30. April 2018

Dutch Supreme court provides clarity on shareholders' rights to place items on the agenda

The right of shareholders to put items on the agenda of the general meeting pursuant to Section 114a of Book 2 of the Dutch Civil Code, has proved to be an effective means in recent years by which (activist) shareholders have been able to influence the strategy of listed companies. On 20 April last, the Dutch Supreme Court issued an important ruling with regard to the right to place items on the agenda, which shows that shareholders cannot oblige a company to include items which belong to the exclusive competence of the management board on the agenda of the general meeting for a vote.

Ihr Kontakt: Thijs Butter

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23. April 2018

Heussen Joined the Trade Mission to China Led by the Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte

From 8 to 13 April 2018, Prime Minister Mark Rutte led a large Dutch trade delegation, officially visiting China on a trade mission. The delegation comprised about 165 businesses and research institutes from five main sectors. 

Ihr Kontakt: Wendy Liu

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20. April 2018

Publication by Anneke Pelser and Suzanne Gerritse in "tijdschrift Arbeidsrechtpraktijk" (TAP): THE EXTENDED PROBATIONARY PERIOD: A DESIRABLE CHANGE?

The new coalition government has formulated its new policy intentions for reform of employment law regulations. These policy regulations referred to as 'Confidence in the Future' outline a number of changes to employment law regulations aimed at providing a more attractive climate for employers to, inter alia, enter into employment contracts for an indefinite period of time. In this article (in Dutch) we will first of all deal with these questions. Subsequently, we will, by analyzing case law, identify possible consequences of extending the probationary period, and in particular, discuss the need for doing so.

Ihr Kontakt: Anneke Pelser-Stekelenburg

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19. April 2018

1st Sino-Dutch E-commerce Forum in Rotterdam

On 13 April, the 1st Sino-Dutch E-commerce Forum took place in Rotterdam,  jointly organized by the Shanghai Business Association The Netherlands and Rotterdam Partners. HEUSSEN was invited as a member of the Shanghai Business Association The Netherlands. 

Ihr Kontakt: Wendy Liu

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17. April 2018

Employment Law seminar

On Tuesday 17 April 2018 HEUSSEN’s Employment Law practice hosted an Employment Law Seminar for clients and business relations. Nils van Dijkman and Anneke Pelser discussed various current employment law topics, such as recent developments in case law and the legislative proposals for changes in the law.

Ihr Kontakt: Anneke Pelser-Stekelenburg

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13. April 2018

LEGAL 500 EMEA 2018: RECOMMENDATIONS FOR HEUSSEN AND ITS LAWYERS

Top tier L500 2018

HEUSSEN has again been ranked for the following practice areas: Commercial, corporate and M&A and Employment. The Legal 500 describes Heussen as ‘fast, accurate’ and ‘results-driven’. Some of our lawyers are recommended as individual experts.

We would like to thank our clients and peers for their kind words.

Ihr Kontakt: Paul A. Josephus Jitta

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23. März 2018

Implementation of the Fourth Anti-Money Laundering Directive - Part II

big brother

On 6 March Parliament approved the virtually unchanged bill for the implementation of the European fourth anti-money laundering directive (in short: the 'Implementation Act') without too many questions and discussions, despite the necessary criticism. The only amendment to the proposal since the amending letter of 31 January (in which only minimal technical corrections have been made to the text) has been to double the fine that can be imposed on the institutions subject to the Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing (Prevention) Act ('Wwft').

Ihr Kontakt: Ernst ter Braak

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22. März 2018

HEUSSEN ADVISED KIDSFOUNDATION WITH THE ACQUISITION OF SKS ALLES KIDS

HEUSSEN assisted KidsFoundation with the acquisition of SKS Alles Kids. SKS Alles Kids is a child care organization with 30 locations in the Netherlands. With the acquisition of SKS Alles Kids, KidsFoundation expands its activities in the Dutch child care business. KidsFoundation now has almost 300 locations in the Netherlands.

The HEUSSEN team consisted of Paul A. Josephus JittaThijs ButterErnst ter BraakCorine Vos and Iris Hanssen.

Ihr Kontakt: Paul A. Josephus Jitta

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3. März 2018

#metoo in employment law

Nils van Dijkman, our partner in the employment law practice and head of the Sweden Desk, was recently interviewed by "Academie voor de Rechtspraktijk". The subject was: #metoo in employment law. What do judges say about unacceptable sexual behavior and sexual harassment and what measures can an employer take to guarantee a safe working environment? In the interview Nils van Dijkman discusses some remarkable statements and provides practical tips for employers. Click here to watch the interview (in Dutch).

 

Ihr Kontakt: Nils E.W. van Dijkman

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2. März 2018

Deposit annual accounts in digital form

Legal entities are required to publish the annual accounts by filing them with the Chamber of Commerce. In the past, legal entities could either deposit the annual accounts in printed form or in digital form. Following the entry into force of the Decree of electronic filing (Besluit elektronische deponering handelsregister) on 1 July 2016, the Dutch trade register will no longer accept annual accounts in printed form.

