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Doeltreffend beheer van contracten bij lokale besturen

Deloitte Academy

On demand, aired 18 November 2022 (60 minutes)

Vlaamse lokale besturen spenderen per jaar gezamenlijk 1,5 miljard euro aan aankopen van leveringen en diensten via overheidsopdrachten.Audit Vlaanderen oordeelde enkele jaren geleden dat lokale overheden onvoldoende zicht hebben op hun lopende overheidsopdrachten en de inhoud ervan. Dit leidt tot verhoogde risico’s:

  • Gebrek aan centralisatie van contracten maakt opvolging van contractuele verplichtingen arbeidsintensief;
  • Suboptimale voorwaarden blijven van kracht bij stilzwijgende verlenging;
  • Financiële en juridische gevolgen indien contracten niet tijdig hernieuwd worden;
  • Actief beheer van contacten voorkomt en beperkt deze risico’s. Lokale overheden die aan contractbeheer doen kunnen onnodige kosten, verhoogde werklast en suboptimale voorwaarden vermijden.

Tijdens dit webinar bespreken we de waarde van actief contractbeheer na gunning van overheidsopdrachten en andere contracten. Het is immers op dat ogenblik dat echt waarde kan worden gecreëerd, of verloren. Door actief contractbeheer kan de waarde van contracten ten volle worden gerealiseerd en kunnen contracten worden ingezet als een strategisch actief van het lokale bestuur, en niet louter als een juridisch document.

Sprekers

Jan Roggen | Director | Legal Managed Services | Deloitte Legal
Kathleen De hornois | Managing Partner | Deloitte Legal
Steven Debrauwere | Managing Director | Contractify
Pascal Van Glabeke | Director Business Development | Deloitte Legal

ESG series - Intellectual Property And ESG: How Companies Can Manage IP Strategically For Sustainability

Dbriefs Legal

On demand, aired 18 October 2022 (60 minutes)

It is widely believed that innovation offers promising solutions to the paradox of improving quality of life for a growing global population, while moving to eliminate unsustainable consumption. Energy efficiency and renewable solutions can help to avert the climate emergency; new agricultural methods can feed a growing population from increasingly depleted land; hyper-personalisation can meet individual needs while reducing resource consumption  and waste. How can businesses position themselves to contribute towards this innovation and maximise the benefits of doing so? Topics include:

  • The role that IP can play in promoting a sustainable future.
  • Some of the key IP challenges and opportunities for companies developing sustainable solutions. 
  • How to balance business imperatives with providing environmental and social benefits to wider society.
  • What an optimal future-facing IP strategy may look like. 

Learn more about this developing area.

Presenters:
Alex Woolgar | Director | Deloitte Legal 
Richard Murrell | Executive | Advisory Corporate Finance FA

Class actions/Mass litigation in different jurisdictions

Dbriefs Legal

On demand, aired 6 October 2022 (90 minutes)

The rise of class actions and mass litigation has been evident in recent years. The regulation of this kind of litigation and the way it is handled in each jurisdiction is different. During the webcast Deloitte Dispute Resolution experts will explain the current status of this kind of litigation in their jurisdictions. This webcast will be of particular interest to legal counsels and in-house lawyers whose companies are present in several jurisdictions. How can your organisation manage disputes in the most efficient and effective way?

Countries covered, amongst others, include, UK, Poland, Romania, Mexico, Spain, Italy,  Albania

Host: Eduardo Villellas

Presenters: Robert Griffiths, Patrycja Bolimowska, Mihnea Galgotiu-Sararu, Víctor Manuel Avila, Silvia García, Paolo Terrile, Erlind Kodhelaj

The key features of alternative dispute resolution and recent developments

Dbriefs Legal

On demand, aired 8 September 2022

When navigating a dispute, Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) processes can be used in order to encourage the parties to reach a settlement. ADR can lead to a quicker resolution and reduced costs, so ADR will be a key consideration when determining overall strategy. During this webcast, our experts examined the ADR landscape in England, Belgium and Italy.

