MODO's particular strength is that it focusses on providing legal services for industries its lawyers are well acquainted with.

Our solid understanding of the particularities of these industries allows us to give our clients effective and tailored legal advice.

We have organised the industries we focus on in the below 4 main categories:

Advertising

Advertising

For our advertising clients, communication is crucial to their core business. We offer a unique combination of the established expertise in entertainment law with our insight in the developments that impact this fast-moving sector. Both in copyright clearances as in contractual negotiations we aim to offer a user-friendly and efficient result that responds to the agencies’ and advertiser’s business and creative needs. Given our expertise in the field of new technologies, a significant part of our work consists of legal support concerning interactive advertising, user generated content, mobile marketing, ePrivacy, etc. We also provide support in the field of market practices and/or consumer rights: price and other notices, regulation on end-of-season sales, contests, premium campaigns etc. We have contacts worldwide with other specialist advertising law firms and are accustomed to co-ordinating Pan-European clearings.

Arts

On a regular basis we advise artists, art galleries and museums on legal issues involving art and cultural heritage.

Entertainment

Entertainment

We have been representing for many years diverse players in the national and international media and entertainment industry: music, film and television production companies, publishing companies, promoters, agents, managers, performing artists, etc. We also frequently operate as a legal partner in related sectors, like photography. Our services within these sectors are focused on legal and strategic advice, negotiation, editing and auditing of contracts, as well as support in litigation.

Design & Fashion

Design & Fashion

The unique characteristics of the fashion and design industry require legal mechanisms to protect intellectual property and to encourage growth. Our work for manufacturers and retailers in fashion, design and luxury goods includes advisory services, devising strategic solutions and litigation as a last resort in view of the valorization and protection of their creations.


Innovation

Innovation is crucial for a business to be able to move forward. Significant investments are made in research and development. Innovation projects, especially in cooperation with other companies, require an efficient legal framework to ensure protection of know-how, financing of the investments, sharing of costs, and an efficient exploitation and valorization of the output.

We have substantive experience in providing businesses, innovation centers, universities, etc. robust and pragmatic advice regarding legal and contractual framework to adequately protect and structure their research and development projects.

We have dealt with diverse aspects of innovation projects such as:

  • set up of the contract structure (project, development, implementation phase)
    • personal data protection mechanisms day-to-day advice for IT companies
    intellectual property
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  • project governance
    • personal data protection mechanisms day-to-day advice for IT companies
    cost sharing
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Sports

Sport is established as a major part of the media and entertainment sector. We advise athletes and agents, sporting clubs and associations, sponsors, broadcasters and venues on the contractual and regulatory issues facing those involved in the sporting world. In addition to our knowledge of the numerous national and international sports regulations, our experience in other domains is enriching: intellectual property rights (portrait law, endorsement, branding, sponsoring,...), corporate law, labour law, etc. We have a genuine understanding of commercial reality in the sporting world, combining legal skills with an active involvement.

Technology

We have a broad knowledge of the rules surrounding information technology, e-commerce, data processing and telecommunications. We use a multi-disciplinary approach for solving legal questions relating to technology and innovation. We deal with legal matters in all aspects of information technology and data protection through, inter alia:

  • contract law advice and, in particular, drafting and negotiation of commercial contracts and software license agreements
    • personal data protection mechanisms day-to-day advice for IT companies
    personal data protection mechanisms day-to-day advice for IT companies
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  • default_titledue diligence
  • default_titlerisk management advice
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  • website screenings
    • personal data protection mechanisms day-to-day advice for IT companies
    legal counseling in respect of e-contracts
  • default_titlelegal counseling on market practices
  • default_titledrafting and legal counseling on privacy declarations and policies
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We have a broad knowledge of the rules surrounding information technology, e-commerce, data processing and telecommunications. We use a multi-disciplinary approach for solving legal questions relating to technology and innovation. We deal with legal matters in all aspects of information technology and data protection through, inter alia:

Banking & finance

Banking & finance

The banking and financial sector has over the past years been characterized by an important expansion of applicable regulation. As a result of the financial crisis the new rules are focused on a better protection of the investor / beneficiary of financial services. We assist companies with finding their way in the more and more complex set of rules.

