Do you need legal advice that is tailored to your company? VGD's legal department advises entrepreneurs on company law, takeover supervision and contract management. Contracts and agreements are subject to all kinds of laws and legal jargon has its peculiarities that are often complex and time-consuming. Our specialists bring clarity to this complex material!
As well as providing legal advice, we also help entrepreneurs to draw up the necessary documents for setting up a company, amending its articles of association or reorganising its operations. In this way, we also provide the right documents for legal disclosures.
Our legal experts will support you in the following areas
General and special contracts
Our experts can offer assistance with all kinds of contracts and special agreements such as purchase and sales invoices, rental contracts, agreements on the provision or leasing of assets or premises, general invoice, sales or purchase conditions, debt rescheduling, set-off, credit, pledges, surety, etc.
Family settlements and succession in family businesses
- Developing transfer schemes for (family) entrepreneurs, both for transfers within the family and for external transfers.
- Ensuring unity at shareholder level by drawing up comprehensive shareholder agreements, written agreements at management level or voting agreements or by setting up special control vehicles, such as partnerships, foundations, etc.
Inheritance and estate planning
- Settlements with effect during your lifetime, such as gifts, marriage contracts, divisions, etc.
- Settlements with effect after death, such as the drawing up of wills and various declarations. This in a tax-favourable way to ensure an optimal transfer to the next generation.
- Extensive knowledge of family property law, gift law and inheritance law, in order to protect the accumulated estate for the next generation, and the associated gift and inheritance tax.
Legal assistance to companies and legal entities
- Our specialists are your trusted knowledge partner and can assist you in setting up your company, drawing up its articles of association, minutes of the general meeting and of the board of directors and special reports, dissolutions/liquidations and so on.
- Efficient legal planning of reorganisations and other tasks that do not form part of a notary's daily duties.
- A thorough legal due diligence of your company with a view to a successful merger or takeover.
- The transfer and organisation of your real estate portfolio with guidance from our specialists through the wide range of legal possibilities with regard to real estate management.
- Extensive knowledge of property rights and interests such as mortgages, easements, ground rents, buildings, usufruct, etc.
If you wish to incorporate a private limited company, you should bear in mind that all contributions from the moment of incorporation should be paid up in full, unless you stipulate otherwise in the deed of incorporation. As recompense for the contribution you are making, you are allotted shares.
The new company law has been in force in Belgium since May 2019. It regulates the internal functioning of companies and the relationship between the shareholders. The previous company law was outdated compared to neighbouring countries. The new law, brought in after five years of preparatory work, is more up to date, simple and flexible. But what does the new law actually mean for your company? We ask Sandrine Schelfout – a lawyer at VGD.
It sometimes happens that a company buys back its own shares. What does this involve and what are the consequences?
Increasing numbers of children are growing up under joint custody arrangements. Even if the children live with each parent for the same number of days in the year, they cannot be officially resident at the address of both parents. The choice of domicile often makes a difference for tax purposes, for example for newly formed families.
Ownership of all shares by a single person without implications for a company’s legal continuity is only possible for two legal forms: the public limited company (NV/SA) and the private limited company (BVBA/SPRL). Company law states that other types of company may not exist as sole proprietorships. In the case of single-person NVs and BVBAs, a few points need to be made, however.
The Order of Physicians has recently issued a new Code of Medical Ethics. The chapter on professional collaboration between doctors has been cut in its entirety from the new Code.