What does your organisation need to know to keep up to speed? Topics included:

  • Key features of ADR in each jurisdiction (including negotiation, early neutral evaluation, expert determination and mediation).
  • Any recent developments and anticipated changes going forward. 

Learn more about the ADR landscape across these jurisdictions.

Host: Laura Askew

Presenters:

Tom Collas | Associate | Deloitte Legal Belgium
Paolo Terrile | Partner | Deloitte Legal Italy

Employment law perspectives In ESG

Dbriefs Legal

On demand, aired 18 July 2022

We often think of climate and environmental impact first when considering ESG goals. But social issues are often top of mind. A strong ESG proposition can help companies attract and retain quality employees, enhance employee engagement and experience and increase productivity overall, yet there can be a divide between compliance with regulation and meeting internal goals. Our experts will discuss local trends and developing  labour laws  in  Italy, LATAM, Spain, UK, and US. What employment law and HR issues can arise? Topics include:

  • What’s hot: The main guidelines for a sustainable workforce management from a labour law perspective. 
  • How to do it: Developing strategies and tools for sustainable HR management of legal and business requirements. 
  • Coming soon: The all-around approach to ESG in HR management

Learn more about the current ESG landscape across these jurisdictions

Host: Ivana Azzolini

Presenters: Rebecca Butler, Fernando Bazan, Adam Tomiak of EBG Law

Doeltreffend beheer van contracten in een snel veranderende wereld

Dbriefs Legal

23 juni 2022

Waarom deelnemen?

Toen de COVID-19 pandemie uitbrak, werd de business case voor actief contractbeheer duidelijker dan ooit.

Ondernemingen moesten op heel korte termijn in kaart brengen of zij, hun klanten of hun leveranciers konden ontsnappen aan contractuele verplichtingen. Wie aan actief contractbeheer deed, had onmiddellijk inzicht in de lopende contractuele verplichtingen en kon snel de nodige stappen nemen.

Tijdens dit webinar bespreken we de waarde van actief contractbeheer na ondertekening van het contract. Het is immers op dat ogenblik dat echt waarde kan worden gecreëerd, of verloren. Door actief contractbeheer na ondertekening kan de waarde van contracten ten volle worden gerealiseerd en kunnen contracten worden ingezet als een strategisch actief van de onderneming, en niet louter als een juridisch document.

Wat we zullen bespreken:

  • Waarom het beheer van contractuele verbintenissen na ondertekening cruciaal is in de levenscyclus van een contract
  • Hoe waarde kan worden gecreëerd door actief contractbeheer (na de ondertekening van het contract)
  • Hoe dit in de praktijk om te zetten

Speakers

  • Jan Roggen | Director | Legal Managed Services | Deloitte Legal
  • Jasmijn Verraes | Director | Contract Lifecycle Management Deloitte Legal
  • Steven Debrauwere | Managing Director | Contractify

Effective Corporate compliance & Legal Entity Management

Dbriefs Legal

17 May 2022

The regulatory landscape is changing at an unprecedented rate and maintaining local and cross-border compliance is a challenge. Company directors are tasked to ensure their organizations remain fully compliant with legal and statutory obligations.

Automation of the corporate compliance process may lead to better management of risk, mitigation of directors’ liability, and increased efficiency. It will also offer opportunities to proactively manage overall corporate compliance and add value to your organization at large.

We’ll discuss :

  • How to improve your corporate compliance process
  • How to improve quality and control of data
  • How to increase efficiency and reduce costs

Presenters

Christophe Michiels | Partner | Deloitte Legal

Filip Van Acoleyen | Senior Manager | Deloitte Legal

Jan Roggen | Director | Legal Managed Services | Deloitte Legal

Pay Equity In A Global Context: Key Topics And Trends For An Equitable Workplace

Dbriefs Legal

10 February 2022

Host: Nicolaas Vermandel
Presenters: Kathryn Dooks, Wendy Van Hullebusch, Jessica Kearsey
and Robert O’Hara, Ann Knuckles Mahoney (Epstein Becker Green)

More and more companies focus on pay equity for a number of motives, such as ESG, employer branding, talent attraction and increased legal scrutiny.

