Altius Lawyers
Altius is one of the largest independent law firms in Belgium. The firm assists companies in their international and Belgian transactions and litigation, and also acts as day-to-day counsel for many Belgian companies and susbsidiaries of multinationals. For all tax-related issues, Altius maintains an operational relationship with niche firm Tiberghien.As an independent firm, Altius succeeds in attracting high-level advice and services. The firm’s clients include multinational corporations, Belgian corporations and fast-growing smaller businesses in various industry sectors. The firm also acts for commercial banks, investment banks and VCs.Altius is highly experienced in cross-border work and the firm’s lawyers are often praised for their international approach to problem solving which takes into account global issues within a local market context. Most of Altius’ lawyers are trilingual (Dutch, French and English), and some can also work in German, Italian and Spanish. The firm’s lawyers aim to be positive, constructive and give clear, workable advice, and they can work rapidly and adjust to changing business situations.Altius has a strong reputation in mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property, banking and finance, commercial contracts, employment law, commercial litigation and arbitration, pharmaceuticals, competition law, telecommunications and information technology.Practice areas:Banking & Finance- Asset and acquisition finance- Capital markets- Financial services- General bankingCommercial- Commercial contracts relating to supply, agency, distribution, franchising, manufacture, research and development etc.- Advertising, commercial communications and unfair competition- Product liability and labelling- Trade practices and consumer protectionCompetition Law- Advising on merger control and merger filings- Advising on the application of Belgian and EU antitrust rules- Filings and complaints- Litigation before Belgian courts- Drafting of compliance programs- Assistance during “dawn raids”Corporate- Mergers and acquisitions, divestitures- Joint ventures, shareholders’ arrangements, consortia and other corporate alliances- Management and leveraged buy-outs- Private equity- Company formation and investment- Corporate restructuring and reorganisations- Company secretarial servicesEmployment- Day-to-day advice on all employment issues relating to the conduct of business in Belgium- Contracts and policies for employees- Termination of employment contracts- Collective disputes and industrial action; industrial relations- International employment situations- Stock option plans and other employee incentivesEnvironment & Real Estate- Environmental permit systems: coverage and compliance- Pre- and post-acquisition environmental audits and advice- Soil clean-up issues, waste disposal, nuisance issues- Nature and landscape protection- Environmental liability- Town planning and zoning rules- Building and allotment permits- Real estate transactions and rights “in rem”- Pre-emption rights- Rules for the construction industryInformation and Communication Technology- ICT agreements (software development/transfer/license, hardware, maintenance, support, escrow, ASP, SLA, web services, ICT consultancy etc.)- E-commerce- Data protection- Electronic communications- Digital signatures- Computer crime- ICT-related litigation- Entertainment and media lawInsolvency- Bankruptcy and other insolvency procedures- RestructuringIntellectual property- Protection and exploitation of intellectual property rights- Services relating to patents, designs, trademarks and copyrights- Exploitation agreements including licenses, assignments, joint venture agreements and manufacturing and supply agreements- National and EC authorisation proceduresLife sciences- Intellectual property and data protection- Marketing of medicinal products- Pricing and reimbursement- Medical devices- Parapharmaceuticals- Cell & tissue engineered productsLitigation- All forms of litigation before the Belgian courts and the European Court of Justice (in Dutch as well as in French)- Arbitration- Enforcement of foreign judgements and arbitral awards.Regulatory & Administrative Law- Permits and licenses in different industries- Public procurement and concessions- Public-private partnerships- Expropriation and public domain issues- Litigation before the Constitutional Court and the Council of StateSports Law- Competition law aspects- Protection and exploitation of intellectual property rights- Sponsorship agreements- Employment contractsTaxationFor all tax matters, ALTIUS works closely with Tiberghien. Please visit the Tiberghien web site for a description of our tax capabilities.

practice areas

Alternative Dispute ResolutionBanking LawCommercial LawCommunications and MediaCorporate LawFinanceInformation TechnologyInsuranceIntellectual PropertyLabor and EmploymentReal EstateSports LawTaxationTelecommunications LawUnfair Competition

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