Strelia’s banking & finance team provides comprehensive banking and securities advice as well as assistance in litigation and in contacts with supervising authorities to Belgian and foreign financial and insurance institutions and corporate clients. Our team advises financial institutions, investment funds, insurance companies, asset managers, private equity investors and corporate borrowers in their day-to-day transactions and with respect to judicial and disciplinary procedures.
We advise Belgian and foreign clients (as borrowers’ and as lenders’ counsel) with all Belgian law aspects of financing transactions, including syndicated loans, acquisition finance, real estate finance, project finance, structured finance (including PPP projects), and securitisation. We have particular experience in a cross-border context and continuously cooperate with leading foreign law firms.
Financial (and Financial Criminal) Litigation
We represent both banks and clients in disputes that can arise out of their relationship. We advise financial institutions on their dispute resolution needs, concerning matters such as asset management claims, termination of credit facilities, fraud, bank guarantee claims, insurance and reinsurance, AML and MiFiD compliance, etc.
We also assist financial institutions and individuals facing criminal investigation or prosecution in relation to white-collar crime (money laundering, market abuse, insider trading, etc.).
Banks and companies also rely on our team for assistance with insolvencies, debt rescheduling and corporate restructuring. The team assists on restructurings, non-performing loans, insolvencies, security interests and financial products, including in cross-border situations, from both a structuring and an enforcement perspective. We are regularly appointed as administrators, mediators and office holder by the court in insolvency proceedings and shareholders’ or directors’ disputes.
Financial Services And Regulation
Our team also advises on various financial regulatory matters, such as compliance, conglomerates, investment firms (including MiFID II), collective investment schemes (UCITS and AIFMs), anti-money laundering, market abuse, information obligations, trading rules, and best execution. We also assist our clients with the Belgian supervisory authorities (the National Bank of Belgium and the Financial Services and Markets Authority).