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Ambos successfully closed another M&A deal in the Belgian Shipping and Transport sector.

Ambos successfully closed another M&A deal in the Belgian Shipping and Transport sector.

Ambos successfully closed the sale of the port of Ghent based Gezworen Wegers en Meters, a provider of stevedoring activities with a history dating all the way back to the 1890's to DFDS, the largest ferry operator in Northern Europe.

This transaction highlights once again Ambos’ ability to combine its expertise in both M&A and Shipping and Transport and further consolidates its position as a premier law firm in both Belgian corporate and transportation law.

New Code of Companies and Associations - key changes for the existing NV/SA

The new Belgian Code of Companies and Associations entered into effect on 1 May 2019.

The new Code introduces major reforms to Belgian company law.

The “star” of the new Code is the BV/SRL, which is remodeled as a company without legal capital and which is given a high degree of flexibility.

But what should you do with your existing NV/SA? Keep it? Or convert it into a BV/SRL?

Telework and the Act on Work Accidents finally reconciled

A work accident is "any accident that occurs to a worker in the course of and as a result of the performance of the employment contract and that causes an injury".

For a long time, the application of the Act on Work Accidents to teleworkers was characterised by a lack of clarity. What happens if, for example, a teleworker falls down the stairs of his or her home and suffers an injury?

By the Act of 21 December 2018 containing various provisions relating to social affairs (B.M. of 17 January 2019), the legislator has filled these gaps.

When communication goes wrong

About the employee's fault and the importance of a good dismissal file

Since the entry into force of CLA 109, employees have the right to know the reasons for their dismissal. If an employee does not agree with these reasons, he or she can go to the Labour Court and claim damages on the basis of the so-called manifestly unreasonable dismissal. CLA 109 has led to an increasing number of dismissal disputes.

Ambos voted "Best Independent Belgian Law Firm"

Ambos will be present at the 2018 Job Fairs !

This year, Ambos will again be present with a team of lawyers to meet fresh out of school lawyers for a job interview at the Job Days of our main universities.

Come and meet us on:

  • November 8th at UGent
  • November 28th at UC Louvain
  • December 5th at KU Leuven

 

And Ambos also takes part in the Info Evening organised by the European Law Students Association  ELSA.

Philippe Van Dijck is a speaker on the subject "Advocaat, wat nu...?" 

Newsflash - UBO Register - Deadline 30 November 2018

UBO register: legal framework 

The law of 18 September 2017 on the prevention of the use of the financial system for the purposes of money laundering or terrorist financing and limitations to the use of cash (hereafter the “Law”) provides for the creation in Belgium of a centralised register of beneficial owners (the English acronym “UBO” stands for “Ultimate Beneficial Owner”) (hereafter the “UBO register”).

Ambos assists Sufina in the acquisition of a majority stake in De Groote Gaston and De Groote Deinze

Ambos assisted Sufina, a private equity holding, in the acquisition of a majority stake in De Groote Gaston and De Groote Deinze.

 

De Groote Gaston and De Groote Deinze are Flanders' leading road marking companies with a remarkable client portfolio and annual turn-over. Through the participation of several De Groote family members, the two companies are brought together again after a half century of separation.

 

Ambos NBGO assists investment fund KeBeK II and Walter Mastelinck with the acquisition of Creaplan NV

Ambos NBGO assisted the independent Belgian private equity fund KeBeK II with its acquisition of Creaplan NV, Belgian market leader in fairs, displays and interiors.

Entrepreneur Walter Mastelinck, known from Transics, is the new CEO of Creaplan.

Founders Ann Vancoillie and Dirk Deleu remain closely involved in Creaplan as co-investors.

RECENT JURISDICTION OF THE COURT OF JUSTICE OF THE EUROPEAN UNION CASTS DOUBT ON THE VALIDITY OF SEVERAL URBAN PLANNING REGULATIONS

Nowadays, the Flemish environmental law makes a distinction between measures concerning spatial planning and urban building regulations. Only measures concerning spatial planning require an environmental impact assessment to be carried out. However, the articles 2 and 3 of the Strategic Environmental Assessment directive (from now on: SEA Directive) refer to ‘plans and programmes’ without making such a distinction. All ‘plans and programmes’ are subject to an environmental impact assessment.

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