Simont Braun - Avocats advocaten lawyers

Automotive and Transport

The transport sector performs a central economic function in Belgium due to the country's geographical situation and its complex networks (air, rail, road and water) and its experience in manufacturing vehicles and spare parts. Both private and public entities play a major role in transportation. Large-scale infrastructure projects and related transport activities generate numerous legal issues that call for a holistic approach, in terms of both private law (e.g. contract, tort and personal data) and public law (e.g. specific regulations, environmental law, town planning, security, public procurement and European law, including market access).

Our expertise

Simont Braun provides support for public bodies, private companies and governments during all phases of their infrastructure projects, manufacturing activities and transportation services, from conception to operation: negotiating and drafting contracts, supervising administrative procedures and contacts with public authorities, assistance with tender procedures and representing clients in the courts.

Our experience in this sector covers multiple dimensions, including corporate, M&A, governance, real estate, intellectual property, consumer protection and other matters of general economic law (opinions, negotiations and procedures).

Below are a few recent examples:

  • Support provided for public authorities in the development of the future extension of the Brussels metropolitan line (Métro Nord), including opinions and practical aspects regarding town planning, expropriation and environmental issues;

  • Assistance provided to railway companies and a regional transport company to tackle their real estate issues (including public law and administrative aspects), protection of employee training know-how and related documentation, town planning, use of CCTV data and personal data processing;

  •  Support for car and truck component manufacturers regarding regulatory requirements and protection of vehicle and spare part designs;

  •  Assistance regarding confidentiality and cooperation agreements provided to a start-up operating in the geo-localisation sector;

  •  Litigation over the termination of exclusive car distributorship agreements.