Shearman & Sterling LLP

HM Treasury Consults on Definition of Financial Advice

HM Treasury published a consultation paper on amending the definition of regulated advice under the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Regulated Activities) Order 2001 to bring it in line with the definition of “investment…more
| Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade, Securities Law

EU Legislation Listing High-Risk Third Countries under the Fourth Money Laundering Directive

A Commission Delegated Regulation identifying high-risk third countries with strategic deficiencies under the Fourth Money Laundering Directive was published in the Official Journal of the European Union, based on deficiencies…more
| Criminal Law, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade

European Securities and Markets Authority Publishes Initial Proposals on the Trading Obligation under MiFIR

The European Securities and Markets Authority published a discussion paper on the trading obligation for derivatives under the Markets in Financial Instruments Regulation. The trading obligation is applicable to classes of…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade, Securities Law

UK Payment Systems Regulator Designates BACS Current Account Switching Service as an Alternative Arrangement

The UK Payment Systems Regulator published a decision designating the Current Account Switch Service operated by BACS Payment Schemes Limited as an alternative arrangement under the Payment Accounts Regulations 2015..…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Consumer Protection, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade

UK Regulator Consults on Qualification Standards for Financial Advisers

The Financial Conduct Authority published a consultation paper on proposed updates to the current appropriate qualification examination standards. Individuals within regulated firms that, for example, advise on securities,…more
| Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade, Securities Law

Bank of England Deputy Governor for Markets and Banking to Leave the Bank

The Bank of England announced the departure of Minouche Shafik, Deputy Governor for Markets and Banking…more
| Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade

European Central Bank Draft Guidance on Non-Performing Loans

The European Central Bank published proposed draft Guidance on non-performing loans. The proposed Guidance addresses the main aspects of strategy, governance and operations for resolving NPLs. Once finalized, the Guidance will…more
| Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade

European Commission Calls for Acceleration of Capital Markets Union

The European Commission published a Communication calling for implementation of the Capital Markets Union to be accelerated. The CMU is part of the third pillar of the Commission Investment Plan for Europe. The CMU Action Plan…more
| Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade

European Banking Authority Reports on Core Funding Ratio

The EBA reports that overall there appears to be a lack of correlation in terms of outcomes and conclusions between the core funding ratio and the net stable funding ratio for the whole sample, in particular for smaller banks..…more
| Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade

European Supervisory Authorities Opines on Final Draft Technical Standards on Uncleared Derivatives

The Joint Committee of the European Supervisory Authorities published an Opinion on the European Commission's proposed amendments to the final draft Regulatory Technical Standards on risk mitigation techniques for uncleared OTC…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade, Securities Law

UK Regulator Bans Sole Trader Investment Business from the UK Financial Services Industry  

The FCA concluded that Ms. Parry’s actions amounted to a failure to act with integrity and were therefore in contravention of Statement of Principle 1 of the FCA’s Statements of Principle. Furthermore, the FCA concluded that Ms…more
| Business Torts, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade, Securities Law

Merging Companies Tesla and SolarCity Among Entities Advocating Wider Role for Electric Storage Resources in RTO and ISO Markets

In early August, Tesla Motors Inc., a manufacturer of advanced electric vehicles and battery energy storage systems, announced a deal to buy SolarCity Corporation, a developer of distributed energy resources, particularly solar…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Mergers & Acquisitions

Nuclear Liability in the UK: Implementation of the 2004 Protocols

On May 4, 2016, the Nuclear Installations (Liability for Damage) Order 2016 (the “2016 Order”) entered into force in the United Kingdom. The 2016 Order, which implements the 2004 Protocols1 to the Paris Convention and Brussels…more
| Civil Remedies, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, International Law & Trade

DC Circuit Denies Sierra Club Appeal of FERC Authorization of Two LNG Facilities

Since 2012, the major opponent of new large-scale liquefied natural gas (LNG) export projects has been the Sierra Club. The Sierra Club has adopted a two-pronged approach in its opposition to LNG exports projects, opposing both…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, International Law & Trade

The UK’s Energy Act 2016: An Independent Regulator Gets Its Teeth

The publication of the draft strategy for the UK Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) to give effect to the maximization of economic recovery (known as “MER UK”) was a welcome development, but further guidance and detail was needed on…more
| Energy & Utilities
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