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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 assists Oqton Inc with the acquisition of Thrinno NV
10 April 2018
Laga advised Oqton Inc. on its 100% shares acquisition of Thrinno NV, a Belgian based start-up company which builds a product portfolio for CAD/CAM/CAE solutions in the metal 3D printing sector and others.
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 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.
Laga assisted a syndicate of Belgian and international investors with an investment in Syndesi Therapeutics NV
5 February 2018
Laga assisted a syndicate of Belgian and international investors with their EUR 17 million investment in Syndesi Therapeutics NV. The investor syndicate was led by Novo Seeds and Fountain Healthcare, together with Johnson & Johnson Innovation – JJDC, Inc. (JJDC), V-BIO Ventures, the Walloon Investment Fund (SRIW) and VIVES Louvain Technology Fund.
Laga assists ClearXperts in its acquisition by ASAP HR Group
24 January 2018
ClearXperts is an independent Belgian HR company actively involved in project sourcing, interim management, recruitment and search and selection of high-quality Finance, HR and Sales & Marketing profiles.
Laga assists Philips and PMV with their Series B investment in LindaCare
19 January 2018
Laga assisted Philips and PMV with their series B investment in LindaCare NV. In addition to Philips and PMV, the EUR 7 million investment round was underwritten by Capricorn and Connecticut Innovations.
Laga launches Legal Management Consulting (LMC) service
16 January 2018
Laga launches Legal Management Consulting (LMC) to help in-house legal departments take on the future by optimising their operating models and delivering faster, more effective, integrated services.
Laga assists Miracor on all legal and tax aspects of activities transfer from Austria to Belgium
10 January 2018
Laga assisted Miracor on all legal and tax aspects, including negotiations for the equity and debt financing round, of the transfer of its Austrian activities to Belgium, and the merger of the respective entities.
Alain Laurent Verbeke opinion on matrimonial property rights published on De Tijd
22 December 2017
A fairer law governing matrimonial property rights is in the pipeline, however the Flanders Region will fully tax the options offered by the more fair law.
Laga assists Dovesco on the leveraged buy-out of Afix Group
20 December 2017
Laga advised Dovesco, part of the Domo Investment Group, on the leveraged buy-out of Afix Group, an international group engaged in the production, sale and rental of scaffolding (including scaffolding project management).
Laga assists Soclinpar with public takeover of Euronext listed Sapec SA
20 December 2017
Soclinpar announced the successful results of its public takeover of the Euronext-listed company Sapec SA.
Laga assists Sweco Belgium in the acquisition of HaskoningDHV Belgium operations
13 December 2017
Laga has assisted Sweco Belgium in the acquisition of HaskoningDHV Belgium operations through an asset purchase agreement with Royal HaskoningDHV.
Laga advises investors’ syndicate on set-up of and investment in Aelin Therapeutics
13 December 2017
Laga advised the investors’ syndicate on the set-up of and investment in Aelin Therapeutics, a spin-off from VIB that received early stage investment for EUR 27M.
Laga assists Port of Ghent in its merger with the Netherlands' Zeeland Seaports to create North Sea Port
11 December 2017
The cross-border merger of equals between the two port authorities places the new combined North Sea Port firmly within the top 10 of largest European ports.
Laga assists Lecter Media with the establishment of JV in the Netherlands
7 December 2017
Laga assisted Lecter Media, an independent Belgian production company, with the establishment of its joint venture with Woestijnvis and De Mensen in the Netherlands.
Stijn Demeestere interviewed by De Tijd on legal aspects of overtime work with respect to time registration
15 November 2017
Time registration systems would need to be put in place by employers as a result of the law on feasible and flexible work. Stijn Demeetere clarifies the legal aspects around what qualifies as overtime with respect to time registration.
Laga and IBJ/IJE partnership on the legal profession's future
17 October 2017
Laga and the Belgian institute of in-house counsel (Instituut voor Bedrijfsjuristen (IBJ) / Institut des juristes d’entreprise (IJE)) have agreed to a partnership to colaborate on the future of the legal profession, in line with the firm's "Experience the future of law today" campaign.
Laga assists Montea with capital increase through a public offering of shares
25 September 2017
Laga advised Montea on the successful EUR 68 Million capital increase through a public offering of shares.
Laga publishes new book on corporate bonds in collaboration with Ghent University
8 September 2017
Laga is proud to announce the publication of the new book on corporate bonds (800 pages), which is the result of an intensive collaboration with the University of Ghent (Financial Law Institute).
Stijn Demeestere interviewed by De Tijd on flexible work and teleworking
8 September 2017
Stijn Demeestere, head of Laga's Employment, pensions and benefits practice, shares his expertise on the possibilties in employment law allowing parents to balance their working hours and their children's school transportation.
Laga contributes to draft text of new Belgian Company Code
7 August 2017
On 20 July 2017, the Belgian council of ministers approved a draft text for the new Company Code. This new code aims to modernise Belgian company law and make it more flexible in a profound way. Kristof Maresceau from the Corporate - M&A practice is one of the co-authors.
Laga assists Swissport with bond exchange
18 July 2017
Laga recently assisted Swissport in connection with the refinancing of a EUR 400,000,000 offering of senior secured notes, a EUR 290,000,000 offering of senior notes, a EUR 600,000,000 Term Loan B and a maximum CHF 150,000,000 equivalent revolving credit facility.
Laga assists Vebego International in medical supplies business divestment to Arseus Medical NV
10 July 2017
Laga provided sell side legal advice to Vebego International in the divestment of its Belgian medical supplies business Arseus Medical NV.
