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Press releases and law firm thought leadership

This page is dedicated to keeping readers informed of the latest news and thought leadership articles from law firms across the globe.

If your firm wishes to publish press releases or articles, please contact Shehab Khurshid on +44 (0) 207 396 5689 or shehab.khurshid@legalease.co.uk

 

Speaking engagements 2014

IADC Stuttgart Regional Meeting

 

23/05/2014  (15.45 - 16.45)

 

Venue : CMS Hasche Sigle, Schoettlestrasse 8, 70597 Stuttgart, Germany

 

 

How to Represent Clients in International Commercial Arbitrations More Effectively - Best Practices and Golden Standards : Learning from the Mistakes of Others ; Views from Experienced Arbitrators

National Labour Council proposes dates

On 2 March 2011, the National Labour Council has an advice given in which it proposes that social elections take place from 7 May to 20 May 2012 included.

Social security agreement between India and Belgium

On 1 September 2009, the long-anticipated Social Security Agreement between the Kingdom of Belgium and the Republic of India (the “SSA”) entered into force. The SSA was signed in New Delhi on 3 November 2006 and is considered as a landmark agreement as it was the first treaty of its kind to be signed by the Indian authorities. Therefore it is likely to serve as a benchmark for similar agreements between India and other countries.

The ECJ Sea Judgement: Some further guidance on the “in house” exemption

In its Sea Judgement of 10 September 2009 (C-573/07), the European Court of Justice (ECJ) further clarifies its “in-house” jurisprudence. More specifically, it goes more deeply into the notion of control. Indeed, following the landmark judgement in the Teckal case, contracting authorities granting a public contract do not have to apply the public procurement rules if the contractor, which is a distinct legal entity, is subject to the same control by the contracting authority as the departments of the contracting authority and if the contractor carries out the essential part of its activities with the controlling local authority or authorities.

LIMITED POWERS OF BELGIAN COURTS:

TO HANDLE REQUESTS FOR THE ANNULMENT OF RULINGS BY ARBITRATION PANELS ON COMPETITION LAW ISSUES.

COURTS NOT REQUIRED TO APPLY ARTICLE 81(3) IF PARTIES FAIL TO INVOKE IT

ON MAY 15 2009 THE SUPREME COURT RULED THAT THE BELGIAN COURTS CAN FIND - ON THE BASIS OF ARTICLE 81(2) OF THE EC TREATY - THAT CLAUSES IMPOSING AN EXCLUSIVE PURCHASE OBLIGATION OF MORE THAN FIVE YEARS ARE VOID WITHOUT HAVING TO INVOKE AN INDIVIDUAL EXEMPTION UNDER ARTICLE 81(3) ON THEIR OWN INITIATIVE. THE DECISION CALLS INTO QUESTION THE PUBLIC POLICY NATURE OF ARTICLE 81(3).

“In-house exemption” and “capacity swaps”: clarity and new clouds

In two recent cases (Coditel and Stadtreinigung Hamburg), the ECJ dealt with the so-called “in-house exemption” in procurement matters. This is an exemption to the public procurement rules applicable to a public authority if it awards a contract to another entity (i) if the control exercised by the contracting authority over this entity is similar to that which the authority exercises over its own departments and (ii) if that entity carries out the essential part of its activities with the controlling authority or authorities.

Combating collusion between tenderers: the ECJ clarifies the limits

What are the limits on national public procurement law to prevent collusion between tenderers in award procedures? This was the question the ECJ dealt with in its recent Assitur judgment (C-538/07).

Are sickness insurance funds contracting authorities?

In the Oymanns judgment (case C-300/07, 11 June 2009), the ECJ confirmed that German statutory sickness insurance funds are contracting authorities under the procurement Directive 2004/18.

The New Timesharing Legislation

Things change over time. This is also the case in the timesharing business. The European legislator, who is well aware of this and already dealt with this type of business by adopting a directive on 26 October 1994, has recently adopted a new legislative act dealing with timesharing, thus bringing European legislation up-to-date. It was deemed necessary to modify the former European legislation to the evolutions in the business. The outcome is a new timesharing directive that can be considered to be broader in scope than its predecessor whilst based on the same ideas of harmonisation and consumer protection.

Exercise of share options after dismissal

In a decision of 17 February 2009, the Labour Court of Brussels took a position on the validity of conditions precedent in stock option plans.

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