Much has already been said and written about important new features of the PSD2 such as the introduction of new payment services, increased security measures, negative scope precision, incident reporting, improved home-host cooperation for agents / branches, etc.

For existing payment service institutions (“PSI”) (i.e. payment institutions which obtained their license prior to 13 January 2018 under the PSD1 regime) it is important to bear in mind that the license obtained under the former regime, will be put under review by the competent supervisor (i.e. the National Bank of Belgium or “NBB”).

The existing authorisation requirements under the PSD1 regime (programme of operations, business plan, safeguarding of funds, etc.) is completed under the PSD2 with additional requirements that are not only imposed on new applicants but also on already licensed PSI’s.

Simont Braun, which is the exclusive Belgian member of The Interlex Group, is proud to see this worldwide association of leading law firms ranked as Elite network by Chambers & Partners for the third year in a row.

The 2017 summary highlights Interlex’s “highly respected members” and praises that the association abides “by a strict acceptance and quality review policy, placing a strong focus on the personal relationships between member firms”. 

Interlex has been ranked in the Elite category since Chambers & Partners began ranking networks.

Simont Braun is the exclusive member of The Interlex Group in Belgium. This association gathers leading law firms from all over the world that cooperate on a non-exclusive basis to provide a complete range of international legal services to their clients.

To rediscover Simont Braun’s rankings in Chambers 2017, click here.

Simont Braun is delighted to announce that Philippe Campolini has been promoted to partner, effective may 1, 2017.

Philippe started his career 10 years ago with Simont Braun's Intellectual Property department and has become an expert in patent law and copyright. “He has always been a key asset to our IP department, contributing to the high level of quality and professionalism, which characterizes the firm, as well as bringing contagious energy to the team,” says Fernand de Visscher, head of Simont Braun’s Intellectual Property practice.

Philippe Campolini advises major national and multinational companies active in various sectors, in particular the medical devices, life sciences, automotive, and IT sectors.

Philippe is appreciated for his tough analytical skills and perseverance in defending clients’ interests both in and out of court. He has significant experience in drafting cast-iron licensing, technology transfer and R&D cooperation agreements. Our clients can also count on Philippe’s in-depth knowledge of trade practices and unfair competition law, especially advertising and trade secrets law.

“With his sharp mind and pragmatism, Philippe is an excellent addition to our partnership,” says Managing Partner Vanessa Marquette. “Fluent in French, English, Dutch, German, Italian and Spanish, he will strengthen both the national and international development of our patent law and copyright practices.” 

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Par son arrêt n° 47/2017 du 27 avril 2017, la Cour constitutionnelle a répondu à deux questions préjudicielles relatives au sort des créances de l’Administration fiscale nées après l’ouverture d’une procédure de réorganisation judiciaire, lorsque celle-ci débouche finalement sur une faillite ou une liquidation du débiteur. Cette décision offre l’occasion de faire le point sur cette question.


Quand commence la protection contre le licenciement d'un travailleur ayant déposé plainte pour harcèlement moral ou sexuel sur le lieu de travail?

Découvrez l'analyse de Pierre Van Achter dans le Trends Tendance du 4 mai 2017: pdflire article

Pour rappel, en vue de garantir la compétitivité des entreprises belges, la loi du 26 juillet 1996 relative à la promotion de l'emploi et à la sauvegarde préventive de la compétitivité interdit, dans certaines limites, aux entreprises du secteur privé (ainsi qu'à certaines entreprises publiques) de prévoir, par le biais de CCT ou de conventions individuelles, un dépassement de la marge d'évolution du coût salarial fixée.

Cette marge ou norme salariale est déterminée tous les deux ans. Pour la période 2017-2018, elle a été fixée à 1,1% par la CCT n°119 du 21 mars 2017.

La loi du 26 juillet 1996 a été récemment modifiée par la loi du 19 mars 2017 (ci-après, la « Loi »). Les nouveautés introduites sont les suivantes:

Simont Braun has again achieved great results in the last edition of Legal 500, which recognizes and ranks the best law firms in more than 100 jurisdictions. We are also delighted to see more than 10 partners recommended:

-          Intellectual Property: Tier 2 - Fernand de Visscher

-          Dispute Resolution: Tier 2 - Sandrine Hirsch, Paul Alain Foriers, Caroline De Baets, Béatrice Thieffry, Jean-François Terlinden, Steven Callens

-          Commercial, Corporate and M&A: Tier 3 - Sandrine Hirsch, Steven Callens, Axel Maeterlinck

-          Banking, Finance and Capital Markets: Tier 3 - Vanessa Marquette, Sandrine Hirsch, Paul Alain Foriers

-          Real estate and Construction: Tier 3 - Manuela von Kuegelgen

-          Tax: Jacques Malherbe as Leading Individual

Discover all our rankings: Legal 500 rankings 

By Vanessa Marquette, Managing Partner

The Belgian act of 11 July 2013 with regard to security rights on movable assets (the “Security Act”) is not yet in force. Implementing regulations were expected to organize the pledges register and to correct some inaccuracies and loopholes.

The Belgian Law of 25 December 2016 (the “Law”) amends the Security Act to ensure its effective implementation and postpone (once more) its entry into force. In an effort to harmonize the regime of security rights on movable assets, the Law also amends other regulations such as the Law of 15 December 2004 concerning financial collateral arrangements, the Registration Duties Code and the Law of 3 August 2012 relating to various provisions in order to facilitate the mobilization of receivables in the financial sector.

Simont Braun has again received very good results in Chambers 2017 both Europe and Global, improving all its rankings in the Global edition, with its main practice areas being recommended and no less than 8 lawyers being praised for their work.