The Business Law Guide to Belgium
is essential reading for all companies doing business in Belgium, as well as for their legal advisers. This book is a time- and money-saving companion that deals with the legal aspects of most commercial scenarios from a practical point of view.
Topics covered in the book include company law, mergers and acquisitions, accounting law, taxation and tax law, customs and excise law, financial law, employment law, residence and work permits, distribution law, E-commerce rules, intellectual property law, antitrust law, unfair trade practices, property law, environmental law, state aid rules, product liability law, data-protection rules, judicial composition and bankruptcy, and litigation and arbitration.
Written by a team of Belgian lawyers at Van Bael & Bellis, this book reflects their day to-day experience with respect to the complex legal issues that arise under Belgian business law. This book is the only comprehensive treatise of Belgian business law available in English.
Established in 1986, Van Bael & Bellis is one of the few independent international law firms based in Brussels. It advises companies from around the world on international trade law, antitrust law and Belgian business law, including corporate transactions and litigation.
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Publisher’s note, Foreword and Acknowledgements 1. Belgium: An Introduction I.
Basic Principles of Belgian Federalism III.
The Federal Authorities IV.
The Communities V.
The Regions VI.
Community and Regional Finances VII.
Co-Operation and Conflict Resolution VIII.
Provinces and Communes IX.
Use of Languages 2. Company Law I.
Requirements for The Establishment of a Branch Office III.
Requirements for the Establishment of a Subsidiary IV
. Other Corporate Forms 3. Mergers & Acquisitions I.
Mergers under Belgian Law III.
Acquisitions under Belgian Law IV.
Divisions, Demergers and Split-Ups 4. Accounting I.
Applicable Law III.
Financial Statements IV.
Auditing and Accounting Professions 5. Taxation I.
Individual Income Tax III.
Corporate Income Tax IV.
Legal Entities Income Tax V.
Non-Resident Income Tax VI.
International Aspects of Income Taxation VII
. Value Added Tax VIII.
Registration Tax IX.
Inheritance Tax 6. Customs And Excise Law I.
Customs Law II.
Excise Law 7. Finance I.
Credit Institutions III.
Introduction to Credit and Finance Transactions IV.
Financial Markets 8. Employment I.
Labour Law 9. Residence And Work Permits I.
Residence in Belgium II.
Rules Applying to Employment of Foreigners 10. Distribution I.
Commercial Agents IV.
Commercial Representatives 11. E-Commerce I.
Jurisdiction and Applicable Law III.
Contracting on the internet IV.
European Directive on E-Commerce V.
Electronic Signatures VI.
Intermediary Liability VII.
Domain names VIII
. Codes of conduct and the observatory of internet rights IX.
E-Commerce and Competition Law 12. Intellectual Property I.
Copyright and neighbouring rights II.
The Legal Protection of Databases III.
Designs and Models V.
Know- How VII.
Semiconductor Topographies VIII
. Protection of plant varieties 13. Antitrust I.
. Substantive Rules III.
Rules of Procedure 14. Unfair Trade Practices I
. Introduction II.
Information to the Consumer III.
Regulated Sales Methods IV.
Unfair Terms in Consumer Contracts V.
The “Catch-All” Provisions of the Law on unfair trade Practices: The General Prohibition on unfair trade Practices 15. Real Estate I.
Acquisition of Real Estate II.
Construction Right and Long Term Lease III.
Types of Lease Agreements IV.
Expropriation 16. Environmental Law I.
Institutional Framework II.
Legislative Framework III.
Direct Regulation Instruments IV
. Liability For Environmental Damage V.
Environmental Issues in Mergers And Acquisitions 17. Subsidies I.
Sources of Aid III.
Types of Aid IV.
Applications for Aid 18. Product Liability I.
The Law on Product Liability III.
Product Liability and Consumer Safety IV.
Implied Warranty V.
Tort Liability VI.
Future Legislation on the Sale of Consumer Goods 19. Data Protection I.
Definitions and Main Actors in the Processing of Personal Data III.
Applicability of Belgian Law IV.
Permitted Forms of Processing V.
Data Protection Principles VI.
Special Categories of Data VII.
Conservation and Further Processing of Personal Data for Historical, Statistical And Scientific Purposes VIII.
Rights of the Data Subject IX.
Obligations of the Controller X.
Liability and Sanctions XI.
Personal Data Processed by Public Authorities in the Context of Police and Intelligence Activities XII.
Transfers of Personal Data to Third Countries XIII.
Register f Automatic Processing XIV.
Sector-Based Data Protection Rules 20. Judicial Composition and Bankruptcy I.
Tracing of Companies in Difficulty III.
Judicial Composition IV.
International Aspects 21. Litigation And Arbitration I.