NFTs (Non-Fungible Tokens) and Financial Services

NFTs have garnered significant attention as a unique form of digital assets, representing ownership and authenticity of various digital content ranging from collectibles and art pieces to more typical financial assets such as securities. As a relatively new and diverse asset class, NFTs are still evolving in an environment with limited legal certainty regarding their […]

Deadline to update companies’ articles of association approaching!

The Belgian Companies and Associations Code (the ‘BCAC’) entered into force 4 years ago, on 1 May 2019. The transition period is soon ending. By 31 December 2023, all companies that were incorporated before 1 May 2019 must have updated their articles of association. | DEADLINE: 31 DECEMBER 2023 When the BCAC entered into force, […]

Should IP Owners mind the NFT Business?

Non-fungible tokens (NFTs) are digital assets registered on the blockchain that represent unique though intangible items such as, among others, pictures, videos or video game collectibles. These digital assets feature unique characteristics allowing them to somehow replicate the tangible attributes of physical goods like uniqueness, scarcity and proof of ownership. In the virtual economy, NFTs […]

Simont Braun ranked in The Legal 500 EMEA 2023

Last Wednesday, Legal 500 released its 2023 rankings. We are very proud of our teams who once again maintained their excellent rankings and were even mentioned in 6 new categories. All our rankings are available here. We warmly thank all team members for their motivation and hard work. We are also grateful to our peers […]

Simont Braun promotes Nikita Tissot and Renaud van Melsen to counsel

BRUSSELS, April 3, 2023 – Simont Braun is delighted to announce that the firm has promoted Nikita Tissot and Renaud van Melsen to the position of counsel, effective April 1st. These appointments are a recognition of their roles within the firm and their respective practices in particular. Nikita Tissot  started her legal career in 2016 […]

Breaking news for Payment Service Providers (PSPs) operating in Belgium!

On March 23rd, 2023, the Belgian legislator adopted a draft law amending the Belgian VAT Code with regard to the introduction of certain information obligations applicable to Payment Service Providers (PSPs), transposing Directive 2020/284 into Belgian law. Under the new law, PSPs will be required to report specific information to the Belgian tax administration on […]

NFTs (Non-Fungible Tokens): An introduction guide

Simont Braun takes a deep dive into the technicalities and unique legal challenges that come with NFTs. This article is the introductory part of a series dedicated to NFTs and law and takes a closer look at what NFTs are, how they work and what use cases exist.  | INTRODUCTION Non-fungible tokens (NFTs) are digital […]

Simont Braun once again highly ranked in Chambers Europe 2023

We are thrilled to see our teams recognised once more in the European Chambers rankings for 2023 ! All our rankings are available here. We would like to applaud our hard-working teams for their achievements and dedication and we extend our appreciation to our clients for their trust. Banking & Finance Regulatory | Spotlight Our […]

The FSMA Regulation on the marketing of virtual currencies to consumers

On Friday 17 March 2023, the Financial Services and Market Authority (FSMA) regulation on the marketing of virtual currencies to consumers (as approved by Royal Decree) has been published in the Official Gazette (the Regulation). | WHAT IS IT ABOUT? The Regulation imposes new requirements regarding the marketing of virtual currencies to consumers. It will […]

Accord UPC | Compétence Internationale

ACCORD JUB («UPC») | QUELLES COMPÉTENCES POUR LA JURIDICTION UNIFIÉE DU BREVET? Partie 3 | COMPÉTENCE «INTERNATIONALE»  Vous pouvez télécharger l’article complet ici. Dutch version of this article can be consulted here. L’introduction du brevet européen à effet unitaire s’accompagne de l’institution d’une juridiction unifiée exclusivement compétente pour connaître de certaines actions relatives à ce nouveau […]

UPC Agreement | The Opt-Out

UPC AGREEMENT: THE «UNITARY PATENT PACKAGE» & UNIFIED PATENT COURT | THE OPT-OUT Full article can be downloaded here. The reform of European patent law introducing a European patent with unitary effect is accompanied by the creation of a Unified Patent Court (UPC). In the context of these developments in patent law, a number of […]