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.

Legal 500 - Top tier Law firm Belgium

Simont Braun achieves excellent rankings in The Legal 500

All our rankings and feedback are available here.

FinTech – Tier 1
Joan Carette | Leading Individual
Philippe De Prez | Next Generation Partner
‘A strongly integrated team, capable of covering end-to-end our projects, at a very affordable price. Strong theoretical and practical knowledge of financial products regulations. The team is highly responsive and consistently proposes alternative solutions for every legal issue they raise.’
Each of the team members is very pleasant to work with; responsive, kind, professional and highly experienced.

Dispute Resolution – Tier 2
Rafaël Jafferali | Next Generation Partner
Fanny Laune | Rising Star
‘Personal involvement of partners, outstanding quality of work, and the people are a pleasure to work with.’

Insurance – Tier 2
We don’t need only to know laws and regulations but also how to implement them in our activities. Simon Braun’s lawyers have this purpose in mind by identifying pragmatic solutions to assist us in order to comply with rules without fundamental changes of operational system.’
Transparency, access to different skills (insurance, tax, civil law, ….).

Intellectual Property – Tier 2
Emmanuel Cornu & Eric De Gryse | Leading Individuals.
Simont Braun’s creative approaches on legal issues help clients to find solutions in difficult situations.
‘High skilled team, very efficient and proactive.’

Real Estate – Tier 2
Manuela von Kuegelgen | Leading Individual
Laura Grauer | Rising Star
One-stop shopping’ real estate team dedicated to the client.
They have the ability to quickly grasp the issue raised and target the real points of attention.
They are true deal makers.

Regulatory Financial Services – Tier 2
Joan Carette & Philippe De Prez | Next Generation Partners.
‘Great people, very approachable and hands-on. They have a fintech attitude which is extremely helpful in this fast-paced environment which is a massive extra compared to the big “classic” law firms. They are very responsive and provide an excellent service.’

Commercial, Corporate M&A – Tier 3
‘The team is friendly, skilled and fast.’
‘The corporate team at Simont Braun is truly excellent. It has a sound and deep knowledge of all key areas of corporate and M&A law and it is able to translate its knowledge and skills rapidly into practical advice. In addition, it is really a pleasure to work with the team. It is collaborative and it is able to act quickly.’

Chambers Europe 2022 - Best law firms in Belgium

Simont Braun achieves excellent rankings in Chambers Europe

All our rankings and feedback are available here.

Intellectual Property | Band 2

A commentator reports that the team is very good at identifying and pursuing the desired commercial aims,” and adds that the lawyers “are also particularly good at working as part of a team.”

Fernand de Visscher maintains his top ranking as a Senior Statesperson.

Emmanuel Cornu improves from Band 2 to Band 1.

Eric De Gryse keeps his ranking in Band 2.

Dispute Resolution | Band 3

Clients praise the team for “knowing the market really well and listening to customers’ needs.”

Paul Alain Foriers maintains his leading position as a Senior Statesperson.

Rafaël Jafferali enters the rankings in Band 4.

Corporate M&A | Band 4

One client praises the team for being “responsive, with outstanding legal skill,” as well as being “a real pleasure to work with.”

Sandrine Hirsch maintains a very good individual ranking in Band 3.

Banking & Finance Regulatory

Joan Carette keeps its excellent ranking in Band 2.

Philippe De Prez enters the rankings in Band 3.

Real Estate

Manuela von Kuegelgen enters the rankings in Band 4.

Chambers & Partners Global 2022 - Belgium law firm

We are happy to see our Dispute Resolution and Corporate M&A teams highly ranked again, in Band 3 and Band 4 respectively.

Our lawyers are also individually recognised, with:

Paul Alain Foriers ranked as a Senior Statesperson in Dispute Resolution: “Paul Alain Foriers is ‘excellent in technical aspects and complex cases,’ according to clients.”

