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Pol Cools is counsel at AKD’s Brussels office. His legal practice focuses 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 cases concerning 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. The Legal 500 continuously recommends his real estate and retail practice and lists Pol as a highly regarded ‘next generation lawyer’. In addition, clients rely on Pol as a trusted adviser and litigator in commercial disputes including franchise and agency agreements. He also offers clients first-line advice in certain individual employment matters. Pol holds law degrees from Universiteit Gent, Université Libre de Bruxelles and Vrije Universiteit Brussel. He is a member of the Brussels Bar. He speaks Dutch, French and English. Pol joined AKD in 2019. Prior to that, he was a lawyer at the Brussels office of US law firm McGuireWoods for 14 years. Cases • Representing a leading global car rental company in a major HQ relocation project including the conclusion of a long-term immovable VAT leasing agreement regarding premises under development (Flemish region) and the sale of partially polluted immovable property near Brussels Airport; • Representing a G-7 country in the relocation of its diplomatic mission to Belgium and to the EU, including the conclusion of a long-term usufruct agreement for a new embassy in Brussels; • Representing various high-profile fashion and cosmetics retailers in the conclusion, renewal, assignment and termination of their commercial leases in Belgium's best-known shopping areas (Meir in Antwerp, Avenue Louise / Toison d'Or in Brussels, etc.) and shopping centres (Médiacité, Waasland shopping centre, etc.); • Representing a leading beauty products distributor in the restructuring of its Belgian network including the conclusion, renegotiation and termination of franchising agreements, with a particular emphasis on the franchisor's and franchisee's respective rights and obligations regarding e-commerce; • Representing a Dutch and Belgian distributor of construction machinery before the Belgian court further to the wrongful termination by the manufacturer of client's distributorship.

Pol Cools

Pol Cools

 

Pol

 

Cools

Counsel

+32 2 629 4216

PCools@akd.eu

 

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Real Estate & Construction; Commercial Contracting; Dispute Resolution

 

 

Brussels

 

No

1033

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Commercial Contracting

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Dispute Resolution

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Real Estate & Construction

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