News & Blogs

We are on top of new information concerning debt collection. In addition, we regularly share news & blogs from within our own organisation.

Webinar: The Credit & Collection Environments of Central Eastern Europe

When: Tue, Jun 20, 2017 Time: 18.00 – 19.00 (Time Zone: Amsterdam, Paris, Berlin) Location: Online Speaker: Georgi Georgiev, Tadej Francelj, David Meszaros Language: English Register now Like many Central and Eastern European countries, Bulgaria, Hungry, and Slovenia endured hardships under the communist system. However, subsequent to their emergence as democratic nations almost three decades ago, they have established themselves as part of Europe’s fastest growing economies. But...
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Why U.S. companies should stop writing off small debts in Europe.

Culture, legal systems, and habits all differ from country to country. When dealing with debt collection, we find that corporate clients still view the world with their own set of values, beliefs, and education. We see this issue happening over and over again with U.S. companies. Legal actions within the U.S. are typically difficult, expensive, and lengthy. Cases with lower amounts are often written off by companies because of the combination of low probability of collection and high attorney...
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Meet our Eastern European Associates!

In October 2016, we started an ambitious and innovative project: the Bierens Traineeship. During this traineeship, we offer young and talented lawyers an intensive programme consisting of both commercial and legal training. The trainees then start handling debt collection cases in their own respective countries. Jekaterina Tivota from Russia, Georgi Georgiev from Bulgaria, David Meszaros from Hungary and Tadej Francelj from Slovenia are currently participating in the Bierens Traineeship. Would...
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Do’s and Don’ts of Debt Collection in Eastern Europe

Please allow me to introduce you to the newest members of our international team: Tadej Francelj from Slovenia, Jekaterina Titova from Russia, Georgi Georgiev from Bulgaria and David Meszaros from Hungary. As judicial systems and business traditions differ substantially from one European country to another, we have asked our trainees to share their knowledge on this topic. Each country has its own ways of dealing effectively and successfully with its defaulting debtors. Being aware of the...
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Bulgaria’s Ghost Companies

Ever since the economic crisis of 2008, Greek businesses have increasingly been moving their companies to Bulgaria. That is to say, on paper. At first, there seems to be nothing wrong with this trend, as all takes place in the realm of and accordance with international and national legislation. There are, however, some drawbacks to this scenario. Author: Georgi Georgiev Motive Greek businesses move to Bulgaria to avoid Greek regulations.  In 2015, the Greek government implemented regulations...
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Webinar ‘Understanding the Russian Credit & Collection Environment’

When: April 4th Time: 19.00 – 20.00 (Time Zone: Amsterdam, Paris, Berlin) Location: Online Speaker: Jekaterina Titova Language: English Subscribe now About this seminar Russia has an outstanding geographical position. Functioning as bridge between Europe and Asia, Russia is an important trade partner for European and Asian companies. The country has a rich variety of natural resources that are exported to other countries in the world. Conducting business with Russian companies offers...
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New addition to our international team: Slovenian lawyer Tadej Francelj

Our employees are our strength: they are extremely dedicated to obtain the best solution for your dispute. That is why we would like to introduce you to the people responsible for our success. This week we are introducing you to Tadej Francelj from Slovenia. As of October, Tadej has started a traineeship at Bierens together with Georgi Georgiev, Jekaterina Titova and David Meszaros. During their traineeship, our trainees are stimulated to develop both on judicial and commercial aspects. A...
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New addition to our international team: Hungarian lawyer David Meszaros

Our employees are our strength: they are extremely dedicated to obtain the best solution for your dispute. That is why we would like to introduce you to the people responsible for our success. This week we are introducing you to David Meszaros from Hungary. As of Octobre, David has started a traineeship at Bierens together with Tadej Francelj, Jekaterina Titova and Georgi Georgiev. During their traineeship, our trainees are stimulated to develop both on judicial and commercial aspects. A...
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New addition to our international team: Bulgarian associate Georgi Georgiev

