The founders and managers of BuyerSide put at your disposal the experience they have accumulated in professional real estate within international groups such as CBRE, GVA Grimley and DTZ Winssinger (currently Cushman & Wakefield).
They are assisted in their missions by their team of specialists.
Adrian Devos, co-founder and manager of BuyerSide has a Master’s Degree in Business Sciences from Louvain School of Management (LSM) at the UCL (Université catholique de Louvain) and a CEMS (Continuous Emissions Monitoring Solutions) Master’s in International Management.
His interest in real estate investment has been passed on by family traditions and enthusiasm going back several generations.
He began his career in the investment department at DTZ Winssinger. Within the department, he provided thorough expertise about the purchase and sale of real estate investments for national and international clients investing in Belgium.
Adrian has been a registered member of the IPI (Institut Professionnel des agents Immobiliers – Professional Institute of Estate Agents), under n° 509.683.
Adrian is an MRICS (Member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors) member, registered under n° 6555760.
Nicolas Vincent, co-founder and manager of BuyerSide has a degree from the Institut d’Administration et de Gestion [Administration and Management Institute) (IAG) (currently the Louvain School of Management - LSM) at the UCL.
After his studies were complete, he was quickly attracted to the real estate sector, with this taking concrete form in the special training he followed in the United States at the University of Columbia (South Carolina) or the Solvay Business School (Postgraduate degree in Real Estate). His interest in real estate investment has been passed on by family traditions and enthusiasm going back several generations.
He began his career with GVA Grimley where, among other things, he was involved in setting up the closed-end investment company for residential properties, Aedifica (www.aedifica.be). Subsequently, Nicolas served as Associate Director at DTZ Winssinger (now Cushman & Wakefield). He was active in the investment department for 5 years, during which he advised domestic and international clients on major real estate transactions, mainly in Belgium. Nicolas was then Chief Investment Officer (CIO) at Home Invest Belgium. He joined BuyerSide in the summer of 2018 to develop the acquisition consulting department in the professional real estate business sectors.
Through BuyerSide, Nicolas wishes to use his accumulated experience in the professional real estate sector to help and advise professionnal buyers.
Nicolas has been a registered member of the IPI* (Institut Professionnel des agents Immobiliers – Professional Institute of Estate Agents) since 2010, under n° 505230.
The BuyerSide team has a wide range of skills and experience in the various aspects of real estate transactions. Depending on your project, a specific Account Manager will be assigned to you in order to accompany you throughout the acquisition process.
Executive Assistant - Office & Marketing Manager
Victoria obtained a Bachelor in Communications at ECS Brussels and an MBA in Hotel & Tourism Management in Paris.
Her studies have allowed her to travel around the world. She has lived in Paris, Los Angeles, San Diego and Barcelona. Discovering and soaking up other cultures are part of her passions.
Back in her hometown Brussels, Victoria starts her career in real estate and joins BuyerSide. With her experience in Marketing and Communication, enriched by a passion for decoration as well as her commercial appetite, she joined our team as Executive Assistant & Office Manager to help us support you ever more efficiently with your acquisitions. Victoria has listening to your needs and answering best to your requests at heart.
Victoria speaks Dutch, French and English.
Maximilien Studied International Business Management at Artevelde Hogeschool in Ghent. His studies led him to Taiwan where he did an exchange and later to Madrid for an internship at Flanders Investment and Trade at the Belgian embassy in Spain.
He started his career in February 2018 as an analyst for Daimler-Mercedes Benz in Madrid at the department of financial services.
After nearly three years abroad he decided to come back home in Belgium to start his career he had always dreamed of. He joined the BuyerSide team in May 2020.
His interest for real estate started at a young age. Within his family this grew over generations and it did not skip the last one. During his studies he did various internships in different real estate agencies in Flanders. After graduating he obtained a post graduate certificate in practical aspects of real estate at the KU Leuven.
Maximilien speaks Dutch, French, English and Spanish.
Camille has a Master’s degree in Management Sciences from IESEG, a commercial college in Lille. During her studies, she travelled in Ireland, the United States, Mexico, where she first worked as a real-estate agent, and then Australia.
She began her career in the fashion industry and at the same time made her own first real estate acquisition.
