitive feel for the intricacies of each brief, giving every angle the attention it deserves to cover all bases and construct bulletproof arguments.”

Fernand de Visscher | Silver

Eric De Gryse | Silver

IFLR 1000 ranking

Banking & Finance – Corporate M&A

« Excellent quality of work from the entire team. Greatly efficient, very precise with their work and always deliver on time. » – Banking

« High degree of responsiveness, and good technical understanding. » – Banking

« Strong expertise and good personal contact. » – Banking

« Very reactive and supportive. Takes a proactive stance to highlight upcoming issues and propose solutions. Very easy to work with. » – Banking

« Very pleased with their work. » – Banking

« Highly efficient. » – M&A

Intellectual Property – Patent Contentious – Tier 2

“The IP team at Simont Braun is known for handling complex litigation in the life sciences, mechanical engineering and chemical sectors. Fernand de Visscher and Eric de Gryse are key practitioners at the firm. Visscher is highly rated by his peers. One commentator says De Gryse is ‘very smart and skilled’ in IP disputes. The ‘outstanding’ Emmanuel Cornu is another notable litigator in the firm. (…)”


“Simont Braun is a respected firm for trade mark and copyright matters. Emmanuel Cornu and Eric De Gryse are some of the key practitioners specialising in soft IP at the firm. The firm advises companies such as Christian Dior, Givenchy and Yves Saint Laurent. In 2017 copyright and patent law specialist Philippe Campolini was promoted to partner.”