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Busy weeks ahead for the International Trade Team which will be acting as speaker and expert in a number of exciting events in trade controls, customs and VAT ! Meet us at: 18-20 September 2017: IVEA Düsseldorf 25 September 2017: VBO-FEB CETA seminar Brussels  10 October 2017: Loyens & Loeff Automotive Seminar Amsterdam 17 October 2017: Loyens & Loeff Compliance seminar Brussels 7 November 2017: Annual Global Trade Controls 2017 Conference London 9 – 10 November 2017: International Customs Conference…...

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Crusade against dormant companies: make sure you file your annual accounts on time! Introduction By Act of 17 May 2017, the Belgian legislator amended article 182 Companies Code. Under the old regime, the public prosecutor could sue a company in dissolution, if it did not submit its annual accounts for three subsequent years. Today, this term has been brought back to 1 year. In addition, the powers of the Companies Investigation Division of the commercial court have expanded: they allow…...

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Belgium and the Netherlands. Two friendly neighbours who greet each other daily and share the best they have to offer: chocolate, beer, cheese and waffles. What is more, Belgium is one of the most important export markets for the Netherlands and Belgium is one of the largest investors in the Netherlands. Despite all of this, cross-border employment remains a complex issue. The differences between both countries are substantial, especially in the areas of labour law and tax legislation. That is why, starting in October…...

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We are delighted to announce the first edition of the International Customs Conference in Düsseldorf. Bert Gevers (Partner, International Trade) is the co-founder and scientific coordinator of this conference which aims to provide a platform for those who are dealing with customs and trade at a high professional level . Internationally renowned speakers from the European Commission, judiciary, the customs administration, industry, academic and research institutions and legal consultancy will share their expertise with participants on the most recent developments…...

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Our colleague Bert Gevers (Partner, International Trade & Indirect Tax Brussels) has been invited to lead a workshop on VAT for the financial sector hosted by the Febelfin Academy. Febelfin Academy is a professional development institute that offers tailormade education for the financial service industry. Information on the full programme can be found via this link (in Dutch). Feel free to contact Bert if you have any questions with respect to the event or the programme....

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We are proud to announce our keynote speaker  Mr Dominique Dussard. Mr Dussard has over 25 years of international experience with governance, compliance and behavioural and risk management, serving as Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer of global chemical company Solvay. Mr Dussard is the founder and Managing Partner of GLC Consulting, where he supports organisations and their leaders in implementing their strategy. He focuses on behavioural change, ‘top to the middle’ leadership engagement, and advises senior…...

Kernpunten Bij het betekenen van een opzegtermijn moet u een aantal formaliteiten vervullen. Bij het betekenen van ontslag met onmiddellijke ingang en betaling van een opzegvergoeding, bent u als werkgever vrij over het "hoe" en het "wanneer". Vergeet geen afstand te doen van het niet-concurrentiebeding. ______________________________________________________ Sofie heeft aan een klant een interne nota bezorgd met alle prijzen van uw producten. U besluit om afscheid van haar te nemen, maar niet om dringende reden. Als Sofie tijdens haar opzeggingstermijn moet…...

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This Tuesday, the Grand Chamber of European Court of Human Rights has announced a judgment in the Bãrbulescu case. Mr Bãrbulescu was terminated after his employer had discovered through monitoring that he had been using Yahoo Messenger during working hours for personal purposes, which was prohibited by a company policy. The termination was confirmed by the Romanian employment tribunal. The ECHR has now ruled that the national courts had violated Mr Bãrbulescu’s right to privacy (article 8 of the European…...

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Brussels, 7 September 2017 – Loyens & Loeff, a full service law firm offering integrated legal and tax advice, has appointed Wim Vande Velde local partner on 1 July 2017. Wim Vande Velde, attorney at law, is a member of Loyens & Loeff’s Corporate and M&A Practice Group as well as of the Real Estate Team. He has extensive experience in national and international M&A transactions and private equity investments as well as in corporate (restructuring) matters. Wim has particular…...

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We are very pleased to announce our involvement in the VBO/ICC Belgium seminar on CETA to be held in Brussels on 25 September 2017. The seminar will kick off with a high-level introduction by the Belgian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders, the Canadian Ambassador to Belgium H.E. Olivier Nicoloff and the Deputy Director-General of the European Commission's DG Trade, Mauro Petriccione. After the introdution three parallel interactive workshops will follow during which experts will cover…...