She then opted to train with Belgian investors with a view to acquiring the bases that are essential to master real-estate investment strategies. This was to enable her to substantially improve the profitability of the properties she had acquired three years earlier and to continue her investment projects. These personal experiences revealed in her a genuine passion for the real-estate sector. To the point where she decided to make it her profession, this time by advising others. She therefore opted for a change of direction, beginning her real-estate career with BuyerSide. Here she will devote herself to assisting investors with their acquisitions from start to finish.
Camille speaks French, English and Spanish.
Laure-Anne, of Liège origin, holds a law degree. It’s in Namur that she starts her studies and continues her Master’s degree at the ULB that she passes with distinction.
A fierce desire to broaden her horizons brought her to a six-month stay at the University of Cordoba in Andalusia where she completes her university education in Spanish.
Very focused on human relations and active listening, she shares her young years between youth movements as an animator and high-level sport.
This period forged a strong character and the will to go all the way in whichever activity she undertakes.
But it is also thanks to a family history very focused on real estate and the transmission of heritage that, very young, Laure-Anne becomes property owner through the intermediary of a property searcher, who gave her the vision of being on the side of the buyer. This very strong experience decided her to take the step and join the BuyerSide team in order to share her experience and above all to put her skills at the service of the team and its customers.
Edouard began his career as an Account Manager in various sectors of activity and then resumed his studies to specialise in finance.
After an MBA at the Louvain School of Management (LSM) and a DES (diploma of higher education) in finance at ICHEC, he went to work at ING. At first, he took care of professional loan analyses and fairly soon went on to become commercial manager for corporate and real estate clients.
His passion for real estate led him very naturally to follow the Executive Master en Immobilier (EMI - Executive Master’s course in real estate) at Saint-Louis at the same time.
Edouard joined the team on 1 October 2019. He places his real estate and financial expertise at the service of BuyerSide’s professional and institutional clients. His negotiating skills, his knowledge of the market and his perseverance make him a trusted partner for your acquisitions.
Edouard speaks French, English, Dutch and Spanish.
BuyerSide has has built up a network of professionals which can be available quickly if it seems they need to intervene or if a specific risk has already been identified.
Hugues Vangindertael has a law degree (Université Catholique de Louvain) and an additional Master‘s degree in taxation law issued by ESSF (école supérieure des sciences fiscales – “grande école” for fiscal sciences - ICHEC).
Hugues is a barrister at the bar of Nivelles specialising in real estate structuring and taxation (direct taxes, registration duties and VAT). He has 15 years’ experience in dispensing tax advice to businesses, acquired in large accounting or law firms (PricewaterhouseCoopers and Clifford Chance).
Hugues has taken part in numerous seminars mainly organised by the Echo (“Real Estate Investments: legal, taxation and financial structuring” on 6 October 2004), Kluwer (“VAT and transfrontier operations”, organised each year), and Vanham.
Hugues has contributed to several publications and has also written articles for the Recueil de l'Enregistrement et du Notariat (Collection of Registrations and Notarial Documents), the Bulletin TVA (VAT Report), the Revue Générale de Fiscalité (General Taxation Review), Comptabilité et Fiscalité pratique (Accounting and Practical Taxation), etc. He has taught customs law and real estate VAT at the EPHEC (Haute École Économique et Technique – School specialising in Economic and Technical subjects) and currently runs a general VAT course in this establishment.
Frédéric van den Bosch
Real Estate Lawyer
Frédéric van den Bosch is an associate lawyer partner in charge of the real estate law department at Janssens & Associés, whose offices are in Nivelles and Brussels. He dispenses legal advice on a daily basis and deals with disputes (legal and administrative) on the subject of real estate transactions, planning legislation and public contract law. He is regularly appointed as an arbitrator when there are real estate disputes and was a consultant with the Institut Professionnel des Agents Immobilier (IPI), on the subject of legal training for estate agents. He takes part, as either speaker or chairman, in numerous seminars and conferences on the subject of real estate law.
Frédéric intervenes in the following legal steps for complex acquisition projects:
- Legal Due Diligence (Audit)
- Structuring of the acquisition
- SPV creation (company to hold the building)
- Writing of the purchasing offer and contracts
- Urbanistic regularisation
Pascal Van Beirs
Pascal Van Beirs, Senior Project Manager at AT Osborne intervenes to:
- Carry out Technical Due Diligences of buildings.
- Estimate costs and planning of the investments to be made.
- Assist in the identification of needs.
- Negotiate conception (architects) and construction contracts.
- Manage stakeholders.
- Assist with the delivery of the works.
Our Advisory Board consists of 5 members with vast experience of the real estate investment business.
