De Smallsteps-zaak: meer dan een jaar later

Samenvattende bijdrage “Het stil faillissement na de Smallsteps-zaak: uit het oog, maar niet uit het hart” in TBH-RDC

Indien we via dit forum een wedstrijd zouden organiseren waarin we het meest spraakmakende insolventierechtelijke arrest van de voorbije twee jaar zouden verkiezen, dan zou het Smallsteps-arrest wellicht bijzonder hoog scoren. Het Smallsteps-arrest had immers tot gevolg dat het Belgische stil faillissement nooit verder is geraakt dan de parlementaire voorbereidingen (de geschrapte art. XX.33-34 WER). In de wandelgangen was dit arrest dan ook met enige regelmaat het geliefkoosde insolventie- én arbeidsrechtelijke onderwerp.

Opmerkelijk is evenwel dat die informele gesprekken de Belgische auteurs niet in beweging hebben gezet, althans niet in dezelfde mate als bij onze Noorderburen, waar volledige tijdschriftafleveringen en conferenties besteed werden/worden aan enkel en alleen (de gevolgen van) dit arrest (zie bv. het pre-packxit symposium te Groningen). In de Belgische doctrine beperken de sporen van dit “fossiel”, behoudens de enkele zeer lezenswaardige bijdragen van Roman Aydogdu (ULg, ULB)[1], zich voornamelijk tot kanttekeningen in bepaalde verslagboeken en een verkeerde nummering in een aantal concordantietabellen. De trouwe lezer van het Corporate Finance Lab werd daarnaast ten tijde van het verschijnen van dit arrest even bestookt met onze berichtgevingen (zie o.a. hier, hier, hier, hier en hier).

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New EU rules on company law: more flexibility, more protection?

Company Law package may have large impact on cross-border mobility of EU companies

Yesterday, the European Commission launched two proposals for new rules on the cross-border mobility and digital registration of companies. The rules are intended to make it easier for companies to merge, divide or move within the European Union, as well as to prevent social dumping, tax evasion and other forms of abuse.

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Superconfex-arrest: Cassatie bevestigt principes over draagwijdte van ‘lex concursus’ en individuele schade bij oplichting

Cassatie 4 april 2017 (“Superconfex”)

In een arrest van 4 april 2017 (P.16.0484) inzake het faillissement van de bekende textielketen “Superconfex”, diende het Hof van Cassatie zich te buigen over enkele vragen die zich situeren in het domein van het (Europese) insolventierecht en het strafrecht. We focussen daarbij op de voornaamste juridische knopen die het Hof moest doorhakken: het toepassingsgebied van de lex concursus en de aanwezigheid van individuele schade in hoofde van een schuldeiser die slachtoffer was van oplichting. Continue reading “Superconfex-arrest: Cassatie bevestigt principes over draagwijdte van ‘lex concursus’ en individuele schade bij oplichting”

European Private International Law at 50. Celebrating and Contemplating EEX and its Successors

Jura Falconis Conference 23 March 2018, 10 AM – 5:30 PM (College De Valk, Leuven)

In 2018 we celebrate the 50th year since the adoption of the 1968 Brussels Convention on jurisdiction and the enforcement of judgments in civil and commercial matters. The 1968 attempt to facilitate the free movement of judgments in the EU, helped lay the foundations for the exciting developments in European private international law which have occurred since. Many of the outstanding issues in what is now the Brussels I Recast (also known as EEX-bis; or Brussels Ibis) continue to have an impact on other parts of European civil procedure.

Co-organised by Leuven Law’s Institute of Private International Law and Jura Falconis, KU Leuven’s student law review, this event will consider, capita selecta wise, the application and implications of the Convention and its successors. It will also discuss the future direction of EU private international law both for civil and commercial matters, and for issues outside of commercial litigation. At a time when in most Member States the majority of commercial transactions have some kind of international element, this is a timely refresher for practitioners, judges, students and scholars alike.
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European Commission announces proposals on covered bonds, cross-border distribution of investment funds and cross-border transactions in claims and securities

“Capital Markets Union: breaking down barriers to cross-border investments and accelerating delivery”

The European Commission announced today proposals on (i) covered bonds, (ii) cross-border distribution of investment funds and (iii) the law applicable to cross-border transactions in claims and securities (press release).

The latter issue was dealt with in a previous post on this blog by Louis Coussée. The assignment of a claim refers to a situation where a creditor transfers the right to claim a debt to another person in exchange of a payment. This system is used by companies to obtain liquidity and access credit. At the moment, there is no legal certainty as to which national law applies when determining who owns a claim after it has been assigned in a cross-border case. The new rules proposed today clarify according to which law such disputes are resolved: as a general rule, the law of the country where creditors have their habitual residence would apply, regardless of which Member State’s courts or authorities examine the case.

The measures presented today, and the applicable to cross-border transactions in claims and securities.

The proposals will be presented by May 2018 in order to make it possible that legislation can be adopted before European Parliament elections in 2019.

More information is available from a Fact Sheet issued by the Commission.

Lost in translation? The case of ‘trust insolvency’

A ‘hybrid mismatch’ in private law?

In a previous blogpost, we formulated some thoughts on the CJEU’s judgment in the Panayi Trust Case. We concluded that, for various reasons, it could reasonably be expected that trusts can indeed be considered to be ‘entities’ which can come under the scope of the freedom of establishment.

The importance of language

Apart from this conclusion, the different language versions of the CJEU’s judgment, and especially a comparison thereof, make for an interesting reading.  Continue reading “Lost in translation? The case of ‘trust insolvency’”

Brexit and EU rules on company law

A Notice to Stakeholders was recently published on the website of the European Commission, DG Justice and Consumers, regarding legal repercussions which need to considered (if and) when the United Kingdom becomes a third country.

As of the withdrawal date, UK incorporated companies will be(come) third country companies and therefore not automatically be recognised under Article 54 TFEU by the Member States. They may, however, be recognised in accordance with each Member State’s national law (private international law rules concerning companies and the subsequently applicable substantive company law), or international law treaties. Continue reading “Brexit and EU rules on company law”