Hakim Boularbah
Attorney at Law - Partner

Hakim Boularbah

Hakim Boularbah, attorney at law, is Partner and heads the Litigation & Risk Management practice group in our Brussels office. He focuses on cross-border litigation and international arbitration. He is also a member of the France Region Team and of the US Region Team.

About Hakim Boularbah

Hakim focuses on civil and corporate litigation (class actions, shareholders’ disputes, post-acquisition claims, ...), international arbitration (including proceedings related to arbitration: enforcement of arbitral awards, setting aside, interim measures, ...) and asset recovery. Hakim is one of the most renowned specialists of collective redress. He also frequently acts as counsel or arbitrator in international arbitration matters.

Hakim’s recent activities include:

  • Defending Facebook and Ryanair in a class actions brought by the largest Belgian consumer organization;
  • Defending a major European Retail Alliance based in Brussels against the French Ministry of Economy;
  • Defending AstraZeneca against the claim of the Commission and the Member States in relation with COVID-19 vaccine supply;

Hakim speaks at conferences and has written several articles in civil procedure law, private international law and arbitration law.  Hakim is Professor at the Université de Liège.

What others say about Hakim

Chambers & Partners – Global Edition 2021 – Dispute Resolution – ranked Band 1

One client enthuses that Boularbah is "the best lawyer I've ever met," adding: "He is fully reliable - when he gives you an opinion, you can be sure this is a bulletproof opinion." Another source notes that Boularbah is "absolutely excellent at dispute resolution."

Legal 500 EMEA 2021 – Dispute Resolution – ranked as Leading Individual

"Hakim Boularbah is an absolute outstanding contention specialist, whose precision and quality of legal analysis and approaches of recommendation makes him immensely valuable as leader of our contention defense team. His proximity to the client, ability to understand business reality while still figuring out the decisive legal matters to defend client rights are second-to-none. His ability to work as team player and team leader among several high-profile legal counsels are also greatly valuable in a complex legal set-up"

Who’s Who Legal – Arbitration 2021 – ranked as Global Leader

Peers and clients say: "He is a court procedures specialist", "He has superb advocacy skills and great knowledge", "One of the best practitioners in Brussels", "He is brilliant"

Who’s Who Legal: Thought Leaders – Litigation 2021 – ranked as Thought leader

Hakim Boularbah is looked upon with enormous favour by peers who single him out as “a specialist in cross-border litigation”.


  • Brussels Bar (Ordre Français des Avocats), 1996
  • Board of CEPANI (Belgian institute for arbitration)
  • ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR
  • International Arbitration Institute (IAI)
  • IBA – Officer Class Action Committee


• Doctor of Laws, Université libre de Bruxelles (Belgium), 2007
• Master of Laws, Université libre de Bruxelles (Belgium), 1996


• French
• English
• Dutch

T: +32 2 773 23 50
M: +32 499 51 32 99
E: [email protected]


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