Dear reader,

It is with great pleasure that I announce that Tom De Cordier has joined CMS as a partner in the Brussels office.

Tom has 15 years of experience in advising domestic and multinational clients on all aspects of technology law, with a particular focus on privacy & data protection, telecommunications, outsourcing, cloud computing, big data, life sciences and technology licensing. His practice covers a wide range of advisory, transactional and litigation matters and projects.

Tom was ranked tier 1 in Legal 500’s latest shortlist of leading practitioners in EU data protection. Chambers Europe ranks Tom as “Up and coming” in the category Technology, Media & Telecommunications in Belgium. Recently Corporate International Magazine recommended Tom as “rising star of the year in Belgium” for telecommunications law.

Tom De Cordier played a key role at his previous firm (Allen & Overy) in developing the international data protection and information security practice.

Tom’s contact details are, telephone +32.2.743.69.13.

The arrival of Tom marks the beginning of the new judicial year, as does this newsletter. We hope that you had a great summer and that you will enjoy reading the updates in different areas of the law, as a good start for the new professional year.

Kind regards,

Tom Heremans
Managing Partner


September | 2015

Intellectual Property & Technology

> Brussels Court of Appeal rules that the operator of satellite television must not pay royalties to the collecting society AGICOA, in the aftermath of the Airfield decision of the Court of Justice

Corporate and M&A

> New measures to jump-start Belgian start-ups

Competition & EU

> The Commission approves the acquisition of Irish airline Aer Lingus by International Consolidated Airlines Group, subject to conditions
> Non-competition clauses: should using sledgehammers to crack nuts be allowed?

Public Procurement & PPP

> La Cour constitutionnelle annule le mécanisme de la boucle administrative applicable devant le Conseil d’Etat

Employment & Pensions

> Binnenkort zal loon niet meer in cash betaald kunnen worden, behoudens sectorale afspraken

Tax & Estate Planning

> Tax shift and federal budget measures


> Luxembourg CSSF clarifies marketing and reverse solicitation under AIFMD
> Réforme du dialogue social : les innovations apportées par la loi
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