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Loyens & Loeff will be hosting the AmCham event ‘Future Trends’ on Thursday 5 October 2017 and Filip Saelens, Partner and Head of the Employment & Benefits Team, will be moderating the panel discussion. The idea of a Universal Basic Income, granting an unconditional or minimum income to every citizen, has been around for centuries, but is becoming ever more relevant. Is it the way forward for our society? Can it help solve societal problems such as inequality and jobs…...

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This article is only available in Dutch....

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Today, a Royal Decree was published confirming the entry into force of the new Belgian Pledge Act . The Belgian Pledge Act introduces a major reform of the Belgian regime of security interests on movable property. The main innovation of the Pledge Act is the introduction of a central register, enabling a pledgor to grant a register pledge on its movable assets without having to hand over its goods to its creditor. Instead the pledge will be perfected by registration…...

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This article is only available in French and in Dutch.  ...

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On 21 September three rulings have been issued by the ECJ which will have a significant impact on the costs structure of businesses in the financial sector. The ECJ explicitly ruled that the CSGs scheme cannot be applied in the banking and insurance sector, in which businesses often rely on the CSGs scheme to mitigate VAT leakage. The CSGs scheme now seems to be blocked for such businesses, which will likely result in an additional VAT burden. The rulings Under…...

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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 at…...