On May 20, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) proposed to the European Commission (Commission) a permanent reduction to the threshold to notify net short positions on shares to EU national competent authorities (NCAs) from 0.2 percent to 0.1 percent.
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On May 18, a speech by the European Commissioner for Financial Services, Financial Stability and Capital Markets Union was published outlining elements of the anti-money laundering (AML) and counter-terrorist financing (CTF) action plan that the European Commission (Commission) intends to present further and reform.
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On May 7, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) published a consultation paper on a new UK-authorized fund regime for investing in long-term assets (CP21/12). These assets are often called productive finance and include venture capital, private equity, private debt, real estate and infrastructure investments.
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On May 10, the UK Government published its guidance on the supply of emissions allowances in the UK Emissions Trading Scheme (UK ETS). The UK ETS was introduced on January 1, replacing the United Kingdom’s participation in the EU Emission Trading System following the end of the post-Brexit transition period.
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On May 7, the European Commission (Commission) published its consultation on a draft Delegated Regulation expanding Article 8 of the Taxonomy Regulation ((EU) 2020/852) by specifying the disclosure obligations associated with environmentally sustainable economic activities relating to large corporations.
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On April 29, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) published a discussion paper (DP21/1) on strengthening its financial promotion rules for high-risk investments and firms approving financial promotions.
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On May 5, the Legal Entity Identifier Regulatory Oversight Committee (LEI ROC) published a consultative document on changes to the technical guidance on the harmonization of critical over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives data elements (CDE Technical Guidance).
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