Pol Cools > AKD > Brussels, Belgium > Lawyer Profile
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Real Estate & Construction
Pol Cools is a counsel at AKD’s Brussels office. He focuses his legal practice on real estate, retail and distribution law. His clients include Belgian and non-Belgian enterprises and public authorities, looking for hands-on legal advice and sound legal assistance in all stages of their project.
Clients call on Pol for negotiating and drafting contracts such as sale and purchase agreements, immovable VAT leasing contracts, usufruct agreements, office and industrial leases, etc. Pol assists retailers on a daily basis in establishing, expanding and managing their network of stores by concluding commercial leases (high-streets and shopping centers), negotiating lease renewals, terminating or assigning lease contracts, etc. He regularly represents retailers and landlords in court in the framework of a lease renewal or rent revision dispute.
Through his experience in the field and before court, he not only knows the law but also understands the market standards and industry needs, allowing him to provide clients with a solid, solution-led advice. Legal 500 continuously recommends his real estate and retail practice and list Pol as a highly regarded ‘next generation lawyer’.
In addition, clients rely on Pol as a trusted advisor and litigator in commercial disputes including franchise and agency agreements.
He also offers clients first-line advice in certain individual employment matters.
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AKD has a strong track record handling large-scale relocation projects for clients, as well as excelling in contentious and transactional work. It has had a notable increase in mandates with a nexus to the logistics sector. The client base includes investment entities and international retail companies. The ‘knowledgeable‘ Steven Ongena and Simon Ceulemans (who ‘knows all aspects of commercial real estate‘) jointly lead the department, in which counsel Pol Cools is another key contact.
AKD is most active in retail property work from both a transactional and litigation perspective, but also handles corporate and M&A and supply-related matters for its clients. Department head Steven Ongena, who is best known for his real estate practice, and counsel Pol Cools are also active in drawing up franchise agreements to align with EU competition law, as well as advising on consumer protection standards and distribution claims. Recent work includes assisting landlords and tenants with the payment of rent obligations during the Covid-19 crisis.