Jeremy C. Jennings-Mares

Jeremy C. Jennings-Mares

Morrison & Foerster LLP

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Safe to Fail?

On 10 November 2014, the Financial Stability Board (FSB) launched a consultation1 on the adequacy of the loss-absorbing capacity of global systemically important banks (G-SIBs) in resolution. The Basel III minimum capital...more

12/8/2014 - Banks Basel III Capital Requirements FSB G-SIB

Structured Thoughts: Volume 5, Issue 8 - December 2014

In This Issue: - Key Regulators Speak at Structured Products Conference - FINRA Shows Its CARDS; It Will Use Big Data to Review Suitability of Complex Products Sales - FINRA’s Proposed Bond Mark-up...more

12/2/2014 - Advertising Big Data Broker-Dealer CARDS Disclosure Requirements Exchange-Traded Products FINRA Regulatory Agenda Regulatory Standards SEC Structured Financial Products

Structured Thoughts: Volume 5, Issue 7 - November 11, 2014

In This Issue: - Index Changes and Successor Indices: Avoiding Delisting From The NYSE Arca - EU PRIIPS Regulation Expected to Come Into Force - UK Review of the Fixed Income, Currency and Commodities...more

11/12/2014 - ETNs EU Financial Regulatory Reform FINRA NYSE SEC Structured Financial Products UK

Clearing Derivative Transactions in the EU: What You Need To Know

Key Highlights: ..All counterparties within scope of the European Market Infrastructure Regulation (“EMIR”) and subject to the clearing obligation will soon be required to centrally clear their applicable derivatives...more

10/16/2014 - Derivatives Derivatives Clearing Organizations EMIR ESMA EU

UK Banking: Ringing in the Changes

It has been three years since the Independent Commission on Banking (the “IBC”), chaired by Sir John Vickers, published its final report and recommendations on the reform of the UK banking system in response to lessons learnt...more

10/15/2014 - Banking Reform Banking Sector Banks EEA Prudential Regulation Authority Ring-Fencing UK

Relief for Covered Bonds as ESMA refines the Clearing Obligation

On August 16, 2012, the European Market Infrastructure Regulation (“EMIR”) came into force, defining the obligations of in-scope entities, amongst other things, to (1) centrally clear certain over the counter derivatives...more

9/3/2014 - CCPs Covered Bonds Derivatives Clearing Organizations EMIR ESMA

Structured Thoughts: Volume 5, Issue 6 - August 2014

In This Issue: - European Product Intervention - FINRA Speaks at 2014 Structured Retail Products Conference - FINRA Approves Amendments to Communication Rules – Relief from Filing for Certain...more

8/13/2014 - Class Action ESMA EU FINRA Investment Funds MiFID Retailers Structured Financial Products

CoCo No-Go for Ordinary Joe

The UK’s Financial Conduct Authority, on 5 August 2014, announced the introduction of new temporary product intervention rules in relation to the retail distribution of contingent convertible instruments (CoCos). The...more

8/11/2014 - FCA Financial Regulatory Reform UK

Structured Thoughts: Volume 5, Issue 4 - May 30, 2014

In This Issue: - No More KIDding Around: European Parliament Approves PRIIPs Regulation - FINRA Amends Rule 5110 to Exempt Certain Collective Investment Vehicles from Its Filing Requirements - The Time for the...more

7/15/2014 - Compliance EU Financial Regulatory Reform FINRA Foreign Investment Investors SEC

Breaking the ISDA Section 2(a)(iii) Insolvency Stalemate

On 19 June 2014, the International Swaps and Derivatives Association (“ISDA”) published an amendment to the ISDA Master Agreement for use in relation to section 2(a)(iii) of that agreement, for parties who wish to amend their...more

7/2/2014 - Default Derivatives ISDA ISDA Master Agreement OTC

Structured Thoughts: Volume 5, Issue 5 - June 25, 2014

In This Issue: - The 1996 Morgan Stanley Letter: Re-imagined at the Age of 18 - Structured CDs – Goodbye Regulation DD, Hello Regulation DD - FCA Issues Fine in Relation to Structured Product...more

6/26/2014 - Banks Disclosure Requirements EDGAR ESMA Financial Products IPO Morgan Stanley Public Disclosure Regulation D SEC Securities Truth in Savings Act

Collateralising Uncleared Derivatives Trades under EMIR – Draft Regulatory Technical Standards

On April 14, 2014, the European Supervisory Authorities (“ESAs”) published the anticipated first draft regulatory technical standards (“RTS”) on risk-mitigation techniques for over the counter (“OTC”) derivatives contracts...more

5/13/2014 - Basel Committee Derivatives EMIR ESA EU IOSCO OTC Security-Based Swaps Swaps

MIFID II: Widening the net - Recently announced EU reforms introduce yet another set of compliance considerations for traders, and...

