The Kingdom of Belgium is a Western European country bordered by France, the Netherlands, Germany, Luxembourg and the North Sea, covering a surface area of 30,528 sq.kms and with a population of 11,358,357.
Engineering and metallurgy products, the automotive assembly industry and food and beverage packaging, and petrochemicals are the main sectors of activity in the Belgian economy. Belgium has been able to take advantage of its geographical location to occupy a central place in the politics of the European Union.
Its main trading partners are its neighbors: Germany, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and France.
France is the leading host country for Belgian investments and one of its favored economic partners.
In order to best meet the needs of its clients on the Belgian market, Simon Associés has entered into an alliance in the form of a transnational agreement with DBB in Brussels.
DBB is made up of multidisciplinary, multilingual law professionals from all walks of life.
The lawyers at DBB are committed to providing a specialized, quality and personalized service to each of their clients, in various sectors of law and the economy.
The Republic of Bulgaria is a Southeast European country located in the Balkan peninsula, bordered to the east by the Black Sea, to the south by Greece and Turkey, to the north by the Danube and Romania and to the west by Serbia and the Republic of Macedonia. Bulgaria has a surface area of 110,994 sq.kms and a population of 7,364,570.
The Bulgarian economy is primarily based on energy, mining, light industry and tourism. The country’s main economic partners are Germany, Italy, Romania, Greece, Belgium and France.
France has more than 200 companies in Bulgaria, employing over 16,000 people. The country is home to leading French manufacturers, mainly in the energy, construction and chemicals sectors. French players active on the Bulgarian service sector cover a range of professions, including banking and insurance, urban services, retail and hotels.
In order to best meet the needs of its customers in the Bulgarian market, Simon Associés has entered into an alliance in the form of a transnational agreement with the law firm Djingov, Gouginski, Kyutchukov & Velichkov (DGKV).DGKV has solid expertise in the main areas of business law : Corporate, M&A, Banking and Finance, Telecommunications, Energy & Environment, Intellectual Property, Real Estate and Construction.
Djingov, Gouginski, Kyutchukov & Velichkov is one of the most reputable law firms in Bulgaria.
The Republic of Cyprus is a state covering 5,896 sq.kms, located on the island of Cyprus in the Levantine Sea, which is in the eastern part of the Mediterranean Sea. The total population of Cyprus is about one million.
The Cypriot economy is largely based on tourism and the tertiary sector. The country’s main trading partners are Greece, Germany, the United Kingdom and Italy.
Since Cyprus joined the European Union (EU), France has upped its economic presence by developing its direct investments. France is now the 11th biggest investor in Cyprus.
In order to best meet the needs of its clients on the Cypriot market, Simon Associés has entered into an alliance in the form of a transnational agreement with Andreas Coucounis & Co LLC (Coucounis) located in Larnaca.
Coucounis, one of the leading law firms on the Cypriot legal market, gives its clients the benefit of its expertise in various fields of business law : Company Law, Maritime Law, Intellectual Property and Labor Law, etc.). The firm assists its clients on legal issues, via both counsel and litigation. Coucounis’ experts also help investors implement their projects in full security.
The Republic of Estonia is a northern European country, located on the eastern shore of the Baltic Sea and on the southern shore of the Gulf of Finland. Estonia is bordered by Latvia to the south and Russia to the east. This country covers 45,339 sq.kms and has a little over 1.315 million inhabitants.
The Estonian economy is characterized by its industry and highly competitive service sector.
Estonia has been particularly successful in the IT and Internet sector, the cradle of companies such as Skype, and has been quick to develop online access to government services.
Its main trading partners are Finland, Sweden, Germany, Latvia, Russia, Lithuania and the United States.
France is the 12th biggest investor in Estonia. Forty or so French companies are based in Estonia, particularly in the infrastructure and transport sector, logistics, electronics, industry and hotels.
In order to best meet the needs of its clients on the Estonian market, Simon Associés has entered into an alliance in the form of a transnational agreement with TGS Baltic.
This law firm is composed of legal teams specialized in various fields of law such as : Finance and Capital Markets, Mergers & Acquisitions, Business Management, Regulation and Competition, Litigation and Arbitration, Real Estate, and Taxation.
TGS Baltic is regularly recognized by Media Law International (Tier 1 – “Media Law”), Legal 500 (Tier 1 – “Mergers & Acquisitions”) and IFLR 1000 (Top Tier Firm – “Energy & Infrastructure”, Recommended Firm – “Finance & Entreprise”).
Hungary is located in Central Europe. Bordered by Austria to the west, Serbia, Croatia and Slovenia to the south and southwest, Romania to the southeast, Ukraine to the northeast and Slovakia to the north, Hungary covers 93,030 sq.kms. The Hungarian population is over 9.8 million, with a GDP nudging US$124.4 billion.
The Hungarian economy is dominated by the tertiary sector, which accounts for more than 2/3 of the national wealth. Industry generates almost 30% of GDP and agriculture contributes 5%. The country’s main trading partners are Germany, Austria, Romania, China and Italy.
