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).
Continue Reading MiFID II: ESMA Publishes Final Report on Third-Country Firm Regime

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).
Continue Reading MiFID II: FCA Publishes Regulatory Forbearance on the 10 Percent Depreciation Rule

On August 27, the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) published the 64th edition of its Market Watch newsletter on market conduct and transaction reporting issues (the Newsletter) providing market participants with advice on the transition from the revised Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID II) transaction reporting requirements to UK-specific requirements applicable from the end of the Brexit transition period (i.e., once the UK has ceased being subject to EU rules).
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On July 31, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published data for the systematic internaliser (SI) quarterly calculations for equity, equity-like instruments, bonds and, for the first time, other non-equity instruments under the revised Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID II) and Markets in Financial Instruments Regulation.
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Katten hosts a weekly, 15-minute fireside chat podcast series on notable UK and European developments from the prior week’s Corporate & Financial Weekly Digest. This week, Carolyn Jackson covers the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s approval of the final cross-border swaps rule, including a discussion of the CFTC’s revised rules applicable to non-US swap dealers

On July 28, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published an updated version of its opinion on determining third-country trading venues (TCTVs) for the purpose of post-trade transparency under the revised Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID II) and the Markets in Financial Instruments Regulation (MiFIR) (the Opinion).
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Katten hosts a weekly 15-minute fireside chat podcast series on notable UK and European developments from the prior week’s Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest. In this week’s edition, Nathaniel Lalone lauds the potential “game-changer” of allowing more clearinghouses to open deposit accounts at the Fed, while Carolyn Jackson notes the successful launch of Securities Financing Transactions Regulation (SFTR) reporting and European Securities and Markets Authority’s (ESMA) updated opinion on the MiFID II “ancillary exemption.” Special guest Chris Collins walks through updated European Commission Brexit notices which, in his view, are useful preparatory checklists for affected firms.
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Katten hosts a weekly, 15-minute fireside chat podcast series on notable UK and European developments from the prior week’s Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest. In this week’s edition, Neil Robson addresses the September reopening of the UK’s Temporary Permissions Regime registration window for EU/ EEA firms, Carolyn Jackson tackles the updates to ESMA’s Q&As on