On February 15, the Council of the European Union (the Council) published a press release announcing the adoption of a “quick fix” amendment to the revised Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID II) in response to the economic impact caused by the COVID-19 pandemic (the Amendment).

The key changes to MiFID II in the Amendment include:
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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 September 21, the European Supervisory Authorities (ESAs) published a survey setting out the details on mandatory disclosure templates on sustainability‐related disclosures in financial services (the Survey).
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On January 31, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published a consultation paper (the CP) containing draft technical standards on the reporting requirements for third-country firms who provide investment services and activities in the European Union (EU) under the revised Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID II) and the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFIR).
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On January 16, the House of Lords European Union Committee published a letter from the Chair, Lord Kinnoull, to John Glen, Economic Secretary to Her Majesty’s Treasury (the Letter). The Letter concerns the recently published Taxonomy Regulation (for more information please see the January 10 edition of Corporate & Financial Weekly Digest).
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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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