Real estate, construction and energy law

Over the years, we have built up the necessary track record in the areas of:

 

Real estate and property law

  • Assistance with the completion of property projects (from the very start to the delivery)
  • Advice with property transactions, such as the purchase and sale of immoveable assets or the transfer of shares of an asset management company
  • The editing of contracts, such as purchase and rent contracts, option agreements, etc.
  • The editing of the articles of association/internal rules of a block of flats
  • Assistance with regard to estate agent services: conducting deontological procedures, drawing up mediation and co-operation agreements, etc.
  • Advice on the establishment of rights in rem (usufruct, leasehold, ground lease, easements).

Construction law

  • Giving practical and problem-solving advice within the context of a construction project
  • Assistance with construction disputes, such as discussions regarding concealed flaws, ten-year liability, neighbourhood disturbance, late delivery, etc.
  • The editing of contracts, such as contracting, promotion and architect contracts
  • Assistance with the application for or appeal against urban planning permission.

We also have an extensive track record in government assignments and the related disputes.

Where necessary, we also represent our clients in court cases or within the context of mediation.

In all cases, we always have your best interests at heart as we apply the necessary commitment and we treat each case with the required expertise.

 

Energy law

We are available to assist the parties in all aspects of the energy field which is evolving in the light of the European Union’s Green Pact to address the challenges of climate change and energy transition.

We represent our clients in contract negotiations and in court and arbitration proceedings or assist them in mediations.

We have represented and assisted clients in negotiations/discussions (a.o. on gas prices) and in international arbitrations concerning various aspects of energy law (Kyoto Protocol on CO2 emissions reduction; problems concerning power plants).

We assist and represent our clients in several languages: Dutch, French, English, German and Spanish.

Our team

Partner

Herman Verbist

Partner

Philippe Steinfeld

Partner

Frank Burssens

Partner

Mario Van Santvoort

Partner

Kevin Bertouille

Junior associate

Evelien Pijfers

Partner

Herman Verbist

Herman Verbist is a lawyer at the bars of Ghent and Brussels. Until 31 December 2020, he was chairman of the arbitrators of the Belgian Court of Arbitration for Sport (BCAS). Since 2021, he is chairman of the department training and documentation of the BCAS. He specialises mainly in arbitration and is registered on the list of arbitrators of several arbitration institutions (including CAS, VIAC, SIAC, HKIAC, AIAC, KCAB, ThAC and ICDR). He is also a member of the executive board of CEPANI.

Herman is also an accredited mediator and is registered on the list of mediators with institutions such as WIPO, the Energy Community, ICSID and the Energy Charter Treaty.

 

For 17 years, he was a visiting professor for the course on international commercial arbitration at the University of Ghent. Since 2020, he has been a professor for the course ‘Case Study Investment Mediation’ at the European Institute of the University of Saarland.

 

He has written and co-authored several books and articles on arbitration and mediation.

Partner

Philippe Steinfeld

Philippe Steinfeld obtained his law degree at the Free University of Brussels in 1990 and a master’s degree in European law at the Institute of European Studies of the Free University of Brussels in 1992.

 

He was admitted to the bar of Brussels in 1990.

 

At the Brussels office of Everest, Philippe specialises mainly in company law and social law.

Partner

Frank Burssens

Frank Burssens graduated in 1990 with a master’s degree in law at the University of Ghent and in 1991 obtained an LL.M. in internatinal business law at London University (Queen Mary and Westfield College).

 

In 2007, Frank, together with some co-partners, founded the firm Burssens & Partners Ondernemingsadvocaten, which now operates under the name Everest. As a lawyer working in the Ghent office of Everest, Frank specialises in property law (legal assistance with the purchase and sale of land and buildings, share transactions of project companies and urban planning and environmental issues), construction law (both public contracts and private construction law) and energy law. He assists his clients in the areas of both contracts and judicial proceedings and arbitration.

 

Moreover, he also has an extensive track record in the area of general commercial and company law, especially as regards company takeovers. He has also been appointed as an arbiter with the Belgian Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Partner

Mario Van Santvoort

Mario Van Santvoort obtained his master’s degree in law with honours in 2000 at the Roman Catholic University of Leuven (1995-2000). He completed an EEP year in France at the University of Rennes (Brittany) and was sworn in as a lawyer at the Brussels bar on 6 November 2000. In 2002 and 2003, he further specialised in corporate law via an additional master’s degree in business law (GGS) at the University of Antwerp.

 

In 2004, he was registered at the Brussels bar (Dutch-speaking section). He has been a partner of the firm since 2007 and is a co-founder of Everest. Since 2018, he has also been registered at the Antwerp bar.

 

Mario is a managing partner of Everest Antwerp where his specialities include company law, arbitration and mediation and real estate, construction and energy law.

