Portelio assists in the acquisition of English Heritage Buildings

Portelio assisted in the acquisition of English Heritage Buildings, supplier of traditional oak wood outbuildings such as pool houses, stables, carports, covered terraces, etc. since 1994 (www.heritagebuildings.be). The Portelio team consisted of Matthias Gesquière,...

Portelio assists iText – ThinkFree joint venture

Portelio assisted iText Group, a globally operating pdf software specialist with headquarters in Ghent (Belgium), with negotiating and structuring the strategic deal it entered into with the South Korean business software company Hancom and its Belgian subsidiary...

Why one piece of evidence is not like any other

The Romans already knew this: quod gratis affirmatur gratis negatur, or in other words: what is asserted without reason may be denied without reason. Evidence often lies at the very heart of legal actions. But what does and does not constitute valid proof? Tax...

Reformed court fees and introduction of the value-related declaration

The Act of 28 April 2015 to amend the Code of registration duties, mortgage duties and registry fees in order to reform the registry fees, and the associated Royal Decree to establish the template of the value-related declaration referred to in Section 269 of the Code...

Towards better protection of trade secrets?

The European Commission is currently working on a draft directive to achieve improved protection of unpublished know-how and business information against any unlawful access, use and publication. This concerns a harmonisation directive designed to ensure that the same...

Mediation in civil and commercial cases

Conciliation or mediation is a concept that our neighbours to the north and most Anglo-Saxon countries have been familiar with for some time now. In Belgian positive law, mediation was introduced as an alternative form of dispute resolution by means of the Act of 21...

Securities: A deferred revolution

The Act of 11 July 2013 on collateral on commodities was expected to cause a revolution in security law, and to originally become effective by 1 December 2014. The legislator has extended the deadline by when the legislation will become effective to 1 January 2017....