Organisations should be mindful of pay discrepancies that might still exist
within job bands and analyse them based on gender, race, sexual orientation and other categories protected by law as any missteps can be very damaging. What changes might your organisation still need to make? We’ll discuss:

  • Key components of a pay equity audit, including the importance of conducting an audit under legal privilege.
  • Latest pay equity trends.
  • A global overview of evolving pay equity laws and legislation, with a focus on the US, UK and Canada.

Learn more about the pay equity audit landscape.

Companies In Financial Difficulties - EU Restructuring Directive And Its Implementation In The Member States

Dbriefs Legal

 2 February 2022

Host: Frank Tschentscher
Presenters: Marie Waechter, Bernhard Koeck, Ruben Kamerling

On 20 June 2019, the European Union adopted the Directive 2019/1023, on restructuring and insolvency (‘the Directive’), making it mandatory for EU Member States to offer a "preventive restructuring framework" for companies in distress. In part, the Directive is a reaction to the forum shopping phenomenon observed in European companies in financial crisis but also responding to a lack of pre-insolvency proceedings in restructuring regimes of many EU member states. How might this affect your organisation? We discuss:

  • An overview of the content and scope of the Directive.
  • Current status of implementation into national legislation.Key features of the respective implementation laws of:
    • Germany 
    • Netherlands
    • France
    • Austria
  • The implications for companies in distress (and their creditors).

Employment Law: Covid-19 vaccination protocols from a legal perspective

Dbriefs Legal

16 June 2021

Host: Luca Failla
Presenters: David Williams, Fernando Bazan, Jennifer Barna (Epstein Becker Green), and Noa Kamzel (Western Digital)

With COVID-19 vaccination taking place throughout Europe and the United States, employers should be evaluating several issues that may impact their workforce, including whether they can make vaccination mandatory, how to encourage their workforce to get vaccinated, if they can request for employee’s vaccination status, etc. What legal actions can employers take on their workforce with respect to vaccination? We’ll discuss:

  • Whether employers can impose vaccination of their workforce?
  • If not, what other measures employers can take.
  • Whether employers can organise their own vaccination programme.
  • Lessons learned.

Negotiation of M&A contracts in Covid-19 times: Lessons learned

Dbriefs Legal

25 May 2021

Host: David Roelens
Presenters: Giuseppe Francesco Mirarchi, Dr. Michael von Rueden, and Hans Vansweevelt

The Covid-19 pandemic has sent a shockwave around the world and brought much of life to a grinding halt. It does not seem to have done the same for M&A, as transaction numbers remain steady and the market even seems to thrive. But if the volume of transactions has not changed, then what has? Our webcast will present viewpoints on this matter from across Europe and will dive deeper into the actual effects of Covid-19 on the M&A practice. Did what we expected at the beginning of the pandemic actually materialise? We'll discuss:

  • M&A and Covid-19: it goes on (current market overview).
  • Negotiation long distance – impact on timing and outcome of transactions?
  • A shift towards a buyer's market: expectations challenged.
    • Deal certainty.
    • Due diligence.
    • Price: determination and payment.
    • Risk allocation mechanisms.
    • Specific contractual (Term sheet/SPA) clauses.
  • Virtual signings and closings across Europe, where are we?

Gain an insight on the current M&A trends and Covid-19 impact from our M&A specialists on the Dbriefs Legal webcast panel. 

