Banking law


Banker's oath and disciplinary regime

Banker's oath and disciplinary regime
11/07/2019

An Act dated 22 April 2019 amends the Banking Act of 25 April 2014 on the status and supervision of credit institutions and brokerage firms in order to introduce a banker's oath and a disciplinary regime.

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2019, the year of truth for open banking (RTS - SCA)

2019, the year of truth for open banking (RTS - SCA)
29/01/2019

In the world of Payments and FinTech, PSD2 has been a hot topic for several years now. Last year was already a crucial year with the transposition deadline of this directive scheduled for 13 January 2018.

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Brexit Financial institutions wishing to continue doing business in the UK must apply for permission by 28 March 2019

Brexit Financial institutions wishing to continue doing business in the UK must apply for permission by 28 March 2019
28/01/2019

Given the latest political developments in the UK, a hard Brexit is becoming a more tangible reality. Belgian financial institutions doing business in the UK will be severely affected in a no-deal scenario

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Mr. Jan Peeters
Mr. Jan Peeters

Ultimate Beneficial Owners Register operational as of today – Compliance required by 31 March 2019
27/09/2018

he Anti-Money Laundering Act of 18 September 2017 (the “AML Act”) set up a central register at the Treasury Administration(the “UBO Register[1]”) to which all Belgian companies (and certain other legal entities) have to provide information on their Ultimate Beneficial Owner (“UBO”).

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Mr. Luc Germonpré

The UBO register - The current state of affairs
14/09/2018

The law of 18 September 2017 on the prevention of the use of the financial system for the purposes of money laundering or terrorist financing and limitations to the use of cash implements the Fourth European money laundering Directive 2015/849 into Belgian law.

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Belgian Entities Required to Disclose their UBOs before 30 November 2018

Belgian Entities Required to Disclose their UBOs before 30 November 2018
28/08/2018

This newsletter gives a brief overview of the practical aspects of a new obligation for Belgian entities to gather information about their ultimate beneficial owners (UBOs) and enter it in a central UBO register.

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The upcoming UBO register : summary of the obligations of Belgian companies

The upcoming UBO register : summary of the obligations of Belgian companies
22/08/2018

As a result of the implementation of the 4th (and already, in part, 5th) EU Anti-Money Laundering Directive(s) into Belgian law, companies incorporated in Belgium and other legal entities are required to identify

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Virtual Currencies: No longer a Game without Frontiers

Virtual Currencies: No longer a Game without Frontiers
13/07/2018

On 19 April 2018, the European Parliament adopted the proposal for the fifth Anti-money Laundering (AML) Directive, which will make a number of changes to the fourth AML Directive, implemented in Belgium by the Anti-money Laundering and Terrorist Financing Act and in effect since 16 October 2017.

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Financial Sector & Services Supervision:  Still Evolving as Quickly as 15 Years Ago

Financial Sector & Services Supervision: Still Evolving as Quickly as 15 Years Ago
21/06/2018

The Act of 2 August 2002 on the supervision of the financial sector and financial services (“Loi relative à la surveillance du secteur financier et aux services financiers/ Wet betreffende het toezicht op de financiële sector en de financiële diensten”) (the "Financial Sector Supervisory Act”) was the result of many years of reflection and negotiation within and by the financial sector.

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Mrs. Saskia Lust

National UBO registers publicly accessible as from end 2019
28/12/2017

The European Parliament and the European Council have reached a political agreement on the fifth anti-money laundering Directive. Several measures relate to the ultimate beneficial owner register (hereafter “UBO register”)

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