Public and Administrative Law
Government intervention and the ever-increasing volume of regulatory measures are an inescapable aspect of today’s economic climate. The global financial crisis has placed governments under major pressure to tackle significant levels of budget deficit and debt burden.
In this context, public and administrative law has become a crucial aspect of the business world.
Simont Braun is able to handle all of the issues relating to this area of law.
Simont Braun’s dedicated team enjoys broad experience in all fields of public and administrative law. Advising on both transactions and litigation, whether at the national or international level, our team provides bespoke guidance and assistance in all aspects of public law and government contracting, including administrative contracts, public procurement contracts in all fields of public law, government-owned assets, financing of public projects, public-private partnerships, public utilities, licences, permits, authorisations and regulatory.
We also represent clients before regulatory authorities, the European Court of Justice, the Belgian Supreme Court, Constitutional Court, Council of State and other national jurisdictions. Whether the issue concerns a public organisation, a municipal, regional or federal government or a European institution, our team is always able to handle matters with an in-depth understanding of the sector in which our clients operate.
Our lawyers assist their clients in drafting laws and regulations, and in the creation or reorganisation of public or private operators. We have an extensive understanding of the manner in which public authorities intervene in the economy: state aid, public holdings, inter-municipal entities, economic expansion laws, public service concessions, management agreements, etc.
We work in an integrated manner with our Banking, Corporate and Real Estate departments. We therefore handle issues and projects from a variety of perspectives, taking into account the wider economic and legal context.
- Representing two major public bodies during their merger.
- Assisting a public company in the development of a new underground line.
- Regularly advising both public authorities and private Belgian and foreign-based firms on the choice of the most suitable structure for public procurement and assisting them in drawing up offers and/or scope statements, notably concerning the award criteria; monitoring of drafting and signature procedures and handling any appeals.
- Regularly assisting public authorities in drafting laws and regulations in the broadest aspects of law.