15. Februar 2019

Bill Transparency Social Organisations

On 21 December 2018, the bill on Transparency of Social Organisations (hereinafter: the "bill") was submitted for consultation. The bill obliges social organisations, including foundations and associations, to publish large financial donations received. In addition, the bill obliges foundations to disclose financial information.

Ihr Kontakt: Dominique Grotegoed

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13. Februar 2019

MARCH 2019 DUTCH DRAFT 'ACT ON REGISTRATION OF ULTIMATE BENEFICIAL OWNERS OF COMPANIES AND OTHER LEGAL ENTITIES'.

In March 2019, the Dutch draft 'Act on registration of ultimate beneficial owners of companies and other legal entities' will be published. Our finance minister W.B. Hoekstra informed the Parliament about the publication of the draft act in a letter with a time table for this year as an appendix (dated 18 December 2018).

Ihr Kontakt: Mandisa Benjamin

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28. Januar 2019 - Buchveröffentlichung

Martijn Koot and Sandy van der Schaaf contributed the The Netherlands chapter to the fifth edition of The Acquistion and Leveraged Finance Review

The Acquisition and Leveraged Finance Review, one of the guides of The Law Reviews, published by Law Business Research Limited, provides a business-focused legal analysis of and insight in the acquisition and leveraged finance practice in key jurisdictions worldwide. Martijn Koot, partner in our banking and finance practice and in our corporate law practice and Sandy van der Schaaf, senior associate in our banking and finance practice contributed the The Netherlands chapter to the fifth edition of The Acquisition and Leveraged Finance Review, which is available as enclosed PDF.

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24. Januar 2019

New Government proposes changes in employment law (update)

In this newsletter, we will first elaborate on the new Bill on the Labour Market in Balance Act (WAB), which has been submitted on 7 November 2018 to Parliament. Most of the previously reported plans as described in our newsletter are outlined in this Bill, together with some newly proposed measures. In addition, we will briefly discuss the status of the previous reported plans that have not returned in this Bill.

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14. Januar 2019

HEUSSEN ADVISED KIDSFOUNTATION WITH THE ACQUISITION OF KINDERCENTRUM BELLE FLEUR

HEUSSEN assisted KidsFoundation with the acquisition of Kindercentrum Belle Fleur. With this acquisition, KidsFoundation expands its activities in the Dutch child care business.

Ihr Kontakt: Paul A. Josephus Jitta

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4. Januar 2019

Das Niederländische Handelsgericht hat die Arbeit aufgenommen

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Am 1. Januar 2019 wurde das Niederländische Handelsgericht (NCC) gegründet. Damit wird die englischsprachige Streitbeilegung im niederländischen Staatsgerichtssystem eingeführt. Das NCC ist als Fachkammer beim Amsterdamer Gericht eingerichtet. Laut NCC ist es "gut positioniert, um internationale Geschäftsstreitigkeiten schnell und effektiv beizulegen".

 

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28. November 2018

Compensation for transition payment in 2020? Make sure your administration is in order and pay attention to the time frames.

On 10 July 2018 the Upper House of Parliament approved the legislative proposal that regulates a compensation for the statutory severance compensation, referred to as ‘transition compensation’, paid by employers to employees in the event of dismissal due to long-term incapacity for work.

Ihr Kontakt: Suzanne Gerritse

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12. November 2018

Interpretation of a right of first refusal provision in the articles of association of a B.V.

In a recent case, the District Court Midden-Nederland has ruled in a dispute about a statutory right of first refusal provision in a joint venture in the form of a Dutch private company with limited liability (B.V.) with two shareholders, each holding 50% of the shares. The articles of association of the B.V. included a right of first refusal provision, which stipulated, among other things, that if control of a shareholder changed within the meaning of the Code of Conduct with respect to mergers as adopted by the Dutch Economic and Social Council and this shareholder had direct or indirect control over the joint venture (also as referred to in that Code of Conduct), this shareholder had to offer its shares to the other shareholder.

Ihr Kontakt: Thijs L. Butter

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9. November 2018

Heussen speaks at the Brabant - Wuxi Business Day

Heussen was invited by the Government of North Brabant and the Wuxi Municipal Governmentto introduce the legal climate for doing business in the Netherlands

Brabant Wuxi Business Day 2018

Ihr Kontakt: Wendy Liu

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29. Oktober 2018

The preparation and publication of annual accounts: the group exemption of article 2:403 of the Dutch Civil Code

Each legal entity is obliged to draw up annual accounts that meet the requirements of Title 9 of Book 2 of the Dutch Civil Code and to file them for public inspection with the trade register.

Heussen is happy to advise on the relevant legal aspects of the 403 group exemption and assist with the drafting and filing of a 403 declaration and declaration of consent. 

