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ESMA Publishes Annual Transparency Calculations for 2019/20 Equity and Equity-Like Instruments

Posted in EU Developments, Financial Markets
On March 1, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published a press release announcing that it has made available the results of the annual transparency calculations for equity and equity-like instruments. There are currently 1,344 liquid shares and 389 liquid equity-like instruments other than shares, subject to calculations relating to the transparency requirements in… Continue Reading

FCA Publishes Speech on Firms’ Progress To Transition From LIBOR to Alternative Risk-Free Rates

Posted in Financial Markets, UK Developments
On February 21, the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) published a speech by Megan Butler, the executive director of supervision—Investment, Wholesale and Specialists at the FCA, on firms’ progress in transitioning from the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) to overnight risk-free rates (RFRs). The FCA and the UK Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) are in the… Continue Reading

Statement Published on Post-Brexit Continuity of Derivatives Trading and Clearing Measures

Posted in CFTC, Financial Markets, UK Developments
On February 25, the Bank of England (BoE), the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission published a joint statement on measures intended to ensure the continuity of UK-US derivatives trading and clearing activities following the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union (Brexit).… Continue Reading

EBA Publishes Final Report on Outsourcing Guidelines

Posted in EU Developments, Financial Markets
On February 25, the European Banking Authority (EBA) published its final report setting out guidelines on outsourcing. In its report, the EBA updates and replaces the guidelines on outsourcing that the EBA’s predecessor, the Committee of European Banking Supervisors (CEBS), issued in 2006. The CEBS guidelines applied exclusively to credit institutions, but the new EBA… Continue Reading

European Parliament and Council of the European Union Reach Agreement on Investment Firms Regulation and Directive

Posted in Brexit, EU Developments, Financial Markets
On February 26 and 27, the Council of the European Union and the European Parliament issued statements, respectively, announcing that they had reached a political agreement on the proposed Investment Firms Regulation (IFR) and the proposed Investment Firms Directive (IFD).… Continue Reading

ESMA to Recognize Three UK CCPs in the Event of a No-Deal Brexit

Posted in Brexit, EU Developments, Financial Markets
On February 18, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published a press release confirming that it has adopted recognition decisions to permit three UK central counterparties (CCPs) to continue to provide CCP services to EU trading venues and EU clearing members following the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union on March 29 (Exit… Continue Reading

FCA Publishes Policy Statement on Further Asset Management Market Study Remedies

Posted in Financial Markets, UK Developments
On February 4, the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) published a Policy Statement on further remedies to promote competition in the asset management sector, following its asset management market study (AMMS) (see the June 30, 2017 edition of Corporate & Financial Weekly Digest for further details on the FCA’s Final Report on AMMS).… Continue Reading

ESAs Publish Final Report on Amendments to the PRIIPs Key Information Document

Posted in EU Developments, Financial Markets
On February 8, the Joint Committee of European Supervisory Authorities (ESAs) published a final report on proposed amendments to Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2017/653 (Delegated Regulation) on key information documents (KIDs) for packaged retail and insurance-based investment produces (PRIIPs).… Continue Reading

ESMA Publishes List of Thresholds Below Which an EU Prospectus Is Not Required

Posted in EU Developments, Financial Markets
On February 8, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published a document listing the thresholds relating to the value of an offering of securities to the public below which such an offer does not require a prospectus to be prepared in accordance with Regulation (EU) 2017/1129 (Prospectus Regulation).… Continue Reading

UK Guide to Post-Brexit Financial Sanctions Published

Posted in Brexit, EU Developments, Financial Markets
On February 1, HM Treasury and the UK Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation (OFSI) published guidance on financial sanctions in preparation for the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union on March 29 (Exit Day) on the basis of no agreement on transitional arrangements being in place with the EU (no-deal Brexit). The guidance will… Continue Reading

Agreement Reached on EMIR Refit Regulation

Posted in EU Developments, Financial Markets
On February 5, the Council of the European Union and the European Parliament announced a preliminary agreement on a proposal for a Regulation to amend the European Market Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR Refit). The proposal aims to improve the existing regulatory framework applying to the over-the-counter (OTC) derivative market.… Continue Reading

