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Experts in the legal complexities of business

De Brauw is known as the leading international law firm in the Netherlands.

Rooted deeply in the Dutch tradition of problem-solving and innovation, we offer high-end legal advice in corporate transactions, disputes and regulatory enforcement.

Our lawyers are widely recognised as leaders in their fields. Together, we form a strong collective, representing our clients, relentlessly pursuing excellence.

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22 July 2021

EBA and ESMA publish new fit and proper AML knowledge guidance for the management level

Credit institutions and investments firms will need to meet new fit and proper AML knowledge requirements as of 31 December 2021. The European Banking Authority (EBA) and the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) recently published joint guidelines on how these entities should assess the suitability of management board members and key function holders in accordance with the Capital Requirements Directive (CRD IV) and the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID II). The revised guidelines provide that the suitability assessment should at least address whether the person in the management board who is responsible for AML implementation, has the required knowledge, experience and skills. The joint guidelines also contain a suitability requirement for the collective management body.
20 July 2021

ESG financing opens door to lower financing costs and broader sustainability strategy

For businesses, "sustainability" and "corporate citizenship" have been key buzzwords for the last couple of years. Environmental, social and governance aspects of business have gained attention not only from regulators and the general public, but also from shareholders and other stakeholders. This requires action. Sustainable debt instruments are among the tools that companies can use in their transition to a climate-neutral and fair business, while at the same time benefitting from lower financing costs. In addition, many investors (including private equity and debt funds) and other stakeholders factor ESG into their investment decisions.
15 July 2021

Revised EU rules for vertical agreements proposed to address changed market realities

On 9 July 2021, the European Commission unveiled drafts of the revised vertical block exemption regulation (VBER) and the vertical guidelines (VGL). The current VBER and VGL expire on 31 May 2022. They were last updated in 2010, when the e-commerce sector and the digital platform economy were still in a nascent phase. However, over the past decade (and accelerated further by COVID-19), there has been a boom in online sales and a marked prevalence of online platforms. These market changes, resulting in more complex and hybrid distribution arrangements, have significantly influenced the Commission's ongoing review.

Much has changed in our 150 years as a firm, but De Brauw has always been a leading, unique and inspiring firm. It is built on the incredible people who delight in succeeding together: building relationships of trust and confidence with our clients and tackling complex matters, the world over.

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If you want to go far - go together

We are incredibly proud of our people, wherever they are. They create and define the culture of De Brauw. We all share the same core qualities: courageous team-players, passionate about what we do, with the grit and curiosity required to get to the best possible result for our client, together.

We continuously strive for diverse teams - it simply makes us better. Our unique personalities, experiences, and individual perspectives make us sharper and keep us humble.

Many of our top business leaders and members of the judiciary come up through our own ranks, and pass our firm from one generation to the next. Do you want to join us? We would love to hear from you.

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