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 March 24, HM Treasury revised its advisory notice on money laundering and terrorist financing controls in overseas jurisdictions (AML/CTF). This replaces all previous notices issued by HM Treasury on this subject. The updated notice follows two statements published by the Financial Action Task Force on February 25, identifying jurisdictions with strategic deficiencies in their AML/CTF regimes.
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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 10, the European Parliament adopted a legislative initiative report detailing recommendations for a new directive on corporate due diligence and corporate accountability for holding companies accountable for harm caused to human rights, the environment and good governance (the Report).
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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 March 17, the European Supervisory Authorities (ESAs) published a joint consultation paper on draft regulatory technical standards (RTS) regarding the content and presentation of sustainability disclosures under Articles 8(4), 9(6) and 11(5) of the Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation ((EU) 2019/2088) (SFDR).
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On March 9, the European Parliament’s Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee (ECON) published a draft report detailing recommendations to the European Commission on the proposed Regulation on markets in cryptoassets and amending Directive (EU) 2019/1937 (the Draft Report).
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On March 10, the European Commission (the Commission) published a draft delegated act detailing the obligation on clearing members and clients when providing clearing services under fair, reasonable, non-discriminatory and transparent (FRANDT) commercial terms (the Delegated Act).
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