Financial Institutions

Arne Grimme
Mariken van Loopik
Ferdinand Hengst
+ 13 other experts

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

14 September 2021

Financial group Ennia Caribe sells Banco di Caribe N.V. to United as part of its restructuring

An important milestone in the financial restructuring of the largest financial group in the Dutch Caribbean, De Brauw advised Central Bank of Curaçao and Sint Maarten ("CBCS") and ENNIA as seller on the sale of Banco di Caribe ("BdC"). Each of the target (BdC), the seller (ENNIA) and United (purchaser) are institutions with systemic importance in the Netherlands Antilles. The sale was set up as a competitive, limited auction. The sale of BDC to United Group Holdings N.V. marks an important step in the financial restructuring of the ENNIA Group, which has been under emergency regulations since 2018, and CBCS's efforts to maximize value and reduce risk for ENNIA and its policyholders.
18 August 2021

NN Group NV sells NN Investment Partners to Goldman Sachs for EUR 1.7 billion

De Brauw advised NN Group on the sale of its asset manager NN Investment Partners (NN IP) to Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. for total cash proceeds of EUR 1.7 billion. As part of the agreement, NN Group and Goldman Sachs Asset Management will enter into a ten-year strategic partnership under which the combined company will continue to provide asset management services to NN Group. The combination with Goldman Sachs gives NN IP a broader platform to accelerate its growth and further improve the offering and service to its clients. It will also allow NN Group to continue its successful cooperation with NN IP and to benefit from the strengths and complementary product propositions of Goldman Sachs.
18 August 2021

Minority investment by Bridgepoint in ACT, valuing ACT at over $1 Billion

ACT, the leading provider of custom market-based solutions for reducing carbon footprints, today announced a minority investment from Bridgepoint, the quoted private assets growth investor. Bridgepoint’s investment moves ACT to a new level of leadership in the environmental markets, valuing the company at more than USD 1 billion. As part of the transaction, Bridgepoint is buying out exiting investor Three Hills Capital Partners.
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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.

Our Insurance Experts

Insights

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

Dutch government plans to introduce foreign investment screening with retroactive effect

A bill was recently submitted to parliament establishing a national security screening regime where target undertakings active in the Netherlands in vital processes or sensitive technology, are being acquired. In 2020, the Dutch government indicated its intention for the screening mechanism to apply retroactively. Under the current bill, the regime would apply to qualifying investments made after 8 September 2020.