Our employees are our strength: they are extremely dedicated to obtain the best solution for your dispute. That is why we would like to introduce you to the people responsible for our success. This week we are introducing you to Georgi Georgiev from Bulgaria. As of September, Georgi has started a traineeship at Bierens together with Tadej Francelj, Jekaterina Titova and David Meszaros. During their traineeship, our trainees are stimulated to develop both on judicial and commercial aspects. A...
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New addition to our international team: Russian lawyer Jekaterina Titova

Our employees are our strength: they are extremely dedicated to obtain the best solution for your dispute. That is why we would like to introduce you to the people responsible for our success. This week we are introducing you to Jekaterina Titova from Russia. As of October, she has started a traineeship at Bierens together with Tadej Francelj, Georgi Georgiev and David Meszaros. During their traineeship, our trainees are stimulated to develop themselves both on judicial and commercial aspects....
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Collect from Spanish Government

The Spanish public entities (“administraciones”) hold an important debt with private entities, whether they be professionals or corporations, Spanish or foreigners. A brief look at the figures show how on 2015 a debt from town halls only of 29.024.688.000 according to the Spanish Ministry of Tax and Public Administrations, with the city hall of Madrid on top of te list with a figure of 4.767.315.000 euros. This should be no problem as long as such public entities paid for it on time and kept...
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Greek authorities release list of defaulters

Some time ago my Spanish colleague Belén Lopez published an article regarding a list of Spanish defaulters, which was given out to the public by the Spanish tax authorities. As in Spain, the Greek tax authorities have recently published a similar list. Since July 2016, the General Secretariat for Public Revenue allows access to that data for all citizens, to engage the public interest into the progress and efficiency of the Greek Tax Administration. Two different kind of lists The Greek Tax...
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Brexit: Not if, but how

Since the result of the British EU membership referendum was announced on 23 June 2016, the discussion has changed; now we are not asking if Brexit will happen, but how it will be done. The current government thinks it has the right to give notice to the EU to leave under “Article 50” of the Treaty of the European Union. However, many fear that this would allow the government too much power, and that only parliament has the right to make or undo the law. Article 50 litigation A variety of...
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Spanish authorities release list of defaulters – part II

Earlier this year we published an article regarding a list of notorious Spanish defaulters. Each person or company mentioned on that list, owed at least one million euro to the Spanish government. At the time, the list contained 4800 parties, worth a total debt of 15.6 billion euro to tax authorities in Spain. Recently, the Spanish tax authority (the Agencia Tributaria) updated this list of notorious debtors in Spain. The new version of the list (the Listado de Deudores) contains less parties...
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Cost-saving solution to tackle French defaulters

Being an international oriented company, you are doing business with European companies on a regular basis; among them are French companies. Your business has delivered goods to a French customer recently and in accordance with the business deal, you have sent the 3000 euro invoice to the French company. Although your French customer is pleased with the products, he still hasn’t paid the 3000 euro bill. At a certain moment, the deadline for payment has passed and you have contacted your French...
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Period of limitation for claims against Spanish clients

Is your organization dealing with old invoices which have still not been paid by your Spanish customer? Then you can summon your Spanish client to pay that invoice as yet. A claim does not stay valid forever though. When an invoice is very old, it is possible that, meanwhile, this invoice has exceeded the period of limitation. But when does a claim reach that stage according to Spanish law? And how can you interrupt this period of limitation in Spain, so you can prevent exceeding this period...
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Capital Controls in the Greek economy: what’s the status now?

