The AFM has published its annual report which covers supervisory conduct during 2008. The AFM has taken more regulatory measures against financial institutions during 2008 when compared to 2007. In its annual report the AFM states that financial service providers should have more consideration for the interests of their clients. The AFM also considers that the credit crisis shows that professional investors need more protection relating to structured products. The AFM also confirms its intention to play a part in strengthening the European regulatory regime and that it believes that the proposals in the de Larosière report is a good starting point for further harmonisation of rules and a more structured approach to European supervision.

Further information on the annual report can be found on the AFM website.

The Netherlands Authority for the Financial Markets (AFM) publishes brochures on notification obligations

The AFM has published information brochures on notification obligations for shareholders, issuers, directors and supervisory directors under the Act on the Financial Supervision (AFS). These brochures have now been amended pursuant to the implementation of the Transparency Directive into the AFS. The AFM has also included its policy on notification obligations regarding securities lending and repurchase agreements, which it published previously. English versions will be published soon.

Further information on the brochures can be found on the AFM website.