On February 22, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published its final report on guidelines to clarify common procedures and methodologies for the supervisory review and evaluation process of central counterparties (CCPs) by their national competent authorities (NCAs) (the Report).

The proposed guidelines addressed in the Report by ESMA include:
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On February 15, the Council of the European Union (the Council) published a press release announcing the adoption of a “quick fix” amendment to the revised Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID II) in response to the economic impact caused by the COVID-19 pandemic (the Amendment).

The key changes to MiFID II in the Amendment include:
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On February 17, the European Commission (the Commission) published two Delegated Regulations amending the European Market Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR) Margin Regulatory Technical Standards (RTS) and the Clearing Obligation RTS (the Delegated Regulations).

The key amendments proposed by the Commission in the Margin RTS include:
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On February 2, the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) updated its webpage on its supervisory statement on the operation of the transparency regime under the retained EU law version of the Markets in Financial Instruments Regulation (UK MiFIR) following the United Kingdom’s departure from the European Union (the Webpage).
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On January 22, the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) published an amended and restated memorandum of understanding (MoU) between itself and the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in light of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU.

The key understandings discussed by the FCA and SEC in the MoU include:
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On January 18, the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) published a statement reminding UK-authorized firms of their obligations to periodically review their regulatory permissions under Part 4A of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 to ensure they are up-to-date or otherwise removed where they are not needed (the Statement).
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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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