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Christophe advises on real estate investment structuring and leads negotiations on real estate transactions (both asset and share deals), including sale and lease back and real estate asset management (e.g. leases and all real estate related contracts). He has acquired a reputation for excellence in tax aspects of real estate investments in Belgium, at funds level (e.g. efficient fund structuring, tax forecasts, financing) as well as at local level (due diligence, deal structuring), including tax and accounting aspects related to developments and public-private partnerships.

Christophe also has considerable experience in advising Belgian companies and subsidiaries of non-Belgian companies on domestic and international tax issues. His field of expertise includes advice on holding structures, structured finance, and pre- and post M&A tax restructuring.

Sectors & Markets
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Memberships

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Brussels bar, 1998
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Qualifications

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Accounting degree, EPFC (Brussels, Belgium), 1994
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Master in Law, Université catholique de Louvain (Belgium), 1993

What others say

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Band 1 One client particularly says: "Christophe Laurent's key skill is the ability to understand an issue and to solve it based upon a broad set of legal skills, but also with the capacity of commercial thinking."
Chambers & Partners - Real Estate (2022)
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Band 1 "unrivalled level of client service and knowledge."
Chambers & Partners - Real Estate (2022)
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Ranked band 1
Chambers & Partners Europe - Real Estate & Construction (2021)
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A client describes him as "a strong negotiator who is also practical and open to solutions," going on to add: "He always makes himself available despite often having a lot on the table."
Chambers & Partners Europe - Real Estate & Construction (2021)
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Christophe is ranked as 'Recommended'
'Corporate Tax: Advisory' by Who's Who Legal (2020)
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"Christophe Laurent has worked with us for a number of years and has patience, great knowledge of both the law and practical business matters. He works extremely hard and is very approachable and a pleasure to work with"
The Legal 500 EMEA - Real Estate & Construction (2021)
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Recommended
Who's Who Legal - Real Estate (2021)
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