Protect your Trade Secrets – General Introduction

Protect your Trade Secrets – General Introduction The legal framework governing trade secrets in Belgium has changed significantly with the adoption of EU Directive 2016/943 of 8 June 2016 on the protection of undisclosed know-how and business information (trade secrets) against their unlawful acquisition, use and disclosure (“Trade Secrets Directive”). The Trade Secrets Directive was […]

Overeenkomsten inzake Onderzoek en Ontwikkeling (O&O) – Nieuwe regels en overgangsperiode

| Overeenkomsten inzake Onderzoek en Ontwikkeling (O&O) – Nieuwe regels en overgangsperiode Sinds 1 juli 2023 is er een nieuwe verordening van kracht betreffende de groepsvrijstelling voor onderzoeks- en ontwikkelingsovereenkomsten (O&O) (Verordening 2023/1066 van de Commissie van 1 juni 2023 betreffende de toepassing van artikel 101, lid 3, van het Verdrag betreffende de werking van […]

New rules on consumer debt collection in Belgium – Time to change your T&Cs

| New rules on consumer debt collection in Belgium – Time to change your T&Cs. Are you a company facing unpaid consumer invoices? What are you allowed to do in light of the new Belgian consumer debt collection rules? As of when do these rules enter into force and should you amend your existing T&Cs? […]

The Rise of (new) Savings Products on the Market

SAVE NOW BUY LATER, APPLE CARD’S SAVING ACCOUNT, HIGH-YIELD SAVINGS PRODUCTS With the current rise of interest rates, savings products are gaining traction again on the market across the globe, including in Belgium and Europe. We observe the return of some very traditional savings products as well as the rise of certain innovative FinTech-oriented features. […]

UPC Overeenkomst | Procedureverloop en kosten

UPC OVEREENKOMST  | PROCEDUREVERLOOP EN KOSTEN Download ons volledig artikel hier. De invoering van het Europees octrooi met eenheidswerking gaat gepaard met de oprichting van een Eengemaakt Octrooigerecht (“Unified Patent Court”, afgekort “UPC”) dat exclusief bevoegd is om kennis te nemen van bepaalde vorderingen betreffende dit nieuwe type octrooi en enkele andere soortgelijke titels. Hierover […]

New marketing rules for gambling operators in Belgium: a whole new dimension

On 1 July 2023, the Royal Decree of 27 February 2023 determining the conditions for advertising games of chance entered into force (“Royal Decree”). WHAT IS IT? Until now, only advertising by C licence holders (operators of gaming machines in a bar) and F2 licence holders (bookshops) was regulated (respectively by the Royal Decree of […]

A new screening mechanism of foreign investments in Belgium starts on 1 July 2023!

As from 1 July 2023, foreign (i.e. non-EU) investors will have to notify the Interfederal Screening Commission (‘ISC’) about their investment plans in certain sectors in Belgium. Targeted are investments in sectors considered to be highly sensitive, or that could impact national security, public order, or the strategic interests. For these investments, prior approval of […]

Belgian law transposing the European Mobility Directive regarding cross-border mergers, demergers and conversions has now been published in the Belgian State Gazette

The Belgian law of 25 May 2023 implementing the EU Directive 2019/2121 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 27 November 2019 amending Directive 2017/1132 regarding cross-border conversions, mergers and divisions, also called the “Mobility Directive”, has been published on 6 June 2023. The Mobility Directive updates the rules governing cross-border mergers and […]

NFTs (Non-Fungible Tokens) and Financial Services

NFTs have garnered significant attention as a unique form of digital assets, representing ownership and authenticity of various digital content ranging from collectibles and art pieces to more typical financial assets such as securities. As a relatively new and diverse asset class, NFTs are still evolving in an environment with limited legal certainty regarding their […]

Deadline om statuten aan te passen nadert!

Het Wetboek van Vennootschappen en Verenigingen (het ‘WVV’) is 4 jaar geleden in werking getreden, op 1 mei 2019. De overgangsperiode loopt binnenkort af. Tegen 31 december 2023 moeten alle vennootschappen die vóór 1 mei 2019 zijn opgericht, hun statuten hebben aangepast. | DEADLINE: 31 DECEMBER 2023 Bij de inwerkingtreding van het WVV waren bestaande […]