Herman Braeckmans boasts many years of practical experience as a lawyer specialising in company law. His expertise covers the whole scope of company law in the broadest sense, including conflicts in companies, director's liability; liability of supervisory directors (auditors) and of accountants; advice upon forming a company. In addition, Herman Braeckmans drafts shareholders' agreements and provides assistance to clients on the occasion of mergers and acquisitions.

Since 1977, Herman Braeckmans has been attached to the Faculty of Law of Universiteit Antwerpen (Antwerp University). In 1983, he earned a Ph.D. in law with greatest honours. As a professor (full professor), Herman Braeckmans teaches Company, Commercial, Economic and Financial Law in the third Bachelor year and in the Master's training. Herman Braeckmans is also the main coordinator of the specialised Master after Master in Business Law of Universiteit Antwerpen (Master in Business Law). In this programme, which is aimed at lawyers with practical experience, he teaches. Additionally, he teaches company law classes at the Antwerp Management School.

Within the 'Instituut van de Bedrijfsrevisoren (IBR)' (institute of auditors), Herman Braeckmans is a member of the Legal Committee, the chairman of the examination board, and a director of the 'Informatiecentrum voor het Bedrijfsrevisoraat' (ICCI) (company audit information centre). He is also a member of the board of directors of the 'Belgisch Centrum voor Vennootschapsrecht' (Belgian Centre for Company Law) and a member of the steering group to recodify the company code. In addition, he is a member of the 'Commissie Vennootschapsrecht van de Koninklijke Federatie van het Belgisch Notariaat' (KFBN) (Commission of Company Law of the Royal Federation of Belgian Notaryship), and has authored numerous magazine articles, books and reports on company law. An influential publication - Handboek Vennootschapsrecht (Manual of Company Law), Intersentia, 2012, 924 p. - which is the first Dutch-language publication to completely cover the scope of company law.


I attach great importance to the cross-pollination between my work at the Bar and that at the university. My practice at the bar enables me to attach real-life cases to every class, post-graduate course and lecture: by using examples, I pass on my knowledge of the rules of company law and put it in a broader perspective. My academic knowledge, for its part, allows me to handle my cases as a lawyer with more authority and insight. I take a selective approach in the process: I only handle matters that are related to my field of specialty and that I believe in. Our team of lawyers and I defend the cases that are entrusted to us from the norms and values we hold dear and share.


Master’s degree in Law
Universiteit Antwerpen (Antwerp University), 1975

Diplôme de Droit Comparé
Sorbonne (Université de Paris II)(Paris II University), 1977

Diploma Banking and Finance
London Business School, 1978

Ph.D. in Law, greatest honours
Universiteit Antwerpen (Antwerp University), 1983




Braeckmans, H. en Houben, R., Handboek vennootschapsrecht, Antwerpen, Intersentia, 2012. 924 p., ISBN 978-94-0000-257-9
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