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Sustainable Finance Package:  what next for Taxonomy, NFRD and MiFID II/UCITS/AIFMD/Insurance ESG amendments

Sustainable Finance Package: what next for Taxonomy, NFRD and MiFID II/UCITS/AIFMD/Insurance ESG amendments
26/04/2021

The Commission has released a bumper package of sustainable finance legislation. We have the more or less final version of the Taxonomy screening criteria for climate change, the proposal for the new Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive

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CSSF circular on governance and security requirements for teleworking

CSSF circular on governance and security requirements for teleworking
13/04/2021

On 9 April 2021, the Commission de Surveillance du Secteur Financier (the « CSSF »), the Luxembourg financial supervisory authority, adopted a circular 20/769 on governance and security requirements for supervised entities to perform tasks or activities through telework (the “Circular”)

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EU Recovery Prospectus: temporary fast-track to boost listed companies' COVID-19 recovery

EU Recovery Prospectus: temporary fast-track to boost listed companies' COVID-19 recovery
09/04/2021

In addressing the severe economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the European legislator amended the existing Prospectus Regulation and introduced the new EU Recovery Prospectus.

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How to comply with the Belgian regulator’s requirements in the context of SFDR (Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation)

How to comply with the Belgian regulator’s requirements in the context of SFDR (Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation)
07/04/2021

In connection with the entry into force on 10 March 2021 of the European regulation on sustainability-related disclosures in the financial services sector, the Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation ("SFDR"), the Belgian regulator (“FSMA”) has set out a number of practical guidelines

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Q&A – Brexit impact on financial services in Belgium

Q&A – Brexit impact on financial services in Belgium
24/03/2021

As of 1 January 2021, UK regulated entities are no longer allowed to make use of the European Union (EU) passport mechanism which allowed them to offer financial services across the EU on the basis of free provision of services or by establishing a local branch.

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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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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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