Hot topics in cross-border employment: Brexit and the Posted Workers Directive (PWD): Local implementation in different EU countries

Dbriefs Legal 

31 March 2021

Host: Filip Van Overmeiren
Presenters: Kathryn Dooks, Wendy Van Hullebusch, and Filip Van Overmeiren

In the field of cross-border employment, Brexit and on the revision of the Posted Workers Directive (PWD) are the main change driver at the moment. We will provide you with an overview of the state of play of these two hot topics.

With the end of the Brexit transition period on 31 December 2020 and the conclusion of the Trade and Cooperation Agreement, the EU has entered into a new era in its relationship with the UK. We look at the employment law, immigration and social security consequences for employers and what may lie ahead.

Since July 2020, employers sending workers across the EU have to take into account the stricter rules of the revised PWD. This directive introduces an "equal pay for equal work" principle and additional obligations regarding compliance with the host country's labor law. In this session, we will zoom in on the impact of the revised PWD from an employer's perspective and specifically on:

  • New PWD obligations for employers.
  • Current state of transposition in EU countries.
  • Managing PWD and equal pay for assignees and business travelers

VAT in a post-Brexit world – Pitfalls and opportunities

Belgium Dbriefs

25 February 2021

Deloitte continues to host regular business webinars on Brexit in collaboration with Deloitte Legal, and the next event – dedicated to VAT - will address the following issues:

  • What has happened since New Year’s Day?
  • How is VAT impacted by the Agreement? 
  • What do Belgian companies and public agencies see as the main issues so far? 
  • How are things perceived on the UK side and what practical issues have arisen across the Channel? 
  • What are the risks and attention points from a VAT perspective, both in the EU and the UK? 
  • AND all the questions that you as businesses want to ask

Deloitte’s VAT experts will share their experiences and provide advice on how to navigate the new situation. The webinar will not only focus on Belgian VAT, but will also include insights from our UK VAT team. The webinar will feature testimonials from Belgian companies conducting trade with the UK, and insights from the Belgian VAT authorities. 

All businesses that trade with or operate in the UK will find the event useful to help them adapt to the “new Brexit normal” that 2021 has brought. The focus, as always, will be very practical.

Trading with the UK in the post-Brexit era – Pitfalls and opportunities

Belgium Dbriefs

28 January 2021

Four and a half years after the Brexit referendum, the EU and UK finalised a new Trade & Cooperation Agreement on Christmas Eve. The deal provides businesses with much needed certainty and clarity regarding the legal framework for trade with the UK from 2021 onwards. The Agreement has been provisionally applied since 1 January 2021. While tariffs and quotas on goods trade were generally (and mercifully) avoided, new customs and immigration rules and procedures are in force, and several “grey areas” in regulation and data treatment remain to be clarified. 

Meanwhile, manufacturers/producers and transport providers are moving ahead to implement the new rules. Inevitably, much of this is “learning by doing”, and the first weeks of business since 1 January have begun to show some of the realities and obstacles that Brexit has brought. Companies have discovered that the Agreement has created several (expected and unexpected) operational changes that make trade more difficult than before. Some businesses have even decided to discontinue their activities across the English Channel. 

Deloitte continues to host regular business webinars on Brexit and our next event will address the following issues: 

  • What has happened since New Year’s Day?
  • What is covered in the Agreement, and what not? 
  • What do Belgian companies and public agencies see as the main issues so far? 
  • How are things perceived on the UK side? 
  • Why are certain goods subject to tariffs or even blocked at the EU-UK border, despite the new Agreement?
  • AND all the questions that you as businesses want to ask.

Deloitte’s Brexit experts will share their experiences and give advice on how to navigate the new situation. The webinar will also feature testimonials from Belgian companies conducting trade with the UK, Kristian Vanderwaeren (Administrator General of the Belgian Customs Authorities), Patrick Van Cauwenberghe (Trade Facilitation Director at the Port of Zeebrugge), and Ian Stewart (Chief Economist at Deloitte UK). 

