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ECB Guidance on Leveraged Transactions

The European Central Bank ('ECB') published its final guidance ('Final Guidance') on leveraged transactions on 16 May 2017, marking the end of a public consultation process that began on 23 November 2016. In addition to its...more

EMEA Regulatory Capital Chart: Essential features of bank capital regulation across Europe in one handy wall chart.

Regulatory capital requirements for prudentially supervised financial services companies across Europe are complex and changing rapidly. To keep track of the regulatory framework in the region, we have brought together the...more

Asset management: Coming out of the shadows - Financial Stability Board addresses structural vulnerabilities from asset...

On 12 January 2017, the Financial Stability Board (FSB) published its Policy Recommendations to Address Structural Vulnerabilities from Asset Management Activities....more

Recent Developments in Bank Resolution – Can Bridge Banks be Resolved?

The international bank resolution framework agreed at the level of the Financial Stability Board ("FSB") and the G 20 is focused on solving the "too big to fail" conundrum. A central objective is that bank resolution regimes...more

Brexit: Financial Services Firms: Appendix

This appendix contains a brief description of the key EU financial services directives (excluding the insurance sector) which create the core regulatory framework within which financial services firms principally operate as...more

Brexit: Financial Services Firms - Mapping the impact of Brexit to make sure high level strategic thinking can be delivered...

The nature of the Brexit debate has changed and attitudes have hardened since the UK formally served notice on President Tusk of its intention to leave the EU. There seems to be limited political sympathy for financial...more

ECB publishes guidance to banks on non-performing loans

On 20 March 2017, the European Central Bank ("ECB") published its final guidance to banks on how to tackle one of the European banking industry's most pressing issues: non-performing loans. The ECB's guidance forms a key part...more

TRIM – Is the ECB prematurely implementing Basel IV reforms?

The Basel Committee has not yet found consensus in favour of the so-called Basel IV proposals1. One of such proposals' key pieces, a review of the conditions in which banks will be allowed to use internal models to determine...more

Is a pan-European asset management company a panacea to Europe's growing NPL problem?

On 30 January 2017, the Chairman of the European Banking Authority ("EBA") Andrea Enria outlined his proposal for tackling the large number of non-performing loans ("NPLs") that have increasingly troubled European banks and...more

Prohibition on 'right of first refusal' clauses in financing transactions

In May 2015 the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) launched a market study to assess, among other matters, the effects of cross-selling and cross-subsidising of investment and corporate banking services in the UK by investment...more

Changes in regulatory landscape for corporate finance service providers

Investment firms engaged in the provision of corporate finance services to issuer clients are facing some significant changes to their regulatory landscape. With the entry of MiFID II into effect from 3 January 2018,...more

Draft ECB Guidance on Leveraged Transactions

Regulatory update: Draft ECB Guidance on Leveraged Transactions – US Comparison - The European Central Bank ("ECB") is consulting on guidance relating to leveraged transactions ("Proposed Guidance"). The ECB regards the...more

Transforming bank prudential regulation – Issue 2 of 3

On 23 November 2016 the European Commission published proposed amendments to the Capital Requirements Regulation and Directive, the Bank Recovery and Resolution Directive, and the Single Resolution Mechanism Regulation....more

Transforming bank prudential regulation – Issue 1 of 3

On 23 November 2016 the European Commission published proposed amendments to the Capital Requirements Regulation and Directive, the Bank Recovery and Resolution Directive, and the Single Resolution Mechanism...more

EBA published results of EU-wide stress test of banks

On Friday 29 July 2016 after the close of financial markets, the European Banking Authority ("EBA") published the results of its 2016 stress test exercise of European banks....more

Italian banks: Thoughts on recapitalisation and sharing the burden

Recapitalisation is in the air. Falling investor confidence has contributed to a sharp decline in Italian banks' share values, in particular since the UK's 'Brexit' vote to leave the European Union. Total gross non-performing...more

MAR for AIM Companies

The Market Abuse Regulation (MAR) has direct effect as law in the United Kingdom from 3 July 2016. MAR extends the market abuse framework and its disclosure obligations to AIM companies. The key obligations relate to inside...more

MAR for GDR Issuers

The Market Abuse Regulation (MAR) has direct effect as law in the United Kingdom from 3 July 2016. Broadly, it replaces the current regime in relation to the disclosure of and delaying the disclosure of inside information and...more

MAR for Premium Listed Issuers

The Market Abuse Regulation (MAR) has direct effect as law in the United Kingdom from 3 July 2016. Broadly, it replaces the current regime in relation to the disclosure of and delaying the disclosure of inside information,...more

US Leveraged Lending Guidelines

There has been much written about the ‘US Leveraged Lending Guidelines’ and, with increasing speculation that European bank regulators will look to control leveraged lending in some form or another in the near future, this...more

The New European Market Abuse Rules – Looking Towards 2016

Significant changes to the European laws on market abuse are due to come into effect in July 2016. On implementation, the new measures will replace the four current European directives on market abuse. This Insight looks...more

Non-EU investment firms’ access to EU investors under MiFID 2

The recast Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID 2), along with its accompanying Regulation (MiFIR), were published in the Official Journal of the EU in June. The new legislation is currently expected to come into...more

Deadline Approaches – Non-EEA fund managers must consider their options

The Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (2011/61/EU) (the “Directive”) and the supplementary level 2 Regulation (EU) No 231/2013 (the “Regulation”) introduce an authorisation regime and centralised rulebook for the...more

Reforming EU Audit Services to Restore Investor Confidence

A legislative package to open up the EU audit services market beyond the dominant "Big Four" and to remedy weaknesses revealed by the financial crisis has been approved by the European Parliament and adopted by the Council of...more

6/5/2014  /  Audits , EU , Investors

New Rulebook for the PRA

The UK Prudential Regulation Authority (“PRA”) is consulting on fundamental reforms to its handbook of rules and guidance. The PRA’s current handbook of rules and guidance is inherited largely from provisions...more

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