30 Jan. 2018 | Non-profit law update: important changes to come for (international) non-profit associations


We will discuss some of the main recent decisions rendered by Belgian courts.

As you know, the reform of the Belgian Companies Code will also be implemented shortly. The law on non-profit entities will be structurally integrated in the new Belgian Companies and Associations Code. The seminar will look into some of the most important changes to come.

We will finally give an outline of the VAT status of non-profit associations and their VAT compliance challenges. The seminar will provide tips on how non-profit associations could organise themselves to minimise VAT leakage and will cover the latest VAT developments, in particular regarding the VAT exemption for cost sharing groups.


The purpose is to enable you to ensure that your association is familiar and in compliance with its main legal obligations and is prepared for future developments in the “non-profit” sector.


The seminar will be given by the Loyens & Loeff “non-profit” team. The support offered by Loyens & Loeff to non-profit (professional) associations is multi-disciplinary. We offer a full range of practical assistance relevant to your field of activity, including in the sphere of tax law, labour law, competition law, contract law, intellectual property law and data protection law. This multidisciplinary and varied reservoir of experience makes Loyens & Loeff an ideal partner for constituting an association or foundation and optimising its operation with complete confidence.


  • Relevant update in the “non-profit” sector (case law)
  • Fundamental changes provided by the new Belgian Companies and Associations Code
  • VAT-related landmark case law


  • Grégoire Jakhian, Partner and Head of the non-profit unit (Company law – Non-profit)
  • Bert Gevers, Partner (VAT)
  • Mélanie Schollaert, Associate (Company law – Non-profit)
  • Levi Goossens, Associate (VAT)


12.00 PM-12.30 PM       Registration and lunch

12.30 PM-13.30 PM       Presentations

13.30 PM-14.00 PM       Questions and answers


The choice of the language of the presentations will be made on the basis of the participants list. Our speakers are fluent in Dutch, French and English. Slides will be available in English.


Loyens & Loeff – Neerveldstraat 101-103, 1200 Brussel

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