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UK Meets Its Obligation to Transpose MiFID II into UK Law on Time

Brexit notwithstanding, the United Kingdom implemented MiFID II locally, on time; however, FCA deferred the opportunity to assist industry by clarifying the implications of the new research payment regime for global asset...more

Brexit Update: ESMA Issues Brexit Opinion to EU Regulators

The European Securities and Markets Authority foresees regulatory and arbitrage risks in Brexit and has issued an opinion as a practical tool to help achieve supervisory convergence among EU regulators—Brexit negotiations...more

Effect of the MIFID II Research Regime on US Investment Managers

The MiFID II regime will have significant ramifications for US investment managers and their use of client commissions to obtain research—especially as cross-border impacts have yet to be addressed by global regulators....more

EU's New Regime on Payments for Research, Use of Dealing Commissions

The MiFID II regime will have ramifications for buy-side global asset managers and sell-side research providers relating to use of dealing commissions and cost allocation for research expenditures....more

UK Financial Conduct Authority Clamps Down on Retail CFD Products

FCA proposes enhanced disclosure requirements for derivatives being marketed to retail investors who may not be aware of the risks. Concerned that more and more retail customers are offering and trading...more

FCA to Impose Remedies in Asset Management Sector

On 18 November 2016, the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) published interim findings from its year-long study of the country’s asset management sector—concluding that price competition is weak in several areas, and...more

Update On Securities Financing Transactions Regulation

In light of recent efforts by UK and EU financial authorities to incorporate the SFTR, managers of Alternative Investment Funds and Undertakings for Collective Investment in Transferable Securities that engage in securities...more

'Breality Check'—Brexit Update and Third Country Passporting Implications

While the swirl of day-by-day posturing, partisan commentary, and reluctance of the UK and EU authorities to reveal their negotiating hands make it challenging to discern probable routes forward and plan accordingly, there is...more

UK Market Abuse Regime Extends Its Reach: Implications for Issuers

Companies trading on either the London Stock Exchange’s Main Market or AIM should ensure that their systems and procedures reflect changes to their disclosure and other obligations arising from the implementation of the new...more

ESMA Publishes Guidelines for UCITS V Remuneration Policy

The guidelines, which apply from 1 January 2017, seek to clarify the concepts of disclosure, governance, and risk alignment in respect of remuneration; in advance of this date, non-EU investment managers of UCITS should...more

ESMA Advice on Extending the AIFMD Passport to Non-EU Countries

ESMA sees no significant obstacles to extending the AIFMD passport to nine key countries. The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has published advice to the European Commission, the European Parliament, and...more

UK Market Abuse Regime Extends Its Reach: Implications for Market Participants

The new regime shares the same aims as its predecessor—to ensure the integrity of EU financial markets and enhance investor confidence—and keeps pace with market developments such as new trading platforms, new technology, and...more

Inducement Rules: FCA Reminds Firms of Its Expectations

The FCA has found that client hospitality events do not always enhance the quality of service to clients in line with its inducement rules....more

‘Brexit’ Implications for Listings of Securities on the London Stock Exchange

If Britain decides to leave the European Union as a result of a “Brexit” vote on 23 June 2016, the effect on the UK and EU financial services sectors could be significant; in particular, there could be effects on the London...more

Financial Services Sector Implications of ‘Brexit’

Should Britain decide to leave both the EU and EEA as a result of a “Brexit” vote on 23 June 2016, the impact on UK and EU financial services firms could be significant. The City of London is Europe’s key financial...more

Current Status of the Clearing Obligation Under EMIR

Although EMIR came into force as long ago as August 2012, the clearing obligation it provides for was first brought into effect in December 2015 on a phased basis and only for certain interest rate swaps denominated in the G4...more

New UK Regime to Strengthen Senior Management Accountability

On 7 March 2016, two new regulatory regimes governing the accountability of senior managers will take effect—the Senior Managers and Certification Regime will cover the banking sector, and the Senior Insurance Managers Regime...more

UK Financial Conduct Authority Signals Significant Changes to the FCA Handbook arising from EU Market Abuse Regulation

Removal of the Model Code and Disclosure Rules are among the important modifications. On 5 November 2015, the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) published its consultation paper addressing the changes it proposes to...more

ESMA Publishes Advice on Extending the Marketing Passport Beyond Europe

ESMA has recommended that the AIFMD passport be extended beyond the countries within the European Union to Jersey, Guernsey, and Switzerland. On 30 July, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) sent its...more

UK Financial Institutions Strengthen Accountability

UK regulators extend the new regulatory framework that governs individual accountability to banking and insurance. The UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) published their...more

UK Financial Institutions: Proposals for New Senior Managers and Certification Regimes

With a mandate from Parliament, the UK regulators are working on a new regime governing individuals in banks. The UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) published a joint...more

ESMA Consults on Uniform Definition of EU Commodity Derivatives

The consultation paper aims to clarify the classifications of derivatives and provide a consistent approach for entities operating across the EU. The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) recently published...more

AIFMD: Renewed Focus on Its Impact on Non-EU Managers of Private Funds

Although AIFMD took effect in key EU member states in 2013, in practice, its one-year grace period largely gave managers of alternative investment funds an opportunity to postpone compliance until 22 July 2014....more

FCA Brings Greater Clarity and Rigour to UK’s “Soft Commission” Regime

Changes to the use of dealing commission rules, including a ban on “softing” of corporate access services, reflect the FCA’s continuing objective to ensure that investment managers control the costs that they pass on to their...more

ESMA Calls for a Uniform Definition of “Derivatives” Under EMIR

The European Securities and Markets Authority has requested clarity on the definition to ensure consistent application across member states. Following industry lobbying, the European Securities and Markets Authority...more

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