Ihr Kontakt: Corine Vos

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3. August 2018

EU Proposed Screen Framework on FDI - Substantial Influence on Foreign Investment

On 13 June 2018, EU ambassadors agreed on the Council’s position on the Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing a framework for screening of foreign direct investment into the European Union (hereinafter referred to as the “Regulation Proposal”). The Commission submitted the Regulation Proposal on 13 September 2017 and the European Parliament voted and approved the Regulation Proposal at its plenary session on 5 June 2018 after reviewing and amending it as a whole. Currently, the responsible committee, the Committee on International Trade (INTA), will force the Commission and the Council of the EU to enter into negotiations on this position. It is expected to reach a final approval in 2019 after which the regulation will be directly applicable in all EU Member States, including the Netherlands, without any further steps to incorporate it into the national legislation.

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30. Juli 2018

Chinese Government Further Liberalizes Market Access for Foreign Investment —— Release of 2018 Negative List

The National Development and Reform Commission (“NDRC”) and the Ministry of Commerce (“MOFCOM”) jointly promulgated the 2018 version of the Special Administrative Measures on Access to Foreign Investment 2018 (“2018 Negative List”) on 28 June, 2018, which has entered into force on 28 July 2018. Subsequently, the Special Administrative Measures for Foreign Investment Access to Pilot Free Zones (“2018 FTZ Negative List”) was also released on 30 June, effective from 30 July, 2018.  By releasing the 2018 Negative List and 2018 FTZ Negative List, the Chinese government further liberalizes the market access in more than 20 sectors to foreign investments, including but not limited to agriculture, energy, resources, finance, automotive, ship and aviation devices manufacture, infrastructure, transportation, trade and culture.

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20. Juni 2018

When is a data protection officer mandatory?

The NRC recently headlined 'Shortage of privacy experts in thousands of organizations'. The article states that by no means all organizations which are obliged to do so have indeed appointed a Data Protection Officer (hereinafter 'DPO'). Despite the fact that the General Data Protection Regulation (hereinafter "the Regulation") entered into force on 25 May 2018. The Regulation has replaced the current Privacy Directive and the corresponding Personal Data Protection Act. When is an organization obliged to appoint a DPO?

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18. Juni 2018

HEUSSEN ADVISES FLAMINGO CASINO ON THE ACQUISITION BY JVH GAMING

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HEUSSEN (Paul A. Josephus Jitta en Thijs L. Butter) assisted Flamingo Casino in the acquisition by JVH gaming. With the acquisition of Flamingo Casino, JVH gaming is expanding it’s market leadership. The acquisition increases the national coverage of JVH gaming because Flamingo has a number of branches in regions where JVH gaming is not active.

For the official press release click here.

Ihr Kontakt: Paul A. Josephus Jitta

15. Juni 2018

Vorgeschlagene EU-Richtlinie zur grenzüberschreitenden Mobilität

Am 25. April 2018 hat die Europäische Kommission neue gesellschaftsrechtliche Vorschriften vorgeschlagen, die Unternehmen die Verschmelzung, Spaltung oder Umwandlung im Wege einer grenzüberschreitenden Tätigkeit innerhalb der Europäischen Union erleichtern.

Der Vorschlag wird dem Rat der Europäischen Union und dem Europäischen Parlament zur Prüfung und Annahme vorgelegt. Nach Annahme des Vorschlags müsste die neue Richtlinie in allen EU-Mitgliedstaaten in nationales Recht umgesetzt werden.

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13. Juni 2018

Heussen is proud of another Legal500 (EMEA) recommendation: Fast, Accurate, Cost-effective and a pleasure to deal with!

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HEUSSEN has again been ranked in the Legal500 EMEA 2018 edition. Its Corporate, Commercial and M&A practice is described by its clients and relations as ‘Fast, accurate’, ‘cost-effective’ and ‘a pleasure to deal with’.

We are very proud of the recommendations and would like to thank our clients and peers for their recommendations.

Ihr Kontakt: Paul A. Josephus Jitta

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11. Juni 2018

Vorschlag der EU-Kommission zur Digitalisierung des Gesellschaftsrechts

Am 25. April 2018 veröffentlichte die Europäische Kommission einen Vorschlag zur Änderung der Richtlinie (EU) 2017/1132 hinsichtlich des Einsatzes digitaler Instrumente und Verfahren im Gesellschaftsrecht.

Der Vorschlag wird dem Rat der Europäischen Union und dem Europäischen Parlament zur Prüfung und endgültigen Annahme vorgelegt.

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18. Mai 2018

Heussen attended various IBA conferences

Last week our Employment law specialist Nils E.W. van Dijkman joined the IBA Annual Employment and Discrimination Conference in Montreal, Canada, where he was a keynote speaker on the topic of legalization of cannabis in Canada. Nils shared the Dutch approach on the subject with 250 arbitrators.

In addition, M&A specialists Stan Ph. Robbers and Paul A. Josephus Jitta attended the 4th IBA M&A Closely Held Global Entrepreneurship Conference: Disruption Meets Tradition. This conference was held in Munich, Germany.

