Our Corporate and Real Estate teams recognised in Leaders League

Leaders League is a legal guide with an international reach that ranks the best law firms by country and by area of practice.

The first part of the 2021 rankings has just come out, and we are happy to be featured in the following categories:

  • Mergers & Acquisitions: Highly recommended
  • Real Estate: Highly recommended
  • Private Equity: Recommended

Congratulations to our teams!

All current Simont Braun’s rankings are available here, but we will have to be patient for the other 2021 results to come out… Stay tuned.

Renaud van Melsen interviewed in Le Soir Immo

A good read to start the year?

We are happy to share Renaud van Melsen’s interview in Le Soir Immo.

What is our role as lawyers in real estate and public law? What are today’s major questions in town planning and environmental law?

To read the article “Les avocats ne sont pas des penseurs en vase clos”, click here.

Interview by Brigitte De Wolf Cambier

Article published in Le Soir Immo on 31 December 2020

Special Season’s Greetings from Simont Braun!

From all of us at Simont Braun, discover our Special Wishes for you in 2021!

We warmly thank our clients for their continuous trust and our teams for their hard work and motivation throughout the year.

Since 2017, our season’s greetings are digital. This year again, we have offered the amount previously dedicated to paper cards to Infirmiers de Rue / Straatverplegers /Street nurses.
They are doing a remarkable job all year long to get homeless people in Brussels off the streets. Would you like to support them as well? Click here: www.infirmiersderue.be

Our special wishes are illustrated by the talented Allilalu: www.allilalu.com

Simont Braun promotes Renaud van Melsen to Of Counsel

Belgian leading independent law firm Simont Braun is pleased to announce that it has promoted Renaud van Melsen to Of Counsel, acknowledging his know-how and many years of experience in matters of Real Estate, Public & Administrative law, as well as Supreme Court litigation.

Renaud van Melsen gathers 15 years of experience in public law, in particular in the fields of public procurement and contracts, town planning and environmental law. Renaud also deals with other matters such as civil liability, local tax law and various areas of European law. He regularly assists public and private clients in the context of major projects and represents them in legal proceedings, both administrative and civil. Renaud also has expertise in proceedings before the Belgian Supreme Court.

Renaud devotes part of his time as a member of the Brussels Commission on administrative transparency as well as the Regional development commission. He has also sharpened his legal knowledge as a teaching assistant in administrative law at UNamur for more than ten years, and by authoring numerous publications and seminars.

Renaud has comprehensive expertise as he guides clients at both advisory and litigation levels. He combines high-end legal analysis with a pragmatic approach to the needs of his clients,” says Manuela von Kuegelgen, Partner in Real Estate, Public and administrative law. “Renaud is also perfectly bilingual in Dutch and French which is a strong asset in his areas of practice”.

Renaud van Melsen’s promotion to Of Counsel has taken effect on 1 November 2020.

Do not hesitate to contact him!

+32 (0)2 533 17 33

To know more about Renaud, please visit his profile here.

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.


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.


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).