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Capital Market Regulations in Netherlands

Capital Market Regulations in Netherlands

Capital market activities in Netherlands are activities related to the emission (in the first stage) and then the trading (in the second stage) of government bonds in Netherlands. It contains the transactions, relations, regulations between the insurance companies, banks, central banks, and other similar institutions.

The Dutch state’s creditors receive Dutch State Loans, especially created in order to fund the State activities. These State Loans are preferred due to the fact that the Dutch State guarantees payments of interest and redemptions in full and in time.

The main body for supervising the capital markets in Netherlands is the Netherlands Authority for the Financial Markets (AFM) which has been responsible for supervising the operation of the financial markets since 1 March 2002.

The Financial Supervision Act requires the users of financial instruments to have a license for regulated markets such as Euronext(the European electronic stock exchange based in Amsterdam) and multilateral trade facilities such as Alternext (equity trading market opened by Euronext who addresses small to medium sized firms who needs to access an equity market.)

This act describes the situations in which a prospectus (security) must be prepared and clearly states that each prospectus requires the Netherlands Authority for Financial Markets’ approval.

Due to the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive, Dutch prospectus may also be traded on a multilateral trading facility.

Along with France and Germany, the Dutch State is recognized as one of the most secure and trustworthy debtors. It has a great credibility as it is supervised by the Dutch legislation and regulations and implementation of the European acquisition directive, the European prospective directive and the European market abuse directive.

Dutch capital market regulations may seem complicated to an unauthorized individual, this is why it is advisable to contact a specialized lawyer. For instance our specialized lawyers in Netherlands can offer assistance in matters related to debt and equity and the initial public offerings, in matters related to private placements and secondary offerings or issuing Dutch corporate bonds.

Besides those, our lawyers can offer assistance and advice in Netherlands in preparation of prospectuses and related documentation or offers advice on listing agreements and the necessary documents for performing such actions.

Certain documents may require specialized legal help such as the elaboration of financing documentation (underwriting agreements) or offering memorandums. This help can be seek at our law firm.

Not last, our lawyers in Netherlands can offer help in license processes for regulated markets or multilateral trading facilities.