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UK Securitization Regulations 2018 Published

Posted in Financial Markets, UK Developments
On December 4, the UK Securitization Regulations 2018 (UK Regulations) were published, together with an explanatory memorandum. The UK Regulations reflect the application of the EU Securitization Regulation in the UK. The EU Securitization Regulation harmonizes and reforms existing rules on due diligence, risk retention and disclosure for securitizations, securitizing entities and EU regulated institutional… Continue Reading

ECON Votes To Adopt Draft Reports on Cross-Border Distribution of Collective Investment Funds

Posted in EU Developments, Financial Markets
On December 4, the European Parliament’s Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee (ECON) published a press release announcing that it has voted to adopt draft reports on the European Commission’s legislative proposals for a Regulation and a Directive on the cross-border distribution of collective investment funds. ECON initially published the draft reports in September 2018 (for… Continue Reading

Provisional Political Agreement Reached on CRR II Regulation and CRD V Directive

Posted in EU Developments, Financial Markets
On December 4, the European Parliament published a press release announcing that it reached provisional political agreement with the Council of the European Union on the proposed revisions to the Capital Requirements Regulation (CRR), or CRR II, and to the Capital Requirements Directive (CRD) IV, or CRD V. The European Parliament also published a separate… Continue Reading

EU Council Agrees to Approach on EMIR 2.2

Posted in EU Developments, Financial Markets
On December 3, , the EU Permanent Representatives Committee (COREPER) endorsed the EU Council’s general approach on a revision of the European Market Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR 2.2), as well as a decision on a revision to the statute of the EU system of central banks and the European Central Bank (ECB), specifically taking into account… Continue Reading

LMA Publishes Paper on Impact of a No-Deal Brexit on the European Loan Market

Posted in Brexit, EU Developments, Financial Markets
On December 3, the Loan Market Association (LMA) published a paper on the consequences of a scenario in which the United Kingdom withdraws from the European Union (Brexit) without concluding a withdrawal agreement, commonly referred to as a “no-deal Brexit.” The paper focuses on the impact of a no-deal Brexit on lending by UK lenders… Continue Reading

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

LEI ROC Consults on Fund Relationships in GLEIS

Posted in EU Developments, Financial Markets
On November 19, the Legal Entity Identifier Regulatory Oversight Committee (LEI ROC) published its second consultation paper on fund relationships in the Global Legal Entity Identifier System (GLEIS). In its second consultation paper, LEI ROC explains that a significant proportion of entities that have a legal entity identifier (LEI) are investment funds. Consequently, LEI ROC… 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

ESMA Updates Q&As Relating to the Market Abuse Regulation

Posted in EU Developments, Financial Markets
On November 12, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published version 13 of its questions and answers document (Q&As) on the Market Abuse Regulation (MAR). The Q&As now include a new question, 7.10, relating to the scope of the trading restrictions for persons discharging managerial responsibilities (PDMRs) during a closed period under MAR.… Continue Reading

ESMA Updates Q&As Relating to Transparency and Market Structures

Posted in EU Developments, Financial Markets
On November 14, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published the following updated questions and answers document (Q&As): an updated version of the Q&As on transparency topics under the revised Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID II) and the Markets in Financial Instruments Regulation (MiFIR). ESMA has added two points to Q&A 7 and… Continue Reading

ESMA Publishes Updated Supervisory Briefing on MiFID II Suitability Rules

Posted in EU Developments, Financial Markets
On November 13, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published an updated version of its supervisory briefing on the suitability requirements of the revised Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID II). This briefing introduces European supervisors to MiFID II suitability rules, which require investment firms providing investment advice or portfolio management services to provide… 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

ESAs Publish Consultation Paper Relating to MLD4

Posted in EU Developments, Financial Markets
On November 8, the Joint Committee of the European Supervisory Authorities (ESAs) published a consultation paper on draft joint guidelines on cooperation and information exchange between national competent authorities (NCAs) supervision credit and financial institutions for the purposes of the Fourth Money Laundering Directive (MLD4)… Continue Reading

ESMA Proposes Regulatory Change To Support the Brexit Preparations of Counterparties to Uncleared OTC Derivatives

Posted in Brexit, EU Developments, Financial Markets
On November 8, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published a final report proposing new draft regulatory technical standards (RTS) contained in a draft Delegated Regulation that would amend the three European Commission Delegated Regulations on the clearing obligation under the European Markets and Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR).… Continue Reading

Bank of England and PRA Publish Brexit Package of Consultations and Communications

Posted in Brexit, Financial Markets, UK Developments
On October 25, the Bank of England (BoE) and the UK Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) published a package of Brexit-related communications and consultation papers which propose changes to the relevant onshored binding technical standards (BTS), the rules for financial market infrastructure providers (FMIs) and the PRA Rulebook, which arise from the UK’s withdrawal from the… Continue Reading

Updated Advisory Notice on Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing Controls in Higher Risk Jurisdictions Published by HM Treasury

Posted in Financial Markets, UK Developments
On October 25, HM Treasury published an updated advisory notice on money laundering and terrorist financing controls in higher risk jurisdictions. The Money Laundering, Terrorist Financing and Transfer of Funds (Information of the Payer) Regulations 2017 require firms to implement policies and procedures to prevent activities relating to money laundering and terrorist financing.… Continue Reading

ESMA Publishes Statement Clarifying Clearing and Trading Obligations Ahead of December Deadline

Posted in EU Developments, Financial Markets
On October 31, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published a statement clarifying firms’ clearing and trading obligations in light of current derogations and phase-in periods ending on December 21, allowing for regulatory forbearance. ESMA explains that, under the European Market Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR), both the current derogation from the clearing obligation for certain… 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