We are acquainted with the applicable legal framework and the functioning of this sector. We have been working on matters related to:

  • advertising by credit / financial / payment services / e-money institutions
    • personal data protection mechanisms day-to-day advice for IT companies
    alternative financing mechanisms (crowd funding)
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  • default_titleconsumer protection
  • default_titlecovered bonds
  • default_titlee-money
  • default_titlefinancial services
  • default_titlelicense obligations
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  • market practices
    • personal data protection mechanisms day-to-day advice for IT companies
    regulatory framework applicable to credit / financial / payment services / e-money institutions
  • default_titlepayment services
  • default_titleproduct qualification and product structuring
  • default_titleset up of financing and collateral structures
  • default_titletransactions in financial instruments
  • default_titlemobilization of receivables
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Energy

The ongoing regulatory work for achieving an internal electricity market has led to diversity in market players in the energy sector. We have gained substantive knowledge of the applicable legal framework and underlying energy market functioning principles. We are acquainted with the specific needs of this sector, in particular in relation to:

  • balancing / ancillary services
    • personal data protection mechanisms day-to-day advice for IT companies
    CACM-Regulation
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  • default_titlelicense obligations
  • default_titlemarket conduct rules / market integrity (REMIT)
  • default_titlemarket coupling in the electricity sector (day-ahead / intraday)
  • default_titlemarket rules / clearing rules
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  • power exchanges
    • personal data protection mechanisms day-to-day advice for IT companies
    product qualification
  • default_titlesupply contracts
  • default_titlesustainable energy
  • default_titletransmission and distribution of electricity
  • default_titlewholesale trading of energy products
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In respect of the above matters we provided advice on the applicable legal framework, participated to drafting of laws and regulations, drafted / reviewed contractual documentation and managed and conducted international multi party-negotiations.

Gaming

Amongst our clients, we count national and international actors in the field of games. We provide services for both the traditional game participants and lottery institutions and for interactive game operators (on-line casinos or betting, call TV, SMS games, etc.).

Media

We have extensive experience in advising our commercial and non-profit educational broadcast clients on all facets of regulatory compliance and policy, transactional matters, and the practical commercial and business issues attendant to them.

Pharma

We have gained substantive knowledge of the legal framework applicable to pharmacists, amongst others, as a result of our involvement in numerous disciplinary procedures.

The unique characteristics of the fashion and design industry require legal mechanisms to protect intellectual property and to encourage growth. Our work for manufacturers and retailers in fashion, design and luxury goods includes advisory services, devising strategic solutions and litigation as a last resort in view of the valorization and protection of their creations.


Real estate

Real estate

We have been advising and defending the interest of the different players in the real estate market, such as developers, landlords, public authorities, estate agents, insurers, syndics, … . Creative answers had to be found for new co-housing-formulas, as well as for the future of real estate no longer used for religious purposes.

Other matters being dealt with concern:

  • real estate transactions
    • personal data protection mechanisms day-to-day advice for IT companies
    sale of property
  • default_titlesale of property under construction (Act Breyne)
  • default_titlevacancy Taxes (abandoned and/or neglected business property)
  • default_titleco-ownership
  • default_title(mortgage) financing structuring
  • default_titleuse of property as security
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  • easements
    • personal data protection mechanisms day-to-day advice for IT companies
    drafting of contracts with contractor, architect, subcontractor, real estate agent, real estate manager
  • default_titleconstruction Law
  • default_titleinsurance for construction and buildings
  • default_titleproperty management
  • default_titlepublic procurement
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Exploitation

Exploitation

A major part of our work consists of giving advice on commercial lease and defending clients in court in all disputes related to commercial lease. We also give advise regarding exploitation via rights in rem, such as usufruct, emphatic lease or surface rights.

Soil pollution

Soil pollution

As a result of our involvement in the real estate part of due diligence procedures and of insolvency procedures, we gained particular knowledge on soil pollution.

SME & Start-up

In the past years we established solid knowledge in the specific concerns and needs of small and medium enterprises (SME) as of their start-up and throughout their further growth.

We assist SMEs amongst others with advice on:

  • financing mechanisms (capital calls, external financing, collateral structuring, crowdfunding),

  • the appropriate structure for the business to be developed (contractual versus company structure, company form),

  • the protection of its know-how and developments (intellectual property),

  • the appropriate distribution formulae for developed products/services,

  • the set up of cooperation agreements, general terms and conditions,

  • the specific legal requirements for web shops,

  • publicity and market practices,

  • data protection issues,

  • negotiations with major counterparties ….

We also draft, negotiate or review contracts in all of these matters, assist with corporate housekeeping, or act in litigations involving SMEs (shareholders’ conflicts, directors’ liability, conflicts with creditors, insolvency, judicial reorganisations, …).

We offer also, free of charge, strategic-legal brainstorming sessions for innovative projects set up by start-ups or SMEs: Innovative Thinking.