On October 19, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published a consultation paper on draft regulatory technical standards (RTS) concerning central counterparties (CCPs) under Regulation (EU) 2019/2099 (EMIR 2.2) (the Consultation Paper).
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On October 9, the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and the UK’s Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) jointly published a Dear CEO letter to regulated firms regarding final preparations for the end of the Brexit transition period (the Letter).

The key areas addressed by the FCA and PRA in the Letter include:
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On October 5, the European Commission (the Commission) published the text of an Implementing Regulation, laying down Implementing Technical Standards (ITS) with regard to procedures and forms for an exchange of information and cooperation under Articles 24 and 25 of the Market Abuse Regulation (MAR) (the Implementing Regulation).
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On September 28, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published its final report (Final Report), accompanied by draft regulatory and implementing technical standards (RTS and ITS) on the provision of investment services and activities in the European Union (EU) by third-country firms under the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID II) (600/2014) and the associated Markets in Financial Instruments Regulation (MiFIR).
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On October 1, The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) issued a statement relative to its approach to the application of the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID) and Markets in Financial Instruments Regulation (MiFIR) following the end of the Transition Period on December 31 provided for in the Agreement on the withdrawal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from the European Union (EU) and the European Atomic Energy Community (Withdrawal Agreement).
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On September 21, the European Commission (Commission) adopted a time-limited decision to provide financial market participants 18 months within which they should reduce their exposure to UK central counterparties (CCPs) (the Decision).
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On August 27, the International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA) and the Association for Financial Markets in Europe (AFME) (together, the Joint Associations) wrote a letter (Letter) to the European Commission and the European Supervisory Authorities to express gratitude for the mitigation of the impact on both European Union (EU) and United Kingdom (UK) market participants, in anticipation of the UK’s departure from the EU.
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On August 19, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published a letter it sent to the European Commission on its proposed areas of recommendation for the upcoming review of the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD).

Since AIFMD’s implementation in 2011 and as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, ESMA and EU financial regulators have identified areas of improvement to AIFMD. The review provides an opportunity for their recommendations to be enacted.
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On July 24, the European Commission (the Commission) adopted a legislative proposal to amend the Prospectus Regulation and assist with the recapitalization of companies that have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic (the Proposal).

The key changes under the Proposal are:
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