Jeremy C. Jennings-Mares

Jeremy C. Jennings-Mares

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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

11/13/2015 - Basel III Emerging Markets EU FSB Global Systemically Important Financial Institutions (GSIFI) Proposed Regulation Recapitalization

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

9/1/2015 - Broker-Dealer Compensation Standards Derivatives EDGAR ESA EU Financial Institutions FINRA Internal Communications IRS Loss Contingencies NASD OCIE Risk Alert Risk Management SEC Structured Finance Training UK Underwriting

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

7/23/2015 - Banking Sector BRRD Comment Period Derivatives EU European Banking Authority Exclusions Financial Institutions Proposed Regulation Regulatory Standards Valuation

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

6/2/2015 - Banks EU Financial Institutions Financial Stability Acts Insolvency Investment Firms Prudential Regulation Authority UK

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

3/31/2015 - Complex Financial Products Deposit Accounts ESMA EU MiFID

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

3/16/2015 - Canada EU European Commission False Claims Act (FCA) Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) FINRA Prospectus SEC Structured Financial Products Toronto Stock Exchange

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

2/24/2015 - Capital Markets EU European Commission Funding Prospectus Startups Venture Funding

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

1/7/2015 - EMIR EU European Commission Financial Regulatory Reform

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

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

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

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

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

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 Transparency

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

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

The FSA and ESMA Get Technical on Prospectuses

The Prospectus Directive (the “PD”) and the Prospectus Directive Regulation (the “PD Regulation”) were recently amended, in each case with effect from 1 July 2012. These new rules introduced a number of significant changes...more

3/21/2013 - Disclosure Requirements ESMA EU Financial Services Authority Prospectus Risk Assessment

A European Financial Transaction Tax

In September 2011, the European Commission initially proposed that a financial transaction tax (“FTT”) be implemented by all 27 EU Member States, although it soon became clear that a significant proportion of the Member...more

3/18/2013 - EU European Commission Financial Transaction Tax Proposed Legislation

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