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Proposed EMIR II – Key Points for Derivatives Markets Participants

On 4th May 2017, the European Commission announced its proposals to amend the current European Market Infrastructure Regulation (Reg. No. 648/2012) (“EMIR”). The proposals stem from its public consultation and Call for...more

Structured Thoughts: News for the financial services community, Volume 8, Issue 3

SEC Rolls Out “POSITIER” - The SEC’s Office of the Investor Advocate used a recent March 9, 2017 open meeting and related “Evidence Summit” to announce its new investor research initiative, “POSITIER.”1 This new acronym...more

Uncertain Seas: European Financial and Regulatory Developments into 2017

Charting New and Dangerous Waters - Lloyd George and Epictetus may be long gone but their words have much resonance with the events of 2016. The political fallout from the UK’s vote to leave the European Union (“EU”)...more

Structured Thoughts: News for the financial services community - Special Issue

Final TLAC Rules and Structured Products - On December 15, 2016, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (the “Federal Reserve”) issued its final rules regarding long-term debt and total loss absorbing...more

Structured Thoughts: News for the financial services community, Volume 7, Issue 12

FDIC Adopts New Recordkeeping Requirements for Large Banks – Modifies Original Proposal as to Brokered CDs - In November 2016, the FDIC approved a final rule establishing recordkeeping requirements for insured...more

Shaping MREL for European (and non-European) Banks

The European Commission (“Commission”), on 23 November 2016, released its legislative proposals to amend the EU’s Bank Recovery and Resolution Directive (“BRRD”) to provide more detailed rules relating to the setting of MREL...more

New EU Banking Legislation Reforms

On 23rd November 2016, the European Commission released a package of banking legislation reforms. Some of these were expected – in particular those related to the minimum requirement for eligible liabilities and own funds...more

11/28/2016  /  Banking Reform , Banks , BRRD , EU , FSB , MREL , TLAC

EU Market Abuse Regulation - Market Soundings Safe Harbour: Compliance and Record Requirements

The EU Regulation on Market Abuse (“MAR”) prohibits a person from unlawfully disclosing inside information relating to securities within the scope of the legislation. An unlawful disclosure is made when a person possesses...more

EU Market Abuse Regulation - Requirements for U.S. Issuers

The EU Regulation on Market Abuse (“MAR”) came into effect on 3 July 2016, replacing the previously existing Market Abuse Directive and expanding the application of the EU’s market abuse regime. In addition to detailing...more

EBA Second Monitoring Report of AT1 Instruments

On 11 July 2016, the European Banking Authority (“EBA”) published a draft of its second Report on the monitoring of Additional Tier 1 (“AT1”) instruments of EU institutions. The Report was undertaken pursuant to Article 80...more

Brexit: Some Initial Thoughts on Prospectus Requirements for Issuers Offering Financial Securities in the UK/EU

The United Kingdom has voted in a referendum by a narrow majority to leave the European Union (“Brexit”). The outcome of the referendum will have far-reaching consequences on financial markets and international capital...more

Setting the New Benchmark: EU Regulation on Financial Benchmarks

Background - The integrity of benchmarks used in financial transactions has been the subject of increasing focus from regulators since the investigations into manipulation of the setting of LIBOR, EURIBOR and other...more

Final European Standards for Derivatives Collateralisation

On 8 March 2016, the three European Supervisory Authorities (ESAs) published their final draft regulatory technical standards in relation to the collateralisation of non-centrally cleared derivatives. The standards are to...more

The Long Long Game: The EU Financial Regulatory Agenda Into 2016 and Beyond

2016 will mark the eighth anniversary of the collapse of Lehman Brothers and the raft of regulatory reforms introduced in the aftermath of that event and the wider financial crisis will continue to be implemented during the...more

Structured Thoughts: News for the financial services community, Volume 6, Issue 9

ESMA Final Report on Complex Debt Instruments and Structured Deposits - On 26 November 2015, the European Securities and Markets Authority (“ESMA”) published its Final Report on its “Guidelines on complex debt...more

Casting Light on Shadows: New Transparency Rules for Securities Finance Transactions

This article summarises potential new European regulatory obligations that may arise for any financial entity, whether located inside or outside of the European Union, that regularly or occasionally enters into securities...more

Resolution of GSIBs – FSB Final TLAC Principles

On 9 November 2015, the Financial Stability Board (FSB) published its final principles on the loss-absorbing and recapitalisation capacity of global systemically important banks (G-SIBs) in resolution together with a final...more

Structured Thoughts: News for the financial services community, Volume 6, Issue 5

OCIE Issues Risk Alert Relating to Structured Note Sales - Earlier this year, the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (the “OCIE”) indicated branch offices and structured products as two of its...more

Valuing Derivatives in a Bank Bail-In

Under the EU’s Bank Recovery and Resolution Directive (“BRRD”), one of the key powers given to national resolution authorities is the ability to impose losses on, or “bail-in”, certain financial liabilities of the failing...more

Suspension of Contractual Rights of Counterparties to UK Banks

On 26 May 2015, the Prudential Regulation Authority (“PRA”) of the UK issued a consultation paper entitled “Contractual stays in financial contracts governed by third-country law”, proposing a new restriction that would apply...more

Difficulty in Understanding? ESMA Consultation Paper on Complex Debt Instruments and Structured Deposits

On 24 March 2015, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published a Consultation Paper setting out draft guidelines on complex debt instruments and structured deposits. Background - The...more

Structured Thoughts - Volume 6 , Issue 2 - March 2015

In This Issue: - FCA Publishes Thematic Review on Structured Product Development and Governance - EU Commission Review of Prospectus Directive - SEC Issues Investor Bulletin Relating to Structured Notes -...more

A European Prospectus Revolution?

The EU prospectus regime, based on Directive 2003/71/EC (the “Prospective Directive”) as amended, has been in place now for nearly 10 years and was due to be reviewed by the European Commission by 1 January 2016. However, the...more

From EMIR to Eternity? - The EU Financial Regulatory Agenda Into 2015 and Beyond

2014 was a very active year for financial regulation in the European Union (EU). There was a push to finalise much of the outstanding primary legislation on the regulatory reform agenda in advance of the European...more

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