Schoups > Antwerp, Belgium > Firm Profile


Belgium > Real estate and construction Tier 2

Schoups is a leading choice for Belgian construction matters, with broad expertise across real estate and project development, PPP, and public procurement proceedings, alongside regulatory and administrative law issues such as permitting and soil pollution. The team also has an emerging real estate transactional offering, led by Ewoud Willaert . Clients include construction companies, real estate developers, and major retailers. Practice head Marco Schoups is an ‘excellent litigator‘ with extensive experience in construction contracts and disputes, while ‘skilled negotiatorKris Lemmens is strong in PPP and public procurement issues. Maarten Somers combines litigation with notable public sector construction advice.

Practice head(s):


‘Schoups is a practice on which you can always count on for the best services. They put a specialized team on your case. They are always available, collaborate very well and react promptly.’

‘We are very glad that for very difficult public tenders, with even technical aspects, we can always count on Kris Lemmens and Jan de Leyn. They try to know and understand every detail with the purpose to treat the case as good as possible. The results are phenomenal.’

‘Experts in their domain. Good value for money.’

‘Kris Lemmens is highly available and thinks strategically together with the client. He is an expert in his domain and is also very acquainted with the sector.’

‘The quality of the advice is very good. The firm can rely on a strong “library” of information and experience. Their litigation dept. is very professional.’

‘Marco Schoups is always very professional.’

‘Kris Lemmens- very strong in public tender law.’

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' large Antwerp-based dispute resolution team is highly regarded for its expertise in high-value construction sector disputes, working with a mix of Belgian and multinational construction firms, contractors, insurance companies, banks, and real estate developers. Beyond these core competencies, the team also represents clients in energy, retail, and manufacturing. Geert De Buyzer is noted for his capabilities in CEPANI arbitration and ADR. Kris Lemmens and Maarten Somers have considerable public procurement expertise.

Practice head(s):

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


‘All lawyers I have been working with at Schoups are very dedicated, clever and hard working people.’

‘They do what they say they will do and will tell you if it’s better to negotiate. So far I have never been disappointed by them and never ‘lost’ a case. Very good advice.’

‘Very skilled litigation counsels. Business acumen and attention to the details. Delivers outstanding outcomes by mixing the right ingredients.’

‘Benjamin Marchandise is truly dedicated to his clients, taking immediate actions and initiatives to address all concerns. Always willing to go the extra mile. That gives a sense of true partnership with his client.’

‘Schoups lawyers are easy accessible, flexible and always think in a solution-oriented way with their clients. The team of Schoups law firm have a dynamic, pragmatic and solution-oriented approach and offer a professional and high-quality service. It is practically a one-stop- shop for who is involved in construction and real estate. During the pandemic Schoups lawyers have maintained their level of service, accessibility. They were one of the first to have organised seminars and solutions how to legally deal with the problems of the first lockdown in Belgium for the construction and real estate sector.’

‘The partners Marco Schoups, Kris Lemmens and Maarten Somers stand out with their professional and high-quality knowledge and service. They think in solutions not in problems and help you to find a settlement agreement rather than a lawsuit.’

‘The dispute resolution team of Schoups knows our business through and through and have specialists covering all aspects of our needs. In addition, the team consists of a large number of very good lawyers at a partner level, but also at associate level, which means that there is always somebody available to brainstorm on pressing matters.’

‘Even though the team members are leading lawyers in their field, they are down-to-earth and very pleasant to work with. In particular Geert De Buyzer and Maarten Somers combine the quality of being excellent lawyers and also being a pleasure to work with.’

Key clients


CFE Bouw Vlaanderen – MBG

CFE Infra / Aannemingsmaatschappij

Cordeel Zetel Hoeselt and Cordeel Zetel Temse


Belgium > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 4

Schoups advises on a number of high-level Belgian transactions, with integrated tax and regulatory expertise, and notable capabilities in cross-border work, particularly on behalf of international companies seeking to establish themselves within Belgium. The team advises primarily on private M&A, as well as private equity and venture capital investments, with focuses on the tech and software space, alongside fintech. The practice is led by Gwen Bevers, who brings a ‘wealth of experience‘ to domestic and cross-border deals, restructurings, and investments, Stefaan Wauman, who has a notable focus on PE and VC investments, and Christine Heeb, who was promoted to partner in July 2021 and is active within the real estate space.

Practice head(s):

Gwen Bevers; Christine Heeb; Stefaan Wauman

Other key lawyers:

Joost van Riel


‘Gwen Bevers and Christine Heeb are the people we work with, and with high satisfaction.’

‘Schoups has experienced partners and associates who know their specialisations well. Schoups is good at combining these individual skills and, hence, providing an end-to-end solution. Schoups’ partners have relevant experience and know best-practices, esp. during negotiations with counterparts.’

‘Stefaan Wauman is committed to the customer and excels in practical advice during negotiations. Joost van Riel is hard-working and has good attention to detail, hence, avoiding potential inconsistencies in reasoning and in documents.’

‘We have a very good working relationship with the firm. They are extremely responsive and based on the enquiries we make they will gather the relevant associates to provide a swift yet thorough solution. The way in which we collaborate is straightforward and transparent.’

‘Stefaan Waumans – is very responsive and proactive.’

‘We worked with Joost Van Riel and Stefaan Waumans, who where both very down to earth and hands-on. They were very open to listen to our input and view on the business, but were not afraid to give their view on matters, when they did not agree with the clients.’

‘No nonsense and direct approach, very accessible and quick response. Friendly collaboration and of course very knowledgeable in the subject.’

‘Dedicated people like Gwen Bevers and Christine Heeb who are very reachable and respect deadlines.’

Key clients



Customs Support Group

Artoos Group




Heilbron Groep (a participation of Five Arrows Principal Investments)

Insites Consulting (a participation of Mentha Capital)

Capital A

Mentha Capital

Mr. Jamal Al-Saifi


Work highlights

  • Advised the managing director and majority shareholder of Innovad Group on the auction sale of his shares in the group and affiliated companies to IK Investment Partners.
  • Advised Heilbron Groep on its entry into the Belgian market and associated transactions.
  • Advised the majority shareholder of BTV on the sale of their shares to a company in the Netherlands.

Belgium > Environment Tier 4

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.

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
Number of lawyers : 83
at this office : 58
Other offices : Brussels