News

  • Nowhere to hide: the register of ultimate beneficial owners

    Posted on April 26, 2017 In view of enhancing transparency and in order to avoid abuse of legal entities, the fourth Anti-Money Laundering Directive (nr. 2015/849) has imposed the obligation on member states to install a central register of ultimate beneficial owners of legal entities. It is believed that such a register is required in order to trace criminals who […]

  • The EU adopts new rules imposing supply chain due diligence obligations on EU importers of minerals and metals

    Posted on April 25, 2017 We are happy to share with you our latest trade law alert on the new EU Regulation imposing due diligence obligations on EU importers of tin, tantalum and tungsten, their ores and gold originating in conflict areas. Read the article here

  • The Revised Shareholders’ Rights Directive

    Posted on April 3, 2017 On 3 April 2017, the European Council has adopted the revised Shareholders’ Rights Directive which will encourage active and transparent participation by shareholders of listed companies. The original shareholders’ rights directive entered into force in 2007 (‘SRD’). The SRD and the revised Shareholders’ Rights directive (‘SRD II’) form part of the European Commission’s 2012 Action […]

  • New Innovation Deduction: be aware for the tax audit pitfalls

    Posted on April 3, 2017 For the last couple of months tax specialists have extensively been talking about the new innovation deduction, which was introduced by the law of 9 February 2017. This new innovation deduction replaces the previous patent income deduction (PID) and sends a powerful signal with regard to Belgium’s attractiveness for R&D activities. Read the article here

  • EU Customs must refund anti-dumping duties with interest

    Posted on February 9, 2017 We are very happy to share with you our latest Trade law alert on a judgment delivered on 18 January 2017 by the European Court of Justice, according to which EU customs are now required to pay interest on refunded anti-dumping duties. This is good news for EU importers who are seeking reimbursement of anti-dumping […]

Holland Van Gijzen: lawyers who distinguish themselves


About HVG

HVG is a rapidly growing law firm in the Belgian market. We are an ambitious firm with a no-nonsense mentality. Our lawyers are active in all major jurisdictions that affect businesses.

MDP
We operate as a multidisciplinary practice (MDP). Hence, our approach is clearly different to that taken by traditional law firms. The reason for that is the privileged cooperation HVG has entered into with EY Tax Consultants. We ensure that our clients obtain legal, tax, etc. services of a uniform quality in an integrated way. All pieces of advice seamlessly reinforce each other and provide greater added value.

Core activities
HVG is a full-service business law firm. Our thorough expertise in corporate law, transaction, tax, IP/IT, employment and labor law, commercial and distribution law, financial law and litigation ensures that we can assist with the full spectrum of legal matters your company needs and that it is provided with the best/specialized legal advice. Our lawyers are decisive in their work, pragmatic, clear in the course of actions and are open to interaction. Our priority is given to the interests of the client.

Our clients
HVG focuses mainly on start-ups, SMEs, Belgian subsidiaries of foreign companies and Belgian companies with interests abroad. Our specializations are situated mainly on a number of specific market sectors such as private equity banking government and public sector real estate technology and telecommunications automotive sector health care and life sciences Industrial products consumer products.

Strategy
The core idea of our strategy is a strong and well coordinated cooperation. This way, starting from a specialized position, we have the ability to offer our clients high quality services beyond the physical office boundaries. Our approach is pragmatic and multidisciplinary. Wherever you do business, both nationally and internationally we are able to provide you with our services in a practical and effective way.

Our structure and offices
HVG advocaten-avocats operates on a national and international scale, with offices in Brussels and with HVG in the Netherlands having offices in Amsterdam, The Hague, Eindhoven, Rotterdam, Utrecht and two legal desks in London and New-York. We have corresponding offices in most jurisdictions in Europe and also in Asia, the Americas, Middle East, Africa and Oceania.