Steven Ongena

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Practices
Industries
International
Education
  • Ecole Solvay Brussels, Postgraduate Certificate, Real Estate, 2005
  • King’s College London, LLM, 1995
  • K.U.Leuven, Licentiaat in de rechten, cum laude, 1994
  • K.U.Leuven, BA, Philosophy, 1992
Admissions
  • Brussels
Languages
  • Dutch
  • English
  • French

Steven’s practice focuses on real estate and construction, distribution law and retail, complex commercial litigation and aviation law. His real estate and construction practice includes representing private undertakings and governmental agencies, with a particular experience in the divesture of governmental real estate holdings.

He regularly assists foreign manufacturers and retailers entering the Belgian market, either by opening retail outlets or by appointing agents, franchisees or distributors. Likewise, typical work includes restructuring or terminating a retail network or an individual agency, franchise or distribution.

In addition to real estate and distribution law, he focuses on a variety of industry sectors such as the car component industry and the professional service industry. He also has substantial experience in airport-related activities including ground handling.

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Steven Ongena
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T: +32 2 629 42 28F: +32 2 629 42 22rue des Colonies 56 - box 3
1000 Brussels

Representation of a state owned entity in the negotiations of a Design Build Finance and Maintain Agreement for the redevelopment of the official seat of an international institution based in Brussels.

Representation of a large industrial group in the disposal of its owned production facilities and offices and the subsequent relocation of its European Headquarters to leased premises under development.

Representation of a global US based retailer in the development and management of its Belgian retail network covering among others real estate and fair trade practices.

Representation of a Dutch stock listed company, acting as a national dealer, before the Belgian and Dutch courts successfully obtaining a specific performance order in interim measures, subsequently confirmed on the merits.

Assistance and representation of a licensed ground handler with air side access at the Brussels National Airport covering both contentious matters (e.g. cargo claims) and non-contentious matters (e.g. setting up a joint venture).

Contributor, "New Public Procurement Rules in the EU," International Construction Law Review, p. 404-409, July 2014
Author, "Overdraagbaarheid Handelszaak (Assignability of Retail Businesses)," Nieuw Juridisch Weekblad, Kluwer, p 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, p 366-375, 2003
Author, "The Late Payment Directive – A Step Towards an Emerging European Private Law?," European Review of Private Law, Kluwer, p 519-544, 2003
Author, "Contractuele Uitsluiting van 'Indirecte Schade' (Contractual Exclusion of 'Indirect loss')," Nieuw Juridisch Weekblad, Kluwer, p 44-49, 2002