Schoups > Brussels, Belgium > Firm Profile

Rue de la Régence 58 b8
1000 Brussels

Belgium > Real estate and construction Tier 2

The ‘accessible and multidisciplinary‘ real estate and construction team at Schoups is a key port of call for construction-sector clients, including both domestic and international contractors and developers, with expertise in issues including project development, public procurement, and dispute resolution. Team head Marco Schoups is an expert in construction law, while Kris Lemmens heads up the firm’s public procurement and PPP efforts. Maarten Somers focuses on project work, and Ewoud Willaert is experienced in tenancy law.

Practice head(s):

Marco Schoups


‘The team is very accessible and multidisciplinary. Collaboration with external legal counsel at the request of client is always an option. It is about getting the job done and not about shining as an individual. Advice is hands-on but with a good legal background. Price is commercial and billing is transparent.’

‘Experts in their domain and good knowledge of the industry. Excellent follow-up on cases and able to act fast when required. High level of partner involvement, and easily reachable.’

‘The firm are really professional in providing their services to clients. The advice they give is both complete and practical, keeping the client in mind.’

‘Excellent service and quality advice. Sector knowledge of the highest level.’

‘Marco Schoups and Kris Lemmens are hands-on, pragmatic, very approachable, and give quick feedback.’

‘Kris Lemmens and Maarten Somers are easily reachable and think together with the client with a view to rendering quality advice which is also hands-on and practical.’

‘Marco Schoups is a top professional in all areas of construction law.’

‘Standout team members are Marco Schoups, Maarten Somers, and Kris Lemmens. They are all enthusiastic lawyers, each passionately interested in their specialised field, and they deliver professional, high-quality service.’

Key clients

BAM Contractors


CFE Bouw Vlaanderen

CFE Infra/Aannemingsmaatschappij CFE

Cordeel Zetel Temse and Cordeel Zetel Hoeselt



BAM Interbuild


Belgium > Dispute resolution Tier 3

Schoups' disputes practice draws considerable praise from clients, who turn to the sizeable team for its capabilities across the construction, real estate, manufacturing, and finance sectors, among others. The practice is jointly led by a number of partners working across two sites; construction specialist Marco Schoups, 'exceptionally smart' arbitrator Geert De Buyzer, public procurement-focused Kris Lemmens, and construction litigator Maarten Somers operate out of the firm's Antwerp office, while the 'outstanding' Benjamin Marchandise - experienced in French and Dutch commercial disputes - is based in Brussels. Trilingual commercial litigator Liesbeth Truyens, who was promoted to partner in July 2022, is another key name to note in the Brussels office.

Practice head(s):

Marco Schoups; Geert De Buyzer; Benjamin Marchandise; Kris Lemmens; Maarten Somers

Other key lawyers:


‘Great attention to the client’s needs and objectives. Pragmatic, and with the required practice for legal advice connected with business needs.’

‘Benjamin Marchandise has an outstanding customer focus in the approach and management of the teams.’

‘They offer flexible and solution-oriented legal services tailored to our company.’

‘Stand-out partners are Marco Schoups, Maarten Somers, and Kris Lemmens. They are all enthusiastic lawyers, each passionately interested in their specialised field, and they deliver professional, high-quality service.’

‘The dispute resolution practice offers services which are of a high added value to the customer. They quickly get acquainted with the company, the market, the products, etc. on a short term and deliver pragmatic advice and support to the client. Great value for money.’

‘Geert De Buyzer offers exceptional service to its clients and is highly customer-focused. He does not only have a broad experience, but he is also able to get familiar with the business of the client, the market, the products (even those who are technically complex) on a short term. He ensures a close follow-up of his files and offers a high availability to its clients. Furthermore, he makes sure that the fees are in line with the advice and expectations of the customer.’

‘Very strong legal knowledge, and unbeatable price and quality.’

‘Geert De Buyzer is an exceptionally smart lawyer with academic-level knowledge.’

Key clients


CFE Bouw Vlaanderen – MBG

CFE Infra / Aannemingsmaatschappij

Cordeel Zetel Hoeselt and Cordeel Zetel Temse


Work highlights

Belgium > Environment Tier 3

Led by Kristof Hectors from the firm’s Antwerp office, Schoups‘s environment team is capable across the range of planning and permitting, compliance, and contentious work. Counsel Roel Meeus is strong on environmental impact assessments, while Charles Poncelet, who was promoted to counsel in January 2022, is active in major real estate and infrastructure projects.

Practice head(s):

Kristof Hectors

Other key lawyers:

Roel Meeus; Charles Poncelet; Céline Bimbenet


‘Schoups is a professional team that works well, with a deep knowledge of environmental law.’

‘Excellent service in terms of reaction time and availability. Experience and knowledge level is very high. The team feels like a partner that has the same mindset as the client.’

‘Highly motivated and highly competent lawyers. The lawyers each have their own specific domain. They will also not fail to refer you as a client to a colleague.’

