Recommendation for X-mas & New Year’s wishes

Beste, Inmiddels konden we Uw vraag en ontwerp bestuderen. We zijn van oordeel dat een wens, i.e. wil dat het gebeurt of dat je/iemand het krijgt, een eenzijdige wilsuiting uitmaakt die ook verbintenissen kan doen ontstaan. Daarom adviseren we U om deze met zekere voorzichtigheid uit te drukken en zijn we zo vrij geweest om deze als volgt te herformuleren: Merry X-mas from your lawyer We hopen U hiermee van dienst te zijn geweest. Met de meeste achting,


Investment boom in Bulgaria (the Brussels’ Bulgarian Business Forum report)


My name is Yordan Marinov and I am a junior associate with Rulkin and Partners. Graduated from the University of Brussels, I took part on 20 March 2013 to the aforementioned forum, dedicated to the development of my homeland, Bulgaria.

euroPart of the project « Promoting the advantages of investing in Bulgaria », organized by Invest Bulgaria Agency and the Bulgarian Ministry of Economy, Energy and tourism, with the support of major Bulgarian and Belgian partners, the Bulgarian Investment Forum brought together senior government officials, policy makers, MPs, corporate executives, industry associations and advisors from Bulgaria and Belgium to share their current investment and partnership opportunities.

The forum gave an exceptional opportunity for Belgian investors to meet senior government Bulgarian officials, managers of prominent Belgian investors already present in Bulgaria and local Bulgarian companies from high-growth sectors and therefore establish contacts with     potential business partners.

The visitors of the forum also enjoyed presentations from high profile speakers such as Mr. Alexis Brouhns (General Director of Solvay Europe), Mr. Christof De Mil (Executive Director and Member of the Management Board of Cibank), Mr. Georgi Koupenov (Country Manager of Univeg Bulgaria) and others. All speakers convinced the public while explaining what makes Bulgaria a very attractive investment destination, with supporting case studies of successful Belgian investments in Bulgaria.

The forum revealed that Bulgaria is a very attractive investment destination due to its stable investment climate, qualified labor force, favorable tax regime and available government incentives for investors. Bulgaria has one of the lowest budget deficit and public debt indicators in the EU. Even more, the country boasts the lowest cost of doing business in the EU, including a flat corporate and personal income tax of 10% (you are not dreaming!), together with government incentives and EU funding for investors.

Good infrastructure and strategic geographic location make Bulgaria an ideal regional and global export base to serve the EU, South-East Europe, Russia & CIS and Middle East markets.

Something to think about in times of economic crisis!

Those among you who are interested can join the LinkedIn group called “Bulgarian Investment Forum, 20 March, Brussels” or contact me (

Growing legal talents – ELSA Moot Court 2013

Elsa Moot Court

The second edition of “ELSA Belgium’s National Moot Court Competition” took place on 22 March 2013, at the Justice Palace of Antwerp. Rulkin and Partners has been pleased to be part of the Moot Court Jury, comprising academics and other legal practitioners.  This event was successfully organized by ELSA (The European Law Students’ Association) Belgium.

Moot courts are simulated trials, in which participants – in this case students coming from all Belgian universities – plead a given case in a “real life” manner, in English. The subject of this edition dealt with International Sales of Goods (CISG) and International Private Law.

Clearly, Belgium got talents ! (at least in the legal industry).

Congratulations to the winners of the competition, Miss Charlotte Stynen and Miss Eline Ulrix (right top corner of the picture above), as well as to all other participants who took part in the event.

We hope to see you there next year.

Job offer – Brussels lawyers looking for an administrative assistant (M/F)


Rulkin & Partners is hiring an administrative assistant (M/F) for its Brussels office.
Check the job offer here : 20130319 Offre assistant adminVF_01

Are you interested, send an email with your CV at
If you know someone who could be interested, then feel free to share this offer !

Thank you,

NB: For those of you who have read our offer in detail : James Bond is not a lawyer! The reference contained in our job offer to the fictional charater of Miss Moneypenny (who is not Bond’s assistant, but the private secretary of M, head of MI6) is not to be misunderstood. Our firm is looking for a first class secretary, male or female, “cleared for Top-Secret and Cabinet-6 Level intelligence reports” and ready to “act with us on the field” (see the 2012 Skyfall film). The flirtatious – though never consummated – relationship is neither expected, nor recommended !