Thursday 3rd October 2013 – Belgian National Conference

(Belgian law – simultaneous translation will be available in French and Dutch).


08:30  Welcome


09:00-09:30  Preparation of the pre-contractual business information pack for candidate franchisees: how should the accountant prepare it - what is its binding force - what are the penalties for non-compliance?

Eric LORFEVRE - Managing Director Group SOGENAM

Annick DE BOECK - Professor Hogeschool Universiteit Brussel - Universiteit Antwerpen - Member of the Brussels bar - Partner Metis Advocaten

09:30-10:00  Commercial Partnership Contracts - a new concept: - definitions - legal constraints: pre-contractual information - the development of the Belgian law of 19 December 2005.

Béatrice PONET - Judge Antwerp Court of Appeal - Professor at the University of Antwerpen

Pierre DEMOLIN - Member of the Mons and Paris bars - Partner DBB 

10:00-10:30 Speech by Belgian Federal Minister, Ms Sabine LARUELLE, on the twin subjects of:

- Setting up a business in the light of regionalization; and
- The status of the draft amendments to the 2005 Law on Pre-Contractual Information in respect of agreements to form a Commercial Business Relationship.

10:30-11:00  Coffee Break


11:00-11:30  Setting-up an outlet – the administrative law requirements: the applicable legislation; present and future developments.

François BOON - Legal advisor on land use, urban planning and environmental law - Honorary Advocate of the Nivelles bar - Lecturer at the Polytechnic Faculty of the University of Mons

11:30-12:00  Supervision of the network by the distributor: non-competition clauses, exclusive supply clauses, pre-emption rights, leasing and sub-leasing, lease management

Stijn CLAEYS - Member of the Brussels bar - Senior Associate CMS DeBacker

12:00-12:30  Discussion – Questions & Answers

12:30-14:00  Lunch


14:00-15:15 Panel discussion: How to organize a dialogue within the framework of distribution networks? Testimonials from experienced stakeholders.

Moderator: Benoit SIMPELAERE - Member of the Brussels bar - Partner DBB


Alexander DUPONT - Director Franchise & Develoment - Accord Hopitality Belgium & Luxemburg

Jean-Pierre JAUCOT - President of the Belgian Association of Franchisees - Quick

Wim VAN REMOORTEL - Expansion Manager - Spar

Dorian VERFAILLE - Operation Director - Lunch Garden


15:15-15:45  Compensation due at the end of a distribution agreement: legal basis - the concepts of abuse of rights and unjust enrichment, the principle of good faith

Olivier CLEVENBERGH - Member of the Brussels bar - Partner Strelia

15:45-16:00  Coffee break

16:00-16:30  Severance benefits due to a commercial agent: Focus on the Belgian case law implementing the Commercial Agents Directive (Directive 86/653/EEC of 18 December 1986)

Pieter-Jan NAEYAERT - Doctor of Law - Voluntary scientific associate KU Leuven Campus Kortrijk - Judicial trainee district Kortrijk 

16:30-17:00  How to assess what compensation is due for termination of an exclusive distribution contract: Recent trends 

Stéphane WILLEMART - Member of the Brussels bar - Partner KOAN