Financial law


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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EU temporary measures on CFDs and binary options

EU temporary measures on CFDs and binary options
20/06/2018

On 22 May 2018, the European Securities and Markets Authority (“ESMA”) adopted two decisions implementing temporary product intervention measures. 

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Wet inzake Taks op effectenrekeningen : wat moet ik weten?

Wet inzake Taks op effectenrekeningen : wat moet ik weten?
14/05/2018

De taks op effectenrekeningen werd vorige zomer aangekondigd en heeft sindsdien veel inkt doen vloeien. In een publicatie van 5 oktober 2017 hadden we het reeds over de aspecten van deze hervorming die een impact hebben voor de investeerders.

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Mrs. Ann Vranken

Legislation on payments in cash refreshed
03/04/2018

On 16 October 2017, new, more flexible rules on cash payments came into force, introduced by the Law of 18 September 2017 on the prevention of money laundering and terrorist financing and the restriction on the use of cash.

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ICOS in Belgium and Europe : a legal perspective

ICOS in Belgium and Europe : a legal perspective
26/02/2018

The term ICO stands for ‘Initial Coin Offering’, a rather obvious reference to IPOs (‘Initial Public Offering’). Like IPOs, ICOs can be described as a means of raising public funds. 

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Reform of security interests over movable assets: is your Belgian collateral under threat?

Reform of security interests over movable assets: is your Belgian collateral under threat?
06/02/2018

The reform of security interests over movable assets finally took effect on 1 January 2018. The original law dated 11 July 2013 (the “Law”) was meant to enter into force by late 2014 but experienced repetitive delays.

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Changes to Belgian SME financing law relevant to financing transactions

Changes to Belgian SME financing law relevant to financing transactions
22/01/2018

A new Law dated 21 December 2017 amends the Belgian Law relating to the financing of small and medium-sized enterprises ( the “SME Financing Law”).

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Mr. Wim Panis
Mr. Jan Bogaert

Important changes to Belgian REITs legislation
10/11/2017

Today(the 9th of November 2017), the Belgian Act amending the Act of 12 May 2014 on regulated real estate companies (the “Reviewed REITs Act”) was published in the Belgian Official Journal.

The complete text of the Reviewed REITs Act can be found here

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Mr. Pieter Dierckx
Mr. Leo Peeters

Chamber approves amendments to the RREC Act
31/10/2017

On 5 October 2017, the bill amending the Regulated Real Estate Companies Act of 12 May 2014 (“GVV-wet”) was approved by the Chamber of Representatives and submitted to the King for ratification.

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Transparency Register – Overview of Foreign Reporting Requirements

Transparency Register – Overview of Foreign Reporting Requirements
30/10/2017

Among other measures designed to combat money laundering and terrorist financing, the 4th Money Laundering Directive requires the EU member states to set up registers of the ultimate beneficial owners of legal entities. 

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