Stops on bearer securities

Any person (individual or legal entity) who has been involuntary deprived of a Luxembourg or foreign bearer security may request to place a stop on it. This will protect his/her rights over the security and its countervalue.

Everything you need to know about stops

  • The dispossessed holder (the opponent) may notify the stop on a security to the registering institution by:

    • Deed of a bailiff
    • Registered letter

    The completed and signed stop notification application form has to be sent by registered mail to the registering institution.

    For each request for a stop you need to fill in and file a separate application form.

    • Declaration made directly at the registering institution.

    For receiving stop notification declaration our office is open on the Luxembourg Stock Exchange working days:

    Monday to Friday
    9:00 – 12:00 am

    35A Boulevard Joseph II
    L-1840 Luxembourg

    Non-resident opponents (individuals or legal entities)
    If the opponent is not a Luxembourg resident, he or she has to indicate an address in Luxembourg. This can take the form of, for example, a private person’s domicile, a bailiff’s address, a bank’s service authorising the opponent to use the bank as his/her domicile.

  • A stop has two main effects:

    • It prevents the payment or the reimbursement of a security to a third person.
    • It protects the rights of the dispossessed holder (the opponent) attached to the security and the countervalue during the entire duration of the stop.
  • Fees for the publication of a stop:

      EUR 15.00 per security
    Minimum EUR 300.00  
    Maximum EUR 500.00  

    The fee has to be paid before the publication of a stop.

    • Lift-out

    A stop ends when the opponent regains possession of the security on which he has placed a stop. To do so, the opponent must fill in and sign the application form to terminate a stop, and send it by registered mail to the registering institution.

    • Ex-officio lifting

    There should be no effect of a stop after:

    • a) Registration of a security in a securities account in Luxembourg; or
    • b) Sale of the security by the issuer or cancellation of the security in accordance with the law on dematerialised securities.

    The liquidation body, the (central) account keeper or the issuer may request the registering institution to lift such a stop by confirming in writing the date of the occurrence of one of the events mentioned above.

    • Forfeiture

    If there was no application for the termination of a stop, a security on the list of stopped securities will be automatically forfeited after four calendar years. The four years are counted from the beginning of the calendar year following the year in which the publication of the stop took place.

    As a result of the forfeiture, the applicant becomes entitled to either:

    • 1. Exercise the rights attached to the security upon registration of the security in his/her/its name or on his/her/its securities account.
    • 2. Receive the countervalue of the security.
  • Information about stops on bearer securities is a paid service available via our website.

    • Daily publications – online access

    Available information: placed stops, terminated stops, ex-officio lifting of stops. The service covers information archived during the past six months.

    Annual subscription fee: EUR 2,500 (excl. VAT)

    • Periodical reports – online access

    The service grants access to the following lists:

    • Lists of securities affected by a stop on 30 June
    • Lists of securities affected by a stop on 31 December
    • Lists of securities becoming of no value on the upcoming 31 December
    • Lists of securities that became of no value on 31 December of the preceding year
    • Lists of securities forfeited on 1 January

    Annual subscription fee: EUR 500 (excl. VAT)

    • Automated dissemination product

    Daily publications of information on placed stops, terminated stops and ex-officio lifting of stops available in a form of a structured file accessible from an FTP server with enabled data download.

    Annual subscription: EUR 6,000 EUR (excl. VAT)

Do you need further information?

Contact us

Corinne Schreiner

Securities Oppositions Officer

+352 47 79 36 259