On October 9, the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and the UK’s Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) jointly published a Dear CEO letter to regulated firms regarding final preparations for the end of the Brexit transition period (the Letter).

The key areas addressed by the FCA and PRA in the Letter include:
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On October 1, the United Kingdom’s (UK) Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) published a statement on trade reporting and position limit obligations under the Markets in Financial Instruments Regulation (MiFIR) (the Statement).
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On October 1, The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) issued a statement relative to its approach to the application of the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID) and Markets in Financial Instruments Regulation (MiFIR) following the end of the Transition Period on December 31 provided for in the Agreement on the withdrawal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from the European Union (EU) and the European Atomic Energy Community (Withdrawal Agreement).
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On September 21, the European Commission (Commission) adopted a time-limited decision to provide financial market participants 18 months within which they should reduce their exposure to UK central counterparties (CCPs) (the Decision).
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On August 27, the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) published the 64th edition of its Market Watch newsletter on market conduct and transaction reporting issues (the Newsletter) providing market participants with advice on the transition from the revised Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID II) transaction reporting requirements to UK-specific requirements applicable from the end of the Brexit transition period (i.e., once the UK has ceased being subject to EU rules).
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Katten’s London affiliate office launched its weekly fireside chat on May 5 and each week has covered a wide range of interesting UK and EU financial services regulatory topics. We have received some fantastic feedback from clients on the podcast sessions and now present three key trends that firms should continue to consider in Q3

On August 19, the European Banking Authority (EBA) published its response to the European Commission’s action plan on preventing anti-money laundering (AML) and counter-terrorist financing (CTF) (the Response).

The EBA’s key recommendations set out in the Response are:
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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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