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Laga recommended in Chambers Global 2019 guide
15 February 2019
For its work as a Belgian law firm, Laga has again been recommended by Chambers Global in their 2019 guide.
Laga assists Qrf City Retail in finalising contribution in kind of nine retail properties
1 February 2019
Laga advised Qrf City Retail in relation to a capital increase by means of a contribution in kind of nine retail properties in Antwerp and Ostend.
Laga assists Coopérative des Betteraviers Transformateurs (CoBT) with a EUR 75M share public offering
30 January 2019
Laga acted as legal advisor to the Coopérative des Betteraviers Transformateurs (CoBT) in the framework of its maximum EUR 75M public offering of class A, B et S shares.
Laga sell-side legal advisor in sale of GMAN and Groep Bruyninx by Alcopa to VMAG
3 January 2019
Laga is proud to have advised Alcopa in the sale of GMAN and Groep Bruyninx to Van Mossel Automotive Groep (VMAG).
Laga sell-side legal advisor in sale of Inventive Designers to UnifiedPost
6 December 2018
Laga is proud to have advised the shareholders of Inventive Designers in their sale to UnifiedPost, one of Europe’s leading FinTech companies.
Philippe Heeren participates in WTO blockchain workshop on international trade
30 November 2018
In Geneva, the first ever WTO workshop on Blockchain opportunities and challenges on trade featured Laga Associate Philippe Heeren, who participated in insightful discussions regarding the legal challenges raised by the new technology. Blockchain technology is seen as having a considerable and potentially disruptive impact on the current trade landscape.
Laga addresses legal challenges with Blockchain during KULeuven event
16 November 2018
During an event hosted by KULeuven (Kulak) on 13 November 2018, Philippe Heeren and Matthias Vierstraete talked about legal challenges in relation to Blockchain based processes. Addressing IT developers and engineers, they discussed smart contracts, personal data protection, data ownership and contractual framework within a Blockchain context.
Bart Verdickt and Danny Stas answer De Tijd reader questions regarding succession and VAT
13 November 2018
Bart Verdickt, Greenille by Laga partner, and Danny Stas, Laga managing partner and VAT / real estate expert, shared their expertise to respond to legal questions submitted by readers of the De Tijd newspaper.
Stijn Demeestere interviewed by VTM regarding employee reimbursement of incorrect remuneration by employer
13 November 2018
Stijn Demeestere, head of the Employment, pensions and benefits practice, was recently interviewed by VTM for news coverage of a company that incorrectly paid approximately EUR 30,000 into each of its employees' accounts.
Laga recommended in IFLR 1000 2019 guide
8 November 2018
In its 2019 edition, IFLR1000 (the guide to the leading financial law firms), recommends Laga's Banking and finance, capital markets and M&A teams.
Laga assists Sweco with Nexilis and Planet Engineering acquisitions
29 October 2018
Laga provided buyer-side legal advice and assistance to Sweco Belgium NV with regard to the acquisition of Planet Engineering, an engineering- and consultancy firm from Brasschaat, and the workforce acquisition of Nexilis, an engineering firm from Tongeren.
Bart Verdickt interviewed by De Tijd regarding disabled individuals' inheritance tax obligations
19 October 2018
Wim Vandenberghe presents at BNetzA Forum on the Legal Issues of Energy Regulation in Berlin
19 October 2018
Wim Vandenberghe, EU regulatory partner at Laga, recently gave a presentation at the BNetzA Forum in Berlin, which was co-organised by the Florence School of Regulation and the German energy regulator.
Greenille by Laga interviewed by Trends magazine on new possibilities provided by the new inheritance law and the European inheritance law (European Succession Regulation)
16 October 2018
Hélène Casman was interviewed by Trends Magazine regarding the additional possibilities brought by the new inheritance law. Bart Verdickt was interviewed on the European Succession Regulation and the new inheritance law.
