Ive Van Giel

Senior Managing Associate, PwC Legal BV/SRL

Ive Van Giel is an administrative and public law lawyer since 2004 and has joined the Real Estate practice at PwC Legal in 2017.

He assists and advises developers, investors and public authorities in real estate projects (logistics, warehouses, retail, offices, car-parks, leisure, hotel, senior care, industrial and residential infrastructure, etc.). This includes negotiations, follow-up of administrative aspects, drafting contracts and even drafting legislation for public authorities.

Ive deals with all possible regulatory aspects of project developments (building and environmental permits (‘omgevingsvergunning’), zoning, environmental assessment reports, expropriation, social and economic permits, liability, etc.). His hands-on approach always aims for a good deal, preventing law suits. But in the unfortunate event of a law suit, you can rely on his extensive experience in jurisdictional procedures and administrative appeals (civil and criminal courts, Council of State, Constitutional Court, Council for Permit Disputes, Environmental Enforcement College). Ive is also qualified to act before the Court of Cassation in criminal proceedings.

He is frequently asked as a conference speaker, makes regular contributions to legal magazines and is the author of several books on a wide array of regulatory topics.

Ive is fluent in Dutch, English and French.

Professional background

2017 - present

Senior Managing Associate at PwC Legal - Member of the Antwerp Bar

2005 - 2017

Lead Lawyer, DLA Piper

2004 - 2005

Lawyer, Goosens Sebreghts Jacqmain


  • “Deel 1. Bodemverontreiniging, bodemsanering en bodembescherming”, I. Van Giel and E. Empereur, “Deel 6. Onteigening” en “Deel 9. Ruimtelijke Ordening en Stedenbouw” in E. EMPEREUR en B. MARTENS (eds.), Brownfields in Vlaanderen, Mechelen, Kluwer, 2016, 2-43, 212-245 and 302-383;
  • "Het Decreet Complexe Projecten in de praktijk", I. Van Giel and J.-C. Beyers, TBO 2016, 221-241;
  • "De "hervorming" van de Raad van State anno 2014 tegen het licht van meer "projectgerichte" bestuursrechtelijke procedures en contentieux", I. Van Giel, TBO 2015/2, 64-76;
  • “Stedenbouwmisdrijven: een praktisch overzicht van de - grondwettige - verjaringsregels met betrekking tot de strafvordering en de herstelvordering van de herstelvorderende overheid en de benadeelde derde ", I. Van Giel T.B.O. 2011, afl. 2, 71-81;
  • “Contractuele sanctiemechanismen bij de overdracht van verontreinigde gronden”, I. Van Giel, Jura Falc. 2004-05, 543-642.

Academic Experience or roles in professional organisation

  • 2007 – present: President (as from 2014) and effective expert member of the Rijkevorsel Municipal Planning Commission (GECORO)
  • 2016 – present: Certificate holder for Court of Cassation criminal proceedings
  • 2016 – present: Member of the editorial board of the Tijdschrift voor Bouwrecht en Onroerend Goed (Construction Law and Real Estate Review)
  • 2016 – present: Member of the Antwerp Bar administrative law group of experts



  • Real estate
  • Public business law