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Yves Delacroix, specialised in Real Estate, is the head of the Real Estate & Regulatory Practice. He has extensive experience in handling large real estate transactions and has particular expertise in sale, sale & leaseback, lease related matters (and other occupational or financial contracts, such as: long-term leases, building rights, usufruct, financial or VAT leasing) and in related commercial contracts and construction law issues. He handles both real estate asset and corporate real estate transactions; he also assists on contentious matters.

Yves ranks amongst the leading real estate lawyers in Belgium. He acts for many international and Belgian investors, developers, corporate users and retailers. He teaches real estate law as part of the executive master Real Estate at the Université Saint-Louis and ICHEC.

Yves has a law degree from the University of Louvain (UCL 1986), a degree in international law from the University of Leyden (Netherlands 1987) and a degree in business administration from the Louvain School of Management (UCL 1988). He also attended the executive real estate programme at the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management (ULB 2005).

He joined Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick in 1990 and became a Partner in 2000. He is Chairman of the Board of directors of the firm since January 2013. He is also responsible for the EMEA Real Estate Practice Group of Lex Mundi, the international network of independent law firms of which Liedekerke is the Belgian member.

Recent matters

  • Assistance of a large multinational in negotiations for the acquisition of a long term leasehold (usufruct) interest in a turnkey office building to be erected in the centre of Antwerp, and the simultaneous sale of its existing office building in Antwerp.
  • Assistance of an international furniture retailer with the proposed development of a new store and retail park near the city of Mons.
  • Assistance of one of the largest real estate groups in Belgium in a complex construction dispute relating to a landmark office building in the centre of Brussels.

Market recognition

  • Practice head Yves Delacroix is further valued for his “precision and analytical skills” (Legal 500 2016)

  • Department head Yves Delacroix is praised for his commercial approach to projects. “He is reliable, fair and committed to the common needs of the project”, say sources, adding “He is really fun to work with”. (Chambers and Partners 2015)

  • Real estate specialist Yves Delacroix is unanimously acclaimed, with clients highlighting his “top negotiation skills” (Chambers Europe 2012)

  • Yves Delacroix is “excellent in summarizing complex issues, and in negotiating” on behalf of clients who praise the “in-depth legal work, which does not leave anything to coincidence” (Legal 500 2011)

Professional memberships

  • UPSI (Union Professionnelle du Secteur Immobilier)
  • Lafitra (Association for Law, Finance and Trade)

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