On July 23, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission held an open meeting at which it approved an Amendment Order that (1) exempted 16 additional multilateral trading facilities (MTFs) and organized trading facilities (OTFs) authorized within the European Union (EU) from the requirement to register as swap execution facilities (SEFs); and (2) clarified the application of the existing order to UK based MTFs and OTFs during the UK’s Brexit transition period.
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Katten hosts a weekly 15-minute fireside chat podcast series on notable UK and European developments from the prior week’s Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest. In this week’s edition, Nathaniel Lalone lauds the potential “game-changer” of allowing more clearinghouses to open deposit accounts at the Fed, while Carolyn Jackson notes the successful launch of Securities Financing Transactions Regulation (SFTR) reporting and European Securities and Markets Authority’s (ESMA) updated opinion on the MiFID II “ancillary exemption.” Special guest Chris Collins walks through updated European Commission Brexit notices which, in his view, are useful preparatory checklists for affected firms.
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On July 9, the European Central Bank (ECB) published a blog by Yves Mersch, member of the Executive Board of the ECB and vice-chair of the Supervisory Board of the ECB, on the preparations of European Union (EU) banks for the end of the Brexit transition period (the Blog).
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On July 14, the European Commission (the Commission) published an updated version of its notice to stakeholders on the consequences of the United Kingdom’s (UK) withdrawal from the European Union (EU) (Brexit) on the EU’s rules in the field of post-trade financial services (the Notice).
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On July 1, the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) published a speech by Nausicaa Delfas, the FCA’s Executive Director of International, exploring a ‘new era’ of financial regulation for the UK (the Speech).
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On July 9, the European Commission (the Commission) published a communication to help national authorities, businesses and citizens prepare for the changes that will arise at the end of the Brexit transition period on December 31 (the Communication).
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Katten hosts a weekly, 15-minute fireside chat podcast series on notable UK and European developments from the prior week’s Corporate & Financial Weekly Digest. This week, Neil Robson, Nathaniel Lalone and Carolyn Jackson explain the implications of a number of recent UK Government announcements regarding its proposals to make certain financial services regulatory

On June 23, the House of Commons published a statement made by the UK Government on its approach to implementing financial services regulatory reforms before the end of the Brexit transition period (the Statement).
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On June 11, the House of Lords EU Financial Affairs Sub-Committee (the Committee) published a letter dated May 27 from HM Treasury to the Committee in relation to the Committee’s review of the financial services sector after Brexit (the Letter).
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