Copus Group acquires Smart Solutions

Laurius assisted Copus Group with the acquisition of Smart Solutions, a rising star in the HR sector focused on project sourcing. Smart Solutions has approximately 300 experts on its payroll, covering a broad range of specialized technicians, engineers, financial advisors and HR experts. Smart Solutions envisions a turnover this year of 23 million euros. This acquisition reinforces the strong position of Copus Group (as holding above employment agency Vivaldis Interim) in the HR market.

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UBO disclosure – extension of deadline

The UBO Register has been in force in Belgium for some time. In principle, all legal entities that are headquartered in Belgium have already registered the information of their ultimate beneficial owners in the UBO Register.

The deadline for uploading supporting documents and annual confirmation of information in the UBO Register was initially set at April 30, 2021, but has now been extended to August 31, 2021.

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Laurius ranked in Legal 500 EMEA 2021

We are proud to announce that Laurius has again been ranked by Legal 500 in all domains related to our core business: Dispute Resolution, Commercial, Corporate/M&A and Real Estate. A warm thank you to our clients for their wonderful words and to our team for all the hard work!

Some client testimonials:

‘Agile, proactive and highly skilled team (on all levels), with strong communicative interaction with the client. They are in control and manage things in such a way that the client can be at ease. Powerful and hands-on management on both partner level and team members level. Impressive track record. Post-transaction follow up is as clearly managed as the transaction itself.’

‘Strong involvement of senior partners, problem-solving attitude by investing in understanding the deal dynamics and showing flexibility as opposed to rigidity in drafting documents and clauses without losing sight of the risks.’

‘Professional yet approachable partners.’

‘Pragmatism and fast delivery.’

All partners are recommended within Legal 500 in their respective practice areas. You can read more testimonials on our Antwerp and Brussels Legal500 page.

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 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.

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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.

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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.

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Ownership in 3D – The new building right

The new building right (“opstalrecht”/“droit de superficie”), incorporated in Book 3 “Goods” of the new Belgian Civil Code, will as of 1 September 2021 create additional legal perspectives for the real estate sector, particularly for complex real estate projects. The division into volumes will be more clearly regulated and, under certain conditions, the building right can even be established in perpetuity.

This short read highlights the main changes.

André Duval leaves the world of advertising

Laurius assisted André Duval with his exit as founding partner of Duval Union. Duval Union is a renowned business strategy, marketing and communications agency in Belgium, founded by André Duval in 2012. The agency is well known for its innovative consulting strategies with a heavy focus on technology in our digital age. André Duval had previously lent his name to his first successful advertising agency, Duval Guillaume, which he co-founded in 1996 and subsequently sold in 2006.

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