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Sylvia Kierszenbaum and Filip Tanghe head Allen & Overy LLP’s team, which has recently advised clients on the implementation of the new Market Abuse Regulation and on issues arising from the EU Bank Recovery and Resolution Directive. Clients include Crédit Suisse, Citibank and Barclays.

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP’s Romano Subiotto QC, Christopher Cook and Robbert Snelders have been assisting HSBC and various other financial institutions with global regulatory investigations into the foreign exchange industry. Dexia, UBS and Citigroup are also clients.

Clifford Chance advises Belgian and foreign financial institutions on a broad cross-section of regulatory issues, covering issues such as investment management, insurance, or banking and payments services. Lounia Czupper, Bert De Maeyer and associate Sophie Delwaide are key contacts.

DLA Piper’s Koen Vanderheyden advises on regulatory issues involving investment funds, derivatives, and payment systems or services, among other matters. Axelle Van Den Broeck has over 15 years’ experience in the area.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s recent work includes advising financial institutions on the implementation of the EU’s capital requirements regime, as well as assisting clients with issues concerning the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID). Christiaan Smits and Andreas Von Bonin lead the team.

Linklaters advises on highly complex and significant matters for clients such as investment and commercial banks, insurance companies and ratings agencies. Etienne Dessy’s regulatory expertise includes Solvency II, MiFID and UCITS V.

Pierre Berger and Isabelle Van Biesen are names to note at Baker & McKenzie CVBA/SCRL, which handles issues associated with banking and finance, insurance and investment funds. Berger is leading the advice to ABPaymentflows on establishing a start-up fintech bank.

Bird & Bird’s Scott McInnes, who recently joined from MasterCard, specialises in regulatory matters impacting the payments sector (particularly card payment schemes) and financial services competition issues. Clients of the practice include INCOMM, HomeSend and Seamless Payments. Paul Hermant is also recommended.

In 2015, Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick’s Tom Van Dyck assisted Incofin with setting up a Dutch investment fund (which was mainly marketed to Belgian investors) and handling associated regulatory issues. Joan Carette specialises in fintech, payment services and the digitalisation of financial services.

Steptoe & Johnson LLP’s Philip Woolfson and Guy Soussan are recommended for insurance and reinsurance regulatory matters. Jean Rusotto, Simon Hirsbrunner and Daniella Terruso provide Swiss banks with legal advice and advocacy support on various aspects of EU financial services law and policy initiatives.

Stibbe’s extensive practice covers areas such as MiFID, Solvency II, the Prospectus Directive, UCITS and AIFMD. Jan Peeters, Ivan Peeters, Marc Fyon and counsel Philip Van Steenwinkel are names to note in the team, whose clients include ING, ABN AMRO and Nordea Bank.

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