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On Assignment acquires Valesta

Ambos NBGO has assisted On Assignment, Inc., a US based provider of professionals in the life sciences, healthcare and technology sectors, with the preparation, negotiation and completion of its acquisition of the Valesta group, a privately owned provider of specialized staffing in the area of clinical research within Western Europe.

Ambos NBGO assists ThromboGenics in its Commercialization/Licensing Agreement for Ocriplasmin with Alcon/Novartis

Ambos NBGO has assisted ThromboGenics (www.thrombogenics.com) with the preparation and organization of its auction procedure and with the subsequent preparation, negotiation and execution of the Commercialization/Licensing Agreement entered into with Alcon/Novartis for the product Ocriplasmin.

Ambos NBGO assisted ThromboGenics in its auction procedure and subsequent signing of its Commercialization/Licensing Agreement for Ocriplasmin with Alcon/Novartis for Europe and non-US Rest-of-World

Ambos NBGO has assisted ThromboGenics with the preparation and organization of its auction procedure and with the subsequent preparation, negotiation and execution of the Commercialization/Licensing Agreement entered into with Alcon/Novartis for the product Ocriplasmin. This licensing agreement covers Europe and all other countries worldwide except the USA (www.alcon.com and www.novartis.com). 

BEST REGIONAL LAW FIRM IN FLANDERS 2010

NEW LEGISLATION ON SHAREHOLDERS'RIGHTS - EFFECTIVE AS OF 1 JANUARY 2012

Shareholders will enjoy more rights as from 1 January 2012. This results from the Shareholders' Rights Act (hereafter ‘the Act') which was ratified on 20 December 2010.

Ambos NBGO welcomes new IP Partner - Bart Vandereeckt

Ambos NBGO is pleased to announce that Bart Vandereeckt has joined the firm. Bart is an experienced IP lawyer with more than 15 years experience. Bart is active in all areas of intellectual property law, including patents, trademarks, copyright and design rights. He also advises clients on information technology, e-commerce, privacy and market practices.
 

Successful investment and strategic partnership Option NV

Ambos NBGO has assisted Option with its $1.5 million investment and strategic partnership with San Francisco, US, based Autonet Mobile, Inc., a leading provider in in-car connectivity. The partnership will utilize Option's wireless modules and software to deliver the first mobile IP based Telematics Control Unit (TCU) for cars.

New dismissal rules

The Belgian legislator has recently substantially modified the notice periods and severance indemnities which must be observed for salaried employees.

The modifications which have been introduced by the so-called IPA-Act[1], are part of the greater goal of harmonizing the legal status of blue-collar workers and white-collar workers.

In the attached newsletter, we wish to offer you a short overview of the modifications and to reflect on the practical consequences of the new rules for your company.

FALSE SELF-EMPLOYMENT - SOCIAL RULING MODIFIED

In our newsletter of January 2011 (1) we informed you that requesting a social ruling for existing labour relationships, was actually impossible.
 
Such a request needs to be filed within a period of 1 year as of the date on which the applicable provision will enter into force. Since the Royal Decree of 14 December 2010 provided that the provision would enter into force on 1 January 2010, this meant that the term of 1 year expired before the establishment of the Commission for the regulation of the labour relationship.
 

PATERNITY LEAVE - PROTECTION AGAINST DISMISSAL

The legislator has recently provided in a protection against dismissal for fathers using their right to paternity leave. The protection applies for the basic paternity leave as well as for the paternity leave replacing maternity leave (1). Earlier this year the legislator already expanded the right to paternity leave to co-parents (2).

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