Do you trade with Greek companies but worry how the current economic situation in Greece could affect you? Are you facing a delay on receiving a payment? Do you worry that your Greek business partners will not keep up their end of the deal? Some time ago we wrote about the Greek economic situation and how capital controls that are imposed in Greek banks could affect your business. But what is the status of capital controls now? First of all, nowadays, banks in Greece are fully operational,...
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New addition to our international team: Turkish attorney Omer Faruk Celik

The international practice at Bierens is growing rapidly. Last months we have had multiple additions to our team of international attorneys. In the following months, we will strengthen our team even further by adding new European debt recovery attorneys. Right now, we would like to introduce you to one of our newest colleagues: Omer Faruk Celik. At Bierens, Omer Faruk Celik will be responsible for debt recovery in Turkey. Omer Faruk Celik was born in Turkey. Until his 18th birthday he lived in...
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New addition to our international team: Chinese attorney Guan Wang

We have had several new additions to our team of international attorneys recently. In the following months, we will be strengthening our team even further by adding new debt recovery attorneys form various European countries. In this post, we would like to introduce you to Guan Wang, who will be responsible for debt recovery in China. “I was born and raised in China, where I studied at the Heibei University of Science and Technology. I graduated from law school in 2013, and worked, among other...
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Personal liability of directors: one little known way to collect your debt in Spain

Do you have a Spanish debtor who doesn’t pay? When you have complied with the contract and delivered the products, it is not fair you don’t get the payment you deserve. In some cases it is the director’s fault. Some directors did a bad job and brought their company in a bad state. The result is that the company can’t pay your invoices. Is it possible the company’s director can be held legally liable? Personal liability of directors Debt recovery in Spain can be a tough cookie sometimes. Only...
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Brexit: our English solicitor Amy Cotter outlines the judicial consequences

On Thursday, June 23, 2016, the United Kingdom held a referendum whether to remain a member state of the European Union or not. The British people were given the following option: Brexit (leave the European Union) or Bremain (remain part of the European Union). Arguably, this referendum marks one of the most important moments of recent history of the UK. After an intense battle between proponents and opponents of the Brexit, the results of the referendum were revealed on Friday, 24 June: 52...
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Bierens wins ‘Great Place To Work’

On Tuesday evening March 22, ‘Great Place to Work®’ presented its list of Best Workplaces 2016. This independent institute assesses employer quality and the HR policies of organisations worldwide. This festive evening was catered for entirely by Great Place to Work® and its media partners Elsevier and P&O Actueel. For the first time, Bierens was one of the contestants this year for the award of “Best Workplace”. What does this mean exactly? A “Great Workplace” is defined as follows: “An...
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Debt collection is dead, long live debt collection!

It’s 3000 B.C., the Sumer civilization in Southern Mesopotamia (modern day Iraq) invents the concept of ‘debt’. A new industry arose in its shadow: debt collection was born. From its humble beginnings 5000 years ago, debt collection has evolved quickly: debt slavery was replaced by laws, creditors’ initiatives were supported by debt collection agencies and efficient credit management became the focus in the 21st century. With every step in this evolution, third party providers have adjusted to...
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Spanish authorities release list of defaulters

Where there is trade, there are likely to be defaulters as well. An ignorant and non-paying debtor is extremely frustrating for your business. Unfortunately, American companies are often confronted with overseas debtors, who are not responding to any kind of contact. To expose a part of such European debtors, Spanish tax authorities have published a long list of defaulting natural persons and corporations in Spain. Individually, these debtors owe at least one million euro to the Spanish state....
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Top 10 European debtor excuses

After more than 60 years of debt collection in Europe, we are amazed by the creativity some international debtors display in coming up with “convincing” excuses. This article may convey the impression that our own creative brain went in overdrive, but we assure you: debtors have actually tried to fool us with these remarkable excuses. Feeling ashamed on their behalf, we present: the Top Ten European Debtors’ Excuses. 10. Summer break “No, I cannot pay. The location of my company is in a skiing...
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Made in Italy

On a global scale, Italy is known for its delicious wine, grandmother’s pasta and exceptional sense of fashion. Bierens European Collection Attorneys is involved in the Italian market quite frequently. Besides fighting for justice for the international creditor in Italy, our lawyers also visit the Mediterranean country to keep a pulse on what is happening in the Italian market. During our last visit to Italy, we visited some typical Italian companies to get to know the history behind some of...
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Current situation in Greece: Some guidance for businesses

