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Joseph Spinks

Joseph focuses on finding tailor-made client solutions that match the request of the assignment and analysis.
Chambers, 2022

Joseph Spinks heads the Brussels’ real estate practice and specialises in cross-border and domestic real estate transactions (both share transactions and asset deals) and in large-scale construction and development projects.

Joseph is a highly recognised expert in corporate real estate transactions. He has extensive experience in structuring real estate projects, real estate financing and general expertise in all aspects of contracts and commercial law. His international and multilingual background and experience provide the capacity to cater to international clients for complex cross-border work.

Joseph's clients include companies in a range of sectors including offices, retail, hotel & leisure, logistics, data centers and healthcare.

Areas of FocusReal Estate
Professional QualificationsAdvocaat registered with the Nederlandse Orde van Advocaten bij de Balie te Brussel


  • Advised Riyad Capital with respect to the acquisition of the new PwC headquarters in the Airport district in Brussels.
  • Advised NH Hotels on the sale of the NH Hotel Brussels Louise in Brussels.
  • Advised a multinational aparthotel operator in relation to an aparthotel project in Antwerp.
  • Advised a multinational on various build-to-suit warehouse lease projects in Belgium covering both the development and lease aspects.
  • Advised a US private equity fund on its investment in a soccer club in Belgium.
  • Advised an EV manufacturer on its expansion into the Belgian market, negotiating the contractual documentation for its first retail location (including lease and development aspects).
  • Advised a US multinational on the sale of industrial property in Belgium.
  • Advised an upscale US luxury retailer on its first Belgian retail location.
  • Advised a Belgian public entity on all aspects of the realisation of its new state-of-the-art warehousing station on the outskirts of Brussels.
  • Advised a multinational company in respect of the acquisition of concession rights and the development of petrochemical infrastructure in the port of Antwerp.
  • Advised a Luxemburg investment fund in respect of the acquisition of SPV entities holding the ownership rights in logistics assets located in Belgium and Denmark.
  • Advised a real estate investment management company on the sale of a landmark office building in Brussels.
  • Advised a real estate developer on the sale of the shares in an SPV entity, owner of a landmark building in Brussels occupied by the Flemish administration.
  • Dutch
  • English
  • French
  • Italian
  • Spanish
  • Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi, Economics, Master, 2006
  • KU Leuven, Law, Master, 2005

Awards and Recognitions

Joseph Spinks is ranked as a leading individual in The Legal 500 for Real Estate and Construction.

  • "Joseph Spinks is a fantastic source of support." Chambers, 2022
  • “Joseph focuses on finding tailor-made client solutions that match the request of the assignment and analysis.” Chambers, 2022
  • "His dignity and loyalty help him to gain trust from a wide variety of clients." Chambers, 2022


  • “Duiding Huur”, co-author, Intersentia, 2022
  • “Bouwkroniek”, various articles providing a general overview of the comprehensive revision of property law introduced by the reform of the Belgian Civil Code, 2021
  • “Erfdienstbaarheden van openbaar nut. Geoorloofdheid, proportionaliteit, vergoeding”, Politeia, 2018
  • “Duiding Koop-Verkoop van onroerende goederen” (co-author), Larcier, 2018

Prior Experience

  • 2014-2020, Associate and Managing Associate, Brussels based international law firm
  • 2011-2014, Associate, Brussels based leading law firm
  • 2007-2011, Deutsche Bank, Corporate Banking, Milan and Brussels
  • 2006-2007, Associate, Brussels based international law firm

Memberships And Affiliations

Member of AmCham