Sandrine Hirsch ranked in Band 3 in Corporate M&A: “Clients praise her for being ‘extremely thorough and diligent,’ and draw particular attention to ‘her ability to develop practical and creative solutions in complex matters’.

Rafaël Jafferali entering the rankings in Dispute resolution in Band 4: He is described by one source as “a really excellent litigator,” and praised by a second for being “a very good, thorough and deep lawyer.”

All our rankings in the Global edition are available here.

chambers Fintech top ranked Belgium

Band 1 in FinTech | Chambers

Simont Braun is delighted to be ranked this year again in Band 1 in FinTech by Chambers & Partners.

The team was incredibly helpful and responsive. The client service is excellent.”

Joan Carette and Philippe De Brez both improve their individual ranking from Band 3 to Band 2.

Joan Carette is ranked in Band 2: “Her knowledge is described as “extensive” by appreciative clients, while peers recognise the value of her addition to the firm’s FinTech practice.”

Philippe De Prez is ranked in Band 2: “He goes beyond expectations; his availability, even as a partner, is particularly impressive. My opinion of the firm is testament to him and his team.”

Tier 1 in Financial Services Regulatory

Simont Braun is the only Belgian independent law firm ranked Tier 1 in this category.

The rankings are available here.

Intellectual Property – Trade Marks – Silver

“Adroitly navigating the Belgian and European IP spaces, formidable contentious shop Simont Braun has the instinct and tenacity to secure the right results before the courts and at the EUIPO. The squad recently secured a precedent-setting, headline-grabbing decision for Caterpillar at the Belgian Supreme Court in an action relating to its CAT mark. This win was masterminded by Emmanuel Cornu and Eric De Gryse. “A leader in the field”, Cornu is frequently asked to assist various councils and government bodies on trademark questions, while also holding his own positions of authority within the IP community. De Gryse is a first port of call for brand-rich pharmaceutical, engineering and retail services players. For instance, along with Cornu, he recently assisted HEMA in infringement proceedings brought by Levi Strauss.”

Emmanuel Cornu | Gold

Eric De Gryse | Silver

Leaders' League - Leading law firm corporate, M&A, private equipy, Real estate, Banking & Finance, Capital Markets

Simont Braun ranked in Leaders League

Simont Braun is delighted to be recognised amongst the best law firms in Belgium by Leaders League 2021:

  • Copyright law: Leading 
  • Financial services – regulatory and litigation: Excellent
  • Patent litigation: Excellent
  • Trademark litigation: Excellent
  • Life Sciences: Excellent
  • Commercial Litigation: Highly recommended
  • International Arbitration: Highly recommended
  • Mergers & Acquisitions: Highly recommended
  • Real Estate: Highly recommended
  • Innovation, technology and telecoms: Highly recommended
  • Media: Highly recommended
  • Capital Markets: Highly recommended
  • Private Equity: Recommended

Simont Braun ranked in Silver in Patent

“Many landmark cases bear the fingerprints of Simont Braun, which relishes the intricacies of complicated cross-border patent matters. No industry is off limits, thanks to the versatility of its adaptable, highly trained practitioners. Eric De GryseFernand de Visscher and IAM Patent 1000 debutant Emmanuel Cornu all have an intuitive grasp of FRAND and SEP issues, which they have recently been demonstrating for the benefit of high-technology company Assia. The trio work well together, pooling their expertise to develop strong, thorough defences. Spearheading the practice, De Gryse custom-builds IP strategy to clients’ individual needs and is a familiar face at the EPO. A renowned name on the Belgian litigation scene, de Visscher has been appointed co-president of the Council for Intellectual Property by the Belgian Federal Public Service for Economy. Cornu’s multi-jurisdictional know-how is brought into play in both patent disputes and arbitrationbriefs.”

Fernand de Visscher | Silver

Eric De Gryse | Silver

Emmanuel Cornu | Silver

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

Trademark and Copyrights – 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.”

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. (…)”