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For more than 20 years, Steven has been assisting clients with thoughtful and responsive counselling. Steven has developed strong client relationships in real estate, retail and commercial litigation. Steven explains to clients the practical implications of the law, as well as the prevailing market standards and expectations, going beyond strictly legal considerations. Prior to joining AKD, Steven was a partner with McGuireWoods LLP for more than 10 years. Steven’s real estate practice focuses on long-term projects that often imply a client relocating its headquarters or production facilities. Clients range from large corporations to governments (both local and foreign). Steven advises on diverse transactions, covering the full spectrum of legal instruments available (acquisitions in full ownership, transfers of rights in rem, VAT leases, etc.). In many instances, the transactions also include a construction component as many contracts relate to premises to be developed. The Legal 500 has recommended both Steven personally and his real estate practice over the last five consecutive years (2014 until present). Steven has assisted in developing our current retail practice. The practice includes some of the world’s most prestigious brands and covers a broad variety of sectors (clothing, cosmetics, food & beverage, car industry, etc.). The practice captures the entire retail life cycle from developing a network, managing the network (including fair trade practices) and restructuring a network. Steven’s retail practice comprises both developments through third parties (agents, franchisees and distributors), as well as through own operated sales points. The Legal 500 has systematically recommended both Steven personally and his retail practice as leading, since reporting on this practice area (2016 until present). Steven’s litigation practice focuses on contractual disputes with an emphasis on termination disputes under distribution agreements. Steven also regularly represents clients in lease renewals, which may include a contentious phase in the event landlord and tenant disagree on the terms of renewal. Typically, Steven’s cases will involve a cross-border component. Steven is a member of the Brussels Bar. He has a Postgraduate Certificate in Real Estate from Ecole Solvay Brussels, and holds an LL.M. from King’s College London, as well as a master’s degree in law (cum laude) from KU Leuven, and a BA in philosophy. He speaks Dutch, English and French. Cases • Representing a state-owned entity in the negotiations of a Design Build Finance and Maintenance Agreement for the redevelopment of the official seat of an international institution based in Brussels; • Representing a large industrial group in the disposal of its own production facilities and offices and the subsequent relocation of its European headquarters to leased premises under development; • Representing a global US-based retailer in the development and management of its Belgian retail network covering real estate and fair trade practices; • Representing a Dutch listed company (acting as a national dealer) before the Belgian and Dutch courts. We successfully obtained a specific performance order in interim measures, which was subsequently confirmed on the merits. Publications • Author, “Overdraagbaarheid Handelszaak (Assignability of Retail Businesses)”, Nieuw Juridisch Weekblad, Kluwer, pp. 142-149, February 2013; • Editor and co-author, Algemene Voorwaarden (Terms & Conditions), Kluwer, Book in the Series “Recht en Praktijk”, p. 230, June 2006; • Author, “Betalingsachterstand Bij Handelstransacties (Late Payment in Commercial Transactions)”, Nieuw Juridisch Weekblad, Kluwer, pp. 366-375, 2003; • Author, “The Late Payment Directive – A Step Towards an Emerging European Private Law?” European Review of Private Law, Kluwer, pp. 519-544, 2003; • Author, “Contractuele Uitsluiting van ‘Indirecte Schade’ (Contractual Exclusion of ‘Indirect loss’)”, Nieuw Juridisch Weekblad, Kluwer, pp. 44-49, 2002.

Steven Ongena

Steven Ongena

 

Steven

 

Ongena

Lawyer; Partner

+32 2 629 4228

SOngena@akd.eu

 

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Real Estate & Construction; Commercial Contracting; Dispute Resolution

 

 

Brussels

 

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1033

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Real Estate & Construction

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