Are you trading with Greek companies, facing a delay on receiving a payment or rely on a Greek supplier? This article aims to explain what the current economic and political situation in Greece would mean for you. First things first: many people hear about the term ‘’Capital Controls’’ but how does this measure affect a foreign company? First of all, if put simply, the term ‘’controls’’ means that Greek banks are closed and cash withdrawal from a Greek Automatic Banking Machine is limited....
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Introducing… French Lawyer Philippine Pouzet-Dolbeau

I am a French lawyer, originally from Lyon, living in Amsterdam since the beginning of 2015. After finishing French law, with a major in Judicial and Procedure Law, I completed a two year training at “L’ Ecole Nationale de Procédure” (National school of Procedure) in France. Also, I have passed the National Bailiff Exam. Although I was destined to become a Bailiff in France, I came to the Netherlands with my husband and decided to utilise my skills and my experience at Bierens Debt Recovery...
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Introducing… Greek lawyer Maria Fotsala

My name is Maria Fotsala and I was born and raised in Greece. I recently moved to the Netherlands and gladly joined the Bierens International legal team in Amsterdam. I have a law degree and a master in European Law, with further specialization in Commercial and Contract Law, Banking and Securities Law, Insolvency and Restructuring Proceedings. Following my legal education, I completed my law training in a well-known law firm in Athens. In 2009 I was qualified as a lawyer and have become a...
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Debtor excuses top-10

Loopholes, denials and threats. Our lawyers regularly are confronted with the creative excuses of debtors. Though some excuses may bring a chuckle, others are downright disturbing. We present to you: the excuses top-10. 10. I don’t know nothing To prevent loss of face, responsibilities of financial troubles are often blamed on others. The post office is a popular scapegoat. “I have never received anything from Bierens”, or “I have received registered letters, but the envelopes were empty”....
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Cross-border debt recovery will be easier

The position of creditors with receivables abroad has improved as a consequence of a recast of the Brussels I Regulation on January 10, 2015. Brussels I determines which court is competent in cross-border cases. The revision of this Regulation has important consequences for international debt recovery and should contribute to a more rapid completion of claims and disputes. What do these changes mean for you if you have a dispute with a foreign business partner? We will discuss the two most...
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Introducing… Romanian lawyer Alexandru Buzamet

I am Alexandru Buzamet, a lawyer from Romania. I was born in 1986 in Bucharest, a few years from what would determine and mark the reborn of democracy and capitalism in Romania, the 1989 Revolution. Since then, Romania has evolved in all aspects of society, building a new economy based on capital and newly trained professionals. After graduating in 2009 from the Faculty of Law, University of Bucharest, I followed the Master program in Business Law, covering Insolvency procedures, corporate...
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Expansion to Antwerp for Bierens European Collection Attorneys

International debt recovery firm enters the Belgian market. New York, October 2012 – Recently, Bierens European Collection Attorneys opened an office in Antwerp. The new office will allow this law firm, with its unique international proposition and which, meanwhile, has two Dutch and five international offices, to serve its Belgian clientele even better. In addition to business-to-business debt recovery, this law firm provides legal assistance with procuring international trade and is,...
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Collection in China

Over the last few years, China has rapidly developed into one of the largest trading partners in the world. Wherever you go, you will find products that were “made in China”. Growing export Although you may not consider it at first, it is not just China’s export market that has experienced explosive growth. As a result of major production, China imports large quantities of raw materials and equipment from all over the world. The Netherlands benefits in particular from the...
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ASNEF – a new tool for payment

You might have noticed that recovering your claim in the south of Europe has recently become more and more difficult due to the financial crisis. Obtaining credit with the bank is now a lot more complicated, causing companies to hang on to their own funds for much longer. Especially foreign business partners draw the short end of the stick, as debtors might feel that there is a safe distance from your company. Fortunately for you, this is far from the truth. At Bierens European Collection...
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