Laga assists Minafin with the investment by several minority financial investors
5 July 2017
Laga assisted Minafin with the investment of Edmond de Rothschild Investment Partners, Siparex, CM-CIC Investissement and Croissance Nord-Pas de Calais as new pool of minority financial investors.
Stijn Demeestere quoted by De Tijd on temporary unemployment upon cyberattack
29 June 2017
Following another high profile cyberattack on Tuesday 27 June 2017, Employment, pensions and benefits head partner Stijn Demeestere was quoted by the De Tijd newspaper on the application of temporary unemployment when company IT systems are breached.
Laga partners listed in Best Lawyers 2018 in Belgium
27 June 2017
Best Lawyers, a recognised and respected legal referral service, has listed several of Laga's partners the 2018 edtion of their Belgium listings.
Laga acted as legal counsel to the underwriters in Xior Student Housing’s EUR 84 M rights issue
23 June 2017
Laga acted as legal counsel to the underwriters in the EUR 84 M rights issue, by Xior Student Housing, which closed on 22 June 2017.
Benoît Féron quoted by De Tijd regarding Sapec dividends option
23 June 2017
During Sapec's annual shareholders meeting on Tuesday 20 June 2017, approval was given to the distribution of EUR 150 dividends, which will see proceeds of the company's sale of Agrobusiness flow towards Sapec shareholders. As counsel to the company, Benoît Féron was quoted by De Tijd.
Laga assists Sweco Belgium with the acquisition of M&R Engineering
2 June 2017
Laga assisted Sweco Belgium with the acquisition of M&R Engineering, a Belgian consulting engineering company and one of the market leaders in technical building services.
Laga assists Dassault Belgique Aviation in real estate acquisition
29 May 2017
Laga advised Dassault Belgique Aviation, a Belgian subsidiary of Groupe Dassault, in the real estate acquisition of the Arts 53 office building in Brussels.
Laga was co-counsel in three cases before Constitutional Court
24 May 2017
In a decision issued during the week of 15 May 2017, the Constitutional Court confirmed that the Flemish regional tax established on the equity of waste management organisations was unconstitutional (Constitutional Court, 18 May 2017, decision n° 58/2017, joint cases n° 6332, 6333 and 6334). Laga acted as co- counsel on all three cases.
Laga contributes Belgian and Dutch country report in European Commission study on cross-border mobility of companies
3 May 2017
Kristof Maresceau from Laga's Corporate - M&A practice co-authored the Belgian and Dutch country report in the European Commission study, which analyses practical problems around foreign incorporations and cross-border corporate mobility in Europe.
Laga assists the first accredited Belgian Real Estate Investment Fund
21 April 2017
Laga assisted Alma Court Invest NV, an existing Belgian real estate investment company, with its accreditation as specialised Belgian Real Estate Fund.
Laga assisted KIC InnoEnergy with its investment in promising start-up Act&Sorb
13 April 2017
Act&Sorb has developed an innovative self-sustaining recycling strategy for several barely recyclable waste streams to produce high value raw materials and energy (heat and/or electricity).
Laga recommended in Legal 500 EMEA 2017 guide
12 April 2017
Legal 500 recently released their EMEA guide for 2017. Laga received several recommendations and praises from clients that establish its position as one of Belgium's leading independent law firms.
Laga advised Smartflats and its shareholders on a private equity investment
12 April 2017
As a network partner firm of the Brussels entrepreneurship network “Réseau Entreprendre Bruxelles”, Laga advised Smartflats and its shareholders on a private equity investment by Alexandre Dochy, CEO of Open Tours, the company exploiting the CitySightseeing buses.
Laga recommended in Chambers Europe 2017 guide
10 April 2017
For its work in the Belgian market, Laga has again been recommended by Chambers Europe in their 2017 guide.
Our Banking & Finance, Corporate - M&A, Employment, Real Estate and Tax practices, with Werner Van Lembergen, David Roelens, Benoît Féron, Stijn Demeestere, Luc De Broe and Danny Stas, received high praise.
Laga interviewed by De Standaard on British financial institution movement following Brexit
30 March 2017
Head Partner of Laga's Banking & finance practice Werner Van Lembergen was interviewed by the De Standaard newspaper regarding British financial institutions' post-Brexit location strategy, vis-à-vis the European market.
Laga advised Vebego on the acquisition of Zorgpro BVBA/Zorgwonen VZW and their subsequent merger with two existing Vebego subsidiaries
28 March 2017
Laga assisted Vebego International on the merger between Assist Healthcare Facilities NV, Assist Home Services VZW, Zorgwonen VZW and ZorgPro BVBA.
Laga contributes Belgian chapter in European pre-insolvency and insolvency proceedings guide
7 March 2017
Laga advises Gemaco group shareholders on majority stake sale
13 February 2017
Laga advised the shareholders of Gemaco group on the sale of a majority stake to German based private equity firm Capiton.
Laga advises Enhesa and its shareholders on Waterland Private Equity investment
8 February 2017
Enhesa is a content provider on environment, health & safety regulations (‘EHS’) with offices in Brussels, Washington and Tokyo.
Laga assists with Marfo, Frigilunch and Delimeal merger
8 February 2017
Laga assists Marfo Foods Group with the merger of Marfo with Frigilunch and Delimeal. Thanks to the merger, closed on 30 December 2016, the position of Marfo Food Group as a market leading company in ready-made meals will be sustained and strengthened for the coming years.
Alain Laurent Verbeke interviewed by Trends Magazine on inheritance dispute resolution
12 January 2017
Greenille by Laga Partner Alain Laurent Verbeke was interviewed by Trends magazine on the mediation of inheritance or succession disputes.