Laga assists Ronveaux in its sale to Wanty group
9 October 2018
Laga recently assisted Ronveaux and its controlling shareholder in its sale to the Wanty group. Wanty and Ronveaux are two leading Walloon companies actively involved in construction services.
Wim Vandenberghe and Hendrik Viaene join Laga as partners
28 September 2018
Laga, one of Belgium’s leading law firms, announced the addition of Wim Vandenberghe and Hendrik Viaene as new partners. The well-known and respected lawyers will help establish Laga’s EU competence centre. Hendrik Viaene is an expert in competition law and state aid law. Mr. Vandenberghe is known for his expertise in EU product regulation law.
Laga authors Belgian chapter in The In-House Lawyer global guide to Banking and finance
11 September 2018
The Belgian chapter for the In-House Lawyer guide to Banking and finance was co-authored by practice lead Partner Werner Van Lembergen, with Senior Associate Laurent Godts and Junior Associates Bert Verhoeven and Egbert Wagelmans.
Hélène Casman interviewed by Trends/Trends-Tendances on the new matrimonial property law
11 September 2018
Hélène Casman, Of Counsel in the Greenille by Laga practice, was recently interviewed by leading Belgian magazines Trends and Trends-Tendances regarding the new matrimonial property law, which entered into force on 1 September 2018.
Greenille by Laga interviewed on surviving spouses' position regarding donations in the new inheritance law
14 August 2018
Hélène Casman and Bart Verdickt from Greenille by Laga were recently interviewed by the De Tijd newspaper regarding the position of surviving spouses in relation to gifts, as per the new inheritance law which enters into force on 1 September 2018.
Greenille by Laga recommended in Chambers 2018 HNW guide
23 July 2018
For its work in private wealth law, Laga's Private Client practice Greenille by Laga has been recommended by Chambers & Partners in their 2018 HNW guide.
Laga successfully represented the Brussels Region before the Council of State
17 July 2018
Laga successfully represented the Brussels-Capital Region against Befimmo before the Council of State in an extreme urgency proceeding. It concerned the provision of an office building for the Brussels Regional Public Service.
Benoît Feron quoted by L'Echo on Sapec SA's public offering
22 June 2018
Corporate - M&A Partner Benoît Feron was recently quoted in the L'Echo newspaper regarding the Euronext-listed company Sapec SA's public offering. Benoît led the Laga team that assisted the company Soclinpar in its public takeover of Sapec.
Laga partners listed in Best Lawyers 2019 in Belgium
22 June 2018
Best Lawyers, a recognised and respected legal referral service, has listed several of Laga's partners the 2019 edition of their Belgium listings.
Laga assists Xior Student Housing in its right issue
15 June 2018
Laga assisted Xior Student Housing (a Belgian Real Estate Investment Trust or 'REIT') in its EUR 134M capital increase through rights issue.
Alain Laurent Verbeke interviewed on Terzake television program on family courts
11 June 2018
Greenille by Laga partner Alain Laurent Verbeke was recently interviewed on "Terzake", a current affairs television program broadcast by the VRT (national public-service broadcaster for the Flemish Region). In this interview, Alain Laurent shares his expertise regarding family courts and the new Belgian Mediation Act.
Alain Laurent Verbeke interviewed by two newspapers on family businesses
4 June 2018
Greenille by Laga Partner Alain Laurent Verbeke was recently interviewed by the De Standaard and Het Belang Van Limburg (HBVL) newspapers regarding family business. Alain Laurent, who regularly advises small and large family businesses, shared his expertise while in Hasselt (Limburg region) at the request of the VKW Limburg's Expert Centre for Family Businesses.
Kristof Maresceau publishes book on the new Belgian Companies Code
4 June 2018
Kristof Maresceau, Senior Associate in the Corporate - M&A practice, has authored the book "De Vennootschap & Haar nieuw ontwerp-wetboek", published by Larcier. The publication provides a first detailed look at the new code for companies and associations.
Stijn Demeestere interviewed by De Tijd on holiday formulas available to employees
1 June 2018
Stijn Demeestere, head partner of Laga's Employment, pensions and benefits team, was interviewed by De Tijd regarding the holiday formulas available to employees when they have little to no paid legal holiday entitlements available.
