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Before you can perform specific actions or transactions, you need the approval of De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB) in the form of a declaration of no-objection (DNO).

There are three categories of DNO.

  1. DNO for qualifying holdings. All parties wanting to acquire or expand a qualifying holding of 10% or more in a financial enterprise must apply for a DNO.
  2. DNO for banks. Banks are required to apply for a DNO if they intend to perform specific acts mentioned in the law.
  3. DNO for insurance companies. Insurance companies are required to apply for a DNO if they want to reduce their equity capital.

DNO for qualifying holdings

Under certain circumstances you or your company will need prior approval from DNB to acquire or expand a qualifying holding or majority shareholding in a financial enterprise. You or your company will then be required to apply for a DNO as referred to in Section 3:95 of the Financial Supervision Act (Wet op het Financieel Toezicht - Wft). Do you or your company want to acquire or expand a qualifying holding in a bank? Then you need to apply for approval to the European Central Bank (ECB) rather than to DNB.

See also: DNO for qualifying holdings (Section 3:95 of the Wft)

DNO for banks

If your company is a bank having its registered office in the Netherlands, you will need to apply for approval to DNB prior to performing a number of acts mentioned in the law. Your company is required to apply for a DNO as referred to in Section 3:96 of the Wft.

See also: DNO for banks (Section 3:96 of the Wft)

DNO for insurance companies

If your company is an insurance company having its registered office in the Netherlands, you will in specific cases need prior approval from DNB for reducing equity capital. Your company is required to apply for a DNO as referred to in 3:97 of the Wft.

See also: DNO for insurance companies (Section 3:97 of the Wft)

More information

This section of Open Book on Supervision provides you with information about declarations of no-objection. You will also find explanatory notes to the concepts used and relevant sections of the law here.

Information Declaration of no-objection