Lydian's environmental practice, which is led by Wouter Neven, covers advice on permits, waste, contaminated properties and PFI/PPP projects (particularly in the water, waste and waste water fields). It also handles the environmental aspects of corporate, finance and real estate transactions. In addition, on the contentious side, environment-related litigation and enforcement also drive the workload. Reflective of the practice's high-end reputation outside of Belgium, it generates mandates from large overseas-headquartered corporates and international law firms but also acts for Belgian companies and public sector organisations. Recent highlights included Neven and senior associate Kyoto Van Herreweghe advising BNP Paribas Fortis on the environmental permit requirements connected with the establishment of its new headquarters in the centre of Brussels. Neven and Van Herreweghe are also representing Autonome Raad van het Gemeenschapsonderwijs (GO!)/Autonomous Council for Community Education in proceedings before the Flemish Council for Permit Disputes over the construction and operation of a school in Flanders. In January 2019, Iris Hemelaer and Bruno Stroobants made counsels, while Mehdy Abbas Khayli was promoted to senior associate.