Covid-19: Practical guidance on significant commercial, employment and legal issues – Update Belgium

Coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) was declared a public health emergency of international concern by the World Health Organisation on 30 January 2020. It has required governments, and particularly healthcare systems, to respond swiftly and in a coordinated way to ensure that they are properly mitigating and responding to the evolving situation to ensure the wellbeing of their citizens. At the same time, companies are struggling with serious commercial consequences, which often raise complex legal issues and can only be mitigated by a proactive strategy.

This is, above all, a human and social crisis, necessitating some significant changes in the way everyone goes about their daily lives. As efforts underway to manage the spread radiate across the world, the impact to businesses and economies has become increasingly significant.

Our clients are assessing (as we are ourselves – for more information on this please see What is Linklaters doing?), on a continuous basis, how to address the threat posed by Covid-19 to their workforce, customers, suppliers and wider stakeholders.

How can Linklaters help you prepare?

Our team of experts are here to assist you and give you legal advice on issues arising from the Coronavirus disease. In particular, we have been assisting clients on the following topics:

  • Employment (impact on workforce, working from home, unemployment measures)
  • Crisis Management (explore our dedicated crisis management page)
  • Corporate and Equities (impact on AGMs and general meetings)
  • Capital Markets and Loan Financing (issues to consider on bond offerings)
  • Data Privacy (how is data being used to combat Covid-19?)
  • Commercial issues (does Covid-19 qualify as “force majeure”? explore our dedicated website explaining the impact of Covid-19 on commercial contracts in 14 jurisdictions)
  • State aid (monitoring State measures adopted or announced to help the economy cope with the Corona virus crisis, as well as closely following European Commission initiatives or reactions in that respect)
  • etc.

On the following page, we have pulled together our insights on some of the key issues affecting businesses globally and possible solutions:

Click here to access the full page. 

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