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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

IRS Offers Tax Guidance Relating to Money Market Fund Rules

The IRS recently provided relief from the RIC distribution requirement for money market funds that receive contributions in connection with the transition to a floating NAV, enabling RICs to top up their NAVs without having...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

Portfolio Company Litigation: Some Practical Considerations for Board-Designees of Private Funds

Individuals affiliated with private fund managers are increasingly being named as defendants in lawsuits involving fund portfolio companies, particularly where the fund controls one or more seats on the portfolio company’s...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

Beyond Bitcoin: Blockchain - The Essential Building Block in Designing the Future

Bitcoin relies on its peer-to-peer network to do two things: maintain the authoritative ledger of transactions and issue new currency. The application of the blockchain is anticipated to extend far beyond financial services...more

IRS Notice Offers Relief to Issuers of Variable Insurance Products in Response to Pending Money Market Fund Reforms

On May 5, 2016, the IRS issued Notice 2016-32, 2016-21 I.R.B. 1, which affords relief with respect to the application of the diversification requirements of IRC § 817(h) to variable life insurance and annuity contracts...more

FINRA Issues Largest Fine Regarding Variable Annuities Contracts

On May 3, 2016, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority announced that MetLife Securities, Inc. agreed to pay $25 million to settle allegations that the company misled its customers in tens of thousands of variable...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - May 2016 #1

LSE prepares AIM for EU MAR - LSE has published an “Inside AIM” newsletter outlining the preparation underway for the implementation of EU MAR. It sets out information to support nominated advisers as they work with...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - April 2016 #23

PSR reviews competition in the payments sector - Carole Begent, PSR Head of Legal, has given a review of competition in the payments sector. She discussed the three ways in which concurrency can be approached, namely the...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - April 2016 #22

TCFD consults on forthcoming work - TCFD has launched a questionnaire seeking views to inform its thinking throughout the year whilst its recommendations are still under development. The consultation asks questions on...more

Only the Lonely: “Lonely” Life Insurance Companies Confront New Issues Under Proposed Debt-Equity Regulations

The rules of IRC § 1504 and Treas. Reg. § 1.1502-47 provide the general parameters for determining whether a domestic life insurance company (within the meaning of IRC § 816(a)) may join in filing a consolidated U.S. federal...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - April 2016 #21

EIOPA consults on infrastructure corporates - EIOPA is consulting on the Commission’s request for technical advice on the identification and calibration of “other infrastructure investment risk” categories. The...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - April 2016 #14

LCR corrigendum published in OJEU - A Corrigendum to amend implementing technical standards (ITS) under the capital requirements regime on the supervisory reporting of institutions of the liquidity coverage requirement...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - April 2016 #11

LSE updates AIM company rules to reflect EU MAR - LSE is consulting on an updated version of its Alternative Investment Market (AIM) rules for companies. These changes predominantly incorporate references to the incoming...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - April 2016 #9

ESRB extends deadline for recommendations on funding credit institutions - ESRB has published a Recommendation which it adopted concerning changes to the set of recommendations on the funding of credit institutions. EBA...more

PRIIPs - ESA published the final draft Regulatory Technical Standards on Key Information Documents

On 7 April 2016, the Joint Committee of the European Supervisory Authorities - ESMA, EBA ed EIOPA - has published the final draft Regulatory Technical Standard (RTS) in accordance with Regulation (EU) No 1286/2014 of the...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - April 2016 #8

OFSI publishes updated Financial Sanctions Guidance - OFSI has published an updated version of Treasury’s Financial Sanctions Guidance. It provides a guide to the approach OFSI will take when issuing licences and...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - April 2016 #7

PRA seeks views on equity release mortgages - PRA has issued a discussion paper seeking views on equity release mortgage valuation, capital treatment, risk management and associated matters. It is to consolidate views...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - April 2016 #4

BoE speaks on international banks - Sarah Breeden spoke on “taming” international banks and how, in particular, the risks these banks pose can be managed in the absence of a single global banking regulator. She looked at...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - April 2016 #2

PRA consults on regulated fees and levies proposals - PRA is consulting on proposals for its fees and levies for 2016/17. The paper sets out proposals for... - the fee rates to meet PRA’s 2016/17 Annual Funding...more

SEC Staff Issues No-Action Letter on Index Fund Investments in Insurance Companies and Securities Related Businesses

SEC staff expands upon prior no-action positions to permit funds that track a third-party index to invest in insurance companies and securities related businesses beyond the limitations set forth in Sections 12(d)(2) and...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 4.1.16

Well, can’t say we didn’t see this coming. Fresh off of shedding two more financial-related business units (and a day removed from the MetLife SIFI decision) GE has requested that federal regulators withdraw its own SIFI...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - March 2016 #20

Commission requests ESMA revisions to MiFID 2 draft RTS - EP’s rapporteur for the revised Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID 2), MEP Markus Ferber, has announced that the Commission has returned to ESMA...more

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