- Attorney at law
Hakim Boularbah is Partner in the Litigation & Risk Management practice group in our Brussels office. He focuses on corporate litigation (class actions, shareholders’ disputes, post-acquisition claims, ...), international arbitration (including proceedings related to arbitration: enforcement, setting aside, interim measures, ...) and asset recovery. His expertise has been internationally recognised.
Hakim Boularbah specialises in the field of complex and international dispute resolution. His practice covers civil and corporate litigation and arbitration, especially where it presents an urgent or a cross-border dimension. Hakim is one of the most renowned specialists of collective redress. He is currently defending the first class actions and follow-on actions brought in Belgium. He also has an extensive practice in enforcement of foreign judgments or awards (especially against sovereigns) as well as in obtaining interim reliefs and protective measures or resisting to them. Hakim also frequently acts as counsel or arbitrator in international arbitration matters.
Hakim is professor at the Université de Liège where he teaches Civil Procedure Law. He is the author of numerous books and publications on civil procedure, private international law and arbitration law.
Hakim is unanimously recommended as a leading lawyer in the fields of dispute resolution and arbitration:
Chambers & Partners – Global Edition – Dispute Resolution – ranked Band 1 in 2018
Hakim Boularbah is regarded by one source as "the absolute number one for transnational litigation, with a name that resonates beyond borders." Described as "a tough litigator who will also take a reasonable view," his practice focuses on civil and commercial litigation and he is praised for his pleasant approach to negotiations. He also acts as an arbitrator, recently being appointed sole arbitrator in an OHADA arbitration between an African state and a Belgian company regarding the contract for the supply of a biometric system.
Legal 500 – Dispute Resolution – ranked tier 1 on 2018
Group head Hakim Boularbah, who ‘quickly analyses complex situations to provide tailored advice’, represented Proximus in a class action filed by Belgian consumer protection organisation Test-Achats
Who’ Who Legal – Arbitration 2019 – ranked as Leader:
The "brilliant" Hakim Boularbah is emphatically praised by sources who assert that he is "extremely smart and perfectly masters his cases".
Doctor of Laws, Université Libre de Bruxelles, 2007
Master of Laws, Université Libre de Bruxelles, 1996