Legal Notices

Legal Notice

Information pursuant to Article 7 of the Belgian Law of March 11, 2003

  • V V G B Advocaten / Avocats
  • Barricadenplein 13 Place des Barricades
  • 1000 Brussels, Belgium
  • Telephone: +32 2 542 07 80
  • Fax: +32 2 534 5888
  • E-mail: info@vvgb-law.com

V V G B is registered as a limited liability partnership (CVBA) under the Laws of Belgium.

The Belgian lawyers practicing in V V G B are admitted to practice as lawyers and are members of the Brussels Bar, List A, under the professional title “advocaat” or “avocat”.

As an international law firm, V V G B also includes a number of lawyers from other jurisdictions who are members of or are registered with the Brussels Bar, List E or B, and are members of foreign Bars.

A mention of each lawyer’s bar admission can be found in his/her biography in this website.


Privacy Statement

About the Firm and this Privacy Statement

V V G B is committed to safeguarding privacy and personal data. With a few exceptions, such as when we provide data room or e-discovery services (in the context of which our role is limited to that of a data processor), V V G B is generally the controller of personal data provided to us.

This Privacy Statement is intended to inform clients, prospective clients and more generally all visitors to this website about how we collect, use, share, protect or otherwise process personal data. Other policies may apply to recruitment and would be notified separately.

When, How and What Personal Data We Collect

In general, you are not required to provide any personal information in order to consult our website. However, you may elect to contact us by completing the form provided on the “Contact Us” page of this website, in which case we ask you to provide your name and email address, and to submit specific questions to us. You may also elect to contact us voluntarily by telephone or e-mail. All personal data processed by us is necessary to fulfill the purposes for which they were collected.

When using the website for mere information purposes, we may also collect the personal data that your web browser transmits to our server, including your IP address, the date and time of your visit, and data relating to your operating system and web browser. We use this data to ensure the security and successful navigation on the website, and to compile statistical data on the use of our websites.

During the course of an engagement, or when consideration is being given to such an engagement, we may collect and process personal data about our clients, prospective clients, their affiliates or the relevant members of their personnel.

Cookies

We use cookies on our website. Please refer to our cookie policy.

Why Personal Data Is Used

We will use your personal data to process your request, to contact you and to provide you with the information that you voluntarily have requested.

We may also use personal data:

  • to conduct pre-engagement assessments and formalities such as anti-money laundering checks, conflict checks, etc.;
  • to perform the tasks entrusted to us by our clients;
  • for client relationship management purposes;
  • for internal administrative or operational processes;
  • to analyze the services you may be interested in;
  • to send invitations and information from V V G B about events, publications, and services provided by the firm; and
  • to satisfy any legal, regulatory, accounting or reporting requirements.

We will process personal data if and to the extent applicable law provides a lawful basis for us to do so and in particular:

  1. if the data subjects have consented to us doing so;
  2. if we need it to perform the contract we have entered into with a data subject;
  3. if we need it to comply with a legal obligation; or
  4. if we (or a third party) have a legitimate interest which is not overridden by the data subjects’ interests or fundamental rights and freedoms. Such legitimate interests will be the provision of legal services by us, administrative or operational processes within V V G B, and direct marketing.
With Whom Personal Data May Be Shared

Please note that in order to process a query, or to fulfil any of the purposes set out in the section above, we may be required to share personal data with other law firms and service providers with which we work. We will not share personal data with any other third party, except as required to do so by law.

How Long Personal Data Is Retained

We will retain your personal data for as long as necessary to fulfil the purposes for which it was collected and processed in compliance with this Privacy Statement. To determine the retention period for personal data, we will take into consideration the purposes for which they were collected, the amount, the nature, the sensitivity and the applicable legal requirements. At any time, you have the right to contact us to remove you from our distribution lists at info@vvgb-law.com.

During the retention of personal data, we take technical and organizational security measures against accidental or intentional manipulation, partial or complete loss, destruction or unauthorized access by third parties. Our security measures are continuously improved in line with technological developments.

What Rights You Have

We rely on you to provide accurate, complete and current personal data to us.

You may also contact us to request more information in connection with our data processing activities or to exercise the rights you have as an individual in relation to the personal data we hold. These include the rights to request access to your personal data and to request a copy of the information we hold about you, to rectification of your personal data, or, in certain circumstances, to erasure of this personal data from our systems and the restriction of processing of your personal data.

Where we have relied on your consent as the legal grounds for processing, you may withdraw your consent at any time. Withdrawal does not invalidate the consent-based processing that occurred prior to withdrawal. You also have the right to object to the processing of your personal data and in certain limited circumstances, the right to data portability.

You have the right to contact us at any time if you wish to complain about our processing of your personal data and you may lodge a complaint at any time with a supervisory authority.

When contacting us in connection with any of your rights (describe above), you will need to provide sufficient identifying information, such as name, address, and birth date before your request can be processed. We may limit or deny access to personal data where providing such access would be unreasonably burdensome or expensive in the circumstances, or as otherwise permitted by law. In some circumstances, we may charge a reasonable fee, where warranted, for access to personal data.

Changes to the Privacy Statement

Any changes we make to this Privacy Statement in the future will be posted on this page. Please check back periodically to see any updates or changes to our Privacy Statement.

How to Contact Us

If you have any question in relation to this Privacy Statement or the processing of your personal data, please address all correspondence to:

If you currently receive marketing information from us which you would prefer not to receive in the future please email us at: info@vvgb-law.com


Cookie Policy

Our website uses cookies to distinguish you from other users, provide a better experience when you browse our website, and improve our site’s performance and usefulness. By continuing to browse the site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

A cookie is a small data file that websites can place on your hard drive when you visit. A cookie file can contain information such as a user ID that tracks the pages you’ve visited within that site. The cookies on this website are primarily used to recognize that a user has visited the website previously and to track user traffic patterns. We do not correlate this information with data about individual users, nor do we share this information or sell it to any third party.

If you prefer not to receive cookies through the site, you can set your browser to warn you before accepting cookies and refuse the cookie when your browser alerts you to its presence. You also can refuse all cookies by turning them off in your browser. You do not need to have cookies turned on to use any pages within our website. For more information about cookies, including how to set your browser to reject cookies, visit www.allaboutcookies.org.

Types of Cookies We Use

Following is a list of cookies with brief descriptions, to better inform our users why we use cookies on our site. For your convenience, we have split them into two categories.

Functionality Cookies: These are used to recognize you when you return to our website, enabling us to personalize our content for you, greet you by name and remember your preferences (for example, your choice of language or region).

  • Cookiebar: When a user clicks to “I understand” on the cookie notice, we drop this cookie on them. It allows us to no longer show the user a choice they already made.

Tracking Cookies: These cookies enable us to collect information such as number of visitors to the website and pages visited in order to analyze user behavior. This information is collected in an anonymous format and will be collated with similar information received from other users. We use these cookies to determine the usefulness of the information we supply to you and other users and to see how effective our navigation is in helping users reach that information.

  • _ga: Used by Google Analytics to distinguish users.
  • _gid: Used by Google Analytics to distinguish users.
  • _gat: Used by Google Analytics to throttle request rate.
Cookie Expiration

The cookies will remain on your computer after the browser is closed. Until removed, the cookies will become active again when the website is reopened. Cookies can be deleted by you, at any time, and will not collect any information when you are not accessing the website.

 

Our website uses cookies to distinguish you from other users, provide a better experience when you browse our website, and improve our site’s performance and usefulness. By continuing to browse the site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

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