Firm Profile > Schoups > Antwerp, Belgium
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Schoups > The Legal 500 Rankings
Real estate and construction Tier 2
Schoups' 'very professional' team is 'specialised in all aspects of the construction business' and 'combines being knowledgeable with being very accessible'. The practice has an excellent reputation for its strength in complex construction projects, development disputes, and contentious and non-contentious public procurement matters. Practice head Marco Schoups' 'experience and vast knowledge of the Belgian real estate and construction sector and important players is indispensable'. Key names include the 'bright and keen' Siegfried Busscher, who 'offers very hands-on and thorough counsel in construction matters'; the 'well regarded' Kris Lemmens, noted for his expertise in public procurement work; and construction law expert Maarten Somers.
‘A boutique firm in the field of construction with a broad knowledge and client database on the subject‘.
‘For construction law they are probably one of the most eminent law firms in Belgium‘.
‘The team has a very good grasp on technical issues, and can translate that into their advice‘.
‘Their experience and expertise in real estate and construction show in everything they do‘.
Dispute resolution Tier 3
Schoups' 'quick and sharp' team has a 'high level of technical expertise' and provides 'good advice'. The practice is perhaps best known for its established strength in handling prominent construction disputes. Geert De Buyzer is 'always looking for the best solution for the customer' and 'able to think outside the box'. Managing director Marco Schoups, Kris Lemmens and Siegfried Busscher are also key contacts.
‘Marco Schoups: very competent partner who is always available to the customer; high focus on the customer and solution-oriented; strong technical knowledge‘.
Environment Tier 3
Schoups, which is active in domestic and cross-border mandates, demonstrates strong capabilities in relation to planning and permitting, dispute resolution and compliance-related matters. Kristof Hectors and Marco Schoups are the joint heads of the team, which acts for clients from a wide range of industries. Energy and real estate development are two notable areas of strength. Céline Bimbenet, who is one of four associates in the group, joined from Verbist Advocatuur in 2018.
Other key lawyers:
‘Very good knowledge and quick answers‘
‘A very good response time and very accurate in the follow-up. A very good understanding of the specific circumstances specific to our company. This is why I particularly like working with Schoups. Advice is always clear and specific‘
‘I worked with Kristof Hectors. He is easy to communicate with, understands the business of the client, gives practical advice and stays on point‘
Schoups' corporate and M&A practice is divided across the firm’s Antwerp and Brussels offices, and attracts praise for its ‘good value for money and great knowledge of the Belgian market’. It handles a range of M&A transactions, corporate restructuring work and governance advice, with particular expertise in the real estate, residential care and alternative energy sectors. The team is led by the ‘exceptional’ Gwen Bevers, who splits his time between Brussels and Antwerp and handles domestic and cross-border matters, and includes ‘solution-driven’ Antwerp-based counsel Stefaan Wauman, who recently joined from Laurius and is particularly strong in private equity transactions.
‘One of the core assets of Schoups is that the M&A team can effectively interact with the other specialists in the firm for those matters that were important to my file. Working with them always gives me comfort that the transaction is in the right hands and that they will get the deal done.‘
‘Schoups is a trusted name in the Belgian corporate sector.‘
‘They distinguish themselves from the major Belgian and international law firms through their fee structure and proximity. While also distinguishing themselves from the local small and corporate boutique firms through their broad-ranging due diligence capabilities.‘
‘They are very professional and work in a pragmatic way. Always respecting deadlines and with the right expertise.‘
‘Gwen Bevers leads the growing M&A practice of Schoups but at the same time always remains available as an essential negotiator when entering into difficult and delicate negotiations or for solving complex situations in transactions.‘
‘The team has strong experience and knowledge especially Gwen Bevers and Christine Heeb who are great at providing fast and quality advice.‘
‘Stefaan Wauman has strong personal skills to successfully deliver during negotiations.‘
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Schoups > Firm Profile
The firm: Schoups was founded in 1950 from when the firm mainly handled insurance files. During the period 1990 and 2010 the practice areas Construction Law, Public Procurement Law and Business Law were added. The firm currently has 55 lawyers and 18 members of staff with offices in Antwerp and Brussels.
Areas of practice: Schoups provides advice, conducts negotiations, prepares contracts and defends the interests of clients in legal proceedings, arbitrations and expert investigations.
Private Construction Law: assisting contractors and other companies in their relations with all of the participants in private construction projects.
Public Procurement law and PPP Law: assisting clients throughout the course of public procurement contracts for works, supplies and services and PPP agreements in relation to all other actors. We assist eg in preparing applications and tenders, checking the legality of selection and award decisions and conducting proceedings to obtain compensation for damages due to an unlawful award.
Business Law: assisting clients in the sale or acquisition of all types of companies, from discussions and negotiations onwards to the closing of the transaction, including the drafting and negotiating of NDAs, LOIs, SPA and all other transaction-related legal documents. We assist in joint venture and shareholders-related dispute, directors’ liability, M&A litigation and corporate governance disputes. We advise companies in setting up a (sales) structure, advise in commercial contracts and reviewing clients’ general conditions.
Employment Law: assisting clients in individual and collective employment law and social security law, accompaniment of social inspections and all of the legal aspects that result from working in a company.
Real Estate & Project Development: assisting clients in all aspects of property-related transactions, including the purchase, sale, development and exploitation of real estate.
Environmental Law: assisting and conducting administrative and civil proceedings. We assist eg in urban planning, environmental and socio-economical permits, spatial implementation plans and wind turbine developments.
Insurance Law: claiming support, expert surveys and litigation concerning eg in mainly construction.
Arbitration, Mediation & ADR: acting as counsel or arbitrator in complex domestic and international arbitration proceedings. The team includes a certified mediator in civil and commercial law.
|Private construction law||Marco Schoups|
|Private construction law||Siegfried Busscher|
|Business law||Gwen Bevers|
|Business law||Dave Mertens|
|Public procurement law and PPP||Kris Lemmens|
|Public procurement law and PPP||Maarten Somers|
|Arbitration, mediation and ADR||Geert De Buyzer|
|Arbitration, mediation and ADR||Marco Schoups|
|Business law||Stefaan Wauman|
|Real estate and project development||Christine Heeb|
|Real estate and project development||Ewoud Willaert|
|Environmental law||Kristof Hectors|
|Environmental law||Kris Lemmens|
|Employment law||Sara Cockx|
|Insurance law||Bob Goedemé|
|Insurance law||Siegfried Busscher|