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Sylvia Kierszenbaum

Partner

Antwerp

Kierszenbaum Sylvia
Sylvia Kierszenbaum

Partner

Antwerp

Sylvia focuses on the regulation of banking and insurance activities and financial services. She also specialises in areas including capital markets, financial instruments, structured finance transactions, securitisations and trade receivables finance, covered bonds, funds, corporate reorganisations, corporate finance and bank lending.

Prior to joining the Banking & Finance department, Sylvia also worked for ten years at A&O Belgium’s Corporate department, where she covered corporate law. Sylvia regularly publishes articles on financial regulation and capital markets, and she consistently receives praise for her expertise in legal directories.

Experience highlights

Office

Antwerp

Allen & Overy (Belgium) LLP
Uitbreidingstraat nr 72/b3
Antwerp
B-2600

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Qualifications

Professional

Exempt European lawyer, England and Wales, 2004

Admitted as “advocaat / avocate” (Belgium), 1992

Academic

LLM, Cornell University, 1989

Law Degree, Universitaire Instelling Antwerpen, 1988

Recognition

Awards & accolades

Client Choice Award for Capital Markets

Client Choice, 2015

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Published work

Kierszenbaum, S. and De Waele, N. (2018) “MiFID II rules on conflicts of interest and inducements: reinforcement of the MiFID I framework.” chapter in “MiFID II & MiFIR: Capita Selecta”, 2018, p. 115-153, Brussels: Anthemis

Kierszenbaum, S. and de Backer, A., (2018) “The new Belgian Prospectus Law”, Brussels: Allen & Overy LLP

Kierszenbaum, S., de Backer, A., and De Waele, N. (2017) “FSMA communication on the application of the Belgian rules on unfair contract terms to investment instruments”, Brussels: Allen & Overy LLP

Kierszenbaum, S., Rutten, S., Van de Wiele, W. and de Backer, A. (2016) ‘The Market Abuse Regulation: Key implications for listed issuers’, Brussels: Allen & Overy LLP

News & insights

Publications: 20 MARCH 2020

Covid-19 coronavirus: what should banks and other financial institutions focus on?

The Covid-19  pandemic presents an unprecedented challenge and will affect all walks of life.  The quantum of the impact is hard to determine at this stage although based on preliminary assessment and considering the dramatic steps enacted so far by governments worldwide, it is expected to be severe.

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Brexit day 1 readiness for European banks and investment firms

Publications: 15 OCTOBER 2019

Brexit day one readiness for European banks and investment firms: risk, legal and compliance changes for EU firms under EU law

We examine some of the ways in which a hard Brexit will affect the EU legal and regulatory obligations of EU financial services firms facing or using UK clients/counterparties/market infrastructure.

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Publications: 28 FEBRUARY 2019

Belgian Government and FSMA prepare for Brexit

​The Belgian government and financial services regulator are preparing for Brexit.  This has recently resulted in the submission to the Belgian Parliament of a draft law providing a framework to take certain contingency measures notably in the financial sector.  The FSMA in turn has issued a communication setting out the regime that will apply to UK investment firms post-Brexit and addressing the impact of Brexit on the continuity of contracts entered into by UK investment firms prior to Brexit.  Both the draft law and the communication assume a no-deal Brexit.

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Publications: 19 FEBRUARY 2019

How should Europe’s non-bank lending market be regulated?

​Non-bank lending in the European Union is becoming an ever more significant source of financing for business. In light of its increasing importance to Europe’s economy, policymakers are re-evaluating their approach to this market and considering whether the existing regulatory framework remains appropriate.

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