Have you thought of mediation to solve your disputes?

As part of our objective to offer tailored and efficient solutions to our clients, we are happy to announce that Fanny Laune has become a registered mediator in civil and commercial matters.

Mediation offers many advantages, in particular, the confidentiality of the process, and the possibility to create tailor-made and pragmatic solutions close to every party’s needs.

Simont Braun gathers lawyers having longstanding experience in mediation (as mediator or counsel), notably in civil and commercial matters, real estate, construction, intellectual property and corporate law.

Did you know?

Thomas Braun is a member and former president of the Belgian Chamber of Conciliation, Arbitration and Mediation in Real Estate matters (CCAI).

Emmanuel Cornu acted in the first mediation proceedings organised by the Board of Appeal of the EUIPO (European Union Intellectual Property Office).

Any question?

Do not hesitate to contact Thomas Braun, Emmanuel Cornu or Fanny Laune.

Visit our mediation page.

Simont Braun strengthens Financial Services and FinTech capabilities with top hires

Simont Braun boosts the capabilities of its Fintech and Financial Services practices by welcoming Partner Joan Carette and Senior Associate Jean-Christophe Vercauteren. These strong additions to the firm enhance our Digital Finance Team’s position on top of the Belgian market.

The highly respected Joan Carette joins our Fintech and Financial Services team as a partner next to Catherine Houssa and Philippe De Prez, where she will reinforce our regulation and FinTech skills and allow to improve our focus on the Tech aspect of our expertise.

Joan Carette has 20 years of experience in FinTech, payments, e-money, AML and more generally banking and financial services and the prudential supervision of financial institutions. She worked as a regulator in the prudential supervision department of the FSMA, and in Belgian and international law firms for over 15 years.

Clients admire her “very flexible, pragmatic approach,” as well as her “deep knowledge of financial regulation.” (Chambers & Partners)

FinTech, Payments and Financial Services play key roles in our economy and require to combine strong legal knowledge with tech-savviness and proactivity. In this context, I am delighted to join the strongest Digital Finance Team on the Belgian legal market. Together, we will be able to offer the best possible guidance to our clients,” says Joan Carette.

Jean-Christophe Vercauteren has solid regulatory expertise in FinTech, payment services and e-money, AML and more generally banking and financial services. He gathered experience as a lawyer in Belgian and international business law firms, and as a legal counsel in a Belgian bank.

I could not think of a more stimulating environment than Simont Braun’s Digital Finance Team to further develop my expertise. Being part of the pioneer FinTech law firm in Belgium will be a daily motivation, and I am happy to contribute to broadening its capabilities,” says Jean-Christophe.

We are proud to welcome top talents like Joan and Jean-Christophe in the team. With them on board, our Digital Finance Team strengthens both its financial services and tech capabilities,” adds Philippe De Prez, partner in FinTech and Financial Services.

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Simont Braun’s pioneer Digital Finance Team is one of the best and most-qualified teams in Belgium. “The firm has proven itself as one of the very leading players in the market, having advised on groundbreaking projects involving areas such as alternative lending, micro-savings, robo-advisory, blockchain, ICOs and virtual currencies.” Simont Braun is the only law firm ranked in Band 1 in Belgium in FinTech by Chambers & Partners. The firm is also ranked Tier 1 in FinTech by the Legal 500, and Tier 1 in Financial Services Regulatory by IFLR 1000.

Simont Braun recognised again for its patent expertise by iAM 1000

Our IP team has again been highly recognised in Silver Band for its expertise in patents by iAM Patent. The department is ranked in Silver with the following mention:

“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 and Eric De Gryse are also individually ranked in Silver for their experience and capabilities.

Thank you to our clients and peers for your trust!

Simont Braun unveils new logo and designs

As we are now (more or less) allowed to go out again… Simont Braun is happy to also release its new logo!

 

Simont Braun’s new logo is designed to be a reflection of the firm’s evolution while preserving our fundamentals.

We wanted to keep the green, Simont Braun’s historic colour, as it represents balance and progress, but we made it more intense and modern. We also added our secondary colour: the orange. This colour is a symbol of creativity, communication and energy, which embodies perfectly the evolution Simont Braun has experienced in recent years,” explains Nelly Chammas, Communication & Marketing Manager.

The new logo also reinvents our famous vertical line, this time as a link between Simont and Braun.

We are delighted with this new design which embodies the firm’s values with a spirit of freshness, modernity and continuity,” adds Béatrice Thieffry, co-Managing Partner.

Simont Braun’s rebranding includes a top-to-bottom redesign of the company’s communications, brochures, news, etc.

Simont Braun worked on this new logo with the cooperation of the graphic design agency McArnolds.

