The capacity to manage the full implementation of legal regulations has now become a matter of strategic importance for those active in financial services.
Supervisory and tax frameworks are moving ever closer together, and the pace of international regulation is accelerating. The appeal of a financial services market and the opportunities available to its players depend on the regulatory framework and supervisory practice that apply in each jurisdiction. A financial services provider that operates across several jurisdictions faces even greater complexity.
As the largest legal regulatory financial services team in Belgium, we provide pragmatic legal advice on current and upcoming financial regulations, and we have consummate knowledge of their impact on organisations and their products.
Our cross-disciplinary global team can advise on regulatory implementation, risk management and compliance across 157 jurisdictions, through our offices and relationship firms. We assist banks, investment companies, funds and insurance companies, as well as brokers and agents with the full range of regulatory matters including authorisation/registration, governance and restructuring.
We can further help you in your discussions with the National Bank of Belgium (NBB) and Financial Services and Markets Authority (FSMA), as well as the European Central Bank (ECB) and the Belgian Ministry of Economy together with our colleagues from the Governance Risk and Compliance department.
We’re your one-stop resource for expert advice that combines pragmatism with in-depth knowledge of the investment funds landscape, and we can assist you with every step of your project. We advise on all aspects relating to the structuring and organisation of investment funds (with strong credentials in real estate and private equity funds) and the appointment of managers or advisors, as well as investments and transactions made by these investment funds.
We can also help you design the contractual relationship between investment vehicles and their service providers, and deliver legal advice relating to compliance with regulatory requirements.
In addition, we can assist you with the approval or registration processes of investment funds and their managers with the FSMA, as well as with the registration of Belgian funds in other jurisdictions (with local PwC support) and the registration of foreign funds in Belgium.
We advise banks and other financial institutions, companies and governments on domestic and international levels on financing transactions. We can assist you with general loan finance including:
Covering equity, debt, derivatives, structured finance and securitisation transactions, our capital markets practice can help you with all types of national and international securities transactions.
With PwC, you benefit from a multi-disciplinary service approach that combines tax and corporate advice with transactional expertise.