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Real Estate

Our Real Estate Practice, led by partner Yves Delacroix, is recognised as a leading practice in Belgium and is regularly involved in major transactions.

Our real estate lawyers have vast expertise and experience in all aspects of property related issues and are very well connected in the real estate market. This enables us to understand our clients’ needs quickly and to offer sound and practical advice.

The Real Estate Practice works seamlessly with the firm’s other practices to provide a complete approach to any real estate matter. Within our firm 25 lawyers dedicate a significant part of their time to real estate matters.

Partner, Head of Practice
T : +32 2 551 14 18

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We assist a wide range of clients with property projects and real estate related disputes.

Recent work highlights:

  • Assisting the seller and the purchaser respectively in the two largest transactions relating to Belgian retail properties in 2011.
  • Assisting a logistics company in the structuring and execution of the early termination of a financial leasing operation relating to a warehouse, followed by a sale and lease back operation with a Belgian REIT.
  • Assisting a major retail player to  develop a new store and a retail park on an existing retail site next to the City of Mons.
  • Assisting one of Belgium's largest real estate investment trusts with the turnkey sale of a landmark office building in the centre of Brussels.
  • Assisting a large multinational company in acquiring a long term leasehold interest in a office building to be erected in the centre of Antwerp, and the simultaneous sale of their existing office building in Antwerp.
  • Assisting one of the largest real estate groups in Belgium with a complex construction dispute relating to a landmark office building in the centre of Brussels.
  • Assisting a number of shopping mall owners with various lease matters including legal disputes relating to lease renewals.



What others say about us

‘Great team spirit‘.

‘Yves Delacroix: Extraordinary knowledge of law yet very pragmatic. Always available‘.

‘Marie Heyvaert: young and promising legal counsel. Very calm and reassuring to work with‘.

‘Yves Delacroix, Alexandre Emond and Marie Heyvaert form a hands on team. It is a pleasure to work with them‘.

‘Yves Delacroix and Augustin Paternostre: their experience, their refined intelligence, their reactivity create a very good background for good results‘.

‘The lawyers of the Liedekerke real estate practice have profound market knowledge and are excellent dealmakers. They are skilful negotiators and provide detailed high-quality advice at a reasonable value for money ratio‘.

-- Legal 500 Real Estate and Construction 2021

'The real estate team is extremely experienced and has a long track record'.

'The lawyers are very business-minded and always find solutions for the most complex problems'.

'The lawyers quickly understood our needs. They are able to navigate difficult negotiations'.

'Alexandre Emond represents real estate funds and public sector clients in real estate transactions, contentious matters and development projects. According to one client, he is "highly competent and is always one step ahead in terms of strategy in negotiations."'.

'The highly regarded Yves Delacroix is recommended by a client for his "excellent negotiation skills" and "business-oriented" approach. Delacroix handles a broad range of real estate mandates, advising clients on transactions, development projects and leasing agreements, often acting on matters involving hospitality properties. Another client enthuses that he is "a rock to rely on and someone who offers reassurance in complex matters."'.

-- Chambers Europe 2021

‘The entire team is always very kind and enthusiastic. They always deliver as agreed. They have a ‘hands-on’ mentality, and they are proactive‘. ‘Yves Delacroix has an incredible strong knowledge of all real estate matters. He really can make the difference in the negotiations‘. 

-- Legal 500 Real Estate and Construction 2020

Clients are "happy about their work," noting that "they are really very efficient."

Others describe them as "a very strong team with good overall knowledge," adding that they are "fantastic partners to work with."

Alexandre Emond assists significant domestic and international clients with real estate transactions. He is praised by clients for being "very business-minded," and having "a very good commercial view and understanding in his way of working.

Clients enthuse that Yves Delacroix "has an incredibly strong knowledge of all real estate matters," and "can really make the difference in negotiations." His expertise covers a wide range of real estate matters including cross-border transactions, development agreements and lease contracts. Other clients admire him as "a real deal maker," and "one of the most recognised lawyers" in the market.

-- Chambers Europe Real Estate 2020