Francis GOFFIN

Francis GOFFIN


Commercial & contracts
Real estate Projects
African Business law
PPP (retail)


1973: Master in Law, Université Catholique de Louvain (Cum Laude)


French, English, Dutch


Member of the Brussels Bar
Member of the International Bar Association
Member of the European Lawyers’Union
Member of the BCECC (Belgium - Chinese Economic and Commercial Council)
Member of the CBL-ACP (Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture, Belgium-Luxembourg-Africa-Caribbean-Pacific)


Francis Goffin is recommended by Chambers and Partners as a top tier overseas specialist in corporate and commercial law, for the Democratic Republic of Congo (since 2006).

Francis GOFFIN - Partner

Francis’ main areas of practice include general commercial law and contracts, real estate projects, restructuring in both international and domestic fields, public procurement. In relation to public procurement contracts, Francis represents and assists clients in their relationships with public authorities and advises them on registration procedures, planning works and other issues, including related litigation. Francis also advises and represents Belgian and international clients involved in real estate development retail and construction projects. He advises on leases, acquisitions, project finance, PPPs, refurbishment projects and on social, economic and environmental projects. He equally advises clients on wind-ups and acts as liquidator of several companies across various industrial and financial sectors covering all subjects relating to wind-ups as well as labour projects. Francis’s international practice focuses on business relations with Africa and to an even greater extent, Central Africa. In Africa, Francis assists different investors in their settlement projects, whether in joint venture or not, in activity sectors such as textile industry, sports & leisure equipment, printing industry and food industry. With Herman Lemaire he leads the Africa Practice Group. Since many years he handles in Central Africa countries, legal audits, negotiations as well as the drafting of conventions for the recovery of large companies in the banking steel, energy supply, mining, transport sectors and TMC.  He acts as counsel to private and public operators and liquidator to banks, industrial and real estate companies in the Democratic Republic of Congo. He often stays in Kinshasa, working in team with our local permanent corresponding office, Lubala & Associés.


« La Chine face au défi climatique », L’Echo, June 18th, 2008
« Accord inventif entre la Chine et la R.D.C. », L’Echo, April 16th, 2008
« Textile chinois : bientôt la fin des quotas », L’Echo, November 21th, 2007
« La Chine réagit suite aux rappels de jouets », L’Echo, September 19th, 2007
« L’application de la loi étrangère au contrat d’emploi lors de sa rupture », Revue de Droit Social, 1977
« Belgium, bridge between China and Europe - aspects of double taxation treaties and of doing business in Europe », FIT (Flanders Investment and Trade Agency), Shenzen, June 2008
« Invest in Belgium. Increase your profits », in Impact of EU competitive laws and WTO Rules on Chinese investments - Major trade Rules in EU - Advantages of locating Business in Europe, Shenzen and Shanghai, June 25-28th, 2007
« Belgian getaway in Europe: investing in Wallonia », in Belgian and European Rules for the implementation of business. Taxation Treaty Belgium Hong-Kong and its extension to mainland China, Beijing and Nanjijng, October 23-26th, 2006
Speaker at a seminar on investments in RDC, 2005
« Responsabilités des experts comptables », L’Institut Belge des Experts Comptables, January 17th, 1989
« Le Projet Management en Belgique, situation actuelle », in « Managing Construction Projects : une analyse comparative », December 1st, 1982
« Concours entre gagistes sur fonds de commerce, l’endossataire de factures et le bailleur », Carrefour juridique -U.P.E.A., November 25th, 1982
« Les avantages sociaux non imposés », Louvain Colloquium, October 23th, 1981

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