Wouter is a partner in the Real Estate, Environment & Regulatory practice, heads the Real Estate practice and is co-head of the Regulatory practice. He is also head of the Real Estate Developers & Investors department, co-head of the Public Sector and Wealth departments and a partner in the Energy department.
Wouter has a particular focus on:
- commercial and residential developments
- real estate transactions
- project development and setting out strategies
- administrative and environmental law
- financing and fiscal structures
- negotiations with governments and institutions
Expertise and experience
Wouter’s considerable expertise is in real estate transactions combined with administrative and environmental aspects such as risk evaluation, financing, contract negotiations, funding and fiscal structures. He advises clients on a wide range of commercial, office, large residential, hotel and retail developments, including shopping centres, business parks, hotels, logistics centres, hospitals and residential complexes throughout Belgium.
His extensive experience in guiding government contracts, negotiations with governments and government institutions, and in setting up financing agreements and liability arrangements makes him a trusted adviser to several well-known private and public companies. In this capacity, he provides support on projects ranging from take-over purchases and joint ventures to construction programmes and tax optimizing investments.
Wouter graduated in 1991 as Licentiate in Laws at the Catholic University of Leuven (KUL). In 1992, he further specialised (Master of Laws) at King’s College, University of London. He was admitted to the Brussels bar in 1992.
Publications and speaking engagements
Wouter is a well-known speaker on various forums. He teaches at the AMS in real estate. He has published many articles, is a member of several editorial boards and speaks at many seminars.
Chambers Europe 2019 – Recognised Practitioner, Public Law, Real Estate: “combines excellent technical expertise with good negotiation and strategic skills” and “has a very deep knowledge of real estate law and can find a good balance between business decisions and protecting clients’ interests.”
Legal 500 EMEA 2019 Hall of Fame, Real Estate and Construction: “excellent during negotiations”
IFLR 1000 2019 – Highly Regarded, Project Development (Energy and Real Estate)
Elected Managing Partner for the term 2013 – 2016
Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (MRICS)
Area of expertise