 

Ihr Kontakt: Nils E.W. van Dijkman

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30. April 2018

Dutch Supreme court provides clarity on shareholders' rights to place items on the agenda

The right of shareholders to put items on the agenda of the general meeting pursuant to Section 114a of Book 2 of the Dutch Civil Code, has proved to be an effective means in recent years by which (activist) shareholders have been able to influence the strategy of listed companies. On 20 April last, the Dutch Supreme Court issued an important ruling with regard to the right to place items on the agenda, which shows that shareholders cannot oblige a company to include items which belong to the exclusive competence of the management board on the agenda of the general meeting for a vote.

Ihr Kontakt: Thijs L. Butter

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23. April 2018

Heussen Joined the Trade Mission to China Led by the Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte

From 8 to 13 April 2018, Prime Minister Mark Rutte led a large Dutch trade delegation, officially visiting China on a trade mission. The delegation comprised about 165 businesses and research institutes from five main sectors. 

Ihr Kontakt: Wendy Liu

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20. April 2018

Publication by Anneke Pelser and Suzanne Gerritse in "tijdschrift Arbeidsrechtpraktijk" (TAP): THE EXTENDED PROBATIONARY PERIOD: A DESIRABLE CHANGE?

The new coalition government has formulated its new policy intentions for reform of employment law regulations. These policy regulations referred to as 'Confidence in the Future' outline a number of changes to employment law regulations aimed at providing a more attractive climate for employers to, inter alia, enter into employment contracts for an indefinite period of time. In this article (in Dutch) we will first of all deal with these questions. Subsequently, we will, by analyzing case law, identify possible consequences of extending the probationary period, and in particular, discuss the need for doing so.

Ihr Kontakt: Anneke Pelser-Stekelenburg

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19. April 2018

1st Sino-Dutch E-commerce Forum in Rotterdam

On 13 April, the 1st Sino-Dutch E-commerce Forum took place in Rotterdam,  jointly organized by the Shanghai Business Association The Netherlands and Rotterdam Partners. HEUSSEN was invited as a member of the Shanghai Business Association The Netherlands. 

Ihr Kontakt: Wendy Liu

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17. April 2018

Employment Law seminar

On Tuesday 17 April 2018 HEUSSEN’s Employment Law practice hosted an Employment Law Seminar for clients and business relations. Nils van Dijkman and Anneke Pelser discussed various current employment law topics, such as recent developments in case law and the legislative proposals for changes in the law.

Ihr Kontakt: Anneke Pelser-Stekelenburg

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13. April 2018

LEGAL 500 EMEA 2018: RECOMMENDATIONS FOR HEUSSEN AND ITS LAWYERS

HEUSSEN has again been ranked for the following practice areas: Commercial, corporate and M&A and Employment. The Legal 500 describes Heussen as ‘fast, accurate’ and ‘results-driven’. Some of our lawyers are recommended as individual experts.

We would like to thank our clients and peers for their kind words.

Ihr Kontakt: Paul A. Josephus Jitta

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23. März 2018

Implementation of the Fourth Anti-Money Laundering Directive - Part II

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On 6 March Parliament approved the virtually unchanged bill for the implementation of the European fourth anti-money laundering directive (in short: the 'Implementation Act') without too many questions and discussions, despite the necessary criticism. The only amendment to the proposal since the amending letter of 31 January (in which only minimal technical corrections have been made to the text) has been to double the fine that can be imposed on the institutions subject to the Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing (Prevention) Act ('Wwft').

Ihr Kontakt: Ernst (G.E.H.) ter Braak

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22. März 2018

HEUSSEN ADVISED KIDSFOUNDATION WITH THE ACQUISITION OF SKS ALLES KIDS

HEUSSEN assisted KidsFoundation with the acquisition of SKS Alles Kids. SKS Alles Kids is a child care organization with 30 locations in the Netherlands. With the acquisition of SKS Alles Kids, KidsFoundation expands its activities in the Dutch child care business. KidsFoundation now has almost 300 locations in the Netherlands.

The HEUSSEN team consisted of Paul A. Josephus JittaThijs L. ButterErnst (G.E.H.) ter BraakCorine Vos and Iris E.L. Hanssen.

Ihr Kontakt: Paul A. Josephus Jitta

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3. März 2018

#metoo in employment law

Nils van Dijkman, our partner in the employment law practice and head of the Sweden Desk, was recently interviewed by "Academie voor de Rechtspraktijk". The subject was: #metoo in employment law. What do judges say about unacceptable sexual behavior and sexual harassment and what measures can an employer take to guarantee a safe working environment? In the interview Nils van Dijkman discusses some remarkable statements and provides practical tips for employers. Click here to watch the interview (in Dutch).

