Financial law


Mr. Aleko Lebbink

Portfolio management : Objectives ≠ Risk
03/10/2011

A decision of the Supreme Court dispenses with custom and a well-established case law relating to portfolio management.

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Compliance Officer Now Required in Non-financial Sectors

Compliance Officer Now Required in Non-financial Sectors
07/03/2011

The Third Anti-money Laundering Directive (Directive 2005/60/EC of 26 October 2005) was implemented in Belgian law by the Act of 18 January 2010 (the "Act"), amending the Act of 11 January 1993 on the prevention of the use of the financial system for the purpose of money laundering and the financing of terrorism (the "Anti-money Laundering Act" or AML).

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Retail bond issues in Belgium : new CBFA guidelines and fast track prospectus approval

Retail bond issues in Belgium : new CBFA guidelines and fast track prospectus approval
30/12/2010

On 21 December 2010, the Banking, Finance and Insurance Commission (“CBFA”) published two notices regarding public offerings of corporate bonds in Belgium aiming to (i) establish an accelerated procedure for approving prospectuses for "plain vanilla" bond issues  and (ii) increase the chances of retail investors to subscribe to such bonds by issuing a set of “good practices”.

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Mrs. Anne Catteau

Réforme du paysage du contrôle financier
30/12/2010

Dans notre numéro d’avril dernier, nous vous informions de la volonté des pouvoirs politiques et des autorités de contrôle de réorganiser le secteur du contrôle financier. Les trois projets de loi visant à moderniser la surveillance financière dans notre pays avaient été adoptés au Parlement le 6 mai 2010.

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Mr. Benoît Vandervelde

Alternative funds – A new beginning
17/12/2010

After more than a year of intense negotiation and political manoeuvring, the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (the “AIFMD”) was finally adopted on 11 November 2010. This article provides an overview of the general principles of the AIFMD and an appraisal of its implications for the alternative investment and private equity industry.

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Mrs. Catherine Houssa

Bank resolution funds: An application of the polluter pays principle to the financial sector
18/09/2010

Among the measures in place to prevent a new crisis, Europe notably focuses on the bank resolution funds. The idea is simple: institutions responsible for damages to the economy must bear the costs of any future financial crisis.

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Mr. Benoît Vandervelde

Possibility of expropriation of financial institutions that place the financial stability of the country at risk
18/09/2010

From now on, the government can sell parts of the assets of financial institutions whose behaviour places the financial stability of the country at risk.

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International Acquisition Finance in Belgium

International Acquisition Finance in Belgium
26/10/2009

Altius' banking & finance team contributed to a jurisdictional comparison of international acquisition finance. The volume provides counsel with a full insight into the law and regulation across numerous jurisdictions. In this article Johan de Bruycker, head of Altius’ banking & finance department untangles the complications of debt funding regimes for the Belgian jurisdiction.

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