On March 29, the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) issued a press release announcing that it has signed two updated memoranda of understanding (MOUs) with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Both MOUs aim to ensure the continued ability of the United Kingdom and the United States to cooperate and consult with each other regarding the effective and efficient oversight of regulated entities across national borders.
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On March 29, the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) issued a press release announcing that it had published its final instruments and guidance that will apply if the United Kingdom withdraws from the European Union without a deal or an implementation period (No-Deal Brexit).
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On April 4, two Commission Implementing Decisions (Amending Decisions) were published in the Official Journal of the European Union, amending the following December 20, 2018 equivalence decisions (Equivalence Decisions):

  • Implementing Decision (EU) 2018/2031, on the temporary equivalence of the UK’s regulatory framework for central counterparties (CCPs); and
  • Implementing Decision (EU) 2018/2030, on the temporary equivalence of the UK’s regulatory framework for central securities depositories (CSDs).


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On May 25, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission adopted an interim final rule designed to provide greater certainty to the global marketplace in the event of a “no-deal Brexit.”

In the event that the UK leaves the EU without a negotiated withdrawal agreement, affected swap dealers and major swap participants may be required to transfer

On March 25, the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) updated its webpage on the temporary permissions regime (TPR) to announce that it intends to extend the notification window for European Economic Area (EEA) firms and fund managers wishing to enter the TPR to the end of April 11. On March 26, the UK Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) also updated its webpage on the TPR to make an equivalent announcement. (For more information on the TPR, please see the Corporate & Financial Weekly Digest edition of January 11, 2019.)
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On March 28, the European Securities and Markets Association (ESMA) published a statement updating market participants on its preparations for the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union, in the event of an agreement on transitional arrangements (Withdrawal Agreement) not being in place (No-Deal Brexit). ESMA’s update follows the European Council’s (EC’s) agreement to the UK government’s request to extend the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union (Brexit) to either April 12 if the House of Commons does not approve a Withdrawal Agreement by March 29, or to May 22 if it does.
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On March 15, the five US regulators (the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Farm Credit Administration, the Federal Housing Finance Agency and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation) that are responsible for the margin rules for uncleared swaps that apply to prudentially regulated swap dealers adopted an interim final rule designed to ensure that qualifying swaps may be transferred from a UK entity to an affiliate in the European Union or the United States without triggering new margin requirements.
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On March 19, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published a statement on the impact on the Markets in Financial Instruments Regulation (MiFIR) trading obligation for shares (TO) if the United Kingdom left the European Union on March 29 (Brexit) without a withdrawal agreement (no-deal Brexit) and without an equivalence decision for the United Kingdom made by the European Commission.
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On March 19, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published a press release announcing the results of the annual transparency calculations of the large in scale (LIS) and size specific to the instruments (SSTI) thresholds for bonds. ESMA’s publication had originally been planned for March 1, but was postponed as its IT systems required more time than anticipated to complete the calculations, as reported in the Corporate & Financial Weekly Digest edition of March 8, 2019.
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On February 28, the Packaged Retail and Insurance-based Investment Products (PRIIPs) (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 (UK Regulations) were published together with a draft explanatory memorandum.

The UK Regulations were laid before Parliament on January 9, as reported in the January 11 edition of Corporate & Financial Weekly Digest. There do not appear to be any substantive changes.
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