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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."

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“[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."

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"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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    CMS Pub­lic Pro­cure­ment Tool­box of Rem­ed­ies
    Tool­box of rem­ed­ies in pub­lic award pro­ced­ures avail­able...
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    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
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    04 May 20
    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
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    12 Sep 19
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    10 Feb 17
    In­dia Budget 2017 - 2018
    On 1 Feb­ru­ary, Fin­ance Min­is­ter Ar­un Jait­ley presen­ted In­dia’s an­nu­al Uni­on Budget for 2017-2018 (the “Budget”) for the fisc­al year be­gin­ning 1 April 2017. The cent­ral aim in this year’s Budget...
    10 Feb 17
    As­sess­ing pro­por­tion­al­ity in pub­lic pro­cure­ment? The un­cer­tainty re­mains
    On 14 Decem­ber 2016, the European Court of Justice ("ECJ") answered the Dutch Su­preme Court’s ("DSC") pre­lim­in­ary ques­tions re­gard­ing Art­icle 45 (2) of the EU pub­lic pro­cure­ment dir­ect­ive (Dir­ect­ive...
    22 Nov 16
    Dis­pute res­ol­u­tion in the con­struc­tion in­dustry: a new pro­ced­ure has...
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    09 Nov 16
    The pro­tec­tion of cross-bor­der in­vest­ments un­der the Canada-EU trade...
    Fol­low­ing ne­go­ti­ations first launched in May 2009, the Com­pre­hens­ive Eco­nom­ic and Trade Agree­ment (“CETA”) was signed by Canada and the EU on 30 Oc­to­ber 2016. CETA is a free trade agree­ment, which...
    19 Oct 16
    Is a Rus­si­an court com­pet­ent to re­solve an in­vest­ment-re­lated dis­pute...
    Sum­mary On 5 Au­gust 2016, Rus­si­an busi­ness­man and former co-own­er of the Lithuani­an Bank Snor­as, Mr. Vladi­mir Ant­onov, filed a claim against the Re­pub­lic of Lithuania (rep­res­en­ted by the Min­istry of...