 

Ihr Kontakt: Nils E.W. van Dijkman

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2. März 2018

Deposit annual accounts in digital form

Legal entities are required to publish the annual accounts by filing them with the Chamber of Commerce. In the past, legal entities could either deposit the annual accounts in printed form or in digital form. Following the entry into force of the Decree of electronic filing (Besluit elektronische deponering handelsregister) on 1 July 2016, the Dutch trade register will no longer accept annual accounts in printed form.

Ihr Kontakt: Corine Vos

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21. Februar 2018

HEUSSEN ADVISES ON ACQUISITION OF CAMERA WAREHOUSE

Heussen (Paul A. Josephus Jitta) has supported Camera Warehouse with the sale of its physical shops in Amsterdam and Haarlem and the sale of its online store. These are purchased by the photography and video specialist, Kamera Express. The Parties see the takeover not only as an opportunity to achieve further growth, but in particular as a joining of forces. The collaboration between Camera Warehouse and Kamera Express will enable Kamera Express to expand its photography activities in the Dutch market.

Click here  for the official press release (in Dutch) from Kamera Express.

Ihr Kontakt: Paul A. Josephus Jitta

19. Februar 2018

HEUSSEN ADVISES KOKORO ON JOINING MAKERSTREET

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Heussen (Paul A. Josephus Jitta) has supported Kokoro in the process of joining Makerstreet. During this process, Makerstreet has acquired an equity interest in Kokoro. Kokoro will remain an independent brand name. Makerstreet has all of the digital specialisms under one roof to enable brands, products and services to improve and differentiate themselves through digital excellence, digital production and innovation. The acquisition of Kokoro means a further expansion in the digital marketing sector .

Click here for the official press release from Kokoro (in Dutch).

Ihr Kontakt: Paul A. Josephus Jitta

7. Februar 2018

Evaluation of the Management and Supervision Act

The Management and Supervision (adjustment) Regulations Act Public and Private Companies  (Wet bestuur en toezicht) (hereafter: the Act) entered into effect on 1 January 2013. During the parliamentary debate the Minister of Security and Justice had pledged that the Act was to be evaluated three years after it entered into effect. At the request of the Minister of Security and Justice the research was conducted by the University of Groningen and the results of the research were published on 15 December 2017. This article will address some of the research team’s conclusions and recommendations.

Ihr Kontakt: Iris E.L. Hanssen

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7. Februar 2018

HEUSSEN ADVISES ADDERACARE AB (PUBL) WITH THE ACQUISITION OF HUKA B.V.

HEUSSEN assisted AdderaCare AB (Publ) with the acquisition of Huka B.V. Malmö (Sweden) based AdderaCare is a corporate group active in the accessibility and home care industry that acquires companies offering products that help people develop, feel better, and more easily manage their day-to-day lives. With the acquisition of Huka B.V. AdderaCare has set its first steps into the Dutch market. Huka B.V. develops a wide range of innovative bicycles and other forms of transport. The HEUSSEN team consisted of Stan Ph. RobbersErnst (G.E.H.) ter Braak and Iris E.L. Hanssen. The deal was closed on 1 February 2018. 

Ihr Kontakt: Stan Ph. Robbers

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3. Januar 2018

#Metoo

The film actor Kevin Spacey, who is known for among other things his key role in the Netflix series House of Cards, found that his work dried up in a few days after he was accused of unacceptable sexual behaviour. Accusations of unacceptable sexual behaviour occur with some regularity on the work floor. Can an employee accused of unacceptable sexual behaviour be sacked? 

Ihr Kontakt: Anneke Pelser-Stekelenburg

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8. Dezember 2017

Implementation of the Fourth Anti-money Laundering Directive

On 16 October, a legislative proposal was put before the Dutch Lower House for the implementation of the European fourth anti-money laundering directive (which we will refer to as the “implementation act” for the sake of brevity) that will lead to an amendment to the Wwft. The introduction of the legislative proposal is somewhat late as the directive should have been implemented by 26 June 2017. 

Ihr Kontakt: Ernst (G.E.H.) ter Braak

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6. Dezember 2017

The Netherlands Commercial Court

Towards the end of the year there are always legislative proposals that still need to be debated in Parliament. A good example of this is the legislative proposal regarding the establishment of the Netherlands Commercial Court (the ”NCC”) and the Netherlands Commercial Court of Appeal (the “NCCA”) that was submitted to Parliament on 17 July 2017.

Ihr Kontakt: Joyce M. Kempers

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1. Dezember 2017

NEW GOVERNMENT PROPOSES CHANGES IN EMPLOYMENT LAW

Following the general elections in March 2017, the jointly governing Liberal Party finally concluded its negotiations with potential new coalition parties in September 2017 with the aim forming a new government. In October 2017 the newly formed coalition government published its plans for the next four years. A considerable number of these plans concern proposed changes in employment law. 

