Hakim Boularbah
Attorney at Law - Partner

Hakim Boularbah

Hakim Boularbah, attorney at law, 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.

About Hakim Boularbah

Hakim focuses on civil and corporate litigation (class actions, shareholders disputes and post-acquisition claims), international arbitration (including proceedings related to arbitration: enforcement of arbitral awards, setting aside and 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; 
  • Enforcing ICSID awards against different sovereign States;
  • Defending directors of a listed company in a liability claim.

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."

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

Legal 500 EMEA 2020 – Dispute Resolution – ranked as Leading Individual

Legal 500 EMEA 2021 – Dispute Resolution – ranked Band 1

"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 2020 – ranked as Global Leader


  • 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 – Litigation 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
E: hakim.boularbah@loyensloeff.com