On May 5, the Legal Entity Identifier Regulatory Oversight Committee (LEI ROC) published a consultative document on changes to the technical guidance on the harmonization of critical over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives data elements (CDE Technical Guidance).
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On March 24, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) published a statement announcing that it has not observed market or regulatory developments that warrant a change in its use of the Temporary Transitional Power (TTP) applying to the United Kingdom’s derivatives trading obligation (DTO).
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On February 16, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) issued an Information Notice (Notice) regarding a new fee rate applicable to specified securities transactions on the exchanges and in the over-the-counter markets. Such fee rate will decrease from its current rate of $22.10 per million dollars in transactions to a new rate of $5.10 per million dollars in transactions.
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On February 1, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) published its 2021 Report on FINRA’s Examination and Risk Monitoring Program (Report). The annual Report summarizes various findings and observations from recent FINRA examinations of its member firms on a range of topics and notes certain areas of the future focus of FINRA examinations in 2021.
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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 9, the Chancellor of the UK’s HM Treasury announced its intention to provide equivalence decisions to European Economic Area (EEA) States and Member States of the European Union (EU) that will come into effect at the end of the Brexit transition period (the Announcement).
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On October 1, the United Kingdom’s (UK) Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) published a statement on trade reporting and position limit obligations under the Markets in Financial Instruments Regulation (MiFIR) (the Statement).
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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 16, the Securities and Exchange Commission adopted amendments to the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (Exchange Act) Rule 15c2-11 to modernize the rule, including by recognizing advances in communications technology. The rule requires broker-dealers to review key, basic issuer information before initiating or resuming quotations for the issuer’s security in the over-the-counter (OTC) market.
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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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