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Public Law

Belgium

Our Public and Administrative law team has a broad experience in all fields of public and administrative law. We deal with the most important matters concerning public procurements and financing public projects, public-private partnerships and public utilities. We also provide representation before regulatory authorities, the European Commission, the Competition Council in Belgium and other national jurisdictions. Whether you are a public organization, a municipal, regional or federal government or a European institution, our lawyers always handle your matters with an in-depth understanding of the sector in which you operate.

Our lawyers assist their clients in drafting laws and regulations (including for the implementation of European directives), in the creation of new public or private actors, or their reorganisation. We have an extensive knowledge of the public authorities’ interventions in the economy: competition, State aid, public holdings, inter-municipal entities, economic expansion laws, public service concessions, management agreements, exclusive and special rights, Eurostat criteria, etc.

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"Business-oriented, accessible and flexible"

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"Clear, structured and well-prepared advice."

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"Sources laud the 'very competent and pragmatic' lawyers and highlight their responsiveness."

Chambers Europe, 2018

"The team was very flexible. They delivered complex output within a very short timeframe and they gathered the right resources to help us. I always feel supported by the CMS team."

Feedback from a client - Chambers Europe, 2017

“[The team leaves a] really good impression due to its perfect reactivity and really good knowledge of the subject," and adds that it delivers "concrete opinions and advice to the questions asked."

Feedback from a client - Chambers Europe, 2017

"Virginie Dor [...] is praised by interviewees for providing 'hands-on, pragmatic advice to clients whose business she understands very quickly'."

Chambers Europe, 2018

“Annabelle Lepièce has notable experience in aviation matters, continuing to represent the SOWAER and the Walloon Authorities in relation to recent developments in the Commission's investigation into alleged state aid granted by Charleroi Airport to Ryanair.”

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    Public Procurement & PPP

    The quality of public services is increasingly determined by skilled public procurement management. Your business and any real estate developments, joint ventures, restructuring or sale programmes cannot function without a deep understanding of how procurement regulates your plans. As a contracting authority or a bidder in local, EU and international procurement procedures, you can benefit from legal advisors with extensive experience on both sides of the process. We can guide you through complex infrastructure, transport and IT projects, not only in the public sector but also concerning utilities such as electricity, gas and airports. We can also represent you in procurement-related disputes and litigation.

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    Com­mentaire art­icle par art­icle de la loi du 17 juin 2016 re­l­at­ive aux...
    La loi du 17 juin 2016 re­l­at­ive aux marchés pub­lics vise à trans­poser les dir­ect­ives européennes de 2014 (2014/24/UE pour les sec­teurs classiques et 2014/25/UE pour les sec­teurs spé­ci­aux).La ré­forme qu’elle opère n’est pas seule­ment cos­métique. Elle
    Marchés pub­lics - Over­heidsop­dracht­en
    CMS De­Back­er dis­pose d’une con­nais­sance ap­pro­fon­die dans le do­maine des marchés pub­lics, grâce à une pratique quo­ti­di­enne d’une part, et à une forte im­plic­a­tion de ses membres dans des or­gan­isa­tions d’étude et de form­a­tion du sec­teur d’autre part.   
    En­vir­on­ment, En­ergy & Pub­lic Real Es­tate
    Our team of­fers an ex­pert­ise on all leg­al ser­vices re­lat­ing to En­vir­on­ment, En­ergy and Pub­lic Real Es­tate, in­clud­ing leg­al ad­vising, pro­ject man­age­ment, le­gis­lat­ive work and lit­ig­a­tion. Our prac­tice cov­ers all as­pects of our cli­ents’ busi­nesses: perm

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    July 2020
    A com­plete per­spect­ive
    With over 150 pub­lic pro­cure­ment spe­cial­ists world­wide, the CMS Pub­lic Pro­cure­ment Group helps you re­solve com­plex pub­lic tender is­sues – in­clud­ing the form­a­tion and build­ing of bid­ding con­sor­tia, e-pro­cure­ment, pro­tec­tion of con­fid­en­tial in­form­a­tion, ant
    05 May 2020
    Coronavir­us crisis: More flex­ib­il­ity for European struc­tur­al and in­vest­ment...
    On 23 April 2020, the European Uni­on ad­op­ted Reg­u­la­tion (EU) N° 2020/558 on spe­cif­ic meas­ures to provide ex­cep­tion­al flex­ib­il­ity in the use of European Struc­tur­al and In­vest­ment Funds in re­sponse to...
    November 2019
    CMS Pub­lic Pro­cure­ment Tool­box of Rem­ed­ies
    Tool­box of rem­ed­ies in pub­lic award pro­ced­ures avail­able across 35 jur­is­dic­tions. Down­load here!
    04 May 2020
    In­ter­na­tion­al Law in times of crisis: COV­ID-19 and For­eign In­vest­ments
    As the COV­ID-19 pan­dem­ic con­tin­ues to un­ravel without re­gard to na­tion­al bor­ders, coun­tries around the world are faced with both pub­lic health and eco­nom­ic is­sues on a scale not pre­vi­ously seen. In this...
    November 2019
    E-pub­lic pro­cure­ment
    E-pub­lic pro­cure­ment in a nut­shell
    27 March 2020
    Min­is­ter of Justice wants to en­force writ­ten pro­ced­ure dur­ing lock­down
    In Bel­gi­um, the Min­is­ter of Justice, Koen Geens, has pro­posed a draft Roy­al De­cree aimed at gen­er­al­ising the writ­ten pro­ced­ure for all dis­putes cur­rently pending be­fore the Bel­gian courts. The draft aims...
    11/01/2019
    VIR­GINIE DOR RE­APPOIN­TED AS PUB­LIC PRO­CURE­MENT EX­PERT WITH THE EUROPEAN...
    27 March 2020
    Man­aging clin­ic­al tri­als un­der COV­ID-19: New EU guid­ance is­sued for spon­sors...
    The COV­ID-19 pan­dem­ic has had a dra­mat­ic im­pact on European health sys­tems, whose pri­or­ity first and fore­most is the treat­ment of pa­tients suf­fer­ing from this dis­ease both in the in-pa­tient and out-pa­tient...
    22/06/2018
    June 2018 News­let­ter
    12 September 2019
    UK food and cos­met­ic pro­du­cers to the EU to face new reg­u­la­tions after...
    As Brexit draws near­er and with the like­li­hood of an un­reg­u­lated exit still not off the table, EU-27 com­pan­ies im­port­ing or selling food or cos­met­ics from Great Bri­tain face li­ab­il­ity risks if they con­tin­ue...
    30/11/2017
    Novem­ber 2017 News­let­ter
    15 January 2019
    European Court of Justice rules in fa­vour of Italy’s Lotto con­ces­sion mod­el
    On 19 Decem­ber 2018, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) con­firmed that Italy’s “sole con­ces­sion­aire mod­el” for man­aging the con­ces­sion for its com­pu­ter­ised na­tion­al lot­tery and re­lated fixed-odds...