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Global consumer confidence soared to record heights in the first quarter of 2021, according to The Conference Board® Global Consumer Confidence Survey, as vaccination campaigns broadened, travel restrictions loosened, and governments and central banks continued to provide economic stimulus.

The survey found that overall global consumer confidence shot up from 98 in the fourth quarter of 2020...

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Authors: Joost Peeters, Ruben Brosens en Simon Geens at STUDIO | LEGALE Advocaten in Belgium

In recent years, various alternative forms of mobility have been introduced to road traffic. Electric bicycles, scooters and speed pedelecs have become part of the everyday public scene. The legal framework has had to be adapted to these new forms of mobility.

The question arises about the insurance of t...

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Friends’ Share

Published: 12 Apr 2021

Authors: Joost Peeters, Ruben Brosens en Simon Geens at STUDIO | LEGALE Advocaten in Belgium

After the easing of the win-win loan, the Flemish Parliament decided to approve the draft decree on the "Friends' share". This is a variant of the win-win loan.

Private individuals will be able to invest in the future of a befriended SME and at the same time benefit from a tax advantage. Af...

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Authors: Joost Peeters, Ruben Brosens en Simon Geens at STUDIO | LEGALE Advocaten in Belgium

A summary order was issued in this regard on March 31, 2021. The Frenchspeaking court of first instance in Brussels ruled in the aforementioned order that the Belgian state had no valid legal basis for issuing the ministerial decrees imposing the corona measures on all Belgians as of October 28, 2020. The...

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Authors: Joost Peeters, Ruben Brosens en Simon Geens at STUDIO | LEGALE Advocaten in Belgium

By now, it is dawning on everyone (even the British) that the Brexit will involve a lot more (legal) questions and (legal) problems than was anticipated. In addition to the economic questions and uncertainty, legal uncertainty is also increasing in commercial relations, particularly in the area of private...

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The gold price grew to cross the USD 1,750 an ounce mark on Thursday on several indicators that the yellow metal is once again in demand as a safe haven asset. According to a report by Kitco, after a pause in central bank gold buying last year, there are signs that demand for gold grows as Hungary tripled its gold reserves. Hungary's central bank increased its gold reserves to 94.5 metric tons...

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Employees experience more bullying on days with higher work pressure and passive avoidant leadership, finds new research from BI Norwegian Business School and the University of Bergen.

Pressure is an increasing problem in working life as it can impact employee health and well-being. Leaders and managers have a responsibility to ensure good health and well-being of employees, particularly in times...

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Supply chain managers need to be much more proactive in setting up and improving business models according to research from Professor Jack van der Veen from Nyenrode Business University.

In his recent white paper ‘Implementation of new Supply Chain Business Models: risk management in cross-border trade', he seeks to understand how new business models can be developed through taking a supply c...

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The COVID-19 pandemic has forever changed consumer shopping behaviors and preferences. For the past year, brick-and-mortar stores have been seen as "higher risk" locations. To limit opportunities for exposure, consumers sought out alternatives to stepping into grocery stores and their favorite retailers. But, in the process of changing their shopping habits, customers needed new options ...

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