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Electronic Money, Payment Services and Payment Systems Regulations 2018 Published

Posted in Brexit, Brexit/UK Developments, Financial Markets, UK Developments
On November 20, the Electronic Money, Payment Services and Payment Systems (Amendment and Transitional Provisions) (EU Exit) Regulations 2018 (Regulations) were published with an associated explanatory memorandum. The Regulations make amendments to the Payment Services Regulations 2017 (PSRs) and the Electronic Money Regulations 2011 (EMRs), to ensure that the UK payments and electronic money (e-money)… Continue Reading

UK and EU Publish Draft Brexit Withdrawal Agreement

Posted in Brexit, Brexit/UK Developments, Financial Markets, UK Developments
On November 14, a technical agreement was reached between the negotiators of the UK and the EU in relation to the terms of the withdrawal of the UK from the EU (the Withdrawal Agreement). Published alongside the Withdrawal Agreement was a non-binding Political Declaration, providing an overview of the intended future relationship between the UK… Continue Reading

FCA Publishes Speech on Brexit Preparations

Posted in Brexit/UK Developments, Financial Markets
On November 5, the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) published a speech by Nausicaa Delfas, FCA Executive Director of International, on Brexit and maintaining market confidence. The speech covers a wide range of Brexit topics and provides an overview of the FCA’s current priorities relating to Brexit, including its work to ensure there is a… Continue Reading

HM Treasury Publishes Draft Brexit Statutory Instrument Relating to EMIR

Posted in Brexit, Brexit/UK Developments, Derivatives, Financial Markets, UK Developments
On October 22, HM Treasury published the Over the Counter Derivatives, Central Counterparties and Trade Repositories (Amendment, etc., and Transitional Provision) (EU Exit) Regulations 2018 (Draft EMIR (Brexit) SI), a draft statutory instrument (SI) relating to the European Market Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR). It also has published a supporting explanatory memorandum.… Continue Reading

UK Government Publishes Guidance on Trading Energy After a No-Deal Brexit

Posted in Brexit, Brexit/UK Developments, Financial Markets, UK Developments
On October 12, the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) published two guidance notes relating to trading in energy should the UK leave the EU without agreement (No-Deal Brexit). One guidance note focuses on gas and the other relates to electricity. The guidance notes are part of a series of technical notices… Continue Reading

HM Treasury Publishes Draft Brexit Statutory Instruments Relating to MiFID II and Trade Repositories

Posted in Brexit/UK Developments, Financial Markets
On October 5, HM Treasury published two draft statutory instruments (SIs) together with explanatory notes, which will make amendments to retained EU law relating to the revised Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID II) and Trade Repositories (TRs).… Continue Reading

UK FCA Publishes Consultations Relating to Brexit

Posted in Brexit/UK Developments, Financial Markets
On October 10, the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) published two consultation papers relating to the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union (Brexit). The first, CP18/28, is the FCA’s first consultation paper on proposed changes to the FCA Handbook and to binding technical standards (BTS) resulting from Brexit. The second, CP18/29, focuses on the… Continue Reading

HM Treasury Publishes Draft Brexit Statutory Instruments for Investment Funds and Their Managers

Posted in Brexit/UK Developments, Financial Markets
On October 8, HM Treasury published two draft statutory instruments (SIs), together with explanatory notes, which will make amendments to retained EU law relating to collective investment schemes (CIS) and alternative investment fund managers (AIFMs).… Continue Reading

FCA Publishes Dear CEO Letter on Cross-Border Booking Arrangements

Posted in Brexit, Brexit/UK Developments, Digital Assets and Virtual Currencies, Financial Markets, UK Developments
On August 8, the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) published a “Dear CEO” letter concerning cross-border booking arrangements. In the letter, the FCA explains that the UK’s impending withdrawal from the EU has resulted in firms needing to put in place contingency plans that, when executed, will impact current business models, legal entity strategies and… Continue Reading

AFME and ISDA Publish Paper on Brexit Contractual Continuity Issues in OTC Derivatives

Posted in Brexit, Brexit/UK Developments, Derivatives, Financial Markets, UK Developments
On July 30, the Association of Financial Markets in Europe (AFME) and the International Swaps and Derivatives Association, Inc. (ISDA) released a paper outlining the challenges UK and EU firms will face in relation to legacy over-the-counter (OTC) derivative contracts following the United Kingdom’s departure from the European Union (Brexit).… Continue Reading

HM Treasury Publishes Draft Version of the EEA Passport Rights Regulations 2018

Posted in Brexit, Brexit/UK Developments, Financial Markets, UK Developments
On July 24, HM Treasury published its draft version of the European Economic Passports Rights (Amendment, etc., and Transitional Provisions) (EU Exit) Regulations 2018 (draft Regulations). The purpose of the draft Regulations is to remove references to the passporting framework set out in the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 and in other UK legislation.… Continue Reading

Bank of England and PRA Publish Their Approach to Temporary Permissions Regime and Temporary Recognition Regime