Ihr Kontakt: Niels van Gelder

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27. November 2017

Heussen advises child care organisation KidsFoundation with the acquisition of child care orgainsation Zus en Zo

Heussen (Paul A. Josephus JittaErnst ter Braak and Thijs Butter) assisted child care organisation KidsFoundation with the acquisition of the Rotterdam based child care organisation Zus en Zo, with 26 locations. KidsFoundation is an affiliate of Smallsteps. Smallsteps has more than 220 locations in the Netherlands. With the acquisition of Zus en Zo, KidsFoundation expands its activities in the Dutch child care business.

For the official website of KidsFoundation, clicke here

Ihr Kontakt: Paul A. Josephus Jitta

8. November 2017

Transfer restrictions and the appointment of an independent expert

Since 1 October 2012, the obligated nature of transfer restrictions has been abolished for a private company with limited liability (besloten vennootschap met beperkte aansprakelijkheid).

Although the starting principle of the law is that transfer restrictions are applicable, it is possible to depart from this principle in the articles of association.

Ihr Kontakt: Corine Vos

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11. September 2017

HEUSSEN advises VPK Nederland with the acquisition of Allround Packaging Group and Slippens Beheer

HEUSSEN assisted VPK Nederland, a subsidiary of VPK Packaging Group (VPK), with the acquisition of Allround Packaging Nederland and Slippens Beheer. With this acquisition, VPK expands its activities on the sustainable cardboard packaging industry. The HEUSSEN team consisted of Paul Josephus Jitta, Suzanne Beijersbergen and Ernst ter Braak. The deal was closed on 1 August 2017.

HEUSSEN advised VPK Packaging Group earlier this year with the acquisition of Solidpack.

Ihr Kontakt: Paul A. Josephus Jitta

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1. August 2017

Gesetz gegen unangemessene Zahlungsfrist ist zum 1. Juli 2017 in Kraft getreten

Am 1. Juli 2017 ist das Gesetz gegen unangemessen lange Zahlungsfristen in Kraft getreten (das „Gesetz“). Das Gesetz soll verhindern, dass große Unternehmen unangemessen lange Zahlungsfristen durchsetzen und, dass eine maximale Zahlungsfrist von sechzig Tagen für große Unternehmen gelten soll, wenn diese Handelsverträge mit unabhängigen, kleinen oder mittelständischen Unternehmen abschließen.   

Ihr Kontakt: Sandy van der Schaaf

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7. Juli 2017

Juliëtte Schueler newly appointed civil law notary

HEUSSEN is proud to announce that Juliëtte Schueler was formally appointed as civil law notary, effective today. Juliëtte will be taking over from Jacques Verasdonck, who has been HEUSSEN’s civil law notary since the firm was founded. Although Juliëtte will head the notarial practice from now on, Jacques will remain involved in our practice as of counsel.

Ihr Kontakt: Juliëtte L.C. Schueler

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6. Juli 2017

Employee protection during pre-pack

On 22 June 2017, the European Court of Justice (hereinafter “ECJ”) clarified the uncertainty around protection of employees against dismissal during a pre-pack. The ECJ has ruled that the EU Directive on Transfer of Undertakings (Directive 2001/23/EC) also applies in case of a relaunch of a company due to a pre-pack. As a result of this the employees are transferred to the restarting company by operation of law upon retention of their terms and conditions of employment.

Ihr Kontakt: Suzanne Gerritse

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6. Juli 2017

HEUSSEN ADVISES ANTICIMEX GROUP WITH TWO ACQUISITIONS

Heussen assisted Anticimex Group with the acquisitions of Excellent Ongediertebedestrijding and Gerdon Vogelwering. Excellent Ongediertebestrijding offers a wide range of pest control services, such as fungus control and bird control services. Gerdon Vogelwering is specialized in bird control services. 

Ihr Kontakt: Paul A. Josephus Jitta

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21. Juni 2017

Companies Formally Registered Abroad Act applicable to UK companies after Brexit

As a result of Brexit, the Companies Formally Registered Abroad Act (Wet op de formeel buitenlandse vennootschappen) will become relevant for companies that are incorporated in the United Kingdom, but are performing their activities entirely or virtually entirely in the Netherlands without having an actual nexus with the United Kingdom.

Ihr Kontakt: Corine Vos

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12. Juni 2017

Enforcement of Act DBA further suspended until 1 July 2018

On 1 May 2016 the Deregulation Assessment Labor Relations Act (“Wet Deregulering Beoordeling Arbeidsrelaties”) came into force. This Bill has replaced the VAR-certificate. The VAR-certificate served as a tool for assessing whether or not an employment relationship exists. However, it offered independent contractors less legal certainty. 

Ihr Kontakt: Suzanne Gerritse

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7. Juni 2017

REFORM DER AKTIONÄRSRECHTERICHTLINIE VERÖFFENTLICHT

Am 20. Mai 2017 wurde die geänderte Aktionärsrechterichtlinie (die „Richtlinie“) im Amtsblatt der EU veröffentlicht. Das Ziel der Richtlinie ist die Förderung einer aktiven und transparenten Einbeziehung der Aktionäre von EU börsennotierten Unternehmen. Die Richtlinie wird zwei Jahre nach der Veröffentlichung im Amtsblatt Inkrafttreten und muss spätestens dann in nationales Recht umgesetzt worden sein.

