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 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 8, the European Banking Authority (EBA) published a statement informing customers of UK financial institutions regarding practical and contractual arrangements following the end of the Brexit transition period (the Statement).
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On November 23, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published a final report on regulatory technical standards (RTS) on the risk mitigation techniques for OTC derivative contracts not cleared by central counterparties detailing bilateral margin requirements under the European Market Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR) (the Report).
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On November 25, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published a statement regarding the impact on the derivatives trading obligation (DTO) under Article 28 of the Markets in Financial Instruments Regulation (600/2014) (MiFIR) following the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union on December 31 (the Statement).
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On November 16, the UK’s HM Treasury, Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) jointly published a statement on the introduction of the new Investment Firms Prudential Regime (IFPR) and the UK implementation of Basel standards reflecting the CRR II Regulation (the Statement).
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On November 6, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published a consultation paper on draft guidelines on obligations regarding market data under the Markets in Financial Instruments Regulation (MiFIR) and Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID II) (the Consultation Paper).
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On November 9, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published a decision of its board of supervisors (held on November 5) on the delegation to the ESMA chair of the assessment of third-country trading venues (TCTVs) under Articles 20 and 21 of the Markets in Financial Instruments Regulation (MiFIR) (the Decision).
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