France is the 4th biggest investor in Hungary. More than 350 French companies are present in Hungary, employing nearly 43,000 people.
In order to best meet the needs of its clients on the Hungarian market, Simon Associés has entered into an alliance in the form of a transnational agreement with Szecskay Attorneys at Law.
The main areas of expertise of Szecskay Attorneys at Law in business law are Corporate & M&A, Banking and Capital Markets, Litigation and Arbitration, Competition Law, Energy and Environment, Consumer Protection, Life Sciences, Innovation & Intellectual Property, Labor Law, Real Estate Development and Tax Law.
The Italian Republic is composed of a continental part and a part made up of islands (Sicily & Sardinia), located in Southern Europe, bordered by the Mediterranean Sea. The Italian peninsula is attached to the European continent in its northern part, sharing borders with France, Switzerland, Austria and Slovenia. Italy has more than 60.6 million inhabitants, for a GDP of US$1.85 billion.
Italy is one of the world’s largest exporters of luxury goods, along with France. Italian agriculture, high-tech industry and tourism are other key sectors of the Italian export economy. The energy sector is an essential part of Italian imports. Germany and France are Italy’s largest trading partners.
France and Italy are each other’s 2nd biggest commercial partners. France is the 3rd biggest foreign investor in Italy, after Luxembourg and the Netherlands, both foreign investment platforms in Europe. The Italian market therefore ranks first in sales of French agri-food products and is one of the favored markets for French exports of mechanical equipment and chemicals. About 1/5 of the FDI stock in Italy comes from France. For its part, Italy is the 5th biggest investor in France, with nearly 1,300 Italian subsidiaries present, employing just under 80,000 people in the country.
In order to best meet the needs of its clients on the Italian market, Simon Associés has entered into an alliance in the form of a transnational agreement with De Berti Jacchia’s Franchini Forlani Studio Legale.This law firm offers its expertise in business law in the following areas : Administrative Law and Town Planning, Arbitration, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Banking and Finance, Distressed Companies, Construction Contracts, Consumption and Protection of Data, Business Affairs, Criminal, Labor and Pensions, Energy, Environment, Eu Law and Competition, European Civil Service Law, Information Technology and Telecommunications, Intellectual Property, Insurance, Litigation, M&A, Private Equity, Product Safety, Real Estate, Sport, Estate and Trust, Taxation, Transport, Shipping and Air Navigation.
The Grand Duchy of Luxembourg is the country with the highest GDP per capita in the world. Its population is 562,000 and its GDP was US$62,395 billion in 2014. With a surface area of 2,586.4 sq.kms, Luxembourg is located in the center of Europe. It is bordered by Germany, Belgium and France.
It is estimated that 44% of Luxembourg’s finances come from its significant financial market. The 144 banks present in the country employ 26,000 people.
As a geographical neighbor, France is Luxembourg’s second largest strategic partner after Germany. Given its central location in Europe but especially given its economic clout, Luxembourg is a key partner. It continues to be a strategic location for the financial market.
There are 750 French establishments in Luxembourg. These employ more than 20,000 people.
In order to best meet the needs of its clients on the Luxembourg market, Simon Associés has entered into an alliance in the form of a transnational agreement with Bonn Steichen & Partners.
Bonn Steichen & Partners is an independent law firm and one of the leaders in Luxembourg offering a high-quality legal service. The firm is composed of 70 lawyers specializing in Financial Law as well as Labor Law, Real Estate Law, Arbitration Law and Asset Management.
It was picked out by Corporate LiveWire as the best full-service law firm in Luxembourg in 2016. The following year, its clients voted it best law firm, especially for cases of white-collar crime.
Located in the Iberian Peninsula, bordered by Spain to the east, and the Atlantic Ocean to the west, Portugal is the most westerly country in Europe. Its territory includes the Azores and Madeira, two archipelagos in the Atlantic Ocean.
Portugal has an advanced economy and a high average income, with developed infrastructures, its road network being considered one of the best in the world. This country is highly ranked on the Global Peace Index (Institute for Economics & Peace), mainly because of its long-term political stability.
France and Portugal have an important trading partnership. French exports to Portugal are the third largest, while France is Portugal’s second largest export customer. The country’s French companies are ranked second, behind their Spanish counterparts, in terms of number, employees and sales. However, France takes first spot when the added value in Portugal is factored in.
In order to best meet the needs of its clients on the Portuguese market, Simon Associés has entered into an alliance in the form of a transnational agreement with Abreu Advogados.
Abreu Advogados is an independent law firm established in 1993 that provides assistance in the following areas of practice : Banking and Financial Law, Competition, Regulation and EU Law, Company Law and Commercial Law, Labor Law, Intellectual Property and Computer Law, Litigation, Public Law and Environmental Law, Real Estate Law, Sports Law and Tax Law.
This leading law firm in Portugal has been recommended by Chambers and Partners and ranked as Tier 1 in the area of taxation in Legal 500, allowing founding partner Miguel Teixeira de Abreu to establish a reputation as leader in the field. The Best Lawyers has also singled out Abreu Advogados for its legal expertise.
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