The forthcoming visit to Luxembourg of the Financial Action Task Force, the global money laundering and terrorist financing watchdog, is certainly not unrelated to the recent adoption of the law creating a new procedure of out-of-court dissolution without liquidation for certain commercial companies. That law is the first part of the more ambitious reform aiming at preserving businesses and modernizing bankruptcy law, currently pending before the Luxembourg Parliament. Its objective is to remove, in a quick and cost-efficient way, dormant and empty shell companies without economic reality and in breach of applicable laws to prevent them from being used for criminal purposes.
On 12 October 2022, the “Administration de l’enregistrement, des domaines et de la TVA” (AED) released on its website several documents regarding the AML/CFT supervision of Luxembourg alternative investment funds (AIFs) that are not supervised by the “Commission de surveillance du secteur financier”. The AED requires Unregulated AIFs to file the “RR/RC identification form” and file the “AIF AML/CFT Questionnaire 2021” for the financial year ending in 2021 by the close of business on 12 November 2022 at the latest.
On 27 July and 6 September 2022, the Commission de surveillance du secteur financier (CSSF) released a communiqué and a communication in relation to Regulation (EU) 2019/2088 on sustainability-related disclosures in the financial services sector (SFDR) and the upcoming date of application of Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2022/1288 of 6 April 2022 supplementing SFDR (SFDR RTS).
The CSSF outlined the deadline of 1 January 2023.
Specific updates of UCITS and AIFs pre-contractual (prospectus/issuing documents) and periodic documents (annual reports) are referred to and the CSSF created an accelerated procedure for the submission of updated pre-contractual documents with templates of confirmation letter that should accompany the filing of a prospectus/issuing documents.
Through the EU Directive on Restructuring and Insolvency of 20 June 2019 (EUR 2019/1023, “Directive”), the European Union has imposed an obligation on its member states to offer a more attractive and flexible restructuring scheme in their respective local law. The initial deadline to do so had been 17 July 2021. Only a handful of countries (most notably Germany and The Netherlands) had implemented the Directive within the initial deadline, whilst the other countries made use of the possibility to ask for a one year extension.
With the COVID-19 pandemic coming to an end, agreements regarding taxation and social security legislation for cross-border workers who telework from Germany, Belgium and France will not extend past 30 June 2022.
On 22 December 2021, the European Commission released its proposal for a directive setting the rules to prevent the misuse of shell undertakings for tax purposes (ATAD III or unshell or Proposal) amending Directive 2011/16/EU on administrative cooperation in the field of taxation. ATAD III is subject to negotiation among all 27 member states and requires unanimous agreement for adoption.
On 16 March 2022, the Luxembourg Parliament adopted a draft bill amending the Luxembourg Labor Code to involve staff delegations when introducing or modifying a specific telework scheme at a company level.
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On 9 February 2022, the Luxembourg Parliament adopted the draft bill amending the Luxembourg law of 22 March 2004 on securitization, as amended governing Luxembourg securitization vehicles. The Law aims at modernizing the 2004 Law by increasing the flexibility and legal certainty of the Luxembourg regime while ensuring effective protection for investors.
On 31 January 2022, the Commission de Surveillance du Secteur Financier issued a new Circular CSSF 22/795, to confirm in its capacity as competent authority, that it would apply the ESMA guidelines on marketing communications under Regulation (EU) 2019/1156, published on 2 August 2021. As a result, all Luxembourg investment fund managers that are in the scope of application of this Circular shall duly comply with the Guidelines, applicable from 2 February 2022.