On 13 July, the amended settlement of € 1.3 billion reached between Ageas (former Fortis) and Deminor was declared binding by the Amsterdam Court of Appeal. It is the largest settlement of investors’ claims in Europe so far. 

On 15 May 2018, the Belgian Government filed a draft law concerning the implementation of a new specialised English-speaking court in Brussels: the Brussels International Business Court (“BIBC”).

The Belgian Parliament is currently reviewing the draft law. The Government intends to ensure the entry into force of the law on 1st January 2020 at the latest.

On 1 June 2018, the amendments[1] to the Benelux Convention on Intellectual Property (BCIP), adopted in 2014, entered into force. From 1 June on, new powers are attributed to both the Benelux Court of Justice (BCJ) (1) and the Benelux Office of Intellectual Property (BOIP) (2). Furthermore, a new opposition ground – currently already available to opponents of EU trademarks – is available (3). The implementation of the second EU harmonisation directive is on track but still not in force. 

Même ne répondant pas à toutes les conditions légales, une clause de non-concurrence peut donner lieu à des indemnités en faceur du travailleur partant.

The FSMA recently released a short Q&A summarising the key steps and requirements of the process for a registration application as an insurance intermediary in Belgium[1]. This document, drafted in English, is intended to attract and inform potential newcomers, be them established insurance professionals fleeing the potential consequences of Brexit or new market entrants such as InsurTech companies.

This provides us with an opportunity to put our two-cents on the application process.

The transposition of the second Payment Services Directive (the “PSDII”) should have been completed on 13 January 2018. With a delay of a few months, a Belgian draft law implementing the PSDII rules of conduct into the Economic Law Code (the “Rules of Conduct (draft) Law”) has finally been released and is likely to be adopted in its final version very soon. 

Plus de quatre mois après son adoption par le Parlement bruxellois, l’ordonnance du 30 novembre 2017 réformant le Code Bruxellois de l’Aménagement du Territoire est parue le 20 avril 2018 au Moniteur belge.

S’il faudra encore patienter une année avant que l’essentiel des dispositions de cette réforme significative du droit de l’urbanisme et de l’aménagement du territoire entre en vigueur, le législateur bruxellois a toutefois jugé nécessaire d’en rendre immédiatement applicables certains volets. C’est le cas des nouveaux articles 275 et 276/1 touchant aux renseignements urbanistiques.

Le législateur justifie son choix dans les travaux préparatoires par l’urgence liée aux problèmes rencontrés actuellement par de nombreuses communes pour respecter les délais de délivrance des renseignements urbanistiques.

Last week, Simont Braun was delighted to see such an interest in the upcoming reform of the Belgian law of obligations, which is currently being analysed by the Council of State.

On 22 and 24 May, we hosted two seminars on this subject, where Rafaël Jafferali, who is a member of the expert group in charge of the recast, Paul Alain Foriers, Fanny Laune, Thomas Derval and Sander Van Loock went through the main aspects of the reform, making sure to explain the expected changes with pragmatism.

On 25 May 2018, the Council of Ministers approved the draft new Companies and Associations Code which aims at modernising the regime applicable to companies and associations.

The draft Code will now be submitted to the Federal Parliament for discussion and vote. We expect the parliamentary approval in the autumn of this year.