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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."

Feedback from a client, Chambers Europe, 2018

"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 com­prend une ré­vi­sion as­sez fon­da­mentale des modes de pas­sa­tion et, en par­ticuli­er, de la procé­dure né­go­ciée et de la struc­tur­a­tion du ré­gime des sec­teurs spé­ci­aux.Les auteurs ap­portent, art­icle par art­icle, leur com­mentaire au re­gard de la dis­pos­i­tion con­cernée. Les com­mentaires se con­centrent sur les élé­ments neufs et ap­portent le re­gard cri­tique des auteurs quant à ces nou­veau­tés. Fa­cilit­ent-elles le trav­ail du praticien ? Sont-elles con­formes à la jur­is­pru­dence ou, au con­traire, vont-elles à contre-cour­ant de pratiques aupara­v­ant ad­mises ? Les com­mentaires tendent égale­ment, là où cela s’avère ap­pro­prié, à présenter au lec­teur une ver­sion sim­pli­fiée, voire cla­ri­fiée et sys­témat­isée (par­fois sous la forme de tableaux) de la dis­pos­i­tion.
    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.   Notre cab­in­et as­siste les pouvoirs ad­ju­dic­ateurs et les opérat­eurs économiques, soit au st­ade de la con­cep­tion des opéra­tions, soit lors de leur ex­écu­tion, soit en­core dans le cadre du con­ten­tieux. Il est quo­ti­di­en­nement con­fronté à la ré­dac­tion des doc­u­ments de marché et à la né­go­ci­ation d’opéra­tions com­plexes, à l’ana­lyse et à l’at­tri­bu­tion de com­mandes, que ce soit en matière de marchés de travaux, de fournitures ou de ser­vices. La ré­dac­tion des doc­u­ments du marché se fait régulière­ment grâce à une équipe plur­idiscip­lin­aire, per­met­tant d’ap­préhender l’en­semble des as­pects de l’opéra­tion : ques­tions urb­an­istiques, en­viron­nementales, fisc­ales et so­ciales, que ce soit pour des marchés « classiques » ou dans le cadre de con­ces­sions, de marchés de pro­mo­tion ou de PPP. Il as­siste égale­ment les opérat­eurs économiques au st­ade de la con­fec­tion des of­fres ou de l’ex­écu­tion du marché.Pour sa­voir plus sur notre ex­pert­ise en matière de marchés pub­lics, veuillez téléchar­ger notre bro­chure ci-des­sous.Ons kan­toor beschikt over een diep­gaande ken­nis in­za­ke over­heidsop­dracht­en, enerz­ijds dankz­ij onze da­gelijkse activ­iteiten en an­derz­ijds doord­at onze ad­voc­aten sterk be­t­rokken zijn bij di­verse on­derzoeks- en opleidingsin­stellin­gen.CMS De­Back­er staat de aan­bestedende over­heden en de on­dernem­in­gen bij, het­zij bij het ontwikkelen van hun mededin­ging­s­pro­ced­ure of of­ferte, het­zij bij de uit­vo­er­ing er­van of nog in het kader van gerechts­mid­delen. Wij houden ons da­gelijks bezig met het op­stel­len van mededin­gings­doc­u­menten en het on­der­han­delen van com­plexe trans­acties, alsook met de ana­lyse en de gun­ning van op­dracht­en, zow­el in het kader van werken, leverin­gen of di­en­sten. Wij tre­den op zow­el voor over­heden in de klassieke sec­toren als aan­bestedende en­titeiten in de nut­sectoren (en­er­gie, trans­port, postdi­en­sten, wa­ter­sect­or). Re­gel­matig worden de op­dracht­doc­u­menten op­gesteld door een mul­tidiscip­lin­air team dat in staat is om alle as­pec­ten van de trans­actie reeds in een pril sta­di­um over­zichtelijk te maken, bij­voor­beeld voor wat be­treft alle steden­bouwkun­dige, fisc­ale, so­ciale of mi­lieuaspec­ten, en dit ongeacht of het gaat om ‘klassieke’ over­heidsop­dracht­en, con­cessies, pro­motieop­dracht­en of PPS. Wij staan on­dernem­in­gen even­eens bij met de re­dactie van hun of­fertes of de uit­vo­er­ing van de op­dracht.Om meer te weten over onze ex­pert­ise in Over­heidsop­dracht­en, down­load de bro­chure hieron­der.
    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: per­mit­ting and reg­u­lat­ory, cor­por­ate and tax mar­kets, con­tracts, state aid and com­pet­i­tion, ad­min­is­trat­ive and crim­in­al pro­ceed­ings, etc.Find out more about our ex­pert­ise in En­vir­on­ment, En­ergy and Pub­lic Real Es­tate by down­load­ing the bro­chure be­low.

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    November 2019
    CMS Pub­lic Pro­cure­ment Tool­box of Rem­ed­ies
    Tool­box of rem­ed­ies in pub­lic award pro­ced­ures avail­able across 35 jur­is­dic­tions. Down­load here!
    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
    E-pub­lic pro­cure­ment
    E-pub­lic pro­cure­ment in a nut­shell
    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...
    June 2019
    CMS Pub­lic Pro­cure­ment Glob­al Bro­chure
    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...