Rankings

Our main practices and many of our lawyers have been recognised for their outstanding track record and expertise by the top worldwide legal guides ranking the leading law firms and lawyers.

 

Corporate M&A department – Band 4

“One client describes the team as ‘a real pleasure to work with’ due to its ‘efficient, available, fast-thinking’ approach. The same client also highlights the team’s strength in depth: ‘We are extremely pleased with their transactional skills. The partners are supported by very capable junior lawyers.’”

Dispute Resolution department – Band 3

“One client is particularly impressed by the firm’s collaborative working style, reporting that the lawyers are ‘client-focused and willing to consider our ideas. They were as creative as possible within the Belgian legal structure, worked with external legal resources and were willing to create new precedent.’”

Intellectual Property department – Band 2

“One client admires the team’s outstanding performance, praising its ability to develop convincing arguments as well as its ‘really impressive legal knowledge of IP issues’.
Another source hails the firm’s capacity to offer advice on both domestic and cross-border mandates, noting that ‘the main strength of Simont Braun is its in-depth knowledge of subjects both on a national and European legislative level’.”

Banking, Finance and Capital Markets – Tier 3

“The ‘prompt, efficient and professional’ team at Simont Braun has a broad finance and capital markets offering. Of particular note is its digital finance practice, which combines the expertise of finance, IP and data protection specialists.”

Commercial, Corporate and M&A – Tier 3

“Independent Belgian firm Simont Braun’s ‘very responsive’ and ‘flexible’ corporate team excels in transactional, advisory and contentious matters. The team has seen significant growth, with recent hires at associate and senior associate levels. It is particularly active in the real estate and hotels sectors, though its client base stretches beyond these.”

Dispute Resolution – Tier 2

“Simont Braun ‘gets the job done’, according to clients. Among the names to note, Lucien Simont is a seasoned litigator with a strong reputation for arbitration, Supreme Court lawyer Paul Alain Foriers is ‘a market heavyweight’ and Caroline De Baets is also highly rated. The sizeable group handles the full range of corporate and commercial, tax, employment, IP and administrative law matters.”

Intellectual Property – Tier 2

“Simont Braun provides ‘an excellent quality of work’, and specialises in transactional IP, IP litigation and advisory work. It has a very strong track record in complex patent litigation in the life sciences, chemicals and mechanical engineering sectors, and trade mark infringement cases for well-known companies.”

Real Estate and Construction – Tier 3

“Simont Braun’s team combines ‘a deep knowledge of the law with an understanding of the real estate industry’ and provides ‘a high level of service’. The integrated real estate, public law and administrative law practice acts for developers, investors, private equity firms and public entities. Practice head Manuela von Kuegelgen receives plaudits for her ‘good business acumen’ and ‘creativity’.”

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. Philippe Campolini was promoted to partner in 2017.”

TRADE MARK & COPYRIGHT – TIER 1

“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.”

Intellectual Property – Patents – Silver

“A carefully crafted blend of Belgium’s ‘most technically gifted patent lawyers’, Simont Braun has a record in the field that speaks for itself. Held in high esteem for its litigation experience, the firm continues to take on a significant volume of international instructions, negotiating licensing deals on behalf of a swathe of medical devices manufacturers; its full-service offering stands ready to assist on regulatory issues as and when they arise. Leading the line-up is founder of the European Patent Lawyers Association and president of the high advisory board to the Belgian government on intellectual property Fernand de Visscher, ‘a luminary and asset to the field’. Freshly minted partner and IAM Patent 1000 debutant Philippe Campolini battles on behalf of manufacturers in the medical devices, automotive and weapons industries. Eric De Gryse’s impressive résumé is a potent draw for clients who value his substantial knowledge in the field of plant variety rights and decisive input in international litigation.”

Intellectual Property – Trade Marks – Silver

“Sterling litigation shop Simont Braun solves the most intricate brand rights puzzles, operating with finesse before the EU courts and the EUIPO. ‘Its excellent team has a classical approach, in the best sense of the word: its lawyers have brilliant minds – they are erudite, well-considered and thorough – and are consummate professionals.’ Cultivated advocate Emmanuel Cornu ‘has an incisive knowledge of trademark law’ and has co-authored an authoritative textbook on the subject. He recently represented Blackberry in several oppositions before the BOIP, and has won a number of favourable decisions for LVMH and Christian Dior before Belgian courts; the versatile lawyer is also involved in customs seizures for Yves Saint Laurent and advises SFR on its Benelux portfolio strategy. Flanking him is Eric De Gryse, a ‘superb all-round soft IP lawyer, who combines a strong academic grounding with polished litigation skills’; he is a go-to professional for geographical indications and chairs the corresponding INTA committee. With Cornu, De Gryse represents SPA Monopole in a number of disputes and has defended Caterpillar in its wrangles with Tigercat. Heineken is another major client for him; he recently removed one million lookalike bottles from African markets.”

M&A – Tier 4

“The team at Simont Braun in Belgium is recognised for its work in the M&A space, while also having a credible banking and finance offering. (…) Real estate work formed the bulk of the activity of the M&A team, with the firm notably assisting a family of shareholders in the sale of their share capital in Hotel Metropole. A further standout property transaction saw the team assist the Société d’Aménagement Urbain (SAU) in the creation and implementation of the Contemporary and Modern Art Museum and Architecture Museum in Brussels.”

Banking and Finance

“In the banking space, the firm has largely worked on providing financial regulatory advice to its clients on matters including the EU Payment Services Directive (PSD2), MiFID II and GDPR implementation. The firm has also worked on bankruptcies and the renewal of consumer credit licenses.”

“Simont Braun are the fintech specialists in Belgium. They provide excellent legal advice and support for everything fintech-related, mostly around regulatory aspects.”