Legal News - March-April 2018

Author:Mr Gilles Kolifrath, Jérôme Blanchet, François Poudelet and Antony Sauvegrain
Profession:Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP

Notice on usury

On March 28, 2018, a notice was published in the OJ on the application of Articles L. 314-6 of the Consumer Code and L. 313-5-1 of the Monetary and Financial Code concerning usury.

This notice compares the rates actually charged by credit institutions and finance companies with the usury thresholds applicable as of April 1, 2018.

For memory, the usury rates at April 1, 2018 are as follows:

Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on the law applicable to the enforceability of assignments of receivables

On March 12, 2018 the European Commission published a proposal for a Regulation on the law applicable to the enforceability of assignments of receivables.

This proposal concerns the enforceability or the proprietary rights of the assignment of receivables but does not cover the transfer of contracts (such as derivative contracts) containing both rights (or claims) and obligations, or the novation of contracts containing such rights and obligations.

The draft regulation lays down general conflict of law rules which must be rejected if the Union law provides otherwise in particular matters (lex specialis).

The principle is that the law governing the enforceability of assignments of receivables is the law of the country where the assignor has his habitual residence at the time in question. In the case of a syndicated loan, the law of the habitual residence of the assignor governs the enforceability of an assignment by a creditor of his share of the receivable.

The proposal provides that the enforceability of assignments of the following types of receivables would, exceptionally, be governed by the law of the assigned receivable:

cash credited to an account with a credit institution; receivables arising from a financial instrument, such as a derivative contract. The proposal also provides that the assignor and the assignee may choose as the law applicable to the enforceability of an assignment...

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