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Onze hoofdpraktijkgebieden en verschillende van onze advocaten zijn erkend voor hun uitstekende trackrecord en expertise in de belangrijkste juridische rankings voor advocatenkantoren en advocaten.

 

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 – Band 2

Clients appreciate the firm’s “understanding of the law, ability to provide practical opinions, attention to detail and speed of response.”
Other sources praise practitioners for the quality of client service: “They offer a comprehensive service, great client contact and have clear opinions.”

Dispute Resolution – Band 3

“Experienced firm noted for its considerable Supreme Court practice. Represents clients in damages claims, bankruptcy litigation and M&A-related disputes. Also assists with alternative dispute resolution services, including domestic and cross-border arbitration and mediation.”

Sources highlight the “customer-minded” approach of the lawyers and also praise their litigation experience.

Corporate M&A department – Band 4

“Well known for its experience in transactions involving regulated industries and recommended for its track record in handling domestic mid-market M&A deals. Also advises on corporate governance. Benefits from close relationships with strong IP, tax, real estate and public law teams to offer comprehensive coverage for corporate clients.”
Clients appreciate that the team offers “excellent support and negotiation skills.”

Real Estate and Construction – Tier 2

The ‘reactive and pragmatic‘ team at Simont Braun is well known for its ‘strong expertise in construction, public and administrative law‘. In a prominent highlight for the multidisciplinary practice, the firm was selected by means of a public tender to assist the Urban Development Corporation in Brussels with creating and implementing the Contemporary and Modern Art Museum and Architecture Museum development project. The ‘brilliant‘ and ‘very knowledgeable‘ Manuela von Kuegelgen leads the team.

Intellectual Property – Tier 2

Simont Braun’s ‘reliable‘ team garners praise for its ‘deep knowledge‘ of IP litigation, advisory matters and transactional IP. Complex patent litigation is a core area of expertise for the team, which acts for clients drawn from the chemicals, mechanical engineering and life sciences industries in this area. Trade mark infringement disputes are also prominent. Fernand de Visscher and Eric De Gryse are ‘reactive, clear and knowledgeable‘; Emmanuel Cornu and Philippe Campolini are also key contacts.

Banking, Finance and Capital Markets – Tier 3

“Simont Braun is an active player in the digital transformation of the financial services sector in Belgium, with its team advising Belgian and overseas-based clients on a wide range of fintech projects, including those relating to alternative lending, initial coin offerings, electronic trading venues and blockchain applications. The firm was a founding member of independent not-for-profit organisation FinTech Belgium, where Catherine Houssa is a director. Partner Philippe De Prez, who is also noted for his fintech expertise, is also knowledgeable about initiatives connected with InsurTech and RegTech. De Prez and Houssa advised French digital bank Oney Bank on introducing a micro-credit product to the Belgian market. Elsewhere, Vanessa Marquette is recommended for her expertise in international finance law, which encompasses areas such as factoring agreements, ISDA and credit agreements. The firm’s broad practice also covers real estate finance, and bonds and rights issues. Sandrine Hirsch is another notable individual in the ‘outstanding team‘, which is ‘very unique in terms of engagement, availability and responsibilities‘.”

Commercial, Corporate and M&A – Tier 3

“The ‘professional and dedicated‘ corporate and M&A practice at Simont Braun attracts praise for its ‘industry expertise and for building long-term relationships with its clients‘. It was recently instructed by the Urban Development Corporate of the Brussels-Capital Region (Société d’Aménagement Urbain) on the creation and implementation of the Contemporary and Modern Art Museum and Architecture Museum in Brussels, including advising on corporate aspects and negotiations relating to partnerships with Centre Pompidou in Paris. In another work highlight, a team led by Vanessa Marquette is assisting Vivaqua and Hydrobru with the proposed merger of the two main operators in the water sector, including successfully representing the companies in a judicial proceeding opposing the transaction. Sandrine Hirsch heads up the team, which also includes the well-regarded Paul Alain Foriers.”

Dispute Resolution – Tier 3

“Simont Braun’s team provides ‘strong practical advice‘ to clients from a broad spectrum of industries, and reports a significant uptick in IP litigation, with a key focus on trade mark disputes. The key contacts are Paul Alain Foriers, who is highly regarded for his expertise in handling disputes before the Supreme Court, and Rafaël Jafferali.”

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. (…)”

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.”