On January 14 2014, the European Parliament and European Council reached agreement in principle on the revised Markets in Financial Instrument Directive (Mifid II). The announcement signaled an important milestone in a long...more

2/24/2014 - EU European Commission Financial Regulatory Reform MiFID

Structured Thoughts: Volume 5, Issue 2 - February 20, 2014

In This Issue: Opinions and Warnings – ESMA’s Views on Complex Products; SEC Releases Draft Strategic Plan; Distributing Structured Notes from a Regulation S Platform; and Non-U.S. Equity Underliers and Exchange Rate...more

2/21/2014 - Complex Financial Products Compliance ESMA EU Financial Regulatory Reform SEC

Separation Anxiety: Structural Reform of EU Credit Institutions

The march towards structural reform of the EU banking sector has taken another step forward, as the EU Commission’s (the “Commission”) legislative proposals (the “Proposals”) for a Regulation implementing certain...more

2/3/2014 - Banks EU Financial Regulatory Reform Foreign Banks UK

Structured Thoughts: News for the financial services community, Volume 5, Issue 1 -- January 7, 2014

In This Issue: “Structured Products, Meet the Volcker Rule”: The New Limitations on Proprietary Trading; SEC and FINRA Personnel Speak at Structured Products Conference; FINRA’s Annual Regulatory and Examination...more

1/8/2014 - Banks Enforcement FINRA IOSCO Proprietary Trading SEC Structured Financial Products Volcker Rule

Regulatory Reform in Europe: What to expect in 2014

European financial regulatory reform has moved no more quickly than in the U.S. in 2013, and with the need to reach consensus between 28 member states, with often very different interests, there is little chance that the pace...more

1/7/2014 - EU Financial Regulatory Reform Foreign Banks

A Regulatory Reform Glossary

After the financial crisis, have you ever asked, “What does it all mean?” Now, we have an answer for you: MoFo’s Regulatory Reform Glossary. Since the great financial crisis, financial institutions have been...more

12/17/2013 - Basel III Dodd-Frank EMIR Financial Regulatory Reform MiFID Volcker Rule

Structured Thoughts -- Volume 4, Issue 14 -- December 2, 2013

In This Issue: Launching an Exempt Structured Products Program in the United States: Issues for Non-U.S. Banks to Consider; “Big-Boy Letters” Revisited: Pharos Decision Upheld by the Sixth Circuit.; SEC Addresses...more

12/3/2013 - Banks Big-Boy Letters CPO Disclosure Requirements Dodd-Frank EMIR EU Fiduciary Duty FINRA Foreign Banks LinkedIn MiFID Misrepresentation Nasdaq OCC Regulation D Rule 144A SEC Securities Act of 1933

Harmonised European Principles for Oversight of Financial Products Development

On November 28, 2013, the European Supervisory Authorities (“ESAs”) issued a joint paper (the “Joint Position”) setting out eight high level principles, intended to form a harmonised, cross-sector approach to the regulation...more

12/3/2013 - EU Financial Products Investors Manufacturers MiFID NCAs PRIP Transparency

UK Implementation of AIFMD: FCA Notification Forms

With the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (the “AIFMD”) implementation deadline of July 22, 2013 fast approaching, the UK Financial Conduct Authority (the “FCA”) and UK’s HM Treasury have been ramping up their...more

7/11/2013 - AIFMD Financial Conduct Authority Investors Marketing Private Placements Treasury UK

UK Implementation of AIFMD: UK Private Placement Regime and non-EU Fund Managers

By July 22, 2013, EU member states must adopt the provisions of the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (the “AIFMD”). On May 13, 2013, the UK’s HM Treasury further clarified how AIFMD will affect alternative...more

7/5/2013 - AIFM AIFMD Economic Development EU Fund Managers Investment Funds Private Placements

Structured Thoughts -- Volume 4, Issue 9 -- June 17, 2013

In This Issue: UK’s FCA Restricts Marketing of Unregulated Collective Investment Schemes and Similar Products to Retail Investors; Electronic Structured Note Systems and U.S. Securities Regulation; and Reminders from...more

6/18/2013 - Brokers False Claims Act Financial Conduct Authority Financial Services Authority FINRA Investors SEC Structured Financial Products Term Sheets UCITS

The European Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive—a non-EU Fund Manager’s Perspective

Introduction - The European Member States must implement the Directive on Alternative Investment Fund Managers (the “AIFMD”), which came into force on July 21, 2011, into their national laws by July 22, 2013. Once the...more

5/20/2013 - AIFM AIFMD Disclosure Requirements EU Investment Funds Reporting Requirements

IOSCO Consultation Report on Financial Benchmarks

Background - As we have previously reported, a Task Force of the International Organization of Securities Commissions (“IOSCO”) published a consultation on financial benchmarks on 11 January 2013 in response, in part,...more

5/7/2013 - Benchmarks Consultation EU Governance Standards IOSCO Libor

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