BoE and ESMA Agree No-Deal MoUs on Recognition of UK CCPs and CSDs

Posted in Brexit, EU Developments, Financial Markets
On February 4, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) and the Bank of England announced that they have agreed on Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) surrounding the cooperation and information-sharing arrangements with respect to UK-based central counterparties (CCPs) and central securities depositories (CSDs) in the event of the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union… Continue Reading

ESMA Updates MiFIR Data Reporting Q&As

Posted in EU Developments, Financial Markets
On February 4, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published an updated version of its questions and answers document (Q&As) on data reporting under the Markets in Financial Instruments Regulation (MiFIR). The updated Q&A includes four new questions that cover reporting the legal entity identifier (LEI) of issuers to the financial instruments reference database… Continue Reading

ESMA Updates EMIR Implementation Q&As

Posted in EU Developments, Financial Markets
On February 4, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published an updated version of its questions and answers document (Q&As) on the implementation of the European Market Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR). The amendments include: An amended question in relation to trade repositories (TRs) to confirm how counterparties should report a derivative with no maturity date;… Continue Reading

ESMA Publishes Statement on the Impact of a No-Deal Brexit on Its Databases

Posted in Brexit, EU Developments, Financial Markets
On February 5, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) issued a statement on the impact the UK’s exit from the European Union on March 29 (Exit Day) without an agreement on transitional arrangements being in place with the European Union (no-deal Brexit) would have on ESMA’s databases. In the scenario of a no-deal Brexit,… Continue Reading

ESMA Publishes Revised Draft Technical Standards and Q&A on Disclosure Requirements

Posted in EU Developments, Financial Markets
On January 31, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published an opinion containing a revised set of draft regulatory and implementing technical standards (RTS/ITS) under the Securitization Regulation, which require certain information to be reported about securitizations by the originator, sponsor or special purpose entity. The opinion includes the format for making the required… Continue Reading

FCA and PRA Publish Direction on Reporting Private Securitizations Under Securitization Regulation

Posted in EU Developments, Financial Markets
On January 31, the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) published a direction under the UK Securitization Regulations 2018 (a statutory instrument that implements the EU Securitization Regulation) setting out how relevant parties must report certain information to the FCA or PRA.… Continue Reading

Bank of England and FCA Provide Updates on Post-Brexit Market Infrastructure Transitional Arrangements and Applications

Posted in Brexit/UK Developments, Financial Markets, UK Developments
On January 24, the Bank of England updated its financial market infrastructure supervision websites with interim lists of entities and systems that will enter into the various temporary or transitional arrangements on exit day should the United Kingdom leave the European Union with no implementation period. The lists consist of: Third-country central counterparties (CCPs) that… Continue Reading

ESMA Updates Q&As Relating to the Benchmarks Regulation

Posted in EU Developments, Financial Markets
On January 30, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published an updated version of its questions and answers on the Benchmarks Regulation (BMR). ESMA confirms that the scope of application is identical across both sets of legislative provisions, including the transitional provisions under the BMR. In the new Q&A, ESMA refers to specific requirements… Continue Reading

ESMA Publishes Statement on Clearing and Trading Obligations for Small Financial Counterparties

Posted in EU Developments, Financial Markets
On January 31, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published a statement addressing issues on the forthcoming implementation of the European Market Infrastructure Regulation Regulatory Fitness and Performance program (EMIR REFIT), relating to clearing and trading obligations for small financial counterparties. ESMA’s statement also addresses the requirements for reporting of derivatives that were outstanding… Continue Reading

FCA Consults on Optimizing the SM&CR and Proposes Excluding Heads of Legal From Senior Managers Regime

Posted in Financial Markets, UK Developments
On January 23, the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), published a consultation paper on optimizing the senior managers and certification regime (SM&CR) (for further details on the SM&CR, see the March 11, 2016 edition of the Corporate & Financial Weekly Digest). Its proposals intend to help firms adjust to the SM&CR and to identify some… Continue Reading

ESMA Updates MiFID II Transitional Transparency Calculations for Electricity Derivatives

Posted in Derivatives, EU Developments, Financial Markets
On January 22, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published an updated version of its transitional transparency calculations (TTC) for the purposes of the revised Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID II) and the related Markets in Financial Instruments Regulation (MiFIR).… Continue Reading