Julie Borgerhoff & Koen Byttebier publish key legal guide on “Crowdfunding” in Belgium

Need crowdfunding for your ideas or projects? Crowdfunding to invest directly or through starter funds? Or crowdfunding to support not-for-profit initiatives? Our associate, Julie Borgerhoff, offers legal guidance in her book “Crowdfunding”, the first manual on the law related to Crowdfunding.


VW’s Hospitality team assisted the Irish hotel management group PREM in the renewal of Holiday Inn Schuman

VW’s Hospitality team, consisting of partner Jacques Verhaegen and associate Florian De Rouck, assisted the Irish hotel management group PREM in the successful renewal of its management agreement with respect to the Brussels-based Holiday Inn Schuman. Prem Group manages over 40 hotels across Europe from city centre budget properties to serviced apartments and luxury country resorts.

June 2017 – Florian De Rouck co-organises international conference on ‘Moral Rights & New Technologies’

Florian De Rouck, member of VW’s IP/IT team, co-organised the international conference ‘Moral Rights & New Technologies: Creativity & Authorship in a Digital World’ with Intellectual Property and Moral Rights expert Prof. Mira T. Sundara Rajan at the University of Glasgow, U.K.. Florian participated on the conference’s panel on Information Technology and spoke about Authorship in Artificial Intelligence(AI)-type environments. For more information about the event, see https://lnkd.in/gu7TTmM and https://lnkd.in/gUd_wTh

January 2017 – Jean Pierre Renard & Anouk De Graef lecturers at Vanham & Vanham M&A Seminar

On 27 January 2017, Jean Pierre & Anouk intervened at the Vanham & Vanham M&A Seminar with regards to the acquisition of companies in difficulty, by means of asset or share deal.

They examined in particular the measures which may facilitate the takeover as provided by the act of 2 January 2009 on the continuity of enterprises, and highlighted the greater security to proceed to a takeover within the context of a judicial collective procedure.

This seminar was prepared with the assistance of Paula Martins Costa, Daria Likhatcheva & Larisa Ciufu.

Lunch Seminar – The New EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) – Getting Ready for a (R)evolution !

Emmanuel Szafran spoke at several multidisciplinary seminars in May and June 2016 on the recently adopted EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

After nearly four years of intense negotiations, the lengthy regulation was formally adopted by the European Parliament on 14 April 2016. The GDPR introduces new European data protection rules that will directly apply in all EU Member States. It modernises the current data protection framework and strengthens compliance obligations. The regulation will apply to EU controllers and processors but also to organisations not established in the EU processing personal data of data subjects located in the EU in relation to offerings of goods or services or behavioral monitoring. In view of the new enforcement powers of national data protection authorities and of the potentially drastic sanctions, compliance with the new GDPR is a must.

Prepare now. The new Regulation can have a significant impact on your company. It is key for companies to immediately start reviewing their operations that involve collecting and processing personal data, and to implement the new data protection requirements from both a legal and operational point of view before the regulation becomes applicable in spring 2018.