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Simont Braun is a Belgian leading independent law firm, offering high-end expertise to national and international clients in all areas of business law: Corporate M&A, Banking & (Digital) Finance, Intellectual Property, IT, Data Protection, Commercial and Contract law, Real Estate and Construction, Public and Administrative law, Tax Law and Labour law. Simont Braun also has in-depth experience in dispute resolution (including arbitration, mediation and Supreme Court litigation).

Simont Braun has moved to Avenue Louise 250

It’s official!

We have moved to our brand new office in The Hype – Avenue Louise 250 (10th floor).

We are very excited to start this new chapter and look forward to welcoming you there!

 

PS: the view is still amazing!

Stay tuned: more updates are coming…

LegalTech at Simont Braun – Adoption of machine learning platform Luminance

Leading Belgian law firm Simont Braun takes a step forward into LegalTech with Luminance. This ground-breaking AI application enables legal counsels to review large volumes of documentation with an instant insight into their content, improving and accelerating processes such as due diligence and regulatory compliance reviews.

Simont Braun decided to engage Luminance after a successful two-week pilot trial with the platform. Luminance’s core technology, ‘LITE’ (Legal Inference Transformation Engine), uses a unique combination of supervised and unsupervised machine learning, which enables the user to detect critical information in a massive volume of contracts very efficiently. Luminance is also language and jurisdiction-agnostic, allowing the lawyers to work seamlessly across French, Dutch and English documentation.

Axel Maeterlinck, Corporate / M&A Partner at Simont Braun, comments: “Luminance goes above and beyond other platforms on the market. We can now review an entire set of documents at a glance and, hence, ensure a quicker and more efficient analysis while being sure that nothing has been missed. This is a significant added-value for our clients.”

Emily Foges, Luminance’s CEO, is delighted to have such a forward-thinking firm on board: “Firms are under a lot of pressure to constantly adapt and adhere to their clients’ demands. With Luminance, law firms like Simont Braun can stay ahead of the game by providing the best possible legal representation to their clients.”

In just over three years, Luminance has established itself as the world-leading artificial intelligence platform for the legal profession. Now in use in over 80 languages, Luminance’s flexible machine learning is integral for firms like Simont Braun seeking to innovate their legal services.


About Simont Braun

Simont Braun is an independent business law firm which provides a broad spectrum of legal services, including Corporate / M&A, Banking and (Digital) Finance, Real Estate, Intellectual Property, Dispute Resolution, Tax and Employment Law. Based in Brussels, Simont Braun currently houses 45 lawyers. Simont Braun is recommended by Chambers and Partners and The Legal 500.


About Luminance

Luminance is the leading artificial intelligence platform for the legal profession. Founded by mathematicians from the University of Cambridge, Luminance has developed the Legal Inference Transformation Engine (LITE), the first true application of machine learning to the legal industry, combining pattern-recognition technology with supervised and unsupervised machine learning to read and understand human language. Luminance is used by law firms and in-house teams in over 48countries around the world to improve processes such as due diligence, contract negotiation, regulatory compliance reviews, property portfolio analysis and eDiscovery. The company has offices in London, Cambridge, New York and Singapore.

 

Simont Braun authors ICLG Belgian Chapter on Trademarks

Emmanuel Cornu, Eric De Gryse, Julie Kever and Romain Meys authored the Belgian chapter on Trademarks in the International Comparative Legal Guides 2020, providing a high-level and easy-to-read overview of the key issues and legal principles applicable to this field.

The Belgian chapter is available here.

For any question in this area, do not hesitate to contact the authors.

Simont Braun achieves excellent results in The Legal 500 ed. 2020

This year again, Simont Braun has been highly recognised in The Legal 500, a reference guide ranking leading law firms around the world.

  • FinTech  |  Tier 1
    Simont Braun is THE specialist firm in fintech in Belgium
  • Intellectual Property  |  Tier 2
  • Real Estate  |  Tier 2
  • Corporate, M&A  |  Tier 3
  • Dispute Resolution  |  Tier 3

Manuela von Kuegelgen is individually recognised as a Leading Individual in Real Estate for the second year in a row.

Our young generation is also under the spotlight, with Rafaël Jafferali ranked as a New Generation Partner in Dispute Resolution and Laura Grauer as a Rising Star in Real Estate.

Nine of our lawyers are also recommended

Commercial, corporate and M&A
– Paul Alain Foriers
– Sandrine Hirsch
– Steven Callens

Dispute resolution
Paul Alain Foriers

Fintech
– Catherine Houssa
– Philippe De Prez
– Thomas Derval

Intellectual property
– Emmanuel Cornu
– Eric De Gryse
– Fernand de Visscher

We are very grateful to our clients and peers who keep recognising Simont Braun as a top law firm in the Belgian market. Thank you to our teams for their hard work!

All rankings and quotes are available here.