The Advisory Board supports the administrators by regularly helping to draw up BuyerSide’s major strategic approaches, ensuring their continuity.
Stefaan Gielens, MRICS, is the CEO of the Aedifica REIT since 2006.
Stefaan Gielens has a degree in Law from the Katholieke Universiteit de Leuven (KUL) (1989). He expanded these studies with a postgraduate qualification in Real Estate from the KUL (1996).
He starts his career as a lawyer at the Brussels bar with a specialization in commercial and real estate law. He then fulfilled different functions in various companies of the Almanij / KBC group. He becomes amongst others the Managing Director of Almafin Real Estate SA from 2004 till 2006. Since 2006, he holds the function of CEO of Aedifica.
Marc KADANER is a law graduate from the ULB (Université libre de Bruxelles) and has been a barrister at the Brussels bar since 1972. He also has a degree from the CEPAC (now the Executive Master’s in Management or EMM).
His reputation relating to real estate meant that he was invited to join the RICS in 2002, immediately assuming the capacity of “Fellow”.
He carries out and has carried out various functions within university and post-university teaching (ULB).
Marc KADANER has “always” practised real estate law. After receiving excellent training from his course sponsors in 1983 he decided to spread his own wings and it was at that point that he set up a niche group specialising in real estate. The H&K lawyers’ practice, where he is still a member, has its roots in this first association set up in 1983.
Marc specialises in negotiating and fine-tuning important, complicated or delicate real estate operations. When carrying out his activities, Marc Kadaner is generally considered to be a "deal maker" given his non-antagonistic approach aimed at solving problems. The work entitled « Chambers & Partners » (Your guide to the world’s best lawyers) states the following about him: «The distinguished Marc Kadaner is recognised for his talent, experience and influence on the Belgian real estate market».
After studying to be a Solvay commercial engineer at the ULB (1975), Alain Devos worked as the Director of the Real Estate Development Department at the CFE (Belgian Multidisciplinary Group), then joining the Générale de Banque as Head of Real Estate Finance within the Corporate & Investment Banking department.
Between 1990 and 2012, he worked as CEO of AG Real Estate (the real estate subsidiary of the AG Insurance/AGEAS insurance group).
He currently holds several non-executive mandates such as:
- Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Sicafi (closed-end investment company) Befimmo S.A., quoted on the Brussels Stock Market (Bel 20 index;
- Member of the Board of Directors of the Allfin group;
- Member of the Board of Directors of the Equillis group;
- Member of the Board of Directors of the Het Zoute company;
- Member of the Advisory Board of the VK Engineering Group;
- Member of the board of trustees of Guberna;
- Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (FRICS) under n° 1224209;
- Member of the Institut Professionnel des agents Immobiliers (IPI) under n° 501237;
- Member of the Management Committee of the Union Professionnelle du Secteur Immobilier (UPSI/BVS [Professional Union of the Real Estate Sector]) (until the end of 2012).
Nik Subramanian has a degree in political and social sciences from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) (2006). He expanded these studies with a postgraduate qualification in business management from the Katholieke Universiteit de Leuven (KUL) (2009) and an Executive Master’s Degree in “Corporate Finance” from the Vlerick Business School (2010).
Nik has an experience of almost a decade in the real estate sector, and more specifically in the world of parking. He filled several positions in operational and general management at a leading European car parking company , where he combined his job with the role of administrator in the federation of car parks and as a participant in working groups on standards , quality, and technology in the parking lot at the European level . Nik has particular expertise in negotiation, and the design and implementation of operational and commercial strategies.
Since March-2016, he leads a company that helps retailers extract value from their data.
Philippe Cornet de Ways-Ruart
Philippe Cornet de Ways-Ruart is the Global Head of Assurance & Assistance Voyage (Travel Insurance and Assistance) and a Member of the Comité Exécutif Etendu de l’Assurance Non vie (Extended Executive Committee for Non-life Insurance) for the Zurich Group. With a degree from the Institut d'Administration et de Gestion (IAG) at the UCL (currently Louvain School of Management - LSM), he has been working in Zurich in Switzerland in the financial field since 2001. He began his career in the investment bank, joining the Zurich Group in 2005 where he occupied several posts, in particular the job of Chief Advisor to the CEO. In his current role he is in charge of a business representing a several hundred million dollar worldwide turnover. Assurance Voyage (Travel Insurance) is one of the business areas experiencing the most growth and best profitability in the group.
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