On March 20, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) issued Regulatory Notice 20-20 regarding recent amendments to FINRA Rule 5110 (Corporate Financing Rule – Underwriting Terms and Arrangements), which requires member firms participating in a public offering to file certain documents and information with FINRA regarding the underwriting terms arrangements.
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In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (DSIO) issued no-action relief to commodity pool operators (CPOs) extending the upcoming filing deadlines for required pool quarterly reports on CFTC Form CPO-PQR, as well as annual reports and periodic account statements provided to pool participants. National Futures Association (NFA) also issued similar relief to CPOs for pool quarterly reporting requirements on NFA Form PQR and to commodity trading advisors (CTAs) for quarterly filings on NFA Form PR.
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On March 24, a draft copy of the Over the Counter Derivatives, Central Counterparties and Trade Repositories (Amendment etc. and Transitional Provision) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020 (the Regulations) was published and laid before Parliament with an explanatory memorandum.
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On February 26, Fabio Panetta, Executive Board Member at the European Central Bank (ECB), gave a speech on cross-border co-operation within the central counterparty (CCP) community. The speech was given at the Second Joint Bundesbank/ECB/Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago Conference on CCP Risk Management.
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On February 17, the European Commission (EC) launched a public consultation on the review of the revised Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID II) and the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFIR) regulatory framework (together, the Framework).

The EC’s consultation is divided into three sections. In the first section, the EC aims to gather views and feedback from all stakeholders on the experience of the first two years of the Framework. In particular, the EC asks whether “a targeted review . . . with an ambitious timeline would be appropriate to address the most urgent shortcomings.” The EC asks stakeholders to rank their satisfaction with the Framework, and to indicate whether they believe the Framework has succeeded in its objectives.
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