RPS-TRV Prize 2016 awarded to Tom Vos: freeze-out of minority shareholders


The TRV-RPS Prize 2016 for the best master thesis in company, financial or tax law written at a Belgian university is awarded to Tom Vos. His master thesis studied “freeze-outs of minority shareholders” using a comparative law and economics approach. The thesis is available here. A revised version will also be published in TRV-RPS.

This prize has been awarded by the Revue pratique des sociétés (RPS) since 2009. Since the merger of RPS with the Tijschrift voor Rechtspersoon en Vennootschap (TRV) in 2016, the prize is awarded by the combined journal TRV-RPS, the leading journal for company law in Belgium.

About the master thesis

The master thesis started from the problem that minority shareholders of a listed company often constitute a nuisance to a controlling shareholder. It then considered to what extent the controlling shareholder can eliminate the minority shareholders through a freeze-out, and what protection these minority shareholders should receive. Continue reading “RPS-TRV Prize 2016 awarded to Tom Vos: freeze-out of minority shareholders”

Pre-insolvency proceedings, normative foundation and framework

A post by guest blogger Nicolaes W.A. Tollenaar

Legislation is currently being prepared, at both the European and the national levels, to introduce proceedings that aim to rescue ailing businesses before formal insolvency proceedings are begun. Such proceedings are commonly referred to as “pre-insolvency” proceedings. They provide for the right, outside formal insolvency proceedings, to propose a restructuring plan to creditors and other capital providers that, under certain circumstances, can be imposed upon opposing parties.

On 22 November 2016, as part of the Action Plan for a Capital Markets Union, the EC published a draft directive on preventive restructuring frameworks which, upon adoption, will compel the Member States to introduce pre-insolvency proceedings into their national systems. At the same time, the Dutch Government is working on a draft of the Continuity of Enterprises Act (Voorontwerp Wet Continuïteit Onderneming II), which seeks to introduce pre-insolvency proceedings in the Netherlands.

Dr. Nicolaes Tollenaar has kindly provided us with the following summary of his recent research regarding the normative foundation and framework of such pre-insolvency proceedings.

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Brexit and Corporate Citizenship


Recently, PM Theresa May indicated her willingness to pursue a “hard” Brexit, taking Great Britain completely out of the EU’s single market in order to reclaim full control of immigration and shake off the authority of the EU’s judges. The consequences of such a Brexit promise to be far-reaching, both for natural  and legal persons. With respect to the latter, time has come to really start thinking about a plan B (pun intended).

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Harmonisation of insolvency law: a critique

Late last year, the European Commission publised its proposal on a new approach to business insolvency in Europe. This proposal was recently translated in all languages of the European Union. In a working paper, professor Eidenmüller (Oxford) strongly criticizes the conceptual framework of said proposal.

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De nieuwe kleren van de keizer


In een vonnis van 31 oktober 2016 heeft de rechtbank van koophandel te Antwerpen de homologatie van het reorganisatieplan van de NV Corsan geweigerd. In een aantal vonnissen van dezelfde datum werd eveneens de homologatie van de reorganisatieplannen van met de NV Corsan verbonden (project)vennootschappen geweigerd. Over de achtergrond van deze zaken is voldoende verslag gedaan in de (financiële) pers. De NV Corsan had zich toegelegd op de productie van films, o.a. het historische epos Emperor, gebruik makend van de fiscaal gunstige tax shelter-regeling. Een dispuut over de toepassing van deze regeling lag mede aan de grondslag van de financiële problemen van de schuldenaar. Continue reading “De nieuwe kleren van de keizer”

Bent u al buitengewone schuldeiser?


Het arrest van het Grondwettelijk Hof van 6 oktober 2016 (hier te vinden) biedt de gelegenheid om enkele principes inzake de gerechtelijke reorganisatie door collectief akkoord kritisch te belichten. Continue reading “Bent u al buitengewone schuldeiser?”