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Jean-Pierre Fierens is a partner in our dispute resolution practice. He specialises in corporate and contract law and is one of Belgium’s most renowned litigators, especially in arbitration.

Jean-Pierre acts on a range of domestic and international cases, covering both litigious and arbitral proceedings for clients in sectors including banking, food, and insurance. He also represents state entities. 

He is well-known for his roles in complex and highly mediatised disputes involving liability of directors.

Over the last ten years,  Jean-Pierre has been appointed numerous times as sole arbitrator, co-arbitrator, or chairman of an arbitral tribunal. 

He also acts as counsel in arbitration matters, and he is an accredited mediator (CEDR, London).

Admission

Jean-Pierre Fierens was admitted to the Brussels Bar in 1973.

Education

Jean-Pierre Fierens obtained a Master of Laws from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KUL) in 1972, a Special Licence in Economic Law from Université catholique de Louvain (UCL) (1973) and followed the special studies in Tax Law at ICHEC in Brussels in 1977. He also holds a Master of Laws degree (LL.M.) from Columbia University (1980).

Affiliations and others

Jean-Pierre Fierens was President of the Dutch-speaking Bar of Brussels from 1998 until 2000.

He was President of the Belgian section of the League pour le Droit de la Concurrence from 2000 to 2002.

He was Chairman of the Board of the law firm Stibbe and was Head of Litigation at Stibbe’s Brussels office.

Office

Brussels

Languages

Dutch, French and English.

recommendations

"I left everything in your care and almost a year later my case was finished. People were courteous. Recently I insisted another friend use you."

James Watson, Lynx

"I left everything in your care and almost a year later my case was finished. People were courteous. Recently I insisted another friend use you."

James Watson, Lynx

"I left everything in your care and almost a year later my case was finished. People were courteous. Recently I insisted another friend use you."

James Watson, Lynx

"I left everything in your care and almost a year later my case was finished. People were courteous. Recently I insisted another friend use you."

James Watson, Lynx

"I left everything in your care and almost a year later my case was finished. People were courteous. Recently I insisted another friend use you."

James Watson, Lynx

"I left everything in your care and almost a year later my case was finished. People were courteous. Recently I insisted another friend use you."

James Watson, Lynx

"I left everything in your care and almost a year later my case was finished. People were courteous. Recently I insisted another friend use you."

James Watson, Lynx

"I left everything in your care and almost a year later my case was finished. People were courteous. Recently I insisted another friend use you."

James Watson, Lynx

"I left everything in your care and almost a year later my case was finished. People were courteous. Recently I insisted another friend use you."

James Watson, Lynx

"I left everything in your care and almost a year later my case was finished. People were courteous. Recently I insisted another friend use you."

James Watson, Lynx

Recognitions

Chambers Global 2018

Sources single out Jean-Pierre Fierens as "an excellent lawyer". Clients also recognise his practice as arbitrator and party representative, saying: "He has a good grasp of cases."


Jean-Pierre Fierens's practice focuses on corporate and contract law. He acts on a range of domestic and international cases, covering both litigious and arbitral proceedings for clients in sectors including banking, food and insurance, as well as state entities. One source lauds him as "an excellent lawyer," and another interviewee notes that he has "a good grasp of cases."


Jean-Pierre Fierens focuses on corporate and contract law and is particularly noted for his mediation and arbitration abilities. Clients value his "hands-on approach, experience and knowledge" and describe him as both "customer-oriented and solution-driven."

Chambers Europe 2017

Jean-Pierre Fierens specialises in corporate and contract litigation and arbitration and is also a mediator. Clients say he "not only has great knowledge of legal practices but is also remarkably open-minded and comes up with brilliant solutions."


Legal 500 2019 – Dispute Resolution – Leading individual

Legal 500 2018 – Dispute Resolution – Leading individual

Strelia’s group head Jean-Pierre Fierens has “great commercial insight.”

Legal 500 2019

Dispute Resolution – Belgium – Tier 3

'Very pragmatic' firm Strelia is well known for handling corporate litigation and insolvency disputes; for example, department head Jean-Pierre Fierens is representing directors of Optima Bank in claims for damages following the bank's bankruptcy. Olivier Clevenbergh, who 'understands very complex situations quickly', and Bart De Moor are also names to note.


Chambers Europe 2019

Jean-Pierre Fierens 's practice focuses on corporate and contract law. He acts on a range of domestic and international cases, covering both litigious and arbitral proceedings for clients in sectors including banking, food and insurance, as well as state entities. One source lauds him as "an excellent lawyer," and another interviewee notes that he has "a good grasp of cases."

Chambers Europe 2020

Dispute Resolution Band 1  & Arbitration Band 2  


Jean-Pierre Fierens is vastly experienced acting for defendants on bankruptcy cases, as well as advising on franchise disputes. He is also routinely appointed as an arbitrator in CEPANI arbitration proceedings. He maintains a stellar reputation in the market, with one client adding: "Fierens is the absolute authority in Belgium for dispute resolution."

Hall of Fame & Leading Individual: Jean-Pierre Fierens

Legal 500 2019

Industry focus: Retail – Tier 1

Strelia has significant experience assisting retail sector clients with setting up and developing operations in Belgium. It acts for Carrefour on its Belgian franchise activities and advises the same client on various commercial contracts. The group is also assisting with Burger King's expansion in Belgium. Olivier Clevenbergh and Jean-Pierre Fierens are key names to note. Veritas and Point Carré are also clients.