Ihr Kontakt: Sandy van der Schaaf

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31. Mai 2017

HEUSSEN co-organized the Dutch employment law seminar with the Taiwan Business Association in the Netherlands

In order to assist Taiwanese companies acquiring more knowledge of Dutch employment law and the common employment practices in the Netherlands, the Taiwan Business Association in the Netherlands (“TBA”) and HEUSSEN co-organized a seminar at the offices of HEUSSEN Amsterdam for around 25 guests on 19 May 2017

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12. Mai 2017

Grenzüberschreitende Geschäftstätigkeit in Deutschland und den Niederlanden (Runder Tisch TerZake Legal/Elsevier)

Sandy van der Schaaf, advocaat & Rechtsanwältin und Managerin des German Desk von HEUSSEN, ist eine der 9 Anwälte, die über den Wachstum ihrer grenzüberschreitenden Praxis und diezunehmenden Geschäftsmöglichkeiten auf dem Deutsch/Niederländischen Markt interviewt wurden.

Ihr Kontakt: Sandy van der Schaaf

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25. April 2017

Heussen assists RTL Ventures in acquiring a minority interest in Flinders

HEUSSEN has assisted RTL Ventures, an investment branch of RTL, to acquire a minority interest in Flinders, one of the fastest growing webshops in the Netherlands. RTL's investment branch invests € 3 million. The team that assisted RTL consisted of Paul A. Josephus Jitta and Thijs Butter. The transaction was completed on April 14, 2017. For more information, please be referred to RTL's press release.

Ihr Kontakt: Paul A. Josephus Jitta

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18. April 2017

ENTSCHÄDIGUNG BEI BEENDIGUNG DES ARBEITSVERTRAGES WEGEN LANGJÄHRIGER ARBEITSUNFÄHIGKEIT („ÜBERGANGSVERGÜTUNG“)

Zur Vermeidung der Zahlung einer Übergangsvergütung, entscheiden sich viele Arbeitgeber dafür, den Arbeitsvertrag nach zwei Jahren Arbeitsunfähigkeit (der Zeitpunkt, an dem das Kündigungsverbot bei Krankheit und die Pflicht zur Gehaltszahlung endet) Aufrecht zu erhalten. Auf Grund der Rechtsprechung, ist ein solches „schlafendes Arbeitsverhältnis“ erlaubt. Dies kann jedoch Risiken mit sich bringen. 

Ihr Kontakt: Anneke Pelser-Stekelenburg

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12. April 2017

Gesetzentwurf zur Verwirklichung UBO-Register zur Konsultation veröffentlicht

Am 31. März wurde der Gesetzentwurf zur Registrierung von wirtschaftlich Berechtigten zur Konsultation veröffentlicht. Der Gesetzentwurf bewirkt die Umsetzung der Verpflichtung zur Führung eines zentralen Registers mit Informationen über den wirtschaftlich Berechtigten (Ultimate Beneficial Owner oder „UBO“) von Unternehmen und juristischen Personen, die sich aus der vierten europäischen Geldwäsche Richtlinie ergibt. Das UBO-Register wird vom Handelsregister der Handelskammer geführt.

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7. April 2017

HEUSSEN ASSITED LEAD COUNSEL BROAD & BRIGHT WITH THE ACQUISITION OF THE SKIL BUSINESS BY CHERVON FROM BOSCH IN EUROPE

HEUSSEN assisted lead counsel Broad & Bright with the acquisition of the Skil business by Chervon (HK) Limited from Bosch. The deal was effective on 31 March 2017.  

Ihr Kontakt: Stan Ph. Robbers

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7. April 2017

HEUSSEN co-organized the Dutch employment law seminar with the West Holland Investment Agency and Asia Business Centre in the Hague

In order to assist Chinese companies acquiring more knowledge of Dutch employment law and the common employment practice in the Netherlands, the West Holland Investment Agency (“WFIA”), Asia Business Centre and HEUSSEN co-organized the seminar in the Hague for over 60 guests on 20 March 2017. 

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3. April 2017

Allgemeine Geschäftsbedingungen Banken 2017 sind zum 1. März in Kraft getreten

Am 1. März 2017 sind die geänderten Allgemeinen Geschäftsbedingungen Banken (AGB) in Kraft getreten. Die AGB enthalten die Grundregeln, die auf die Beziehung zwischen dem Kunden und der Bank anwendbar sind. Alle Mitglieder des Niederländischen Bankenvereins (Nederlandse Vereniging van Banken) verwenden dieselben AGB. 