‘What makes this law firm unique is the diversity of skills that make a well-oiled machine run, so that clients are supported in their problems. The speed, correctness, and accuracy in their files is unprecedented and this is precisely due to the thorough teamwork.’

‘Easy accessible, down to earth, and just brilliant!’

‘Kristof Hectors’s service is excellent – couldn’t be better actually. The team’s experience level is very high. Roel Meeus is a top-quality lawyer with a very high level of knowledge.’ 

‘Roel Meeus is a very talented and down to earth lawyer with a deep knowledge of both spatial planning regulations and environmental law. He is capable of using his knowledge to solve policy problems – for example, about urban planning charges.’

‘Charles Poncelet has sharp analytical skills. He is able to tackle difficult issues and offer business-oriented solutions.’

Key clients



Atelier Romain

Vastint Belgium

Ether Energy

Borealis Hotel Group

Work highlights

  • Advising Revolve on contract and permitting work as well as litigation.
  • Assisting Atelier Romain with multidisciplinary advisory work for regional and local authorities.
  • Advising Vastint Belgium on the development of its major real estate projects in Brussels.

Belgium > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 4

Schoups has expanded its senior team, adding a number of new practice heads with varying expertise across transactional and corporate advisory work, and notably bolstering its expertise in French-language work in the Brussels region. Christine Heeb and Stefaan Wauman specialise in real estate M&A and private equity work respectively, while Mathilde van der Stegen was promoted to counsel in January 2023 and heads up the firm’s Brussels M&A team. Elsewhere, the team, also led by the highly experienced Gwen Bevers, continues to advise a number of Belgian and international clients on M&A, sell-side private equity investments, restructurings and corporate law issues, offering deep experience of the Belgian Company Code in particular.

Practice head(s):

Gwen Bevers; Christine Heeb; Stefaan Wauman; Mathilde van der Stegen


‘The team is very professional, accurate and delivering high quality.’

‘Their approach is very client driven.’

‘They are more than on top of things and very pro active.’

‘ Gwen Bevers – financially clever attorney – follows the money, great head of the group, built a fantastic and intelligent set of great and available lawyers around him.

‘Focused team with a very strong focus on getting results. Availability at all time is impeccable and makes sure that no time is waisted and pressure stays on the counterpart to get things moving.’

‘Special mention of Mrs. Christine Heeb for her availability, knowledge, sense of urgency and dynamic attitude in order to close the transaction.’

‘The people we worked with were Gwen Bevers and Christine Heeb- we found it very positive that we could phone those persons at any time of the day and also in the weekends! They were always there for us !’

‘Personal collaboration and strongly engaged. Hard working and constantly available.’

Key clients



Customs Support Group (a participation of Castik)

Artoos Group




Heilbron Groep (a participation of Five Arrows Principal Investments)

Insites Consulting (a participation of Mentha Capital)

Shoe Investments

Mentha Capital

Mr. Jamal Al-Saifi


Vavato (a former participation of Bencis, and now a participation of Castik)

The Firm :
Founded in 1950, Schoups has continually grown sustainably through uncompromising quality and dedication. The firm has offices in Brussels and Antwerp and offers customised multidisciplinary and multilingual legal services to clients in the business world as an independent Belgian law firm. Its teams of specialists cover the main legal areas that are important for companies, with a strong focus on business law and on construction and real estate law. The lawyers at Schoups are knowledgeable, hands-on, pragmatic and solution-oriented. Schoups is known for its determined pursuit of the best solution, achieved through an attitude for creative and customised thinking.

Four overarching domains bring together the disciplines in which we are active: Construction & Real Estate, Business, Public and Social.

Construction and Real Estate Law: As a leading player on the Belgian market in this field, Schoups has a vast knowledge and experience in assisting clients in all aspects of construction law, property related transactions and project development, both in an advisory role as in litigious matters. The team also frequently deals with international construction contracts, including FIDIC and NEC.

Business: Schoups provides high quality legal assistance on all aspects of corporate and commercial law, with a particular focus on corporate and M&A/private equity, corporate dispute resolution, distribution law, insolvency; compliance & trade and market practices.

Public Procurement Law and PPP:  Schoups assists clients in relation to PPP agreements (public private partnership) and public procurement contracts for works, supplies or services. It is a major player in these fields, with a particular deep expertise regarding complex public infrastructure works.

Social: Schoups assists clients with various aspects of individual and collective employment law, as well as social security law, accompaniment of social inspections, social obligations in construction and government personnel.

Department Name Email Telephone
Construction & Real Estate Marco Schoups
Construction & Real Estate Els Op de Beeck
Construction & Real Estate Ewoud Willaert
Public Kris Lemmens
Public Maarten Somers
Public Kristof Hectors
Business Gwen Bevers
Business Dave Mertens
Business Geert De Buyzer
Business Benjamin Marchandise
Business Stefaan Wauman
Business Christine Heeb
Photo Name Position Profile
Benjamin Marchandise photo Benjamin Marchandise Partner
Els Op de Beeck photo Els Op de Beeck Partner
Number of lawyers : 83
at this office : 25