Ihr Kontakt: Corine Vos

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21. Februar 2018

HEUSSEN ADVISES ON ACQUISITION OF CAMERA WAREHOUSE

Heussen (Paul A. Josephus Jitta) has supported Camera Warehouse with the sale of its physical shops in Amsterdam and Haarlem and the sale of its online store. These are purchased by the photography and video specialist, Kamera Express. The Parties see the takeover not only as an opportunity to achieve further growth, but in particular as a joining of forces. The collaboration between Camera Warehouse and Kamera Express will enable Kamera Express to expand its photography activities in the Dutch market.

Click here  for the official press release (in Dutch) from Kamera Express.

Ihr Kontakt: Paul A. Josephus Jitta

19. Februar 2018

HEUSSEN ADVISES KOKORO ON JOINING MAKERSTREET

Kokoro news

Heussen (Paul A. Josephus Jitta) has supported Kokoro in the process of joining Makerstreet. During this process, Makerstreet has acquired an equity interest in Kokoro. Kokoro will remain an independent brand name. Makerstreet has all of the digital specialisms under one roof to enable brands, products and services to improve and differentiate themselves through digital excellence, digital production and innovation. The acquisition of Kokoro means a further expansion in the digital marketing sector .

Click here for the official press release from Kokoro (in Dutch).

Ihr Kontakt: Paul A. Josephus Jitta

7. Februar 2018

Evaluation of the Management and Supervision Act

The Management and Supervision (adjustment) Regulations Act Public and Private Companies  (Wet bestuur en toezicht) (hereafter: the Act) entered into effect on 1 January 2013. During the parliamentary debate the Minister of Security and Justice had pledged that the Act was to be evaluated three years after it entered into effect. At the request of the Minister of Security and Justice the research was conducted by the University of Groningen and the results of the research were published on 15 December 2017. This article will address some of the research team’s conclusions and recommendations.

Ihr Kontakt: Iris Hanssen

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7. Februar 2018

HEUSSEN ADVISES ADDERACARE AB (PUBL) WITH THE ACQUISITION OF HUKA B.V.

HEUSSEN assisted AdderaCare AB (Publ) with the acquisition of Huka B.V. Malmö (Sweden) based AdderaCare is a corporate group active in the accessibility and home care industry that acquires companies offering products that help people develop, feel better, and more easily manage their day-to-day lives. With the acquisition of Huka B.V. AdderaCare has set its first steps into the Dutch market. Huka B.V. develops a wide range of innovative bicycles and other forms of transport. The HEUSSEN team consisted of Stan RobbersErnst ter Braak and Iris Hanssen. The deal was closed on 1 February 2018. 

Ihr Kontakt: Stan Robbers

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3. Januar 2018

#Metoo

The film actor Kevin Spacey, who is known for among other things his key role in the Netflix series House of Cards, found that his work dried up in a few days after he was accused of unacceptable sexual behaviour. Accusations of unacceptable sexual behaviour occur with some regularity on the work floor. Can an employee accused of unacceptable sexual behaviour be sacked? 

Ihr Kontakt: Anneke Pelser-Stekelenburg

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8. Dezember 2017

Implementation of the Fourth Anti-money Laundering Directive

On 16 October, a legislative proposal was put before the Dutch Lower House for the implementation of the European fourth anti-money laundering directive (which we will refer to as the “implementation act” for the sake of brevity) that will lead to an amendment to the Wwft. The introduction of the legislative proposal is somewhat late as the directive should have been implemented by 26 June 2017. 

Ihr Kontakt: Ernst ter Braak

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6. Dezember 2017

The Netherlands Commercial Court

Towards the end of the year there are always legislative proposals that still need to be debated in Parliament. A good example of this is the legislative proposal regarding the establishment of the Netherlands Commercial Court (the ”NCC”) and the Netherlands Commercial Court of Appeal (the “NCCA”) that was submitted to Parliament on 17 July 2017.

Ihr Kontakt: Joyce Kempers

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1. Dezember 2017

NEW GOVERNMENT PROPOSES CHANGES IN EMPLOYMENT LAW

Following the general elections in March 2017, the jointly governing Liberal Party finally concluded its negotiations with potential new coalition parties in September 2017 with the aim forming a new government. In October 2017 the newly formed coalition government published its plans for the next four years. A considerable number of these plans concern proposed changes in employment law. 

Ihr Kontakt: Niels van Gelder

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27. November 2017

Heussen advises child care organisation KidsFoundation with the acquisition of child care orgainsation Zus en Zo

Heussen (Paul A. Josephus JittaErnst ter Braak and Thijs Butter) assisted child care organisation KidsFoundation with the acquisition of the Rotterdam based child care organisation Zus en Zo, with 26 locations. KidsFoundation is an affiliate of Smallsteps. Smallsteps has more than 220 locations in the Netherlands. With the acquisition of Zus en Zo, KidsFoundation expands its activities in the Dutch child care business.

For the official website of KidsFoundation, clicke here

Ihr Kontakt: Paul A. Josephus Jitta

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