Ihr Kontakt: Sandy van der Schaaf

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30. März 2017

THE EUROPEAN ACCOUNT PRESERVATION ORDER (EAPO)

Changes for a Dutch creditor to recover cross-border claims in the European Union

Ihr Kontakt: Lycke Cappelle

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16. März 2017

Interpretation of an earn-out arrangement in case of unforeseen circumstances

On 13 July 2016, the Dutch district court of Northern Netherlands ruled on the interpretation of an earn-out arrangement. In this case, the acquired company suffered losses in the year following the acquisition and this circumstance was not foreseen by the parties. The court has ruled that in that case, a linguistic explanation of the arrangement is decisive. 

Ihr Kontakt: Thijs L. Butter

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27. Februar 2017

Central shareholders’ register

On 19 January 2017, a private member’s bill has been filed to the Lower House of Dutch Parliament with regard to the establishment of a central shareholders’ register (‘centraal aandeelhoudersregister’). 

The object of the establishment of a central shareholders’ register is to create more insight into the identity of shareholders of legal entities. In addition, it appears that a physical shareholders’ register is often untraceable or the information is not up to date. The legislator would like to accomplish a higher degree of reliability of this information.

Ihr Kontakt: Corine Vos

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16. Februar 2017

HÖCHSTE ABFINDUNGSVERGÜTUNG VERGEBEN

Die jüngste Rechtsprechung hat festgestellt (das Gericht von Gelderland ECLI:NL:RBGEL:2016:7113), dass die Kündigung des Arbeitsvertrages eines Geschäftsführers ohne vertretbaren Grund zu einer erheblichen (zusätzlichen) Abfindungsvergütung führen kann. In diesem Fall, hat das Gericht die höchste (zusätzliche) Abfindungsvergütung vergeben.

Ihr Kontakt: Suzanne Gerritse

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1. Februar 2017

HEUSSEN ADVISES VPK PACKAGING WITH THE ACQUISITION OF SOLIDPACK HOLDING

HEUSSEN assisted VPK Packaging Group (VPK) with the acquisition of Solidpack, producer of solid board packaging, with 175 employees which produces more than 65,000 tons of packaging. The Heussen team consisted of Paul Josephus Jitta and Suzanne Beijersbergen. The deal was closed on 19 January 2017.  

Ihr Kontakt: Paul A. Josephus Jitta

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31. Januar 2017

NEUES EUROPÄISCHES DATENSCHUTZGESETZ

Am 14. April 2016 hat das europäische Parlament der Datenschutz-Grundverordnung zugestimmt. Diese Verordnung ersetzt ab dem 25. Mai 2018 die jetzige Datenschutzrichtlinie und das damit zusammenhängende Datenschutzgesetz. Ab dem Zeitpunkt gilt in der gesamten EU eine einheitliche Gesetzgebung, anstatt 28, auf EU Gesetzgebung basierende, nationale Gesetze.

Ihr Kontakt: Suzanne Gerritse

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6. Januar 2017

Dutch Supreme Court provides further guidance on the question if and when a limited partner in a limited partnership will be jointly and severally liable for the debts and obligations of the limited partnership

In its decision of 4 November 2016, the Supreme Court again rules on the question if and when a limited partner in a limited partnership will be jointly and severally liable for the debts and obligations of the limited partnership, in the event that a limited partner violates the prohibition in Article 20(2) of the Dutch Commercial Code for limited partners to exert management authority. 

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5. Januar 2017

HEUSSEN ADVISES FLEXIBLE PACKAGING HOLDING WITH THE SALE OF THREE DUTCH FLEXIBLE PACKAGING COMPANIES TO THE SPANISH MULTINATIONAL SAICA

HEUSSEN assisted Flexible Packaging Holding (FPH), with the sale of three flexible packaging companies, Schut, located in Etten-Leur, Hellema located in Zaandam, and Lemapack located in Weesp, to Saica.

Ihr Kontakt: Stan Ph. Robbers

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1. November 2016

Chili simplifies legalization of foreign public documents

As from 30 August 2016 the legalization of public documents from Chile is simplified into one, single procedure. As a consequence, it now will be easier, faster and cheaper to obtain public documents, such as birth certificates, marital state declarations, death certificates, judgements and company information for use in a foreign country.

Ihr Kontakt: Paul A. Josephus Jitta

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28. Oktober 2016

Heussen advises RTL Ventures with the sale of Couvers to TripAdvisor

HEUSSEN assisted RTL Ventures, the investment company of RTL, with the sale of restaurant reservation platform COUVERTS to TripAdvisor, the parent company of restaurant review site IENS. The Heussen team consisted of Paul A. Josephus Jitta and Suzanne Beijersbergen. The deal was closed on 26 October 2016.

