Financial services expertise and guidance
We assist a wide variety of clients in financial services and regulatory matters such as:
- Payments and e-money
- Credit and lending
- Funds and investment
- Compliance (Rules of conduct, AML, GDPR, …)
- Technology and digitalisation
- Dispute resolution
In this heavily regulated and technical sector, our team guides its clients at every step of their journey and handles advisory, contractual and litigation assignments.
Our clientele is extremely diverse and includes a great variety of regulated institutions; from traditional incumbents of the financial sector such as retail and private banks, funds, credit providers and investment firms, to lighter and younger FinTech structures, typically active in the payments, e-money and crypto assets industry.
Compliant financial products and services
We anticipate and implement new regulations to ensure that our clients’ business and services are compliant from the outset and on an ongoing basis. Our guidance covers the entire spectrum of financial regulations such as MiFID II, PSD 2, AMLD, etc.
We monitor regulatory and market developments to ensure that our clients’ products and services are legally sound without losing sight of their commercial strategy and the need to remain customer-friendly – especially in a digital environment.
We work hand in hand with our clients to help them build and maintain safe contractual relationships with their clients, partners and distributors.
Assistance with the regulators and in court
Over the years, we have built an excellent relationship with Belgian supervisors such as the National Bank of Belgium, the FSMA and the Federal Public Service Economy. Our team is uniquely positioned when it comes to helping clients interact with regulators (licence applications, approvals of new products and communications, designing adequate governance structures, remediation post audits…).
In close cooperation with Simont Braun’s Dispute Resolution team, our Financial Services team also offers top notch dispute resolution services and regularly represents its clients before the courts, arbitral
tribunals, and the Ombudsman services. We help our clients settle their disputes with customers, partners, and the authorities.
As technology and innovation are essential at Simont Braun, we also explore the possibilities that innovative RegTech initiatives could create for the financial services industry.
Our Financial Services practice also has in-depth experience in digital finance and is deeply connected to the FinTech industry.