Benoit Simpelaere was admitted to the Bar of Brussels (Belgium) in 1993. He has been actively involved in the working sessions of the Belgian Franchise Federation (www.fbf-bff.be) since 1997. Benoit speaks Dutch, French, English and German. A partner in FLINN’s corporate practice, Benoit was president of the Lawrope International Group of Lawyers (2002–2004). He is a skilled negotiator, able to move swiftly from the negotiating table to the courtroom if required. Benoit is also a mediator and an arbitrator (both ad hoc and institutional arbitrations).