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Rankings Real Estate

  • Chambers and partners – Chambers Europe

    Within Real Estate, Lydian is ranked in Band 3 and Wouter Neven is ranked in Band 2.

    What the team is known for Lydian is particularly active in development, redevelopment and construction mandates. The team additionally represents clients in contentious matters, including liability claims and contractual disputes. The practice advises clients on real estate transactions involving retail portfolios, hotels and office buildings. It also assists with lease agreement negotiations and portfolio management matters.

    Strengths
    Clients appreciate the firm's great expertise and highlight its "very responsive and fast reaction."
    Others affirm: "The firm provides speedy and effective legal advice with well-organised teamwork."

    Work highlights
    Advised Fidelidade on matters related to the real estate management of Pegasus Park in Belgium.

    Notable practitioners
    Described by one client as a "top lawyer who is proactive and hands-on," Wouter Neven attracts praise from clients for his ability to react, with one particularly noting: "He is impressive at multitasking." His expertise covers construction matters, portfolio management and real estate transactional work.

  • Legal 500

    In our Real Estate and Construction practice, Lydian is promoted to Tier 1. Wouter Neven continues to be ranked in the Hall of Fame, Bruno Stroobants is a Rising Star, and Anne-Victoire Vandekerckhove and Kyoto Van Herreweghe are mentioned.

    Lydian has a strong record advising developers and investors on commercial property transactions, alongside complex development and redevelopment projects, combining this expertise with advice on leasing, administrative and environmental law, and construction. While independent from international networks, the firm is regularly instructed by global firms to assist on Belgian aspects of major cross-border mandates. Practice head Wouter Neven is a specialist in large-scale transactions, including acquisitions, redevelopments, joint ventures, and tax-designated investments. Fellow counsel Bruno Stroobants advises on real estate transactions, environmental, and regulatory issues.

    Testimonials from peers and/or clients

    ‘Wouter Neven stands for precision, humanity although hard working.’

    ‘Lydian has a solution-driven approach and a deep legal knowledge that really impressed me. They combine very good client service with deep legal knowledge.

    ‘Wouter Neven, Kyoto Van Herreweghe and Anne-Victoire Vandekerckhove always spend time on the matter and deal with issues calmly. It’s never a case of finishing the deal quickly, but of finishing it in the best way possible. We also valued the partner involvement of Wouter Neven: he really knows the case in depth.’

    ‘Wouter Neven understands business logic, can focus on key points, analyses legal risks and solutions and puts forward practical suggestions. He has a very client-friendly, pragmatic approach to complex real estate matters; having him on your side is an advantage in any situation.’

    ‘Kyoto Van Herreweghe is unparalleled in her knowledge of environmental law. She is responsible and proactive.’

    ‘Anne-Victoire Vandekerckhove is a professional with excellent in depth knowledge and is always available to the client.’

    ‘We have known and worked with Lydian, and in particular with with its real estate team led by Wouter Neven, for years. They are reputed to have one of the leading real estate practices in Belgium, and in our experience they never failed that reputation. We recommend Lydian to our clients requiring assistance in Belgium on a regular basis.’

    ‘Our main contact is Wouter Neven, with whom we have an excellent relationship. We feel that we share the same approach to high level, no-nonsense work. Wouter is very knowledgeable, client driven and efficient. His team proves to be solid and motivated.’

  • Who's Who Legal

    Wouter Neven is ranked as "Global Leader" in the Real Estate guide of 2020.