has broad expertise in banking law, finance law and insurance law.
She advises banks, investment firms, payment service providers, insurance companies and a wide range of financial institutions, both domestic and foreign, on all issues related to the legal and regulatory aspects of their activities, including financing, regulated credits, M&A, security packages, etc.
Catherine Houssa is a member of Simont Braun’s Digital Finance team. She assists her clients in their FinTech-related projects, such as alternative lending (peer-to-peer lending and crowdfunding), innovative payments, virtual currencies, ICOs, blockchain applications, etc. She is also a founding and board member of FinTech Belgium and regularly speaks at conferences on digital finance topics.
Catherine further handles litigation in relation to banking and financial law.
Catherine Houssa is chair of the European Society for Banking and Finance law (AEDBF, 2018-2021 term) and a board member and former chair of AEDBF Belgium. She is also an independent board member of Crelan bank and Alterfin.
Catherine is ranked in Band 1 in FinTech and Band 2 in Regulatory by Chambers & Partners. She is also recognised as one of the few experts in Europe in “Banking: FinTech” by Who’s Who Legal and is mentioned by IFLR 1000 as “Responsive, [with a] clear-minded outlook, and get[ing] to the point.”
- Master of Law (UCLouvain, 1981)
- Teacher training in Law (UCLouvain, 1982)
- Member of the Brussels Bar since 1981