Brexit/UK Developments

On January 13, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published a statement reminding firms of the requirements under the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID II) relating to the provision of investment services to retail or professional clients by firms not established or situated in the EU (the Statement).
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On December 14, the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) published its first consultation paper on the implementation of the Investment Firms Prudential Regime (IFPR) (CP20/24) with its proposal for the UK’s new regulatory capital/ prudential rules following the end of the Brexit transition period (the Consultation Paper).

The FCA intends to create a new Prudential sourcebook for Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID) Investment Firms (MIFIDPRU).
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On December 15, the UK’s HM Treasury published a call for evidence on the UK framework for financial services firms based overseas that are seeking to conduct activities in the UK.

The purpose of the call for evidence is to obtain information about how the existing UK rules work in practice. HM Treasury intends to use this information to develop the UK’s regulatory framework following the end of the Brexit transition period.
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On November 16, the UK’s HM Treasury, Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) jointly published a statement on the introduction of the new Investment Firms Prudential Regime (IFPR) and the UK implementation of Basel standards reflecting the CRR II Regulation (the Statement).
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On October 26, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published a statement on the impact of the UK’s departure from the EU on December 31, relating to the requirement for EU investment firms only to trade shares on an EU trading venue, with an EU systemic internalizer or on an equivalent third-country exchange (known as the share trading obligation or STO) under Article 23 of the Markets in Financial Instruments Regulation (MiFIR) (the Statement).
Continue Reading ESMA Publishes Statement on Trading Obligation for Shares Under MiFIR After Brexit

On October 27, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published a press release announcing it had added UK venues to the list of third-country venues in respect of the opinions on post-trade transparency and position limits under Markets in Financial Instruments Regulation (MiFIR) and the revised Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID II) (the Press Release).
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On October 9, the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and the UK’s Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) jointly published a Dear CEO letter to regulated firms regarding final preparations for the end of the Brexit transition period (the Letter).

The key areas addressed by the FCA and PRA in the Letter include:
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On September 21, the European Commission (Commission) adopted a time-limited decision to provide financial market participants 18 months within which they should reduce their exposure to UK central counterparties (CCPs) (the Decision).
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On August 27, the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) published the 64th edition of its Market Watch newsletter on market conduct and transaction reporting issues (the Newsletter) providing market participants with advice on the transition from the revised Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID II) transaction reporting requirements to UK-specific requirements applicable from the end of the Brexit transition period (i.e., once the UK has ceased being subject to EU rules).
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Katten’s London affiliate office launched its weekly fireside chat on May 5 and each week has covered a wide range of interesting UK and EU financial services regulatory topics. We have received some fantastic feedback from clients on the podcast sessions and now present three key trends that firms should continue to consider in Q3