Ihr Kontakt: Paul A. Josephus Jitta

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19. Oktober 2016

Erste Kammer hat Gesetzesentwurf betreffend der Bekanntmachung von nicht-finanziellen Informationen durch bestimmte Unternehmen von öffentlichem Interesse angenommen

Am 27. September 2016 hat die Erste Kammer den Gesetzesentwurf zur Implementation der Richtlinie 2014/95/EU betreffend der Bekanntmachung von nicht-finanziellen Informationen durch bestimmte große Unternehmen und Gruppen in Buch 2 des niederländischen Bürgerlichen Gesetzbuchs angenommen.

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10. Oktober 2016 - Mandanteninformation

Heussen advises Damier Group with the sale of the Vision Health business to Vemedia

DAMIER

Heussen assisted Damier Group with the sale of the Vision Healthcare Business to Vemedia, the largest manufacturer and distributor of health products in the Netherlands. Vision Healthcare is known for the brands Vision, Ecosym, Luuf, Glucadol and Zinolium. The transaction was completed early October 2016. The Heussen team consisted of Paul Josephus Jitta and Thijs Butter.

Ihr Kontakt: Paul A. Josephus Jitta

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31. August 2016

Gesetz zur elektronischen Hinterlegung im Handelsregister ist zum 1. Juli 2016 in Kraft getreten

Am 1. Juli 2016 ist das Gesetz zur elektronischen Hinterlegung im Handelsregister in Kraft getreten. Das Gesetz ermöglicht einen Ministerialerlass auf Grund dessen Dokumente wie Jahresabschlüsse mittels Standard Business Reporting (SBR) elektronisch beim Handelsregister der Handelskammer hinterlegt werden müssen.

Ihr Kontakt: Sandy van der Schaaf

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31. August 2016

Gesetz Haus für Informanten ist in Kraft getreten

Am 1. Juli 2016 ist das Gesetz Haus für Informanten (Wet Huis voor klokkenluiders) in Kraft getreten. Ziel des Gesetzes ist die Verbesserung der Bedingungen für die Meldung von gesellschaftlichen Missständen innerhalb Organisationen durch Untersuchungen nach Missständen zu ermöglichen und Informanten besser zu beschützen.

Ihr Kontakt: Tim B. Schreuders

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12. Juli 2016

Gesetz zivilrechtliches Geschäftsführungsverbot ist zum 1. Juli 2016 in Kraft getreten

Am 1. Juli 2016 ist das Gesetz zivilrechtliches Geschäftsführungsverbot in Kraft getreten, wodurch das Insolvenzgesetz geändert worden ist. Das Gesetz ermöglicht ein Geschäftsführungsverbot für Geschäftsführer für maximal fünf Jahre. Ziel des Gesetzes ist Insolvenzbetrug zu bekämpfen und zu vermeiden, dass betrügerische Geschäftsführer ihre Aktivitäten als Geschäftsführer oder Mitglied des Aufsichtsrats bei einem Unternehmen fortsetzen können.

Ihr Kontakt: Sandy van der Schaaf

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12. Juli 2016

Oberster Gerichtshof der Niederlande erkennt uneingeschränktes Pfandrecht auf unter Eigentumsvorbehalt gelieferte Sachen an

Der Oberste Gerichtshof der Niederlande hat in seinem Urteil vom 3. Juni 2016 (ECLI:NL:HR:2016:1046) entschieden, dass sowohl der Veräußerer als auch der Erwerber einer Sache unter Eigentumsvorbehalt eingeschränkt Eigentümer der Sache werden, der Veräußerer unter der auflösenden Bedingung der vollständigen Erfüllung der Kaufpreisforderung und der Erwerber unter der aufschiebenden Bedingung der vollständigen Erfüllung der Kaufpreisforderung.

Ihr Kontakt: Sandy van der Schaaf

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20. April 2016

HEUSSEN ranked and recognized in Legal500

In the new 2016 Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) edition of the prestigious Legal500 legal guide HEUSSEN again has been ranked and recommended as a law firm in the practice areas “Commercial, corporate and M&A” and “Employment”. In addition, HEUSSEN’S corporate law partner Paul A. Josephus Jitta has been personally recommended as lawyer. After his 2008, 2009 and 2010 personal Legal500 rankings, this is his fourth ranking. Paul A. Josephus says to be proud that HEUSSEN has been ranked and recommended again. In his personal ranking Paul finds a recognition of the quality of work that HEUSSEN delivers to its clients.

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20. Oktober 2015 - Pressemitteilung

Legal Consulting for Hamburg-based reconcept Involving Bond Issue

Headquartered in Hamburg, Germany, investment company reconcept has issued a bond for its latest wind energy project (“reconcept 07 Anleihe der Zukunftsenergie Wind Deutschland GmbH & Co KG”). At a volume of 7.75 million Euros, the bond comes with a 5-year maturity and a fixed interest rate at 5% p.a.

1. März 2015

Modernisation Parental leave and care leave

As of 1 January 2015 the Modernisation of Leave and Working Hours Regulations Bill entered into force. As a result of this, the statutory parental leave and care leave arrangements are amended as follows.

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