When Wim de Smet left Belgium in the mid-1990s, he was a young technology upstart in a culture that valued age. When the CEO of Alpharetta-based Exaserv returned to Europe, he was head of a software consulting company that had won business from global corporations. Sure, he was a decade older, but something else had happened in between, and it happened in Atlanta. In […]
Anton Mertens, a partner in the law firm of Burr & Forman LLP, has been appointed Belgium’s adviser for economic diplomacy for Georgia with the responsibility of encouraging foreign investment from Belgium into the Southeast.
U.S. aid agencies must be focused in their overseas development work on supporting highly localized family and community initiatives, Marguerite “Maggy” Barankitse said during a UNICEF meeting in Atlanta May 15. She said that they also must be wary of the misappropriation of funds by politicians, whom she mistrusts and often publicly denounces.
The European Union‘s No. 3 diplomat in Washington is in Atlanta this week to iron out details of a plan to have local consulates of its member states represent the union diplomatically on a rotating basis. Atlanta is one of 12 cities around the U.S. with a critical mass of EU consulates large enough to establish the program. The city […]
Since her arrival last year as Belgium’s consul general to the Southeast, Geneviève Verbeek has been traveling to learn more about the region’s commercial, cultural and educational relations with Belgium.
Our trip to Brussels in January with Margaret Sherman, an assistant professor of legal studies at Georgia State University, and her student, Kelsey Scantland, was encouraged by then-Belgian Consul General Benoit Standaert, who happened to be there for official meetings. Ms. Sherman ostensibly wanted to visit European institutions, but it appeared that an additional subliminal […]
After more than 12 years at the Atlanta law firm of Smith, Gambrell & Russell LLP, Anton Mertens has joined the local office of Burr & Forman LLP, which recently combined with a Tampa, Fla., law firm to boost its Southeastern footprint. Mr. Mertens headed Smith Gambrell’s immigration practice. He is a citizen of both […]
Bruce Douglas, formerly general counsel and corporate secretary at Enfinity America Corp., a solar energy development and financing firm, has joined the Atlanta office of the law firm Barnes & Thornburg LLP.
Carl Bouckaert, a founder and chairman of the Dalton-based Beaulieu Group LLC, is to compete in the London 2012 Summer Olympic Games on behalf of the Belgian equestrian team. Mr. Bouckaert, 58, is well known in local equestrian circles and owns the Chattahoochee Falls horse farm 15 miles west of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. For […]
Belgium has been operating without an official government for more than 530 days, a modern-day record. However, the wait is over. A new coalition government was formed on Friday, Dec. 2. The six parties tasked with creating Belgium’s new structure finally reached agreement over the weekend, in large part due to pressure from a downgrade […]