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MiFID II – FSMA communication on preparation for the entry into force of the MiFID II directive (for the aspects relating to conduct of business rules)

24 July 2017

Background This communication has been published in the context of the new legal framework arising from the Directive 2014/65/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 15 May 2014 on markets in financial instruments and amending Directive 2002/92/EC and Directive 2011/61/EU, and which will enter into force in January 2018. What’s new? The

Ruling: guidance on how amendments to an existing ruling are treated

20 July 2017

In its last newsletter published on 13 July, the Belgian Rulings Office has given an interesting clarification on how requests to obtain an amendment to an advance decision (so-called ‘Avenants’) will be treated. This often refers to situations where after the decision was granted certain critical facts change and that comfort is sought on the

Belgian UBO-register on its way

19 July 2017

According to the fourth Anti-Money Laundering Directive (2015/849), adopted by the European Parliament on 20 May 2015, one of the obligations of all EU Member States was to establish a national register of ultimate beneficial owners (UBO) before 26 June 2017. Through the introduction of this register, the Member States will have an additional tool

Rulings Office releases 2016 Annual Report

19 July 2017

The latest annual report of the Belgian Ruling Office was issued on June 21st. Looking at the statistics, it is clear that 2016 was a positive year with an increase in both the number of rulings granted and the number of pre-filing meetings held. The increase in the number of positive decisions combined with the