Hubert André-Dumont Partner

Hubert has over 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), corporate governance, 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 Chambers and Partners (as an M&A and mining law expert for the Democratic Republic of Congo).

Experience

Advises a Chinese listed company in relation a planned investment in a multi-mineral deposit in Gabon.

Advises a Chinese listed company on issues in relation to its investment in a copper and cobalt world class mining operation in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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.

Assisted 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.

  • Brussels
  • French
  • English
  • Dutch
  • Spanish
  • German
  • University of Bristol, LLM, Commercial Law, 1985
  • Catholic University of Louvain, Lic Jur, 1982

Senior Vice Chair, Mining Law Committee, International Bar Association

Member of the advisory board of the Global Natural Resources Dispute Resolution Center

Member, Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation

Member, World Initiative of Mining Lawyers

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