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Bruno Duquesne


CMS DeBacker
Chaussée de La Hulpe 178
1170 Brussels
Languages French, Dutch, English

Bruno advises both domestic and foreign clients on all aspects of property transactions, including deal structuring, due diligence, drafting and negotiating sale and purchase of properties and real estate companies, joint venture development and credit facility documentation.

He also has extensive experience with cross-border deals and is able to coordinate and monitor transactions involving several jurisdictions.

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Clients describe him as "pragmatic and focused on finding solutions" and value his ability to "find the most practical and easy way to deal with complex matters."

Chambers Europe, 2018

“Head of department Bruno Duquesne is noted for his precise knowledge and decisiveness in negotiations. He is described by a source as "a deal maker who knows what he is talking about.”

Chambers Europe - 2013

Relevant experience

  • Acting for a German investment fund on the sale of various properties in Brussels
  • Regularly acting for various domestic and foreign financial institutions in their lending operations in Belgium relating to acquisition of real estate
  • Acting for several French real estate groups in their plans for developing shopping centres in Belgium
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  • 1986 - Université Catholique de Louvain, UCL (Law Degree)
  • 1987 - Georgetown University Law Centre (LL.M.)
  • 1989 - Bar admission
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  • « Le bail commercial de courte durée arrive enfin à Bruxelles », L’Echo, 15 May 2019
  • « Quel bilan 5 ans après la régionalisation des baux ? », L’Echo, 18 April 2019
  • "Traité pratique de droit commercial, Tome 1 : Principes et contrats fondamentaux – Titre VI Le Leasing immobilier", Kluwer 2009, co-authored with Didier Grégoire
  • "Property finance: what the coming year?", Belgian Real Estate Showcase 2011
  • "Belgian Real Estate Certificates: rediscovering an ancestor", Belgian Real Estate Showcase 2010
  • "Le club deal, comme soupape à la crise ?", L’Echo, 20 May 2010
  • "Financement immobilier. Considérations typologiques et structurelles", Revue pratique de l’immobilier, 3/2009
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10 ques­tions about the new Bel­gian se­cur­ity in­terests re­gime
The re­form of the leg­al frame­work of se­cur­ity in­terests over mov­able as­sets was seen as long over­due. The trans­ition from the pre­vi­ous sys­tem, based on the dis­pos­ses­sion of the pledged as­sets, to a new dis­pos­ses­sion-free sys­tem based on on­line re­gis­tra­tion will give Bel­gi­um a sys­tem just as mod­ern as the ones in neigh­bour­ing coun­tries.This re­form was ad­op­ted in Ju­ly 2013. The new Act will enter in­to force on 1 Janu­ary 2018 and will turn the es­tab­lished prac­tices up­side down and will ob­lige lenders to over­haul their cred­it doc­u­ment­a­tion. Moreover, banks will quickly have to re­view all their pledges over busi­ness as­sets. In fact, the lat­ter pledges will only re­tain their rank if the ne­ces­sary ac­tions are taken with­in 12 months fol­low­ing the entry in­to force of the new Act.The new rules will ap­ply without pre­ju­dice to spe­cif­ic pro­vi­sions of oth­er le­gis­la­tion, such as the law on fin­an­cial col­lat­er­als.Our brief guide provides a sum­mary of the core parts of the re­form in the form of a Q&A.If you have any ques­tions or are in­ter­ested to fol­low-up, please con­tact us: Arnaud Van Oekel and Ben­oît Vandervelde
CMS European Real Es­tate Deal Point Study 2016
2015 was an­oth­er re­cord year, with the deal value of the European in­vest­ment mar­ket reach­ing an un­pre­ced­en­ted high of al­most EUR 250bn. Highest growth was in Ger­many, where deal val­ues were al­most EUR 55bn. At around 30%, Europe's share of the glob­al real es­tate in­vest­ment mar­ket re­mained broadly un­changed.As the present year pro­gresses, we see the greatest mi­gra­tion to Europe for a cen­tury across a fra­gile Schen­gen zone, in­terest rate rises in the US, a US pres­id­en­tial elec­tion with pos­sibly the most di­vis­ive can­did­ate in US elec­tion his­tory, Brexit and the shad­ow of ter­ror­ist threats: all of these are factors which make for an un­cer­tain eco­nom­ic cli­mate. De­mand for com­mer­cial prop­erty on the European real es­tate in­vest­ment mar­ket re­mains at its pre­vi­ous high levels due primar­ily to low­est ever in­terest rates on cap­it­al mar­kets and ro­bust fin­an­cial mar­kets, be­ne­fit­ing from im­proved se­cur­it­isa­tion for real es­tate fin­an­cing. With peak yields at all-time lows, 2016 will prob­ably also see great­er ap­pet­ite for risk among in­vestors, who are in­creas­ingly look­ing to the non-core seg­ment – not­ably ABBA loc­a­tions. In­vestors are also turn­ing their at­ten­tions to al­tern­at­ive types of as­sets such as ho­tels, nurs­ing homes and stu­dent hous­ing.Our new CMS European Real Es­tate Deal Point Study 2016 cov­ers nearly 1,000 deals. It ana­lyses the deals which we handled between 2010 and 2015, identi­fy­ing new de­vel­op­ments and trends.If you are in­ter­ested in re­ceiv­ing a copy of the full re­port, please get in touch with Dr Volk­er Zerr.


