Laurius ranked in Chambers Global 2021

We are proud to announce that Laurius has again been listed in the internationally acclaimed Chambers Global 2021 guide. Often referred to as “the gold-standard”, Chambers delivers insight and analysis on the global legal profession that is unrivalled in its reach and depth.

Dirk Wellens and Bert Luyten are ranked as leading lawyers and are highly recommended for their legal knowledge and experience, their ability, their effectiveness and their client service.

This Chambers ranking is a significant achievement for the whole Laurius team and we extend our gratitude to our clients and relations who participated in the independent research by Chambers & Partners.

CORPORATE M&A

Based on the research conducted, the Laurius corporate M&A practice has been ranked to celebrate its achievement and developments taking into account notable work, impressive strategic growth and distinguished client service. Laurius is described by Chambers as “a growing firm with a focus on transactional corporate matters in the Belgian mid-market, which a advises on domestic and cross-border acquisitions and sales, in addition to corporate restructurings and governance issues.

Dirk Wellens advises clients from the private equity, energy and real estate sectors on a range of corporate law and M&A matters. He is valued by clients for being « very client-driven and focused. » Clients add that Dirk ‘keeps his cool in all circumstances and is technically highly skilled. »

DISPUTE RESOLUTION

Bert Luyten is described by Chambers as best known for assisting clients with contractual disputes, injunction proceedings and financial liability cases. Clients attest that Bert « has extensive knowledge and extensive experience, he also knows how people behind the court are thinking about some items. He manages to put all of the communications together to have a successful court case.« 

Buysse & Partners expands real estate portfolio with the acquisition of the iconic Silver Tower in the heart of The Hague

Laurius and Netherlands-based law firm Houthoff assisted Buysse & Partners Smart Assets NV (BPSA) with the acquisition of the iconic Silver Tower in the heart of The Hague (the Netherlands), thereby increasing the value of the real estate portfolio to almost 300 million euros. BPSA owns, amongst others, the BP tower in Antwerp and the CBR building, where the renowned co-working concept Fosbury & Sons is located.

Click here to read the article in De Tijd.

French IT group Circet acquires Belgian sector partner ESAS

Laurius assisted the sellers in a transaction process, whereby ESAS Group has been acquired by its French counterpart Circet. The management of ESAS reinvests in the Circet group and will continue to manage the Benelux activities for the French group.

Click here to view the article in ‘De Tijd’.

New rules on unfair contract terms in B2B relations

As of 1 December 2020, the new rules on unfair terms in B2B contracts enter into force. This memorandum briefly outlines the main takeaways and concerns of these new rules. In the coming weeks, we will post various updates on our website to inform you of the impact of the New Rules of the B2B-Act, in particular concerning specific topics regarding our main practices (M&A, commercial contracts, real estate and dispute resolution).

Mediagenix expands

Laurius assisted the shareholders of Mediagenix in the context of the entrance of private equity fund Sofindev. Mediagenix is a global player in the field of broadcast management software, which manages the business of multi-platform TV for over 100 of the world’s top TV and media companies With the entry of Sofindev, Mediagenix takes the next step in further expanding and staying at the forefront of innovation while accelerating change in the global media landscape.

Click here to view the press release.

Propriété dans la 3D – Le nouveau droit de superficie

Le Livre 3 « Les biens » du nouveau Code civil et en particulier la réforme du droit de superficie qu’il comprend crée, à partir du 1 septembre 2021, d’intéressantes perspectives pour le secteur immobilier et les projets immobiliers complexes. La division en volumes est traitée d’une manière plus intelligible et le droit de superficie peut, sous certaines conditions, être constitué perpétuellement.

Cette brève lecture met en évidence les principaux changements.

(English) André Duval leaves the world of advertising

Désolé, cet article est seulement disponible en Anglais Américain et Néerlandais.

Post-COVID-19 – Les écueils du financement par les fonds de venture capital

En ces temps mouvementés, de nombreuses start-up/scale-up à forte croissance se verront contraintes de réinjecter du sang neuf afin de pallier le cash « burné » donc l’impact s’est vu accentué par la diminution de rentrées financières.

L’objectif de cette note est de dresser un portrait succinct de la clause dite de liquidation préférentielle ainsi que d’aborder certains écueils que celle-ci pourrait représenter pour les actionnaires dans le cadre d’un exit futur.

Pour plus d’informations, n’hésitez pas à contacter notre Corporate/M&A team.

 

Impact inattendu en droit des sociétés de la nouvelle législation belge relative aux clauses abusives dans les contrats d’entreprise

Cette semaine, Sandro Christiaens (Junior Associate Corporate / M&A) a apporté sa première contribution à la doctrine juridique. Au sein de son article, publié par le Rechtskundig Weekblad, Sandro effectue une analyse du champ d’application de la nouvelle réglementation belge relative aux clauses abusives dans les contrats B2B sous l’angle du droit des sociétés.

Etant donné que les nouvelles règles s’appliquent à tous les contrats d’entreprise (à quelques exceptions près), cela peut notamment avoir un impact sur les conventions d’actionnaires. En outre, il est intéressant d’analyser en quoi et dans quelle mesure les statuts et, en général, le droit des sociétés, sont affectés par ces nouvelles règles.

L’opportunité d’une telle application extensive est toutefois sujette à débats.

Référence : S. Christiaens, « Vennootschapsrechtelijke bedenkingen bij de B2B-Wet van 4 april 2019 », R.W. 2020, n°39, pp. 1554-1557.

Laurius ranked in Legal 500 EMEA 2020

Legal 500 has released its 2020 ranking of Europe’s most prominent law firms. We are proud to announce that Laurius has been ranked as one of Belgium’s leading law firms. A warm thank you to our clients for their wonderful comments and to our team for all the hard work!

Some client testimonials

‘Professionals with the quality of the global firms, but with more feeling for the individual client and the local practices.’

‘What makes Laurius stand out is the rare combination of being a highly professional, yet very approachable law firm. The team is always accessible and ready to assist, even on short notice.’

‘Key strengths of the team are client focus, solution focus with the basis of knowledge and technical creativity.’

All partners are recommended within Legal 500 in their respective practice areas.