In this edition of our newsletter, you will discover an impressive variety of recent legal developments in seven practice areas of our firm. Below, a quick snapshot of the most interesting ones:

  • Retail and Competition: the European Court of Justice has ruled that the general prohibition of combined offers to consumers breaches EU Law;
  • Corporate and M&A: the second edition of the Belgian Code of Corporate Governance has been published and shareholders relations should benefit from the decision of the Belgian Supreme Court regarding put options;
  • GreenLaw: in the energy and environment sector, the European Parliament is about to adopt two significants sets of legislatives measures;
  • Public Procurement & PPP: The European Council of Ministers has adopted a new Directive promoting the use of clean and energy efficient vehicles by public authorities;
  • Tax & Estate Planning: the Flemish Region has adopted a favorable legislation for real estate traders and the Walloon Region has reduced the property transfer tax on polluted soils.

Please also have a special attention at the first edition of our brand new Health newsletter, the publication of which reflects the steady growth of our practice in this area.


Seminar on the new European directive on waste

On 28 May 2009, CMS DeBacker and the FEB/VOB will organise a seminar on the new Directive 2008/98/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 19 November 2008 on waste. A separate invitation will be sent to you in a few days.

"The Belgian combined offer prohibition does not comply with EU law"

The 4th of May, CMS DeBacker has organised a very successful lunch-seminar where Tom Heremans, André Lombart and Annabelle Lepièce have analysed and explained the legal and practical effects of the recent decision of the European Court of Justice for everyday practice.

May | 2009

Retail & Consumer Products

> CJCE : Condamnation de l'interdiction généralisée des offres conjointes aux consommateurs
> Het Hof van Beroep te Brussel spreekt zich uit over de ontbindingsmogelijkheid van een franchising overeenkomst

Corporate and M&A

> La fable du lion une nouvelle fois revisitée
> Belgian Code on Corporate Governance - 2009 Edition

Environment & Energy

> Interprétation du principe du pollueur-payeur
> De nouvelles dispositions légales pour le transit de gaz en Belgique

Competition & EU

> Enquête approfondie de la Commission européenne sur des aides à Fortis Bank Nederland et ABN Amro
> Consultation européenne concernant les titres et opérations sur titres


> Le Parlement européen approuve la proposition de directive du Parlement européen et du Conseil relative à l'application des droits des patients en matière de soins de santé transfrontaliers
> Nieuwe maatregelen inzake zorgtrajecten.

Public Procurement & PPP

> Adoption par le Conseil d'une nouvelle directive sur l'utilisation de véhicules propres par les autorités publiques
> La Cour de Justice condamne la Belgique

Tax & Estate Planning

> Réduction des droits d'enregistrement pour les marchands de biens en Région flamande
> Fiscale aanslagtermijnen - Gevolgen voor M&A
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