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Stijn Demeestere interviewed by De Tijd on dismissal protection

9 October 2017

Head of Laga's Employment, pensions and benefits practice Stijn Demeestere shares his expertise with De Tijd regarding employee protection against dismissal by employer.

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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.

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Greenille by Laga recommended in Chambers 2017 HNW guide

20 September 2017

For its work in private wealth law, Laga's Private Client practice Greenille by Laga has been recommended by Chambers & Partners in their 2017 HNW guide.

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Greenille by Laga quoted by De Tijd on new Belgian inheritance law

12 September 2017

Bart Verdickt and Hélène Casman from Laga's private client practice Greenille by Laga were quoted by De Tijd regarding the new inheritance law's application.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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Matthias Vierstraete featured in De Tijd about personal data protection

24 May 2017

Matthias Vierstraete, Senior Associate coordinating Laga's IP/ICT team within the Commercial law practice, was interviewed by the De Tijd newspaper on the protection of personal data in companies.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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 & FinanceCorporate - M&AEmploymentReal Estate and Tax practices, with Werner Van LembergenDavid RoelensBenoît FéronStijn DemeestereLuc De Broe and Danny Stas, received high praise.

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Laga publishes book on work incapacity

10 April 2017

Head Partner of Laga's Employment, pensions and benefits team Stijn Demeestere and Associate Karel De Schoenmaeker are co-authors of a book covering the legal points of attention regarding employer and incapacitated employee.

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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.

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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.

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Laga publishes Belgian legal news in NederBelgisch Magazine

27 March 2017

The Private Client team Greenille by Laga has contributed a set of Belgian legal news articles published in NederBelgisch Magazine.

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Laga recommended in Chambers Global 2017 guide

17 March 2017

For its work as a Belgian law firm, Laga has again been recommended by Chambers Global in their 2017 guide.

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Laga contributes Belgian chapter in European pre-insolvency and insolvency proceedings guide

7 March 2017

Jürgen Egger and Glenn Hansen from Laga's Commercial and Dispute practice co-authored the Belgian chapter in the European pre-insolvency and insolvency proceedings guide, published by Deloitte Legal.

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Laga assists in setup of Beebonds crowdlending platform

24 February 2017

Laga assisted Beebonds with the feasibility, regulatory aspects and setting up of a crowdlending platform project.

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Danny Stas interviewed by De Tijd on housing project taxation

21 February 2017

Laga Managing partner and leading VAT expert Danny Stas shared his expertise with De Tijd on housing projects taxation.

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Filip Van Overmeiren co-authors European Commission report on cross-border healthcare

16 February 2017

Filip Van Overmeiren from the Employment, pensions and benefits team contributed to the report

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Filip Van Overmeiren interviewed on social security

30 January 2017

Filip Van Overmeiren, Senior Associate in Laga's Employment, pensions and benefits team, was interviewed by De Tijd and L'Écho newspapers on social security, as new comparative social security benefits study is released.

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Laga assists Alimax in ISPC/Océan Marée sale

25 January 2017

Laga advised Alimax on the sale of ISPC/Océan Marée to Sligro Food Group

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Laga moves to its brand new head office

23 January 2017

Laga welcomes you to Gateway!

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Laga contributes chapter to banking and financial law guide

19 January 2017

Benoît Feron and Adrien Fink are co-authors of a chapter on market abuse in the latest edition of a banking and finance book.

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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.

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Laga assists Immobel with sale of The Green Corner company

21 December 2016

Laga assisted Immobel with the sale of The Green Corner, the holding company which developed the Black Pearl building within Brussels' European Quarter.

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Laga contributes customs chapter to indirect taxes guide

20 December 2016

Alexander Baert and Philppe Heeren from Laga's Customs & Global Trade team co-authored a chapter in Fiscaal Praktijkboek 2016 – 2017 – Indirecte Belastingen.

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Laga junior associate awarded for written tax works

15 December 2016

Philippe Heeren, Junior Associate in Laga's Tax controversy team has been awarded the NOB/LOF Dissertation Prize 2016 and AFT Meesterwerk particular recognition.

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Laga assists in RAC 2 sale by Immobel and Breevast

7 December 2016

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.

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Danny Stas discusses healthcare property investment in CFO Magazine

6 December 2016

As the author of a Field Expert article in CFO MagazineDanny Stas outlines noteworthy aspects of investing in healthcare property.

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Opting for a higher salary instead of a company car - De Tijd interviews Stijn Demeestere

16 November 2016

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.

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Laga assists Baltisse with its investment in Origis Energy

4 November 2016

Laga assisted Baltisse in its investment in Origis Energy, an international solar plant developer.

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Luc De Broe interviewed on international approach to wealth taxation

28 October 2016

Laga partner and international tax expert Luc De Broe was recently interviewed by the Trends and Trends-Tendance magazines regarding the international angle needed for wealth taxation.

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Luc De Broe interviewed by De Standaard on tax regularisation

26 October 2016

International tax expert Luc De Broe spoke to De Standaard in an article regarding tax regularisation and the income it has generated for the Government.

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Danny Stas quoted by De Tijd regarding a VAT increase on luxury products

18 October 2016

In a De Tijd article which looks at readers' positions if they were "tax minister", Laga Managing Partner and VAT expert Danny Stas shared his insights regarding a VAT increase on luxury products.

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Laga recommended by IFLR1000 2017 guide

18 October 2016

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.

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Anne Tilleux joins Laga as partner

17 October 2016

Corporate law specialist Anne Tilleux has joined Laga as partner in Laga’s Corporate – M&A team. Anne will focus on strengthening Laga’s practice in Brussels and Belgium’s French speaking Wallonia region.

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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.

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Laga contributes Belgian chapter to handbook for Real Estate transactions

4 October 2016

Head partner of Laga's Real Estate practice Maximilien van de Werve is contributing author of chapter on Belgium's real estate transactions rules.

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Laga interviewed by Jobat about the impact of unpaid leave on salary and social security rights

28 September 2016

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.

Read the article on the Jobat website (French)

 

Stijn Demeestere interviewed on employment contract amendments

20 September 2016

Stijn Demeestere, head partner of the Employment, pensions and benefits team, was interviewed by two leading newspapers on whether or not employers can modify employee remuneration during a contract.

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Laga interviewed by Jobat on legal aspects of office relocations with respect to the employer and employees

9 September 2016

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.

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Laga assists in Deco Print and H&S acquisition

9 September 2016

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.

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Laga assists in sale of Pidy Group to French group Biscuits Bouvard

14 July 2016

Laga assisted the selling family of Ieper-based food company Pidy Group with its sale to French group Biscuits Bouvard.

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