Alexander Baert interviewed on a Belgian Customs Authorities Court case
17 May 2018
Alexander Baert, Senior Associate in Laga's Global Trade Advisory practice, was interviewed by NRC Handelsblad (trade publication in the Netherlands) regarding a court case initiated by the Belgian Customs Authorities on the export of isopropanol to Syria.
Laga assists A-Mansia Biotech SA with a multimillion Belgian-international investment
7 May 2018
Laga assisted A-Mansia Biotech SA with a EUR 13 million series A investment by Belgian and international investors. The investor syndicate was led by Seventure Partner, and included the Walloon Investment Fund (SRIW), VIVES II Louvain Technology Fund, NivelInvest (Start UP SA) and Business Angels.
Matthias Vierstraete interviewed by De Tijd on GDPR
3 May 2018
Matthias Vierstraete, Senior Associate in the Intellectual Property (IP) and Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) practice, was interviewed and quoted by the De Tijd newspaper regarding the upcoming GDPR legislation.
Laga contributes chapter for International Comparative Legal Guide to Lending & Secured Finance 2018
17 April 2018
Werner Van Lembergen, head Partner of Banking and finance, and Laurent Godts, Senior Associate in the practice, have co-authored the Belgium chapter in the 2018 International Comparative Legal Guide to Lending & Secured Finance.
Laga recommended in Legal 500 EMEA 2018 guide
16 April 2018
Legal 500 recently released their EMEA guide for 2018. Laga received several recommendations and praises from clients that establish its position as one of Belgium's leading independent law firms.
Laga active in private equity and venture capital work as investments in Belgian tech and biotech start-ups reach record levels
11 April 2018
Over the past year, start-ups experienced a surge in investments. The past quarter has seen record investments in tech and biotech. Laga's Corporate - M&A practice has recently been very active with private equity and venture capital work, having been involved in several of these transactions.
Laga contributes to report on Blockchain
19 March 2018
Philippe Heeren, Junior Associate in the Tax controversy and Global Trade Advisory teams, is co-author of a Blockchain paper which, in addition to looking at the technology itself, discusses legal and global trade considerations among others.
Laga Senior Associate wins TFR 2018 Award
16 March 2018
Dieter Bruneel, Senior Associate in the Tax controversy team, has received the TFR 2018 award on 14 March 2018 for his article “Voordelen van alle aard bij erfpacht, opstal en vruchtgebruik” (Benefits in kind related to leaseholds, building leases and usufructs).
Bart Verdickt quoted by De Tijd on private collections
12 March 2018
In De Tijd's 10 March 2018 weekend issue, Bart offers expert advice regarding the tax treatment of a private collection's sale proceeds that are gifted.
Laga was co-counsel in joint cases before Constitutional Court
12 March 2018
In a recent decision, the Constitutional Court confirmed that the Walloon regional tax established on the equity on waste management organisations, was unconstitutional and annulled the tax (Constitutional Court, joint cases n° 6580 and 6582). In both cases Laga acted as co-counsel for the parties requesting the annulment of the tax.
Laga recommended in Chambers Europe 2018 guide
8 March 2018
For its work as a Belgian law firm, Laga has again been recommended by Chambers Europe in their 2018 guide.
Laga quoted in media regarding the international dismissal survey
2 March 2018
Upon its release on 27 February 2018 by Deloitte, and conducted in collaboration with Laga for the research in Belgium, the fourth edition of the International Dismissal Survey recieved widespread media coverage.
Laga assists C.D.P. with the acquisition of Avisa Partners
2 March 2018
Laga advised C.D.P., a French leader in e-lobbying, with the acquisition of Avisa Partners SPRL. The new group composed of C.D.P., Avisa Partner SPRL and the cybersecurity firm Lexfo will be called Avisa Partners and will be based in Paris and Brussels. Laga was Belgian law counsel.