Financial Institutions

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Unique expertise positioned for a unique type of client

Subject to a myriad of ever-evolving regulations affecting their products, services, governance and processes, financial institutions need lawyers with a deep understanding of the specific challenges, opportunities, and the continual developments faced by the financial sector.

As leading experts in their respective fields of legal practice, our integrated, multidisciplinary practice has advised on the most important deals in the market and has an established track record working both alongside, and within, major financial institutions.

In addition to market leading regulatory expertise, dispute resolution also constitutes a core component of the practice as we successfully represent major financial institutions in litigation, arbitration and mediation around the globe.

Our Financial Institutions practice is also part of the European Financial Institutions Group of our Best Friends Network.

Recent Matters

24 January 2023

Waterland funds reach final close of EUR 4bn in aggregate

De Brauw assisted Waterland Private Equity Investments (Waterland) as Dutch legal and regulatory counsel in relation to the closing of Waterland's ninth institutional flagship fund, Waterland Private Equity Fund IX ("WPEF IX") at EUR 3.5 billion, alongside Waterland Partnership Fund I ( "WPF I") at EUR 500 million. The funds closed at their respective hard caps four months after initial launch. WPEF IX will focus on investments in medium-sized companies in fragmented growth markets in Europe to finance organic and acquisitive growth. WPF I is the first fund of its kind under management of Waterland a natural extension of the Waterland platform. WPF I expects to make minority investments in a very select number of Waterland portfolio companies when these are exited.Interesting features comprised a stapled structure of multiple limited partnerships (CV's) under Dutch law and the use of feeder vehicles under Irish law. In addition to acting as Dutch legal and regulatory counsel, De Brauw also took on a coordinating role via its legal project management and data science department, with DocuSign and interactive subscription tools being used to make the fundraising process more efficient and streamlined.
19 January 2023

Flow Traders announces update of holding structure

On 21 October 2022, Flow Traders announced the proposal to update its holding structure. The update of the holding structure enables Flow Traders to become more competitive as a global, next generation liquidity provider, particularly in relation to regulatory capital management. Different capital requirements will apply following the update of the holding structure, which are expected to expand Flow Traders' strategic growth options. The update of the holding structure will also create a more level playing field with global peers with respect to the regulatory capital framework.
16 January 2023

Rivean Capital to acquire CED Group from BlackFin Capital Partners

De Brauw is advising Rivean Capital on its planned acquisition of the CED Group. The CED Group is a Dutch headquartered company and offers its clients a full range of claims management services, ranging from risk taxation and inspection to emergency assistance, together with (injury) claim loss adjustment and handling, repair in kind and recourse. CED is active in the Property, Mobility and Vitality domains and has a strong cross-border claims organisation. Besides the Netherlands, the CED Group is active in France, Belgium and Spain and has offices in 8 other countries for cross-border claims activities.
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Banking, Finance & Debt Capital Markets

Few firms in the Netherlands can match the quality of our people and our leading position across the full range of corporate, asset and project financing, debt restructuring, and debt capital markets. Our integrated Banking, Finance & Debt Capital Markets practice has a multidisciplinary team dedicated to the design, negotiation and documentation of both general corporate finance transactions and complex high-impact finance transactions.

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Investment Management

Against a continually changing legal, economic and regulatory backdrop, our Investment Management experts are at the forefront of all new developments across the full fund lifecycle.

Our Investment Management Experts
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Insurance

We advise many of the largest internationally operating insurance groups and financial institutions based in the Netherlands (to include the largest healthcare insurer in the Netherlands) on the application of the rules and regulations on the supervision of financial markets. Our clients trust us with significant mergers and acquisitions, regulatory capital-raising transactions, large outsourcing arrangements, global custody and securities lending, and investment management mandates. Clients also recognise our expertise when seeking advice on which complex supervisory rules they are subject to.

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Insights

26 January 2023

Negotiating ESG financing – key areas to address

Sustainability elements are incorporated into almost all new or renegotiated financing arrangements. This change is driven by various factors, such as companies enhancing their sustainability agenda and a growing demand for sustainability from lenders, other stakeholders and society at large. In our previous article on ESG financing, we discussed the variety of available instruments and key considerations for borrowers. Since then, we have seen a substantial uptick in the number of sustainability-linked financing arrangements and an increased level of sophistication in the documentation and verification process. Sustainability-linked financing products are available to a broader group of companies since there are no restrictions on the use of proceeds. Given the rise in sustainability-linked products and developments in the standardisation of documentation, we focus on sustainability-linked solutions in this article.
26 January 2023

2022 – looking back on a European digital year

2020 marked the start of Europe's Digital Decade, an ambitious policy programme that sets the groundwork for having a complete digital transformation of Europe by 2030. When first announced by the Commission, the programme threatened to be yet another drawn-out project, destined to be mired in political debate and unlikely to have any real-world impact for the foreseeable future. But a mere two years into the project, a different story unfolds: the European Union has kicked one of the most significant reforms in Europe into high gear. With no fewer than 13 fast-tracked legislative proposals, it looks like the Digital Decade will be completed in half of the expected time.
28 October 2022

Proposal for anti-money laundering action plan submitted to Dutch parliament

Draft anti-money laundering legislation has been submitted to the lower house in the Netherlands: (i) limiting cash handled by traders in goods to EUR 3,000, (ii) enabling banks to outsource transaction monitoring and (iii) requiring AML-regulated institutions to exchange client information in high-risk situations.