JD Supra Belgium

Publisher:
JD Supra
Publication date:
2019-04-29

Publisher

Latest documents

  • New franchise law in Belgium – how should your template franchise agreement change?

    Belgium has recently implemented a new law which will have direct implications on B2B relationships, in order to address abuse of economic dependence, unfair contractual terms and unfair practices. The aim of the new legislation is to balance the position of the contracting parties, with direct application to franchise agreements.

  • New insights of the Belgian Data Protection Authority on cybersecurity and the role of the DPO

    In a recent judgment of April 26, 2021, the Belgian Data Protection Authority (“DPA”) fined a financial institution (the “Company”) €100,000 for – amongst other things – failure to provide an adequate level of cybersecurity.

  • The DPO and conflicts of interest: What (management) functions are compatible with the DPO?

    In a decision of April 28, 2020, the Belgian Data Protection Authority (DPA) imposed a fine of €50,000  in a case where a data protection officer (DPO) also performed an incompatible function.

  • Focus falls on corporate vigilance and accountability in Belgium

    Lawmakers push for a framework for mandatory value chain due diligence. 
 
 On 2 April 2021, a legislative proposal entitled “Proposition de loi instaurant un devoir de vigilance et un devoir de responsabilité à charge des entreprises tout au long de leurs chaînes de valeur” or “Wetsvoorstel houdende de instelling van een zorg- en verantwoordingsplicht voor de ondernemingen, over hun hele waardeketen heen” was introduced by members of various political parties before the Belgian Chamber of Representatives (the Belgian Vigilance Proposal). The Chamber of Representatives voted in favour of considering this legislative proposal on 22 April 2021, a few weeks ahead of the 10th anniversary of the unanimous endorsement by the United Nations Human Rights Council of the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs).

  • COVID-19 - Tax cut for landlords who cancel rent of tenants forced out of business

    More than a year into the pandemic, some businesses still have to stay closed because of COVID-19 lockdown measures. Their source of income has dried up, but significant monthly costs, such as rent for business premises, continue to be incurred during the mandatory closure period.

  • Dentons COVID-19 Retail Tracker - Belgium

    Status – Has any special status been introduced? 
 This overview includes the COVID-19 federal measures implemented in Belgium. Please note that regions, provinces and municipalities can apply additional measures.

  • Belgian FSMA publishes final FAQs regarding advertisements for investment instruments

    On 1 April 2021, the FSMA published a communication containing its final version of the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on the requirements applicable to advertisements for investment instruments when they are offered to the public, admitted to trading or distributed to retail clients. Visit the following links for the Dutch and French versions of the FAQs. The English version is currently unavailable. 
 
 Please see full Publication below for more information.

  • ‘Privacy Rulings': legal certainty for your business?

    While the Belgian Data Protection Authority (“DPA”) is becoming increasingly active in adjudicating GDPR claims and releasing opinions and recommendations, companies are still finding it difficult to implement the complexities of the GDPR in their businesses.

  • Combating economic abuse in a franchise agreement (Belgian B2B law)

    Business to business (“B2B”) agreements are often characterized by an economic imbalance between the parties, particularly in the franchise sector where the franchisor is (seen to) impose contractual clauses that are contrary to normal market practices.

  • Introduction of a pre-pack insolvency procedure in Belgium

    On Friday, 26 March 2021, the Belgian Insolvency Law was amended with the introduction of a pre-packaged insolvency procedure, allowing the debtor to discretely prepare for judicial reorganisation proceedings under the supervision of a judicial administrator. Other noteworthy changes include (i) a lower threshold for the opening of judicial reorganisation proceedings, and (ii) the more flexible appointment of judicial administrators.

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