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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

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

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

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

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

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

Protecting the CCP Egg Basket

Originally published in Derivatives Intelligence on February 25, 2013. The implementation of EMIR and the Dodd-Frank Act will mutualize large volumes of counterparty risk and, together with new requirements for trade...more

Avoiding Armageddon: Resolution Regimes for Central Clearing Counterparties

The September 2009 resolutions of the G20 nations at their Pittsburgh summit, as to the compulsory centralised clearing of standardised over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives, paved the way for the creation of some of the biggest...more

Out of the Shadows and Into the Light

For the last four years, regulators and law makers have been focusing extraordinary efforts on ensuring that financial regulation is adequate to protect the financial system from risks emanating from the banking sector....more

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