Dear Reader,

It is that time of year again; with the coming of the New Year we review the past and look to the future.

The economy is slowly recovering; 0.5% in the third quarter, according to the National Bank of Belgium. Soon it will be important to be ready for growth. We are convinced that the focus should be on proximity and excellence. Our lawyers will be working closely with you to achieve that, informing you on opportunities and issues affecting your business, as well as listening to your needs and delivering on them.

This month the newsletter looks at developments in IP, Corporate, Real Estate, Competition and Tax law. Enjoy this newsletter and see you in 2010, in the meantime have a great festive season.

Stanislas van Wassenhove, Managing Partner


The Financial Times and Mergermarket have named CMS as “Mid-Market Legal Advisor of the Year”
at the European M&A Awards held in London on 9 December. The award recognises CMS for its strong track record of advising on successful, innovative mid-market M&A transactions.

Public Law – “Première approche pratique des nouvelles règles de passation et d’exécution des marchés”, on 15 December. For more information see:

Tax - “Vennootschapsliquiditeiten uitkeren”, on 14 January 2010

Employment - “Alcool et drogues dans l’entreprise : obligation pour tous les employeurs de mettre en œuvre une politique préventive”, on 19 January 2010. More information? Click on:

Winds of change - “New management public et libéralisation des services publics”, on 21 January 2010.

December | 2009

Intellectual Property & Technology

> Satelliet televisie in de toekomst goedkoper?
> Belgische Staat veroordeeld tot betaling miljoenen euro achterstallige leenrechten auteurs

Corporate and M&A

> CMS European M&A Survey
> Garanties de passif : sanctions plus lourdes en cas de non respect des modalités d'appel ?

Real Estate & Construction

> Nouveautés en matière de vente publique immobilière
> Buying and leasing buildings after the implementation of the EPB Directive

Competition & EU

> Parent Companies liability under Competition Law
> Soutien en faveur des entreprises exportatrices établies en Belgique

Tax & Estate Planning

> La TVA sur le prix des terrains sera bientôt une réalité en Belgique
> Verhoging van de minimumparticipatie voor de DBI-aftrek op ontvangen dividenden
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