On February 8, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published a document listing the thresholds relating to the value of an offering of securities to the public below which such an offer does not require a prospectus to be prepared in accordance with Regulation (EU) 2017/1129 (Prospectus Regulation).
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On December 12, it was reported that the European Commission (EC) intends to grant temporary and conditional equivalence status to UK central counterparties (CCPs) under the European Market Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR) in the event of the United Kingdom withdrawing from the European Union (Brexit) without concluding a withdrawal agreement (“no-deal Brexit”).
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On December 10, the European Court of Justice (ECJ), in the case of Wightman and Others v. Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, ruled that the notice of an intention to leave the European Union, once properly submitted, can be unilaterally revoked, rather than requiring the consent of all other EU Member States.
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On November 14, a technical agreement was reached between the negotiators of the UK and the EU in relation to the terms of the withdrawal of the UK from the EU (the Withdrawal Agreement). Published alongside the Withdrawal Agreement was a non-binding Political Declaration, providing an overview of the intended future relationship between the UK and EU.
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On July 18, eight of the EU member states (Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Sweden, and The Netherlands) published a joint statement on the Capital Markets Union (CMU) after Brexit. The joint statement sets out the shared views of the member states’ finance ministers and urges the European Union to use Brexit as a catalyst in the further development and integration of EU capital markets.
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On April 19, the European Parliament (EP) published a press release announcing its adoption of a proposal for a fifth Anti-Money Laundering Directive (MLD5). The introduction of MLD5 forms part of the European Commission’s action plan to counter terrorist financing and money laundering, published in February 2016 (further details are available in the Corporate & Financial Weekly Digest edition of February 12, 2016).
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On February 8, the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and the UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) published a joint statement on the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

GDPR will go into effect in the UK on May 25. The GDPR is designed to strengthen the rules governing data protection across the European Union and will be regulated and enforced in the UK by the ICO, as part of its continuing mandate for the responsibility of data protection regulation.
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Further updating the Corporate &Financial Weekly Digest edition of December 8, 2017, as of January 8, there were still only 14 European Union (EU) Member States (i.e., only 50 percent of the EU) that have fully transposed the revised Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID II) into their national law (as reported on the European Commission’s (EC) MiFID II Transposition Status Webpage).
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On December 5, Valdis Dombrovskis, the vice-president of the European Commission (EC), recognized that most European Union (EU) Member States have not yet fully adopted the provisions set out under the revised Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID II). In a public session of a meeting of EU finance ministers in Brussels, Mr. Dombrovskis urged Member States to adapt national legislation before the rules go into effect on January 3, 2018.
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