Hubert André-Dumont

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Practices
Industries
International
Education
  • University of Bristol, LLM, Commercial Law, 1985
  • Catholic University of Louvain, Lic Jur, 1982
Admissions
  • Brussels
Affiliations

Member, European Association for Banking and Financial Law

Senior Vice Chair, Mining Law Committee, International Bar Association

Member, Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation

Correspondent for the European Union of the London-based Quarterly, International Construction Law Review

Languages
  • French
  • English
  • Dutch
  • Spanish
  • German

Hubert has 35 years of legal experience. He focuses his practice on commercial law, company law, real estate and construction law, with a particular focus on mining (including extensive experience on francophone Africa), real estate finance, and mergers and acquisitions. He is fluent in French, English, Dutch, with a good understanding of German and Spanish. He has written extensively on international business and mining law issues, particularly on Congolese mining and corporate law issues and on international construction matters, including on the FIDIC form of engineering and construction contract. He became a member of the Brussels Bar (French) in 1982 after receiving a Lic. Jur. law degree from the Université Catholique de Louvain. He also holds a master’s degree in commercial law from the University of Bristol, England (1985). Hubert is the managing partner of the Brussels office. He is senior vice chair of the Mining Law Committee of the International Bar Association. Also active in the charitable sector, Hubert André-Dumont is an officer of various NGOs.

In 2009, Hubert completed the Advanced Leadership Program at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management in Chicago.

He has regularly been recommended by law directories such as The Legal 500 (EMEA's section on Belgium in the categories ‘Corporate and M&A’ and 'Real Estate and Construction) and Chambers and Partners (as an M&A and mining law expert for the Democratic Republic of Congo).

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Hubert André-Dumont
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Advised a UK listed fire protection company, as joint borrower with its Belgian subsidiary, for the negotiation and closing of a £20,000,000 multicurrency credit facility from a major City bank, involving a security package at the level of its UK, Dutch and Belgian group companies.

Assists a Democratic Republic of Congo mining company, in cooperation with its main shareholder, one of the largest world copper and gold producer, a U.S. listed mining company, in the implementation of a $2 billion plus mine construction and development, involving complex legal issues relating to mining, corporate matters, contracts, taxation, real estate, environment, labor, procurement, resettlement of villages, enforcement of anti-corruption policies, etc.

Represented a Canadian listed mining company for the acquisition of a gold mine in Mauritania for a total of $278 million.

Represented a Canadian-listed mining company, in the closing, in association with a major U.S. listed mining company, of a partnership agreement with a Democratic Republic of Congo state mining company, for the development of the largest and highest-grade copper and cobalt deposit in the world, with mining rights on more than 1,500 km² in the Katanga; the matter involved complex issues of international contract law.

Represented a Dutch bank specializing in real estate development finance, as lender, for the refinancing of two of the largest shopping centers in Belgium, worth more than €100 million and €265 million respectively; for the financing of the acquisition of real estate in view of the development at the Belgian coast of a residential complex worth more than €80 million; as lender; for the financing more than €100 million of the acquisition and renovation by a Luxembourg-based real estate fund of three sets of office buildings in Brussels; as lender, for the financing of some €40 million of the acquisition and redevelopment of a shopping center combined with offices and dwelling in the historical centre of Ghent.

Represented a U.K.-listed real estate company for the final closing agreement and breakdown upon the termination of a letting and renovation guarantee period in respect of the prior sale of a landmark office tower situated in Brussels; for the acquisition of a landmark research centre with laboratories, research facilities and offices situated nearby the University of Louvain-la-Neuve.

Represented a Belgian operator of entertainment parks for corporate matters and assistance in obtaining and renewing operational/environmental building permits for individual attractions and for the extension of the parks.

Represented a leading U.K.-based casino operator in a number of litigation matters involving disputes concerning the interpretation of the legislation and regulations on operation of electronic gaming machines and the enforcement of gaming fraud.

Assisted a Japanese high-tech listed company for the acquisition of European multi-country manufacturers of high level technology. 

Author, "Nouvelle loi sur la sous-traitance," CBL-ACP Perspectives, Avril-Mai-Juin 2017
Co-author, "New Belgian Crowdfunding Law: Requirements and Tax Benefits," Oxford Business Law Blog (OXBL), February 14, 2017
Contributor (since 2004), "Belgium in the World Bank/IFC Reports," Doing Business 2017 - Comparing Regulations in 190 Countries, October 2016
Contributor, "New Public Procurement Rules in the EU," International Construction Law Review, p. 404-409, July 2014
Contributor, Conflict Minerals – What role for European business?, McGuireWoods LLP & FTI Consulting, April 28, 2014
Author, "Mining Legislation of the Democratic Republic of Congo," Getting the Deal Through, June 2013
Author, "Le régime incitatif du secteur minier de la RDC en voie de révision," CBL-ACP R. D. du Congo, avril/mai/juin 2013
Author, "Mining in the Democratic Republic of the Congo: A Case Study," Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, 57th Institute, July 2011
Author, "The New European Directive on Mediation - Its Impact on Construction Disputes," International Construction Law Review, London, p. 117-124, January 2009
Author, "Disputes and their Resolution under the Mining Code 2002 of the Democratic Republic of Congo," Journal of Energy & Natural Resources Law, p. 351-374, November 2007
Speaker, Principles of Mining Law, Course for the Master's Degree in Georesources Engineering, University of Liège (Belgium), December 16, 2016
Speaker, "Business Opportunities for British Investors Arising from BREXIT," AWEX Conference, Brussels, October 13, 2016
Panel Co-Chair, "Trade in Conflict Minerals – Impact on Industries," International Bar Association Annual Conference, September 18-23, 2016
Speaker, "From Raw Materials to Hi-Tech Devices - The Impact on African Mining of the Regulations on Conflict Minerals," 2nd Annual IBA Investing in Africa Conference: Opportunities for Businesses and the Lawyers Who Counsel Them, June 30, 2016
Co-moderator, Mining Companies: How to Survive Rough Times, April 19, 2016
Panel Member and Speaker, "Government relations in natural resources projects," International Bar Association Annual Conference, October 6, 2015
Speaker, "Key Points to Address in a Mining Code," Conference on Mining Industry - Legislation Framework and Strategic Directions, Formin and McGuireWoods Consulting LLC, Bucharest, Romania, June 23, 2015
Speaker, Conference on Mining Law, University of Liège, December 5, 2014
Moderator and Speaker, "Government take, minority state ownership, taxes and royalties," Mining in Africa: Opportunities and Legal Challenges, International Bar Assocation, September 8, 2014
Moderator, "Recent changes to Mining and Royalty Legislations Around the World," International Bar Association Biennial Conference of the Section on Energy, Environment, Natural Resources and Infrastructure Law, Forthcoming April 29, 2014
Moderator, Conflict Minerals – What is the Role for European Business?, McGuireWoods LLP and FTI Consulting, April 3, 2014
Speaker, "Who Owns the Land? Farming, Mining & Land Rights in Africa," Annual Conference of the International Bar Association, African Regional Forum and Mining Law Committee Workshop, October 9, 2013
Co-chair, "Resource Nationalism in the Mining Industry," International Bar Association Annual Conference, October 3, 2012
Speaker, "Artisanal and Illegal Mining in Central Africa: Human Rights, Conflict Minerals and Other Issues," International Bar Association Annual Conference, November 3, 2011
Speaker, "Mining in the Democratic Republic of Congo - A Case Study," 57th Annual Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Institute, July 21-23, 2011
Speaker, "Bancair krediet in de praktijk," Kluwer seminar, November 21, 2007
Client Alert: Mining, December 20, 2010