All businesses that trade with or operate in the UK will find the event useful to help them adapt to the “new Brexit normal” that 2021 brings. The focus, as always, will be very practical.

Real Estate 2021 trends and challenges

Belgium Dbriefs

26 January 2021

Host: Danny Stas

Presenters: Frédéric Sohet, Dominique Vanherck, Astrid Peeters, Nathalie Vandaele & Pascal Demilecamps

2020 has undoubtedly been a tough year with lots of challenges and I’m sure we are all looking forward to the New Year and putting the current one behind us. 

The Real Estate sector has certainly been heavily impacted by Covid-19. To list just a few examples, remote working is redefining the use and size of office space, the retail industry has been knocked for six, with a move to online shopping and a corresponding acceleration of e-commerce, there is also an increasing need for data logistics, and finding funds for projects has become even more challenging. Covid-19 has changed both the world and the industry. 

So what new trends and challenges do we see? 

  • Real Estate predictions
  • Sustainability
  • Proptech
  • The new way of working
  • Specific Tax/VAT aspects

Remote work: Comparative analysis on local legislations in Canada, China, Germany, and the U.S.

Dbriefs Legal

9 December 2020

Host: Andrew Lilley

Presenters: Philippe Rose, Alexis Lemajic, Andrew Lilley, Klaus Heeke, Susan Gross Sholinsky, and Jolin Song

Whilst companies begin to reopen their offices in different parts of the world, many employees are working from home and may continue to work remotely after the pandemic is over. Employers need to be aware of how employment laws apply to the remote workplace, including hours of work, safety / injury reporting, confidential information, home network security, etc. Our webinar will present a comparative analysis of approaches in different geographies. In particular, we’ll discuss:

  • New local laws, regulations, and policies for remote working.
  • Practical issues and suggestions for the months ahead.
  • A checklist of other related points: taxation (including permanent establishment), immigration, and talent retention (managing employee concerns).

Join our Deloitte specialists who will share lessons learned, best practice, and identify priorities for employers in the next phase. 

TVA de 6% sur la démolition et reconstruction de bâtiments en Belgique : nouvelle législation à partir de 2021

Belgium Dbriefs

4 décembre 2020

Le gouvernement fédéral avait annoncé qu'il étendrait le taux réduit de TVA de 6 % pour la démolition et la reconstruction de logements à l'ensemble du territoire belge. Le gouvernement a tenu sa parole et a récemment adopté la nouvelle législation. Ces nouvelles règles entreront en vigueur le 1er janvier 2021 et étendront le champ d’application du taux de 6 % déjà en vigueur dans les 32 villes. 

La mesure temporaire s'applique non seulement à la construction de nouvelles maisons après la démolition de bâtiments existants, mais également à la vente d'une maison par un promoteur/développeur après la démolition des anciens bâtiments. Toutefois, le nouveau taux réduit de TVA est soumis à des conditions importantes, notamment afin de garantir son caractère social.

6% btw op afbraak en heropbouw in België: de nieuwe wetgeving vanaf 2021

Belgium Dbriefs

4 december 2020

De federale regering kondigde in haar regeringsverklaring aan dat zij het verlaagd btw-tarief van 6% voor de sloop en wederopbouw van woningen zou uitbreiden tot het hele Belgische grondgebied. De regering heeft woord gehouden en de nieuwe wetgeving recent goedgekeurd. Deze nieuwe regels gaan in op 1 januari 2021 en komen bovenop het bestaande 6%-tarief dat reeds bestaat in de 32 steden. 

De tijdelijke maatregel is niet alleen van toepassing op bouw van nieuwe woningen na afbraak van bestaande panden, maar ook op de verkoop van een woning die door een promotor/ontwikkelaar werd opgericht nadat hij de oude panden heeft afgebroken. Het nieuwe verlaagd btw-tarief is wel aan belangrijke voorwaarden onderworpen in het bijzonder om het sociale karakter ervan te garanderen.