June 19, 2016

Emmanuel Szafran spoke at several multidisciplinary seminars in May and June 2016 on the recently adopted EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

After nearly four years of intense negotiations, the lengthy regulation was formally adopted by the European Parliament on 14 April 2016. The GDPR introduces new European data protection rules that will directly apply in all EU Member States. It modernises the current data protection framework and strengthens compliance obligations. The regulation will apply to EU controllers and processors but also to organisations not established in the EU processing personal data of data subjects located in the EU in relation to offerings of goods or services or behavioral monitoring. In view of the new enforcement powers of national data protection authorities and of the potentially drastic sanctions, compliance with the new GDPR is a must.

Prepare now. The new Regulation can have a significant impact on your company. It is key for companies to immediately start reviewing their operations that involve collecting and processing personal data, and to implement the new data protection requirements from both a legal and operational point of view before the regulation becomes applicable in spring 2018.


For more information on GDPR compliance, contact Emmanuel Szafran.

One stop shop for international non profit associations in Belgium

October 30, 2015

Belgium is the host of the EU and NATO and is one of the premier policy and decision centers in the world, with Brussels being a global top-2 location for diplomats (behind New York) and foreign journalists (behind Washington DC).

According to the latest available figures, more than 2,000 international associations and organizations in a wide variety of sectors are based in Belgium and more than 90% of them are located in Brussels. The activities they carry out in Belgium have often an impact not only in Europe, but world-wide.

Verhaegen Walravens and HLB Belgium (, an independent professional accounting firm, have joined forces to offer a one stop-shop approach to the organizations active in the non profit sector.

In Belgium, non profit associations or organizations may take different forms. Verhaegen Walravens and HLB Belgium can guide you in choosing the form that better suits your needs.

We can assist you to:

  • structure your project and determine the most appropriate type of governance of your association;
  • prepare financial statements and accounts compliant with local needs and the needs of your home base;
  • set up a valid and appropriate ‘VAT test’;
  • organize the human resources assigned to your project (visa, expats, salary splits, etc.);
  • establish your activity in Belgium by renting or acquiring real estate;
  • file your application for EU grants;
  • and more…

Our firms may also assist by making available registered-offices and help you finding professional and competent directors for a limited period of time.

Either Mr Pascal Dechamps, partner of HLB Belgium, Mrs Giulia Mauri  or Mr Jacques Verhaegen, will be your single point of contact and project managers. They will oversee and organize, on your behalf, the work of the experts needed for reaching your objectives and bringing your project to life.

Verhaegen Walravens announces its association with Wouter De Backer

October 28, 2015

Verhaegen Walravens has the pleasure to announce its association with Wouter De Backer, as from November 2015.

It will strengthen our firm’s capabilities in (international) tax and estate planning.

Wouter has extensive experience both as a tax lawyer in a niche firm and as in-house tax lawyer for a large multinational company.

Wouter advises Belgian and international companies on tax matters, including clients active in Africa and the Middle-East. In addition, he advises private clients on estate planning issues.