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26.10.2017 NL law
Autoriteit Persoonsgegevens adviseert negatief over Implementatiewet PSD2

Short Reads - Het wetsvoorstel Implementatiewet herziene richtlijn betaaldiensten ("Wet PSD2") voorziet in de wijziging van verschillende wetten (waaronder de Wet financieel toezicht (Wft) en het Burgerlijk Wetboek (BW)) en de nationale omzetting van Richtlijn (EU) 2015/2366 van het Europees Parlement en de Raad van 25 november 2015 betreffende betalingsdiensten in de interne markt, houdende wijziging van de Richtlijnen 2002/65/EG, 2009/110/EG en 2013/36/EU en Verordening (EU) nr. 1093/2010 en houdende intrekking van Richtlijn 2007/64/EG.

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04.08.2017 NL law
Update on the implementation of the Fourth Anti-Money Laundering Directive

Short Reads - The Fourth Anti-Money Laundering Directive (EU/2015/849) should have been implemented in the Netherlands before 26 June 2017. This deadline has not been met. The Dutch legislator indicated that the final text of the legislative proposal is expected after the summer of 2017. Meanwhile, there have been several developments on a European and national level with respect to anti-money laundering and anti-terrorism financing.

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02.08.2017 NL law
ECB published its 'Guidance on leveraged transactions' on 16 May 2017

Short Reads - In the 'Guidance on leveraged transactions' (the "Guidance"), the European Central Bank (the "ECB") summarises key supervisory expectations concerning leveraged transactions, and the ongoing monitoring of both syndication risk and the fundamental quality of leveraged exposures. The Guidance will enter into force on 16 November 2017.

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23.10.2017 NL law
OTC-Derivaten en de ISDA Master Agreement - (hoe) werkt het naar Nederlands recht? (deel 1)

Articles - De meeste over-the-counter (OTC) derivaten worden aangegaan onder een ISDA Master Agreement. Eén van de voornaamste doelen van de Master Agreement is de beheersing van het kredietrisico dat partijen over en weer op elkaar lopen. De bepalingen betreffende vervroegde beëindiging en afwikkeling van transacties behoren tot de kernbepalingen van de Master Agreement.

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03.10.2017 NL law
De nieuwe Algemene Bankvoorwaarden 2017 in samenhang met leningen aan het midden- en grootbedrijf

Articles - Sinds 1 maart dit jaar zijn de nieuwe Algemene Bankvoorwaarden van kracht. Ten opzichte van de Algemene Bankvoorwaarden uit 2009, lijkt er op het eerste gezicht inhoudelijk gezien geen sprake van een revolutionaire verandering. Toch is het goed er even bij stil te staan en enige aspecten te belichten die tot nu toe in mijn ogen in de literatuur onderbelicht zijn gebleven, met name in de toepassing van deze voorwaarden op kredietrelaties met niet-consumenten.

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02.08.2017 NL law
Supreme Court: Fraudulent conveyance; knowledge of prejudice

Short Reads - In a recent judgment, the Supreme Court ruled that both the debtor and any counterparty performing the legal act have knowledge of prejudice to creditors if, at the time of performing the legal act, the bankruptcy of the debtor and a shortfall in the bankruptcy estate is foreseeable. This judgment confirms the Supreme Court's decision of 22 December 2009 (ECLI:NL:HR:2009:BI8493).

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02.08.2017 NL law
Supreme Court: liability of a company acting as a director

Short Reads - In a recent judgment, the Supreme Court ruled that if a company acting in its capacity as director of another company is liable based on a wrongful act (onrechtmatige daad), Dutch law provides that the natural persons who were acting as directors of that director-company at the time the liability arose are jointly and severally liable. The Supreme Court also ruled that a claimant is not required to state and prove that serious blame (ernstig verwijt) can be attributed to such natural persons acting as directors for the actions on which the liability of the director-company is based.

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04.08.2017 NL law
Proposals to amend EMIR – what does this mean for corporates?

Short Reads - On 4 May 2017 and 13 June 2017, the European Commission published two proposals to amend the European Market Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR). After almost five years since EMIR entered into force, these proposals aim to lower the costs of compliance for market participants without compromising the objective of reducing systemic risks in the OTC derivatives market. The May 2017 proposal aims to reduce the regulatory burdens for corporates. The June 2017 proposal introduces a more pan-European approach to supervision of EU CCPs and ensures further supervisory convergence.

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02.08.2017 NL law
Supreme Court: No conflict of interests in a group financing

Short Reads - In a recent judgment, the Supreme Court ruled, based on an application of the so-called Bruil-criterion, that there was no conflict of interests in the relationship between a holding company and its direct and indirect subsidiaries based on the purpose, background and structure of their group financing relationship.

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02.08.2017 NL law
Supreme Court: attribution of the appearance of a power of attorney

Short Reads - In three recent judgments, the Supreme Court clarified the boundaries of the risk principle criterion set out in its ING/Bera judgment: the risk principle does not reach so far that it also applies in situations where the expectations are based solely on statements or behaviour of the unauthorized attorney. The court must also assess the facts and circumstances that concern the unauthorized represented principal to justify the principal bearing the risk of the unauthorized representation.

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