Posted in Brexit, Brexit/UK Developments, UK Developments
On July 24, the Bank of England (BoE) published a webpage on its and the UK Prudential Regulation Authority’s (PRA’s) approach to the temporary permissions regime (TPR) and the temporary recognition regime (TRR). The TPR aims to enable EEA firms currently using a passport operating in the United Kingdom to continue their activities in the… Continue Reading

Draft Financial Regulators’ Powers Regulations 2018 Published

Posted in Brexit, Brexit/UK Developments, Financial Markets, UK Developments
On July 16, a draft of the Financial Regulators’ Powers (Technical Standards etc.) (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2018 was published. The publication of the draft regulations follows the making of the first delegated legislation under the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 earlier this month (discussed in the Corporate & Financial Weekly Digest edition of… Continue Reading

FCA Publishes Statement on Its Brexit Preparations

Posted in Brexit, Brexit/UK Developments, Financial Markets, UK Developments
On June 26, the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) published a statement updating stakeholders on its preparations for the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union (Brexit). The FCA’s statement noted HM Treasury’s preparations for Brexit, which were then published in HM Treasury’s own press release, dated June 27.… Continue Reading

EBA Publishes Opinion on Firms’ “Inadequate” Brexit Preparations

Posted in Brexit, Brexit/UK Developments, EU Developments, Financial Markets, UK Developments
On June 25, the European Banking Authority (EBA) published an opinion on preparations for the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union (Brexit). Its opinion cites two aims with respect to national competent authorities: ensuring that financial institutions are adequately considering the risks of a possible Brexit without a ratified withdrawal agreement, and… Continue Reading

UK’s EU Withdrawal Act Receives Royal Assent

Posted in Brexit, Brexit/UK Developments, EU Developments, Financial Markets, UK Developments
On June 26, the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 (Withdrawal Act) received royal assent, which is the final stage for approving UK parliamentary bills. The Corporate & Financial Weekly Digest edition of July 14, 2017 included a substantive review of the Withdrawal Act. Notably, the House of Commons amended that bill to require that any… Continue Reading

UK Government Responds to Report on Brexit

Posted in Brexit/UK Developments, Financial Markets
On May 9, the UK government published its response to the House of Lords European Union Committee’s report, entitled “Brexit: The Future of Financial Regulation and Supervision,” which was published on January 27. The Committee’s report includes recommendations under six categories, including: 1. Incorporating the EU acquis (being the accumulated legislation and court decisions) in… Continue Reading

US and UK Announce New Financial Regulatory Working Group

Posted in Brexit, Brexit/UK Developments, Financial Markets, UK Developments
On April 19, HM Treasury and the US Treasury Department published a joint statement announcing the formation of a US-UK Financial Regulatory Working Group (Working Group). The joint statement explains that Brexit provides an opportunity for the Working Group to formalize existing US-UK regulatory cooperation. The Working Group will include staff from the respective treasury… Continue Reading

House of Commons Committee Publishes Report on Post-Brexit UK-EU Relationship

Posted in Brexit, Brexit/UK Developments, UK Developments
On April 4, the House of Commons Exiting the European Union Committee published a report on the future UK/EU relationship following the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union. The report examines existing EU relationships with Canada, Ukraine, Switzerland, Norway and Turkey, the impact of trading on World Trade Organization terms (i.e., without a trading… Continue Reading

FCA Welcomes Agreement on Terms of Brexit Implementation Period; BoE Announces “Dear CEO” Letters and PRA Policy Statements

Posted in Brexit, Brexit/UK Developments, UK Developments
On March 28, the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) published a statement on the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union (Brexit) following UK-EU agreement in relation to aspects of the transition period—notably the end date for the transition period of December 31, 2020.… Continue Reading

ESMA Further Updates Its Q&As on the Benchmarks Regulation

Posted in Brexit, Brexit/UK Developments, EU Developments, Financial Markets, UK Developments
On March 22, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) updated its Q&As on the European Union (EU) Benchmarks Regulation (BMR). The Q&As aim to promote common supervisory approaches and practices in the day-to-day application of the BMR. The updated Q&As on the BMR add one new question and answer which considers the application of… Continue Reading

UK Government and EC Publish Draft UK/EU Withdrawal Agreement

Posted in Brexit, Brexit/UK Developments, EU Developments, UK Developments
On March 19, the UK government and the European Commission (EC) published a draft withdrawal agreement (Latest Draft Agreement) which includes the legal text agreed by negotiators on the transition period following the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union (EU).… Continue Reading

ESMA Publishes Speech on Supervisory Convergence, Transaction Cost Transparency and Pan-European Regulators

Posted in Brexit, Brexit/UK Developments, EU Developments, Financial Markets
Steven Maijoor, Chair of the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) spoke on March 20, regarding ESMA’s work during the past year. In his speech, Mr. Maijoor commented on ESMA’s work in relation to: supervisory convergence to limit the scope for regulatory arbitrage in light of the United Kingdom’s upcoming withdrawal from the European Union… Continue Reading