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24 June 2020
We­bin­ar re­cord­ings - Cov­id-19 (Coronavir­us) in Bel­gi­um
17 April 2020
CMS Ex­pert Guide to coronavir­us re­lated loan morator­i­ums
This guide con­tains a brief but com­pre­hens­ive over­view of cred­it morator­i­ums for 30 coun­tries world­wide, col­lated with a view to help­ing our cli­ents nav­ig­ate through the vari­ous gov­ern­ment re­sponses, and which will be up­dated on a reg­u­lar basis.
CMS as­sisted In­vest­corp in the ac­quis­i­tion of the Brus­sels Headquar­ters...
06 April 2020
CMS Ex­pert Guide to COV­ID-19 im­pact on con­struc­tion in­dustry
As the en­tire eco­nomy has been hit hard by the out­break of the COV­ID-19, also the con­struc­tion in­dustry is cur­rently fa­cing dra­mat­ic and dis­rupt­ive chal­lenges re­gard­ing fin­an­cial pres­sure, la­bour short­ages and sup­ply chain is­sues. In or­der to help our cli­ents, we have pro­duced a fre­quently up­dated, com­par­at­ive guide over the im­pact the COV­ID-19 has on the con­struc­tion sec­tor across vari­ous jur­is­dic­tions.
October 2019
CMS European Real Es­tate Deal Point Study 2019
Draw­ing on data from 1,516 real es­tate trans­ac­tions ad­vised on by CMS in 14 European coun­tries from the start of 2010 to the end of 2018, we used a stand­ard eval­u­ation form to cap­ture, cat­egor­ise and sys­tem­at­ic­ally ana­lyse the in­di­vidu­al con­tract clauses.
31 March 2020
CMS Ex­pert Guide to COV­ID-19 im­pact on lease agree­ments
COV­ID-19 is dom­in­at­ing the glob­al news and af­fect­ing all areas of busi­ness life. For both land­lords and ten­ants, the ques­tion arises as to the im­pact of the COV­ID-19 pan­dem­ic on their lease re­la­tion­ships. In this guide you will find a use­ful over­view of the im­pact COV­ID-19 has on leases across vari­ous jur­is­dic­tions. Please note that this com­par­at­ive ana­lys­is is based on our cur­rent eval­u­ation and is a sub­ject to fur­ther up­dates and amend­ments.
October 2018
CMS European Real Es­tate Deal Point Study 2018
The European in­vest­ment mar­ket once again had a very strong year. At EUR 234 bn, total in­vest­ment volume was only 3% be­low the re­cord level seen in 2015. This fig­ure also rep­res­ents an in­crease of 7% year-on-year.
11 September 2018
Cor­por­ate Real Es­tate
May 2018 News­let­ter
September 2017
CMS European Real Es­tate Deal Point Study 2017
The European in­vest­ment mar­ket con­tin­ued to per­form well after the pre­vi­ous re­cord-break­ing years. In 2016, total in­vest­ment volume was around EUR 230bn, less than 10% be­low the re­cord amount of the pre­vi­ous year...
01 September 2017
Bank­ing & Fin­ance
21 February 2017
En­vir­on­ment, En­ergy & Pub­lic Real Es­tate