De aandeelhouders van beursgenoteerde bedrijven krijgen vanaf 1 januari 2012 meer rechten. Dat is het gevolg van de omzetting van een Europese richtlijn in Belgische federale wetgeving. Maar anders dan de richtlijn, laat de nieuwe Belgische wet toe dat ook niet-beursgenoteerde vennootschappen de Wet Aandeelhoudersrechten deels optioneel toepassen.
On 7 January 2011, the long-awaited Royal Decree of 7 December 2010 on Real Estate Investment Trusts (REiTs) (Vastgoedbevaks/sicafi) (the Decree) entered into force
Advocate General Pedro Cruz Villalón recently issued his opinion on questions referred by the Brussels Court of Appeal in an illegal downloading case. Contrary to some media interpretations, it is wrong to claim that he considers the protection of privacy and personal data to take clear precedence over copyright.
On December 20 2010 a new act was ratified on the exercise of certain rights of shareholders in listed companies, transposing the EU Shareholders' Rights Directive (2007/36/EC) into Belgian law. The Listed Companies' Shareholders' Rights Act was published in the Official Gazette on Apil 18 2011.
Carmen Verdonck and Jenna Auwerx wrote the chapter on Belgian Law in the 2011 edition of 'Getting The Deal Through: Vertical Agreements'. This updated edition examines the regulation of distribution practices in jurisdictions worldwide
The Unilateral Termination of Exclusive Distribution Agreements of Indefinite Duration Act will soon celebrate its 50th anniversary
The sales black-out period is once again a hot topic in the Belgian media. The Market Practices Act prohibits announcements of price reductions for certain goods in the three weeks before the annual January and July sales periods.
Article 633 of the Companies Code lays down a procedure that must be followed when a company's net assets fall below one-half or one-quarter of its share capital due to losses sustained. This is known as the 'alarm bell procedure' and is particularly relevant in times of economic downturn.
The college of Competition Law Prosecutors has reported to the Competition Council on alleged anti-competitive practices in the market for the supply and sale of flour in Belgium.
The growing success of cookery books in Belgium has revived the issue of how to protect the intellectual property in recipes. Recent cases involving two of Belgium's finest culinary specialties have raised a number of questions for IP experts, not least how to protect both highly innovative recipes - for example, in the field of molecular gastronomy - and the free exchange of culinary ideas.