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Alexander Hamels

Lead Lawyer
About

Alexander Hamels is a financial services and insurance lawyer.

He advises Belgian and foreign multinationals on all aspects of financial services. Complex regulatory matters, regulatory driven strategic projects, transactions and restructurings, financial services and insurance litigation, as well as cross-border and FinTech related assignments are his core area of practice.

Alexander has particular expertise in insurance and reinsurance. He advised many market-leading (re)insurance undertakings on their business in Belgium and the EEA. This includes (coverage) disputes, regulatory questions and supervisory investigations related to IDD and Solvency II and related financial regulation.

 
Professional QualificationsAdvocaat registered with the Nederlandse Orde van Advocaten bij de Balie te Brussel

EXPERIENCE

  • Establishment and licensing of an insurance undertaking and a payment institution.
  • End-to-end assistance with a large insurance portfolio transfer.
  • Mergers and acquisitions of different financial institutions and intermediaries.
  • Assistance with Brexit contingency planning, including the relocation of a large financial institution and UK intermediaries.
  • Review and design of complex corporate governance arrangements.
  • Defending regulated companies in supervisory investigations carried out by the National Bank of Belgium and the FSMA.
  • Defending financial institutions before Belgian courts (e.g. insurance coverage disputes, payment transactions, AML compliance, collective consumer organisations etc.).
  • Development of internal policies and procedures, including corporate governance and AML.
  • Review of ESG arrangements for financial institutions.
Languages
  • Dutch
  • English
  • French
Education
  • University of Oxford, Sustainable Finance Executive Programme, 2022
  • King’s College London, LLM International Financial and Commercial Law, 2021
  • The International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), Certificate CIPP/E, 2018

     

    London School of Economics (LSE), Certificate International Financial Law, 2017

     

    Catholic University of Leuven (KU Leuven), Master of laws, 2014

Awards and Recognitions

  • Mentioned in The Legal 500 EMEA 2023, Insurance

Publications

  • HAMELS A., “A new regulatory framework for the provision of certain crypto-asset services in Belgium”, DLA Piper Insights, 04 March 2022
  • HAMELS A., “Updated registration conditions for Belgian financial intermediaries”, DLA Piper Insights, 31 January 2022
  • HAMELS, A., "Wetgever verbiedt activiteiten van cryptowisselplatformen en -bewaarnemers uit derde landen", TBH/RDC,2022/1
  • HAMELS, A., ANKAERT, E., "[Assurance – Corona] Le COVID-19 sur le lieu de travail : l'affaire des employeurs et des assureurs ?", Assur. Présent 2020, liv. 11, 1-12
  • HAMELS, A., “Brexit: overgangsregime voor financiële diensten beperkt tot verzekeringen”, TBH/RDC, 2021/1, 103-105;
  • HAMELS, A., ANKAERT E., “[Verzekering – Corona] COVID-19 op de werkvloer: een z(t)aak voor werkgevers en verzekeraars?”, Verzekeringsnieuws 2020, afl. 11, 1-12;
  • HAMELS, A., FOSTIER H. and LODEWIJCKX S., “Portefeuilleoverdracht en andere bijzondere verzekeringsverrichtingen” in VAN OLDENEEL, C. (Ed.), “Het Wetboek van Vennootschappen en Verenigingen : gevolgen op het verzekeringswezen”, Tijdschrift voor Verzekeringen, Dossier 2020, 235-262;
  • HAMELS, A. and WOOLFSON, P., “Belgian Insurance & Reinsurance 2019”, International Comparative Legal Guide 2019, May 2019;
  • HAMELS, A. and WOOLFSON P., “Legal Focus: Belgium brings in local MGAs through new law”, Insurance Day, 17 April 2019;
  • HAMELS, A. and WOOLFSON P., “Legal Focus: Belgium proposes post-Brexit bill to woo UK MGAs”, Insurance Day, 13 February 2019;

Seminars

  • University of Antwerp, Werkgroep Financieel Recht, “Articial Intelligence & Financial Services”, Antwerp, 2024
  • Fintech Times, Insurance reimagined: AI risks and opportunities explained, "AI in Insurance – trends and opportunities", London, 2024
  • Fintech Moldova, Digital Transformation for Financial Institutions, "The new EU Open Finance framework: expanding Open Banking principles beyond payments", Chişinǎu, 2024
  • FinTech Belgium, "International scaleup: regulatory environment and pitfalls", Brussels, 2022
  • Abilways, Compliance in insurance, “Insurance distribution rules three years after the Act implementing the IDD”, February 2022
  • Academy of European Law (ERA), Annual Conference on EU Law in the Insurance Sector 2021, “Insurers in run-off: features of the market exit strategies” and panel discussions on sustainability in financial services
  • Academy of European Law (ERA), Annual Conference on EU Law in the Insurance Sector 2020, “EU climate actions and insurance”, October 2020
  • EU Run-Off Forum 2019, “Solvency II 2020 review: risks and opportunities for run-off business”, October 2019

Prior Experience

  • 2015-2021, lawyer at a US law firm and a top-tier independent law firm.

Additional Qualifications

  • Certificate “Cassation in criminal matters”

Memberships And Affiliations

  • Member of European Young Bar Association (EYBA)
  • President of Vlaams Pleitgenootschap (VPG)
  • Member of De Verzekeringsjuristen

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