CMS | Newsletter | May 2017

CMS Newsletter – May 2017

Dear Reader,

Since 2013, we have been supporting the Belgian Foundation Against Cancer through legal advice and financial support. Last weekend, it was time once again to give our support a more physical dimension: a motivated CMS team put on their running shoes and braved the searing heat to run the 20 km of Brussels to raise funds for the Foundation. Fifteen lawyers and staff members competed in the race.

As always, we are pleased to bring you the latest legal developments with this edition of our monthly newsletter, which contains updates on competition and EU law, employment, banking & finance, insurance law and tax.

Please also check out the upcoming public procurement and M&A seminars we are organizing in June in our Brussels and Antwerp offices.

We hope you have an enjoyable read.

Tom Heremans
Managing Partner

CMS News

Upcoming seminars:

13 June 2017: Brexit and the Outlook for M&A in Europe, Greenhouse Café, Antwerp

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

21 June 2017: Public procurement training: Value based procurement for medical devices (FR/NL), CMS Brussels


Banking & Finance

• The end of bond issues and structured notes for the public at large?
By way of reminder, the FSMA published a position paper dated 30 January 2017 (entry in...
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Competition & EU

• Advocate General Szpunar considers that Uber’s activity should not benefit from the country of origin principle enshrined in the E-Commerce Directive
On 11 May 2017, Advocate General Szpunar delivered his opinion in the case between an a...
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• Belgian Competition Authority sees no reason to modify merger control filing thresholds in Belgium
Following the triennial review of the merger control thresholds that are subject to the...
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• General Court of the EU annuls Commission decision on aid granted by Zweibrücken Airport to Germanwings
On 27 April 2017, the General Court of the EU partially annulled the European Commissio...
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• Fines imposed by Belgian Competition Authority for cartel involving Infrabel public contract
On 3 May 2017, the Investigation and Prosecution Service of the Belgian Competition Aut...
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• Simplification of EU State aid rules for public investments in ports, airports, culture and outermost regions
On 17 May 2017, the European Commission approved a modification of the General Block Ex...
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Employment & Pensions

• Loi Peeters : entre flexibilité et formalisme
Le 15 mars 2017, la loi concernant le travail faisable et maniable – plus commun&...
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Tax & Estate Planning

• Fairness Tax – illegality partially confirmed
In its decision of 17 May 2017, the Court of Justice of the European Union confirmed th...
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• (Even) more transparency in the distribution of insurance products
An FSMA regulation on information concerning costs and fees to be communicated by se...
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