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EU27 Regulators Ordered to Hold Firm Line on UK Firms’ Post-Brexit Applications for Single Market Access

One likely impact of the decision of the United Kingdom (UK) to leave the European Union (EU) is that the UK’s financial services industry will lose automatic rights of access to the EU’s free trade area (the Single Market)...more

"UK Updates Fund Management Law"

On March 29, 2017, the U.K. updated the law pursuant to which U.K. limited partnerships are constituted. It was the same day on which the government began the Brexit process that will fundamentally change the constitution of...more

The New EU Market Abuse Regulation: Impact on US Issuers

The rules under the new EU Market Abuse Regulation are in many ways similar to those under the now-repealed Market Abuse Directive. But U.S. issuers that have applied to have securities admitted to trading on EU regulated...more

"Continental Drift? Brexit’s Potential Impact on International Investment Managers"

The U.K. referendum vote to leave the European Union has focused attention on Brexit’s potential impact on the U.K.’s financial services industry. The U.K. is home to a wide array of asset managers, banks, insurers,...more

"Europe Tries Harder: Extension of the AIFMD Marketing Passport to Non-EU Countries"

In our August 2015 client alert, we reported on the European Union's tentative efforts to extend the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD) marketing passport to managers and funds established in non-EU...more

"EU Market Abuse Regulation — New Requirements for Issuers of Debt Securities Admitted to Trading in Europe"

On 3 July 2016, Regulation 596/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council of the European Union (the Market Abuse Regulation) repealed and replaced Directive 2003/6/EC on Market Abuse (the Market Abuse Directive)....more

"MiFID II Expected to Have Significant Impact on Investment Managers"

When implemented, revisions to the EU’s Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID II) will radically change the regulation of EU securities and derivatives markets, and significantly impact the investment management...more

"EU Banker Bonuses: Collision Avoided?"

On November 12, 2015, the European Banking Authority (EBA) published a follow-up report on the treatment of role-based allowances (Allowances) paid by banks to their staff. The EBA’s original, October 2014 report and opinion...more

"EU Lawmakers May Delay MiFID 2 Implementation"

Yesterday’s press reports indicate that European Union lawmakers are likely to delay MiFID 2 implementation. MiFID 2 is the name given to the EU laws which will reform EU securities and derivatives markets. Once implemented,...more

"The UK Softens Its Approach to Senior Banker Regulatory Liability"

The aftermath of the financial crisis saw regulators worldwide tighten rules and launch large-scale enforcement investigations, particularly directed at the banking sector. The U.K., notwithstanding the importance to it of...more

"AIFMD Passport: Europe Must Try Harder"

On July 30, 2015, the pan-EU securities regulator, European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA), published two papers covering the application of the marketing “passport” under the Alternative Investment Fund Managers...more

"MiFID 2: Reforming the Regulation of EU Securities and Derivatives Markets"

The European Union has begun a wide-ranging and radical reform of its securities and derivatives markets through MiFID 2, which is scheduled to be implemented across the EU by January 3, 2017. Implementation is dependent on a...more

"Reconciling Regulatory Requirements in Cross-Border Derivatives Takes Center Stage"

As the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) completes the derivatives regulations mandated by the Dodd-Frank Act, the European Union continues to develop its own derivatives rules. Both sets of regulations seek to...more

"Banker Bonuses: UK and EU Remain on Collision Course"

Since 1 January 2014, the EU’s Capital Requirements Directive (CRD)1 has required EU-regulated banks (EU Banks) to limit variable compensation paid to key bank staff to 100 percent of their fixed compensation (or 200 percent...more

"EU Debate on Enforcement of the 'Banker Bonus Cap' Approaches End Game"

Michel Barnier, vice president of the European Commission, recently wrote to the chairman of the European Banking Authority (the EBA), asking the EBA to report by the end of this month on whether allowances paid by EU banks...more

9/15/2014  /  Banks , Bonuses , EU , European Commission

"European Central Bank Publishes Final List of 'Significant Supervised Entities' in Preparation for Banking Union"

On 4 September 2014, the EU’s European Central Bank (ECB) published its final list of significant supervised entities and less significant institutions for the purposes of the Eurozone’s single supervisory mechanism (SSM),...more

"ISDA and FIA Europe Publish Cleared Derivatives Execution Agreement"

On May 15, 2014, the International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA) and the Futures Industry Association (FIA) Europe published the ISDA/FIA Europe Cleared Derivatives Execution Agreement (ISDA/FIA Europe CDEA). ...more

5/19/2014  /  Derivatives , EU , ISDA , Swaps

"UK Regulators Amend Dealing Commission Rules"

On 8 May 2014, the U.K.’s Financial Conduct Authority (the FCA) issued Policy Statement 14/7 containing rules clarifying aspects of the goods and services that U.K. asset managers can buy with dealing commission. The Policy...more

"EU Banking Union: Political Agreement Reached on Single Resolution Mechanism"

On March 20, 2014, the European Parliament announced that it had reached political agreement with the European Council on the regulation implementing a single resolution mechanism (SRM), which is an essential element of the...more

"Clawback of Bonuses: UK PRA’s Banking Proposals Cast Six-Year Shadow for Bad Actors and Their Supervisors and Line Managers"

On 13 March 2014, the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA), the U.K. regulator responsible for prudential supervision of banks, insurers and large broker-dealers, issued a consultation paper on bonus clawback (CP6/14). ...more

"UCITS V Gets EU Political Backing, Foreshadowing New Limitations on Manager Remuneration"

European lawmakers have reached agreement on amendments to the Undertakings for the Collective Investment in Transferable Securities (UCITS) Directive, which regulates the management and marketing of EU mutual funds. These...more

"UK Banking Regulators and Foreign Banks: A Vision of Future Supervision"

The U.K.’s banking regulator, the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) recently published a consultation paper on its approach to supervising international banks (the Draft Supervisory Approach). ...more

"Mandatory SEF/DCM Trading Begins for Certain Interest Rate Swaps"

As of February 15, 2014, certain types of fixed-for-floating interest rate swaps must be executed on a swap execution facility (SEF) or a designated contract market (DCM), unless an exception applies (e.g., the commercial...more

"EU Derivatives Reporting Obligations Clarified as February 12 Deadline Approaches"

The European Market Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR) requires EU-counterparties to all derivative contracts, whether traded on- or off-exchange, to report certain information and details relating to the trade to a registered...more

"The Future of Marketing Non-EU Alternative Investment Funds in Europe"

Adopted by the European Parliament in 2010 and implemented by EU member states in July 2013, the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (the Directive) seeks to protect investors and mitigate market instability by...more

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