figure juridique

18:50 Dec 14, 2010
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French to English translations [PRO]
Bus/Financial - Finance (general) / Circular from CBFA (Belgium
French term or phrase: figure juridique
This is a circular from the Belgian financial industry regulator concerning the use of nominees (intermediaries) to acquire units of undertakings for collective investment (unit trusts/investment funds?). It has been suggested that "figure juridique" means "legal concept", but I don't feel happy with this in my context: "Indépendamment du choix de la figure juridique sur laquelle se fonde l'intervention d'un nominee, une protection des investisseurs est susceptible de découler de l'arrêté royal n° 62 relatif au dépôt d'instruments financiers fongibles et à la liquidation d'opérations sur ces instruments aux conditions d'application de cet arrêté." and "Lorsque la figure juridique sur laquelle l'intervention du nominee est construite consiste dans celle d'un trust régi par un droit étranger, la question du risque de l'investisseur se pose différemment." and "Les conséquences d'une procédure d'insolvabilité ouverte à l'encontre du nominee sont, en effet, essentielles compte tenu de ce que les droits de l'investisseur se résumeront à une position sur le nominee dont le risque d'insolvabilité doit dès lors être analysé par rapport à la figure juridique utilisée."
Can somebody please explain to me what this actually means in my document?
many thanks.
Heather Phillips
United Kingdom
Local time: 12:51

Summary of answers provided
3 +4legal form
Mark Hamlen
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Exemples d'utilisation de "figure juridique"
Sandra Mouton



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legal form

It's unusual. Maybe a Belgianism? But from the context I would say it's "depending on the legal form used...." etc. Apparently in the regulations there are various choices to be made, and you choose one "legal form" and you go from there.

Note added at 54 mins (2010-12-14 19:44:42 GMT)

About "legal personage". Please don't. Some Euro Bureaucrats use "legal personality" which smells funny, I had to use it in a large doc where it was required, but I had to hold my nose. I would prefer "legal form adopted by the nominee," as opposed to a "legal structure" which refers to a corporate form.

Mark Hamlen
Local time: 13:51
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Notes to answerer
Asker: What about "legal personage"? I wonder if this fits here, i.e. the form taken by the nominee, the legal personage adopted???

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  AllegroTrans: yes, it's not about a paper "form" but the form (i.e. particular procedure) used
7 mins
  -> Oh, I hadn't thought of "form" as "formulaire"! I was indeed thinking "form" as "procedure".

agree  Yvonne Gallagher: yes, with AT's distinction on "form"
12 mins

agree  La Classe
9 hrs

agree  Sandra Mouton: See my reference posting
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Reference: Exemples d'utilisation de "figure juridique"

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I am no legal translator but I agree with Mark's answer on the basis of uses of the phrases I found online. See two examples below

Sandra Mouton
United Kingdom
Native speaker of: Native in FrenchFrench
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