On April 6, the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) announced that legal entity identifiers (LEIs) of non-EEA third country issuers will not need to be reported under the UK version of the European Union’s Regulation on reporting and transparency of securities financing transactions (UK SFTR), until at least April 13, 2022.
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On March 19, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published a statement announcing a new Directive relating to its supervisory approach to position limits for commodity derivatives under the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID II) (the Statement).
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On March 15, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) announced its decision not to renew the requirement for holders of net short positions in shares traded on an EU regulated market to inform the relevant national competent authority (NCA) if the position reaches, exceeds or falls below 0.1 percent of the issued share capital (the Press Release).
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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 January 27, Allison Herren Lee, the acting chair of the Securities and Exchange Commission, announced the European Commission’s (EC) adoption of an equivalence decision, stating that the SEC’s regulatory framework applicable to central counterparties (CCPs) that are “covered clearing agencies” under SEC rules is equivalent to relevant European legal and regulatory requirements.
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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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On January 7, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) announced the signing of an Enhanced Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) regarding cooperation and the exchange of information with respect to certain registered derivatives clearing organizations established in the United States that are central counterparties (CCPs) recognized by ESMA under the European Market Infrastructure Regulation.
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On December 18, 2020, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published a consultation paper to assist the European Commission (Commission) in reviewing and producing a report on the impact of requirements relating to algorithmic trading, including high-frequency trading.
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On December 16, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) renewed its decision to temporarily require the holders of net short positions in shares traded on an EU regulated market to inform the relevant national competent authority (NCA) if the position reaches, exceeds or falls below 0.1 percent of the issued share capital. The measure applies starting December 19 for a period of three months (the Decision).
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On December 4, the United Kingdom’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) published a press release announcing details of its ‘cutover plan’ for firms transferring to the FCA Financial Instruments Transparency System (FCA FITRS) and FCA Financial Instruments Reference Data System (FCA FIRDS) upon Brexit (the Press Release).
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