CMS | Newsletter | March 2017

CMS Newsletter – March 2017

Dear Reader,

As you may have heard, on 1 May CMS will be merging with the firm Olswang in Belgium. With the merger we will have the pleasure of welcoming six new lawyers at our firm, bringing our total number in Belgium and Luxembourg to more than 100. The Olswang team will further strengthen our full-service offering in the areas of EU and Competition law, IP and TMC law. Olswang's managing partner, Dirk Van Liedekerke, becomes a partner in the new structure, which will have a total of 22 partners.

The merger stems from an international merger of CMS with the firms Nabarro and Olswang, announced last year, which will create the sixth largest firm in the world. Following the merger of CMS in January with three Latin American firms in Chile, Peru and Colombia, CMS will have more than 4,700 lawyers, active in 39 countries.

As always, we are pleased to bring you the latest legal developments with this edition of our monthly newsletter, which contains updates on consumer products, insolvency and restructuring, competition and EU law, public procurement, employment, insurance and Luxembourg law.

Please also check out the upcoming public procurement seminars we are organizing in April, May and June in our Brussels office.

We hope you have an enjoyable read.

Tom Heremans
Managing Partner

CMS News

Upcoming seminars:

24 April 2017: Onderaanneming in het kader van overheidsopdrachten: de mogelijkheden en valkuilen (NL), CMS Brussels

22 May 2017: La passation des marchés publics en 2017 (FR), CMS Brussels

30 May 2017
: Les marchés publics et le droit de la concurrence (FR), CMS Brussels

19 June 2017: Overheidsopdrachten en mededingingsrecht (NL), CMS Brussels

Retail & Consumer Products

• Reselling your tickets for summer festivals is not a good idea
Businesses that see an opportunity in buying tickets for upcoming summer festivals or o...
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Insolvency & Restructuring

• La procedure de faillite se modernise (enfin)
Les multiples réformes menées par le Ministre de la Justice Koen Geens se...
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Competition & EU

• Enhanced competition enforcement: recent European Commission initiatives
The European Commission is determined to enhance competition law enforcement within the...
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Public Procurement & PPP

• Imminent but gradual entry into force of new Belgian legislation on public procurement
According to the last version of the draft royal decree on the award of public procurem...
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• La loi modifiant la loi recours est publiée
La loi du 16 février 2017 modifiant la loi du 17 juin 2013 relative à la ...
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Employment & Pensions

• A managerial and/or confidential position does not always preclude overtime pay
In its decision of 6 May 2016, the Labour Court of Appeal of Liège examined the ...
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• The Act to improve Belgian competitiveness has been adopted by the Belgian Parliament
As mentioned in the previous newsletters of November 2016 and January 2017, a legislati...
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• Repeal of controversial restrictions for unit-linked insurances
On passing the new law on insurances dated 4 April 2014 (the “Law”), the Be...
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• ESMA's opinion on UCITS share classes
ESMA issued an opinion on 30 January 2017 which sets out four high-level principles for...
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