Green financings surge in high liquidity markets

A post by guest bloggers Johan Mouraux and Cedric Hauben

The state of Belgium recently joined the club of sovereign “green” bond issuers preceded in Europe only by Poland and France. Under the last years’ market conditions of persistent low interest rates and high liquidity, both public and private sector stakeholders have developed a means to add value to their financing transactions. While bringing environmental and public benefits into the equation, fresh market opportunities are being created for all those involved.

Following this cross-sector trend, both the International Capital Markets Association (ICMA) and the Loan Market Association (LMA) have issued sets of guidelines for their primary fields of business, respectively named the Green Bond Principles (GBP) and Green Loan Principles (GLP). Both the GBP and GLP aim to provide a high-level framework of market standards and best practices, setting out a consistent methodology for use across the wholesale green financial markets.

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APR-prijs voor beste juridische meesterproef aan KU Leuven naar Bram Van Baelen over beslag op aandelen

“Het uitvoerend beslag op aandelen in een BVBA”, Master KU Leuven

De APR-prijs 2016-2017 (Algemene Praktische Rechtsverzameling) voor beste meesterproef aan de KU Leuven is toegekend aan Bram Van Baelen voor zijn thesis “Het uitvoerend beslag op aandelen in een BVBA”. Promotor van de meesterproef was Prof. Dr. Joeri Vananroye.

De meesterproef gaat over de verschillende hindernissen die de persoonlijke schuldeisers van aandeelhouders kunnen ondervinden wanneer zij uitvoerend beslag willen leggen op aandelen in een BVBA. In eerdere blogposts hier over het belang van beslag op aandelen in “organizational law” en over het beslag op aandelen naar Belgisch recht kon u reeds de probleemstelling lezen.

Over de auteur

IMG_1153Bram Van Baelen behaalde met grote onderscheiding zijn Master in de Rechten aan de Faculteit Rechtsgeleerdheid van de KU Leuven (bachelor 2013-2015; master 2015-2017, major: Economisch recht/ minor: Publiekrecht) en werkt sindsdien als assistent aan het Jan Ronse Instituut voor Vennootschaps- en Financieel Recht waar hij een proefschrift voorbereidt. Tijdens het schrijven van de meesterproef was hij voorzitter van LOKO, de Leuvense Overkoepelende Kringenorganisatie.

Over de meesterproef

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Verminderen van actief is niet hetzelfde als vermeerderen van passief. Schade bij het kennelijk onredelijk verderzetten van een verlieslatende activiteit

Een post door gastblogger Vincent Verlaeckt

Het nieuwe artikel XX.227 WER zal vanaf 1 mei 2018 de grondslag wezen voor de aansprakelijkheidsvordering wegens het kennelijk onredelijk verderzetten van een verlieslatende activiteit (zie eerdere posts over wrongful trading). Niet de aansprakelijkheid op zich, doch wel de wettelijk verankerde verdeling van de opbrengst volgend uit dergelijke aansprakelijkheidsvordering, is (ver)nieuw(end). Continue reading “Verminderen van actief is niet hetzelfde als vermeerderen van passief. Schade bij het kennelijk onredelijk verderzetten van een verlieslatende activiteit”

European Private International Law at 50. Celebrating and Contemplating EEX and its Successors

Jura Falconis Conference 23 March 2018, 10 AM – 5:30 PM (College De Valk, Leuven)

In 2018 we celebrate the 50th year since the adoption of the 1968 Brussels Convention on jurisdiction and the enforcement of judgments in civil and commercial matters. The 1968 attempt to facilitate the free movement of judgments in the EU, helped lay the foundations for the exciting developments in European private international law which have occurred since. Many of the outstanding issues in what is now the Brussels I Recast (also known as EEX-bis; or Brussels Ibis) continue to have an impact on other parts of European civil procedure.

Co-organised by Leuven Law’s Institute of Private International Law and Jura Falconis, KU Leuven’s student law review, this event will consider, capita selecta wise, the application and implications of the Convention and its successors. It will also discuss the future direction of EU private international law both for civil and commercial matters, and for issues outside of commercial litigation. At a time when in most Member States the majority of commercial transactions have some kind of international element, this is a timely refresher for practitioners, judges, students and scholars alike.
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European Commission announces proposals on covered bonds, cross-border distribution of investment funds and cross-border transactions in claims and securities

“Capital Markets Union: breaking down barriers to cross-border investments and accelerating delivery”

The European Commission announced today proposals on (i) covered bonds, (ii) cross-border distribution of investment funds and (iii) the law applicable to cross-border transactions in claims and securities (press release).

The latter issue was dealt with in a previous post on this blog by Louis Coussée. The assignment of a claim refers to a situation where a creditor transfers the right to claim a debt to another person in exchange of a payment. This system is used by companies to obtain liquidity and access credit. At the moment, there is no legal certainty as to which national law applies when determining who owns a claim after it has been assigned in a cross-border case. The new rules proposed today clarify according to which law such disputes are resolved: as a general rule, the law of the country where creditors have their habitual residence would apply, regardless of which Member State’s courts or authorities examine the case.

The measures presented today, and the applicable to cross-border transactions in claims and securities.

The proposals will be presented by May 2018 in order to make it possible that legislation can be adopted before European Parliament elections in 2019.

More information is available from a Fact Sheet issued by the Commission.

Parent Companies Are Not Parents, Subsidiaries Are Not Children

Okpabi v Shell Judgment Puts the Brakes on the Expansion of Parent Company Liability for Damage Caused By Its Subsidiaries

A recent judgment of the England and Wales Court of Appeal addressed important jurisdictional questions in relation to a parent company’s liability for damages caused by its subsidiaries. The court did not rule on the merits of the claim; rather, it analysed the preliminary issue of whether UK courts have jurisdiction to hear such claims. In determining whether there is jurisdiction, however, the English court did have to examine substantive law issues. This makes the case of great interest to parent company liability, and, as parent company liability overlaps with supply chain liability, also to the latter. Continue reading “Parent Companies Are Not Parents, Subsidiaries Are Not Children”

Cross-border Insolvencies after Brexit: Views from the United Kingdom and Continental Europe

A recent paper of the Centre for International Governance Innovation and the British Institute of International and Comparative Law examines the consequences of Brexit for cross-border insolvencies. The conclusion of the paper reads as follows:

Whatever the outcome of the Brexit negotiations might be, it is possible that the United Kingdom will lose at least part of its attraction as a restructuring and insolvency hub for the remaining member states of the European Union.