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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.
Laga assists Immobel with sale of The Green Corner company
Laga assisted Immobel with the sale of The Green Corner, the holding company which developed the Black Pearl building within Brussels' European Quarter.
Laga contributes customs chapter to indirect taxes guide
Alexander Baert and Philppe Heeren from Laga's Customs & Global Trade team co-authored a chapter in Fiscaal Praktijkboek 2016 – 2017 – Indirecte Belastingen.
Laga junior associate awarded for written tax works
Philippe Heeren, Junior Associate in Laga's Tax controversy team has been awarded the NOB/LOF Dissertation Prize 2016 and AFT Meesterwerk particular recognition.
Laga assists in RAC 2 sale by Immobel and Breevast
Laga assisted in Immobel and Breevast's sale of RAC 2 NV to REAL I.S. SMART, an international investor based in Germany. RAC 2 NV is the company which was heavily involved in the "Belair" project.
Opting for a higher salary instead of a company car - De Tijd interviews Stijn Demeestere
Laga's head of Employment, pensions and benefits Stijn Demeestere was interviewed by De Tijd regarding the upcoming possibility for employees to choose an increased salary instead of a company car benefit.
Danny Stas quoted by De Tijd regarding a VAT increase on luxury products
Laga recommended by IFLR1000 2017 guide
Laga is among Belgian law firms recommended by IFLR in the newly released edition of their guide.
In its 2017 edition, IFLR (the guide to the leading financial law firms), recommends Laga's Banking and finance, capital markets and M&A teams.
Laga contributes three chapters to "Market Abuse - Les Abus de Marché" book
10 October 2016
Benoît Feron and Adrien Fink from the Corporate - M&A practice, and Léopold Meyers from the Banking & finance team contributed a chapter each in "Market Abuse - Les Abus de Marché". The book is published by Anthemis and discusses current legislation and important changes resulting from recent developments in market abuse legislation.
Laga interviewed by Jobat about the impact of unpaid leave on salary and social security rights
Head Partner of the Employment, pensions and benefits team Stijn Demeestere and Senior Associate Valérie Vuurstaek share their expertise regarding the impact which unpaid vacation, granted by the employer, may have on employee salary and social security rights.
Laga interviewed by Jobat on legal aspects of office relocations with respect to the employer and employees
Head Partner of the Employment, pensions and benefits team Stijn Demeestere and Junior Associate Heleen Franco share their expertise regarding the employer's obligations and the employee's rights when an office move is planned.
Laga assists in Deco Print and H&S acquisition
Laga advised on the leveraged buy-out of Deco Print and H&S, an international group engaged product development and decoration of bottles, glassware, ceramic, plastic and metal.
Laga assists in sale of Pidy Group to French group Biscuits Bouvard
Laga assisted the selling family of Ieper-based food company Pidy Group with its sale to French group Biscuits Bouvard.