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ALTIUS/Tiberghien  

Legal Services | Belgium

www.altiustiberghien.com/
tel: +32 2 426 14 14 | fax: +32 2 426 20 30
Havenlaan 86C box 414 Avenue du Port | Brussels | 1000 | Belgium

Meet The Team


Yves Brosens

Yves BrosensPartner

  • Asset & Acquisition Finance
  • Banking

Philippe De Wulf

Philippe De WulfPartner

  • Employee Benefits
  • Employment and Labor

Sven Demeulemeester

Sven DemeulemeesterPartner

  • Employee Benefits
  • Employment and Labor


Sylvie Dubois

Sylvie DuboisManaging Partner

  • Employee Benefits
  • Employment and Labor

Alexander Hansebout

Alexander HanseboutPartner

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Commercial Litigation

Lieven Peeters

Lieven PeetersPartner

  • Construction
  • Environmental


William Timmermans

William TimmermansPartner

  • Administrative Law
  • Environmental

Gerrit Vandendriessche

Gerrit VandendriesschePartner

  • Commercial Law
  • Consumer Law

Carmen Verdonck

Carmen VerdonckPartner

  • Agency Law
  • Antitrust and Unfair Competition


Jerome Vermeylen

Jerome VermeylenPartner

  • Contract Law
  • Corporate and Business

Olivier Vrins

Olivier VrinsPartner

  • Intellectual Property
  • Patents

Hanne Baeyens

Hanne BaeyensAssociate

  • Commercial Law
  • Competition


Fauve Bex

Fauve BexAssociate

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution

Latest Alerts


Credit Facility and COVID-19 – Can I Invoke Force Majeure?
ALTIUS/Tiberghien, March 2020

Discussing the legal concept ‘Force Majeure’ in credit agreements – if it can be called upon, it has in principle a temporary nature and does not relief you from payment obligations. In general, force majeure is an unforeseeable and unavoidable event that occurs  after a credit agreement has been concluded (i.e., a change in circumstances), which is not due to the parties’ own actions and which makes it impossible for a (defaulting) party to perform its obligation(s) under such credit agreement (e.g. the payment of interest)...

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Coronavirus - Can my Bank Suspend or Terminate my Credit Lines? What to Do?
ALTIUS/Tiberghien, March 2020

Balancing between your bank taking purely business considerations or being reasonable. We advise being proactive and approaching your bank. The Coronavirus is unfortunately a human tragedy that is affecting thousands of people on all continents. It has also a very serious impact on businesses worldwide and locally. Your credit that finances your working capital, investments, projects, pays your employees, suppliers and many other stakeholders in your supply chain is essential for your business operations...

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Help! My Business Needs Liquidity
ALTIUS/Tiberghien, March 2020

My business has liquidity needs... What can I do to keep this situation under control? As the coronavirus has already made a serious impact on the world economy, companies are faced with important liquidity needs. In uncertain times, easy access to cash can become rare. What can you do? First, approach what is probably your most clear source of liquidity, your bankers. They will be best placed to understand your need for liquidity and how it relates to your day-to-day business, which is now no longer operating in ‘business as usual’...

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What Can Member States do to Financially Support their Undertakings Under EU State Aid Rules?
ALTIUS/Tiberghien, March 2020

The Corona crisis is not only a huge challenge for health care, but also the consequences for the economy will be enormous. Different sectors (such as the hospitality sector and the transport sector) will not be able to overcome the difficult times we are currently facing without public support. Certain Member States already have adopted exceptional aid measures (such as Slovenia, Denmark and Germany) and many more will follow, but public support for undertakings still must comply with the EU State aid rules...

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Does the Coronavirus Crisis Allow me to Rely on ‘Hardship' Towards Private Contract Parties?
ALTIUS/Tiberghien, March 2020

The coronavirus crisis could make the ability of a business to perform pending contracts harder. Even though so-called ‘hardship’ clauses are perfectly valid and enforceable under Belgian law, hardship is not generally accepted as a principle of Belgian contract law. Until the rules on obligations of the new Civil Code, which recognise hardship, enter into force, there are exceptions and creative ways to deal with this problem...

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Can a Employer Oblige its Employees to Work From Home as Part of a Prevention Plan to Avoid the Further Breakout of the Coronavirus?
ALTIUS/Tiberghien, March 2020

Following the measures announced by the Federal Government on 12 March 2020, more and more employers are considering implementing a temporary telework regime, in which employees are required to work from home. Can an employer impose such a measure and what are the implications?    An employer cannot unilaterally oblige an employee to work from home, except if employees are exposed to specific health and safety related risks at work. As a matter of principle, an employer is obliged to employ its employees at the agreed place of work...

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Can a Member State in Times of Corona Crisis Prohibit a Pharmaceutical Company to Deliver Certain Products (Such as Testing Kits Or Protective Medical Gear) to other EU Countries?
ALTIUS/Tiberghien, March 2020

  With the Corona crisis, countries such as Germany, France and the Czech Republic have already announced bans on exports of protective gear to avoid shortages at their countries. But is this in conformity with the principle of free movement of goods as provided for in articles 34-36 TFEU? This principle is one of the cornerstones of the European Union's internal market which implies that national barriers to the free movement of goods within the EU need to be removed. However, the principle is not an absolute value...

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Coronavirus and GDPR
ALTIUS/Tiberghien, March 2020

In this challenging period of the Coronavirus outbreak, your organisation might currently be taking strong internal measures to protect its employees while ensuring work continuity. Such measures could have data protection implications and therefore you might be wondering how to take them in accordance with the GDPR. We have answered the most important GDPR questions below.   You might be processing health-related personal data If you process the personal data of employees or suppliers who are infected with the Coronavirus or who are at risk of developing a severe illness if they become infected, then you are processing health-related data...

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Coronavirus, Patents, Trade Marks and Designs
ALTIUS/Tiberghien, March 2020

EUIPO On 16 March 2020, the Executive Director of the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) has issued Decision No EX-20-3 extending all time limits expiring between 9 March 2020 and 30 April 2020, that affect all parties before the Office, to 1 May 2020. In principle, the new deadlines will not be communicated to the parties on a case-by-case basis...

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Bars, Restaurants and Leisure Centres will be Closed at Least Until 3 April 2020. What Does This Mean for All Lease Agreements Concerned?
ALTIUS/Tiberghien, March 2020

  All shops, bars, restaurants and leisure centres will be closed at least until 6 April 2020. Only grocery stores, pet food stores, pharmacies, banks, post offices and book shops will remain open until that date insofar as the social distancing (at least 1 meter distance) can be guaranteed. Night shops can stay open until 10 pm insofar as social distancing is applied. Food stalls on markets are only allowed insofar as considered essential. All public gatherings are not allowed until 6 April 2020. Hotels stay can stay open (except for the restaurant). Details will follow in the decrees to be published shortly...

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Which Authority has Jurisdiction Regarding Corona Measures In Belgium?
ALTIUS/Tiberghien, March 2020

Belgium is a complex country and many authorities have jurisdiction  The Federal government is in charge of emergency planning. It can activate a federal stage emergency planning in which case the Federal Minister of the Interior has exceptional authority and can coordinate the emergency activities. As announced at a press conference on Thursday 12 March 2020, at about 10 pm, this federal stage has been activated. The ministerial decree activating this federal stage was published in the Belgian State Gazette in the afternoon of 13 March 2019. Several measures apply as of Friday 13 March 2020, 11.59 pm. They can be found here: Dutch version: https://www.premier...

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