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Government Publishes Report on UK Trade Options After Brexit

Posted in Brexit, Brexit/UK Developments, Financial Markets, UK Developments
On March 7, the UK House of Commons International Trade Committee (Committee) published a report titled “UK trade options beyond 2019” (Report). In the Report, the Committee examines different potential models for UK international trade after the United Kingdom leaves the European Union. The Report covers the UK’s relationship with the World Trade Organization (WTO),… Continue Reading

FCA Highlights Best Execution Concerns at Investment Managers

Posted in Financial Markets, UK Developments
On March 3, the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) published a Press Release in which it expresses concern about how investment managers are failing to ensure effective oversight of best execution. The FCA’s concerns include: poor practices not being addressed despite the FCA’s 2014 thematic review on the topic; poor use of management information on… Continue Reading

HM Treasury Amends Definition of Financial Advice

Posted in Financial Markets, UK Developments
On February 28, HM Treasury published its response (Response) to its consultation on amending the definition of “financial advice” for the purposes of article 53 of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Regulated Activities) Order 2001(RAO). The Response gives summaries of responses submitted to the consultation by market participants, as well as the government’s… Continue Reading

European Commission Publishes CMU Report on National Barriers to Capital Flows

Posted in EU Developments, Financial Markets
On February 27, the European Commission (EC) published a report (Report) on its capital markets union (CMU) initiative addressing national barriers to capital flows. The Report sets out the initial findings of the EC’s group of representatives of member states on national barriers to cross-border capital flows and the steps that the EC expects member… Continue Reading

UK Private Fund Limited Partnerships

Posted in Financial Markets, UK Developments
HM Treasury has published a revised draft Legislative Reform Order (Order) on amendments to the Limited Partnership Act 1907 (Act), which was laid before parliament on January 16. The Order relates to the new private fund limited partnership (PFLP) structure. The PFLP is designed to reduce the administrative and financial burdens that impact funds under… Continue Reading

ESAs Publish Statement On Variation Margin Exchange

Posted in EU Developments, Financial Markets
On February 23, the European Supervisory Authorities (ESAs), which consist of the European Banking Authority, European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority, and the European Securities and Markets Authority, published a joint statement (Statement) in response to industry requests relating to operational challenges in meeting the deadline of March 1 for exchanging variation margin imposed by… Continue Reading

HM Treasury Publishes Response to the Transposition of MiFID II Consultation

Posted in Financial Markets, UK Developments
On February 9, HM Treasury published its response (Response) to the consultation that ran from March 27, 2015, to June 18, 2015, on the transposition of the revised Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID II) into UK domestic law. The Response summarizes responses submitted to the consultation by market participants, as well as the government’s… Continue Reading

ESMA Publishes Revised Draft ITS on MiFID II Position Reporting

Posted in EU Developments, Financial Markets
On February 9, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published a revised draft implementing technical standards (ITS) on position reporting under the revised Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID II). The ITS were originally published in 2015. Since then, ESMA has identified a number of technical amendments necessary for the correct functioning of the… Continue Reading

ESMA Publishes Letter to the European Commission on Potential Exploitation of MiFID II Systematic Internalizer Regime

Posted in EU Developments, Financial Markets
On February 14, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published a letter (Letter), dated February 1, to the European Commission (EC) in relation to the systematic internalizer (SI) regime under the revised Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID II) and the associated Markets in Financial Instruments Regulation (MiFIR).… Continue Reading

FCA Publishes Discussion Paper on Illiquid Investments and Open-Ended Funds

Posted in Financial Markets, UK Developments
On February 8, the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) published a discussion paper (Paper), seeking stakeholder views on open-ended funds investing in illiquid assets. One of the difficulties highlighted in the Paper is the liquidity mismatch that is created when an investor wishes to withdraw its money on short notice, when illiquid assets cannot be… Continue Reading

ESMA Publishes Practical Guidance on EEA Major Holdings Notification Obligations

Posted in EU Developments, Financial Markets
On February 3, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published a practical guide (Guide) to the national rules across the European Economic Area (EEA) on the implementation of the EU/EEA Transparency Directive’s requirements relating to major shareholding notifications (i.e., EEA long-position reporting requirements).… Continue Reading

ESMA Updates Q&As on MiFID II Transparency and Market Structure Topics

Posted in EU Developments, Financial Markets
On January 31, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) updated two Question and Answer (Q&A) documents on implementation issues relating to transparency and market structure under the revised Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID II) and the associated Markets in Financial Instruments Regulation (MiFIR).… Continue Reading

ESMA Issues Open Letter on EMIR Review and Sanctioning Powers to the EC

Posted in EU Developments, Financial Markets
On January 27, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) wrote an open letter (Letter) to the European Commission (EC) to ask it to consider a number of issues relating to its supervisory and sanctioning powers under the European Market Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR). This request is in the context of the ongoing review of EMIR… Continue Reading

FSB Publishes Policy Recommendations Relating to Asset Management Structural Vulnerabilities

Posted in Financial Markets
On January 12, the Financial Stability Board (FSB) published its policy recommendations (Recommendations) to address risks to global financial stability from structural vulnerabilities associated with asset management activities. The FSB consulted on its proposed recommendations in June 2016, and the FSB has incorporated responses to the consultation addressing specific structural vulnerabilities into the Recommendations. The… Continue Reading

ESMA Publishes Briefing on MiFID II Technical Data Reporting Requirements

Posted in EU Developments, Financial Markets
On January 13, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published a briefing paper (Briefing Paper) summarizing technical data reporting requirements under the revised Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID II) and the associated Markets in Financial Instruments Regulation (MiFIR).… Continue Reading

Law Society Publishes Response to Consultation on the Regulatory Perimeter

Posted in Brexit, Brexit/UK Developments, Financial Markets, UK Developments
On January 10, the Law Society of England & Wales (Law Society) published its response to HM Treasury’s September 2016 consultation (Consultation) on amending the definition of “financial advice” for the purposes of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Regulated Activities) Order 2001 (RAO) (the UK legislation that defines which activities are regulated and with… Continue Reading

ESMA Publishes Follow-Up Report on Peer Review of Best Execution

Posted in EU Developments, Financial Markets, UK Developments
On January 11, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published its follow-up report (Follow-Up Report) to its peer review on best execution of European Economic Area (EEA) national regulators. Best execution refers to the obligation under article 21 of the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID) for investment firms to execute orders on terms… Continue Reading

ESMA Publishes Updated AIFMD Q&A

Posted in EU Developments, Financial Markets
On December 16, 2016, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published an updated questions and answers paper (Q&A) on the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD). The Q&A update amends a question in the existing Q&A on reporting obligations for non-EU alternative investment fund managers (AIFMs) under Article 42 of the AIFMD.… Continue Reading

Treasury Committee Calls for Written Submissions on EU Transitional Arrangements

Posted in Brexit, EU Developments, Financial Markets, UK Developments
On December 12, the UK Treasury Committee (Committee) published a call for written submissions (Call) on transitional arrangements. The Call forms part of the Committee’s inquiry into the United Kingdom’s future economic relationship with the European Union, and seeks evidence on the possible relationships that the United Kingdom might pursue with the European Union and… Continue Reading