De Gaulle Fleurance & Associés recruits three Belgian partners to settle its expertise in European law and EU litigation

With the addition of three partners, Jean-Paul Hordies, Geoffroy de Foestraets and Bruno Lebrun, de Gaulle Fleurance & Associés:
  • offers a first class litigation capability for proceedings before the General Court and the Court of Justice of the European Union as well as before the European Commission;
  • strengthens its European antitrust practice;
  • provides legal assistance in the ever growing French-Belgian business.
Together with this recruitment, the firm has set up a subsidiary in Brussels. This subsidiary enables de Gaulle Fleurance & Associés to operate closer to the European institutions, which facilitates the dialogue with these institutions necessary to provide the quality of the legal services expected from our clients.   Jean-Paul Hordies (based in Paris) specializes in European law (litigation and transaction) and deals more particularly with the various aspects of the four freedoms creating the EU Single Market, together with , State aids and antitrust. Throughout its a 30 year experience at the bar, Jean-Paul Hordies has developed extensive litigation experience before the Court of justice, the General Court and the Commission of the European Union. He is primarily involved in industries such as media, automotive, bank and finance as well as sport. Jean-Paul Hordies holds a master’s degree in comparative law delivered by the University of Cambridge (1985), a special degree in European law delivered the European Studies Institute (1984) and a law degree delivered by the ULB (1980). He was admitted to the Brussels Bar in 1980 and to the Paris Bar in 1997. Jean-Paul Hordies teaches European economic law in Sciences Po Paris. He co-chairs the Paris Bar Commission “Law and Practice of the European Union” and advises the Chairman of the Paris Bar in his capacity as delegate for European affairs.   Bruno Lebrun (based in Brussels) specializes in antitrust and European Union law. He represents clients before national and European competition authorities in proceedings relating to cartels, concentrations, high-profile abuse of dominant position and State aids. He developed specific expertise in cases involving both intellectual property and antitrust. In addition to his antitrust practice, Bruno Lebrun also deals with numerous EU law issues before the European Commission or in the context of national or European proceedings before the EU Courts in Luxemburg. He has developed a particular expertise in privacy, environment and financial services. He holds a special degree in European law delivered by the European Studies Institute of Brussels University (1993) and graduated in law from the Catholic University of Leuven (1992). He was admitted to the Brussels Bar in 1994 and to the Paris Bar in 2010.   Geoffroy de Foestraets (based in Brussels) is primarily involved in corporate law, public and administrative law, as well as in arbitration. He has extensive experience in complex litigation and transactions in Belgium, acting for both Belgian companies and multinational groups. On 28 June 2012, he was appointed Member of the High Council of Justice by the Senate; he is also substitute judge in to the Court of Appeal of Brussels, a registered lawyer for legal assistance in the Supreme Court proceedings regarding tax and criminal matters and a member of the Belgian Centre for Arbitration and Mediation (CEPANI). Geoffroy de Foestraets graduated in International Law from the Faculty of Law of Leuven (Belgium, 1981) and also holds a degree in International Law from the Leiden University (Netherlands, 1983). He was admitted to the Brussels Bar in 1984 and holds a certificate of lawyer’s professional skills from the Supreme Court Bar (January 1999). He is also French speaking laureate of the public competition organised by the Supreme Court for the selection of “referendaire à la Cour de Cassation” (June 2008).