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The Blockchain: Beyond Bitcoin

Blockchain - While many people in the U.S. are still skeptical that bitcoin will become a mainstream currency, both private and public sectors are gaining interest in the idea that the underlying blockchain technology...more

European Commission Adopts Delegated Regulation on RTS Specifying Obligation to Clear Derivatives Traded on Regulated Markets and...

On June 29, 2016, the European Commission adopted a Delegated Regulation supplementing the Markets in Financial Instruments Regulation (“MiFIR”) with regard to RTS specifying the obligation to clear derivatives traded on...more

Blog: EIOPA publishes technical advice on the identification & calibration of infrastructure corporates

The European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) has published the final version of its Technical Advice to the European Commission on the identification and calibration of infrastructure corporates. Our...more

2015 Annual Reports

The following bodies have released their 2015 annual reports in the past week: - EIOPA (European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority) - ESMA (European Securities and Markets Authority) - EBA (European...more

EOIPA and China Insurance Regulatory Commission Sign MoU

On June 15, the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EOIPA) and the China Insurance Regulatory Commission signed a Memorandum of Understanding to set up joint work programs and pursue joint...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

FHFA Releases 2015 Report to Congress - On June 15, 2016, the Federal Housing Finance Agency's "Report to Congress" for 2015 was released. The document, required under federal law, analyzes Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - June 2016 #11

BRRD ITS on form and content of support agreements published in OJEU - The Implementing Regulation laying down ITS under the Bank Recovery and Resolution Directive (BRRD) on the form and content of the description of...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - June 2016 #9

OCC upholds complaint about misinformation for third party insurer complaints - OCC has published a decision partially upholding a complaint relating to FCA’s rules for third party insurers. The complaint highlighted...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - June 2016 #8

ESMA updates EMIR Q&A - ESMA has updated its Q&A on EMIR. The new questions address: - the clearing obligation, specifically about the self-categorisation needed to establish which counterparties belong to which...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - June 2016 #7

Treasury updates sanctions - Treasury has updated the sanctions lists in respect of North Korea, to reflect new prohibitions on dealing with any person in the country. It has also updated the guidance from the Office of...more

IREG Update - Global pandemic emergencies: the insurance industry tackles a seemingly unmanageable risk

Global pandemic emergencies: the insurance industry tackles a seemingly unmanageable risk - On May 21, 2016, the World Bank Group announced the Pandemic Emergency Financing Facility (PEF), a new global financing...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - June 2016 #4

ESMA publishes EU MAR Q&A - ESMA has published a Q&A document relating to practical issues surrounding the implementation of the Market Abuse Regulation (EU MAR). It clarifies the scope of firms subject to the EU MAR...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - June 2016 #1

Insurance Europe reiterates PRIIPSs concerns - Insurance Europe has published a paper articulating its detailed concerns over the RTS produced by the European Supervisory Authorities in support of the Key Information...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - May 2016 #19

EBA finalises guidelines for DGS stress test - EBA has published the finalised guidelines on stress tests for deposit guarantee schemes (DGSs) under the recast Deposit Guarantee Schemes Directive (DGSD).... ...more

European Commission Adopts Implementing Regulation on Risk-Free Rate under Solvency II

The European Commission has adopted an Implementing Regulation on the risk-free rate under the Solvency II Directive (2009/138/EC). The Implementing Regulation sets out technical information to be used by insurers when...more

The Federal Reserve Board Outlines Approach For Capital Rules For Federally Supervised Insurance Groups

At the NAIC’s tenth International Insurance Forum, Daniel K. Tarullo, a member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (FRB), outlined the FRB’s plans for: - ..the capital and liquidity rules for...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 5.31.16

A lawsuit over an alleged Ponzi scheme involving a fund pushed by MetLife agents is raising hard questions for the insurance giant over the reaches of corporate liability...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - May 2016 #16

Lloyd’s updates requirements for performance management - Lloyd’s has published a market bulletin to update its “Performance Management – Supplemental Requirements and Guidance”. It consolidates a number of existing...more

IAIS Secretary General Considers Path to International Cybersecurity Standard

Last week, the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) hosted the 2016 NAIC International Insurance Forum. The Forum addressed topics such as the management of catastrophic disaster risks, industry perspectives...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - May 2016 #15

ESAs publish ECAI opinion - The European Supervisory Authorities (ESAs – EBA, ESMA and EIOPA) have published their opinion on the Commission’s intention to amend the draft Implementing Technical Standards (ITS) on the...more

Russian Legislation Update: May 2016

Currency Control - On 13 April the Government adopted Resolution No. 300 regarding, among other things, currency control bodies. Due to the abolishment of the Federal Service for Fiscal and Budgetary Supervision,...more

Ground-breaking referral: Are arbitration clauses in BITs between EU Member States void?

In recent years, the number and economic relevance of bilateral investment treaties (“BITs”) has significantly increased. BITs are international treaties which provide for assurances in favour of investors from the...more

Taking Rights over Third Party Insurances

Following the publication of our client alert dated 20th January 2016, we have been asked to consider a series of issues relating to insurance arrangements designed to maximise the benefit of cover for the interests of a...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - May 2016 #8

FCA announces insider dealing convictions - FCA has announced two convictions in the case it brought as part of Operation Tabernula. Martyn Dodgson, an investment banker, and Andrew Hind, a property developer and...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - May 2016 #7

MAS updates business plan - MAS has published an updated business plan for 2016-2017. The changes reflect criticism that MAS was spending too much time and money building its own brand and developing its own website. It...more

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