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SECOND ROYAL DECREE CONCERNING NEW BELGIAN LAW ON PIRACY

On 2 April 2013 the second Royal Decree concerning the new Belgian Law on Piracy was published. The Royal Decree regulates all the reports that a shipowner and/or operator of a ship must file when he wants to use a maritime security company.

Thus, the contract with a maritime security company needs to be reported to the Belgian government. A copy of this contract needs to be sent to both the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Ministry of Mobility and Transport.

AMBOS NBGO RECOMMENDED IN THE 2013 EDITION OF THE LEGAL 500 (EMEA)

Ambos NBGO Advocaten is proud that the leading Legal 500 EMEA Ranking has recommended the firm in the following seven categories:

23 MAY 2013 - SEMINAR : CHALLENGES FOR THE COMPANY SECRETARY

Theme: Challenges for the Company Secretary? How best to maintain practices and to avoid pitfalls as Company Secretary?

Speakers: Roel Nieuwdorp (vennoot - Ambos NBGO), Christina Trappeniers (vennoot - Ambos NBGO), Kathleen Paisley (vennoot - Ambos NBGO), Luc Hagemans (secretaris-generaal BNP Paribas, lid van het Executive Comité)

Language: NL, FR

Location and time: Ambos NBGO Brussels, 16.00 – 18.15 pm

For more information, please contact one of our experts.

AMBOS NBGO ASSISTS MULTIPLICOM NV WITH INVESTMENT ROUND LED BY GIMV, PMV AND QBIC ARKIV FUND

Ambos NBGO has assisted Multiplicom and its shareholders in the preparation, negotiation and closing of a 5.5 million euro capital raising round. The shareholder consortium has been joined by Flemish investment company PMV, RMM (Rudi Mariën) and Qbic ARKIV Fund. Also, the company’s existing shareholders – Gimv, Biotech Fonds Vlaanderen and VIB – continue to support the growth of the company. VIB will again be making an investment in kind.

CORPORATE LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR

AMBOS NBGO ADVOCATEN RECEIVES AWARD "CORPORATE LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR 2013"

 

Ambos NBGO Advocaten received the award for "Corporate Law Firm of the Year 2013" at the Belgian Legal Awards 2013 ceremony. Ambos NBGO obtained this award in competition with 9 other international and Belgian law firms. Mainly its strategy, growth and merits in the field of corporate and M&A were applauded by the jury. In a few years’ time, the corporate team expanded from 4 to over 20 lawyers.

AMBOS - IBJ PARTNERSHIP 2013

Ambos NBGO Advocaten is pleased to announce that it is the privileged partner of the Belgian Institute for company lawyers (Instituut voor bedrijfsjuristen/Institut des juristes d’entreprise) during 2013.  

LAW CONCERNING THE COMBATING OF MARITIME PIRACY

A new law on maritime piracy was published in the Belgian official gazette on 30 January 2013. This law creates a legal framework for ships sailing under Belgian flag to protect them against the current wave of piracy in certain areas.

Before the law can effectively be applied, a number of issues will have to be dealt with by Royal Decree. This Royal Decree has not been published yet, its publication is expected next month.

EMPLOYMENT PLAN FOR OLDER EMPLOYEES

As from 1 January 2013 all companies with more than 20 employees (FTE) must have an employment plan for older employees.(1)

The employment plan must include measures to promote employment for employees aged 45 or more (e.g. recruitment and selection, development of the competencies, career development, etc.)

NEW THRESHOLDS AS FROM 1 JANUARY 2013

On 1 January 2013, the salary amounts set forth in the Law of 3 July 1978 on employment contracts are adapted in accordance with the indexation rules.

For notice periods, non-competition clauses, training clauses, arbitration clauses (art. 22bis, 65, 69, 82, 84, 85, 86/2 and 104 of the Law on employment contracts), the following amounts apply:

For probationary periods (art. 67 Law on employment contracts):

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