Partner

Kevin Bertouille

Kevin Bertouille graduated with distinction in 2001 at the University of Louvain-la-Neuve and in 2003 he obtained a master’s degree in business law (LL.M.) at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.

 

After working for ten years in various banking institutions in Brussels, Paris and Luxembourg, he started to work at Everest in Brussels in 2012 where he became a partner in 2016.

 

Kevin works in banking law (disputes and legislation) and commercial law.

Junior associate

Evelien Pijfers

Evelien Pijfers graduated in 2020 cum laude with a master’s degree in law at the Catholic University of Leuven. During her master studies, she also did participate in an Erasmus exchange program at the Universität Bern in Switzerland. After completing her studies in law, she started working in February 2020 as a junior consultant at Ernst & Young in Zurich, Switzerland within the financial legal services team.

 

Evelien started her career as an attorney in September 2020 at the bar of Antwerp and she works at the Brussels office of Everest in Antwerp.

 

Evelien specialises in the fields of corporate law, commercial and company law, contract law and family property law.

Managing associate

Ilse Renders

Managing associate

Laura De Smijter

Of Counsel

Michaël De Boeck

Junior Associate

Kim Taveirne

Junior Associate

Hanne Bogaert

Managing associate

Ilse Renders

 

 

Ilse Renders obtained her master’s degree in law at the Free University of Brussels in 2008 and also studied for an additional master’s degree with great distinction in international and European law at Tilburg University in the Netherlands. In addition, she obtained an advanced master’s degree in tax law at the University of Antwerp in 2013. In 2017, she was awarded the certificate for special training in cassation procedure in criminal matters.

 

She has been registered with the Brussels bar since 2008 and with the Antwerp bar since 2011.

 

She joined the Antwerp office of Everest in 2018 where she works mainly in (national, international, and European) corporate law, commercial and company law liability law, attachment law, contract law, arbitration proceedings (especially in the diamond sector), litigation and dispute resolution, property law.

Managing associate

Laura De Smijter

Laura De Smijter graduated in 2012 with greatest distinction as a master in law at the University of Ghent. In 2013, she subsequently obtained an advanced master’s degree in company law. Since 2013, she has been registered as a lawyer at the Ghent bar and she joined Everest in that same year.

 

Laura has an extensive track record in general agreement and contract law and is particularly interested in company and property law.

 

She works on various academic publications and is co-author of the Construction Law handbook (“Handboek Aannemingsrecht”).

Of Counsel

Michaël De Boeck

Michaël De Boeck obtained a master’s degree in law with great distinction at the University of Ghent in 2013, a master’s degree in common law with distinction at Vanderbilt University in 2014 and a double doctorate at the Universities of Ghent and Luxembourg in 2020. He is doctor-assistant at the Faculty of European Legal Studies of the Europa College and lawyer at the Ghent bar and the bar of New York.

 

Michaël joined Everest Ghent in 2014 and combines an academic career with his work as a lawyer. As an of counsel worker at Everest, he gives advice in matters of international litigation and arbitration and EU law.

 

He teaches regularly as a guest lecturer and is an academic assistant in commercial and investment arbitration and on matters in EU law. He is a regular conference speaker and has published several works.

Junior Associate

Kim Taveirne

Kim Taveirne graduated with distinction in 2017 with a master’s degree in clinical psychology at the University of Ghent. During that course, she also started on a master’s degree in law, graduating in 2019.

 

Since 2019, she has been a lawyer at the Ghent bar and has joined the Everest office in Ghent.

 

Kim works in the real estate, construction and energy law department and specialises in family and juvenile law. She is therefore familiar with matters such as divorce proceedings and maintenance contributions for children. Thanks to her background in psychology, she looks at matters not just from a purely legal perspective, but also she will consider the psychological aspects which arise in each case.

Email:kim.taveirne@everest-law.be

Tel:+32 (0)9/334.94.70

Areas of expertise:Real estate, construction and energy law

Junior Associate

Hanne Bogaert

Hanne Bogaert graduated in 2019 with great distinction with a master’s degree in law at the University of Ghent. She then opted for an advanced master’s degree in intellectual property & ICT law at the Roman Catholic University of Leuven, where she graduated with distinction in 2020.

 

During that last course, she was already working part-time in the Ghent department of real estate, construction and energy law, where she also started as a lawyer in September 2020.

 

Hanne is particularly interested in property law and intellectual property law and can therefore show insights into both branches of the law.

Contact us

Are you interested in our services regarding real estate, construction and energy law? If so, contact our specialists without obligation via our contact form or telephone us on 02/640.44.00 (Brussels office), 09/334.94.70 (Ghent Office) or 03/376.02.00 (Antwerp office).