Jeremy C. Jennings-Mares

Jeremy C. Jennings-Mares

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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

10/25/2016 - Compliance EU EU Market Abuse Regulation (EU MAR) European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) Financial Instruments Market Abuse Market Soundings MTFs Recordkeeping Requirements Safe Harbors Securities

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

10/25/2016 - Buyback Programs Disclosure Requirements EU EU Market Abuse Regulation (EU MAR) European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) Financial Instruments Investment Market Abuse MTFs Municipal Securities Issuers PDMR

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

8/3/2016 - Banking Sector Capital Requirements Regulation (CRR) EU European Banking Authority Regulation Technical Standards (RTS)

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

6/30/2016 - Capital Raising EEA EFTA EU Financial Markets Free Trade Agreements Member State Norwegian Model Offerings Prospectus Referendums Securities UK UK Brexit

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

6/14/2016 - Benchmarks Commodities EU European Commission European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) Financial Transactions Interest Rates IOSCO Libor Market Abuse MiFID II

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

3/18/2016 - BCBS Collateral Counterparties Derivatives EMIR Endangered Species Act (ESA) EU European Commission European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) Exceptions Exemptions IOSCO Margin Requirements OTC Popular Regulation Technical Standards (RTS)

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

12/15/2015 - Banking Sector Derivatives DOL EU EURIBOR European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) Exchange-Traded Products Fiduciary Duty FINRA MiFID II Regulatory Agenda SEC Structured Finance

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

12/10/2015 - EU Proposed Regulation Reporting Requirements Securities Financing Transactions (SFTs) Shadow Banking Transparency

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 Endangered Species Act (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 EU European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) 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 EU European Securities and Markets Authority (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 EU European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) 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 Endangered Species Act (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

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