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Digital Finance: Somethings (are) new under the sun

Digital Finance: Somethings (are) new under the sun
18/02/2021

Once again, last year, digital finance has evolved at breakneck speed. Despite a health crisis that has put our legislators – both Belgian and European - under pressure, some new regulations and legislative proposals were published on anti-money laundering, crypto-currencies, cloud services for insurance companies,

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New law on basic banking services for business in Belgium: what’s in it for the FinTech industry?

New law on basic banking services for business in Belgium: what’s in it for the FinTech industry?
17/02/2021

On 25 November 2020, the new law on basic banking services for businesses has been published in the Belgian Official Journal. It introduces a right to basic banking services for companies that will enter into force on 1 May 2021 (see our previous news here).

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Minimuminhoud van “geschiktheidsverklaringen” voor niet-professionele cliënten

Minimuminhoud van “geschiktheidsverklaringen” voor niet-professionele cliënten
11/02/2021

Op 26 januari, heeft de FSMA een mededeling gepubliceerd over de “geschiktheidsverklaring”. Deze mededeling is van belang voor gereglementeerde ondernemingen die beleggingsadvies verstrekken aan niet-professionele cliënten, alsook voor ondernemingen die portefeuilles van niet-professionele cliënten beheren.

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Financial Services after Brexit: no equivalence (yet), but a transitional regime for Belgium

Financial Services after Brexit: no equivalence (yet), but a transitional regime for Belgium
11/01/2021

After the Brexit, UK financial service providers no longer benefit from their previous passporting rights. The recent Trade and Cooperation Agreement between the EU and the UK does not provide for an equivalence decision for financial services.

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The Digital Operational Resilience Act (DORA): what (re)insurers and (re)insurance intermediaries must expect

The Digital Operational Resilience Act (DORA): what (re)insurers and (re)insurance intermediaries must expect
21/12/2020

In September 2020, the European Commission adopted the Digital Finance Package, including a digital finance strategy and legislative proposals on crypto-assets and digital resilience, for a competitive EU financial sector that gives consumers access to innovative financial products, while ensuring consumer protection and financial stability

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Wordt de duurzaamheid van uw activiteit binnenkort een belangrijk element voor de financiering van uw onderneming?

Wordt de duurzaamheid van uw activiteit binnenkort een belangrijk element voor de financiering van uw onderneming?
17/12/2020

Een van de grote uitdagingen van dit moment is om onze economie en bijgevolg de activiteit van onze ondernemingen duurzamer te maken, onder meer door duurzame investeringen te stimuleren. 

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Anti-Vulture Legislation: the Belgian Attempt – or How Not to Do It

Anti-Vulture Legislation: the Belgian Attempt – or How Not to Do It
03/12/2020

With up to 6 governments defaulting on their bonds this year, sovereign debt restructuring is topical. In this context so-called ‘vulture funds’ may be targeted by legislation capping the gains that they can obtain from litigation. 

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Deadline approaching for implementing recommendations on outsourcing to cloud service providers

Deadline approaching for implementing recommendations on outsourcing to cloud service providers
03/12/2020

In recent years, insurance and reinsurance companies have taken an increasing interest in using the services of cloud service providers. This has led the Belgian National Bank to issue 15 recommendations to provide further guidance for institutions outsourcing their activities to cloud service providers to avoid undue operational risks.

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New law on basic banking services for businesses in Belgium

New law on basic banking services for businesses in Belgium
25/11/2020

Yesterday, 24 November 2020, the new law on basic banking services for businesses has been published in the Belgian Official Journal. This law voted on 22 October 2020 by the Belgian Parliament introduces a right to basic banking services for companies in Book VII of the Economic Law Code.

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 Payments in the video game industry: Regulatory Status in Belgium

Payments in the video game industry: Regulatory Status in Belgium
20/11/2020

This summer has brought a major lawsuit in the video game industry with the “Apple v. Epic Games” case. Epic Games, the developer of the popular game Fortnite, introduced the possibility for its iOS users to buy V-Bucks (the virtual currency used in Fortnite) without using the AppStore integrated payment services.

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