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EMIR Exemptions for Central Banks in Six Countries

The European Commission published a report on the international treatment of Central Banks and public entities managing public debt with regard to OTC derivatives transactions. The European Market Infrastructure Regulation...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

SEC Approves Rules to Ease Investor Access to Exhibits in Company Filings - On March 1, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) voted to adopt rule and form amendments that will require issuers to include a...more

European Commission Passes Delegated Regulation on Exempted Entities Under EMIR on Derivatives, Central Counterparties and Trade...

On March 2, 2017, the European Commission (the “Commission“) adopted a Delegated Regulation amending the European Market Infrastructure Regulation (“EMIR“) with regard to the list of exempted entities (C(2017) 1324...more

US and EU Regulators Provide Relief for Compliance with Variation Margin Requirements

The CFTC, the Federal Reserve Board and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency have taken action to extend the period during which Swap Dealers can comply with the requirement to post and collect variation margin under...more

EU Corrections to Regulatory Technical Standards on Margin Requirements for Uncleared Transactions Enter Into Force

A Commission Delegated Regulation amending the Regulatory Technical Standards on margin requirements for uncleared derivatives was published in the Official Journal of the European Union. The amending RTS relate to the...more

Investment Funds Update - Europe: Legal and regulatory updates for the funds industry from the key asset management centres and...

AIFMD - ESMA Updates Q&As on the Application of the AIFMD - ESMA updated its Q&As on 16 December on the application of the AIFMD. The revised Q&As include one updated question and answer on reporting obligations by...more

Investment Funds Update: Europe: Legal and regulatory updates for the funds industry from the key asset management centres and...

BaFin Publishes KAMaRisk - BaFin published the “Minimum Requirements on Risk Management for Investment Management Companies (Mindestanforderungen an das Risikomanagement für Kapitalverwaltungsgesellschaften -...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

Financial Industry Developments - Class Action Against Lending Club and WebBank Headed to Defeat - On Monday, January 31, 2017, a federal district court in the Southern District of New York granted a motion to...more

EU Technical Standards on Additional Collateral Outflows for Derivative Transactions Published

A Commission Delegated Regulation, in the form of Regulatory Technical Standards, on additional liquidity outflows corresponding to collateral needs resulting from the impact of an adverse market scenario on an institution's...more

The Delta Report – Derivatives Newsletter: January 2017

In this first issue of The Delta Report for 2017, we cover crucial updates on developments in the derivatives space in Europe and Asia. In the UK, Brexit-related issues continue to take the spotlight. The Article 50 challenge...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

Financial Industry Developments - Class Action Against Lending Club and WebBank Headed to Defeat - On Monday, January 31, 2017, a federal district court in the Southern District of New York granted a motion to...more

European Commission to Publish Legislative Proposal to Revise the Regulation on OTC Derivatives, Central Counterparties and Trade...

On January 31, 2017, the European Commission published a speech by Valdis Dombrovskis, Commission Vice President, on finance for growth in manufacturing. The speech included the Commission’s recent review of EMIR, the...more

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RBS has agreed to pay $85 million to the CFTC to resolve allegations that its traders “manipulated the ISDAfix benchmark rate over a period of five years to benefit the bank’s derivatives positions”....more

Key Issues for Derivative Transactions under the BRRD

In this article, we outline the main resolution tools available to a resolution authority and consider the broad powers of resolution authorities that may impact existing derivative transactions in the event of a bail-in....more

ESMA issues common principles for UCITS share classes

The European Securities and Markets Authority (“ESMA”) published on 30 January 2017 an opinion on the use by EU UCITS funds of share classes, outlining four key principles that all UCITS funds must follow when setting up...more

MiFID II/MiFIR Update

This update provides a snapshot of events in 2016 which has led to the current status of MiFID II and MiFIR. MiFID II/MiFIR Delayed - 17 June 2016: Council adopted legislation extending the deadline for the...more

European leveraged debt - 2016 in review: Refinancing rules debt as issuers look to take advantage of circumstances

HEADLINES: ? Issuance improves in Europe after Q1 slump ? US issuance also sees post-Brexit bounce, but still down year-on-year ? Refinancing rules debt as issuers look to take advantage of circumstances ? Slow...more

European Margin Rules for Non-cleared OTC Derivatives – The Margin Big Bang

After a six-month delay, the rules governing the mandatory posting of collateral for uncleared derivatives entered into force on 4 January 2017. By 1 March 2017, all in-scope counterparties will be obliged to post variation...more

Implementation of tax free system in Russia

A pilot project to refund value-added tax (VAT) to foreign tourists is due to be launched in Russia in the second quarter of 2017. This will allow non-residents of the Eurasian Economic Union to recover a portion of the VAT...more

EMIR: Intra-group Exemptions from Uncleared Margin Requirements – FCA Opens Application Process

On 4 January 2017, the FCA opened its application process for the intra-group transaction ("IGT") exemption to the EU’s new requirements to exchange margin for uncleared OTC derivative contracts (as set out in Commission...more

EU Final Secondary Legislation on Margin for Uncleared Derivatives

A Commission Delegated Regulation outlining Regulatory Technical Standards supplementing the European Market Infrastructure Regulation on risk mitigation techniques for uncleared OTC derivatives was published in the Official...more

ESMA Publishes New Methodology for Mandatory Peer Reviews of CCPS Authorization and Supervision Under EMIR

On January 5, 2017, the European Securities and Markets Authority (“ESMA“) published its methodology (ESMA71-1154262120-155) for mandatory peer reviews relating to the authorization and supervision of central counterparties...more

Final EU Equivalence Decisions on Regulatory Regimes Under the European Market Infrastructure Regulation Published

Ten decisions on the equivalence of third country regulatory regimes under the European Market Infrastructure Regulation were published in the Official Journal of the European Union. ...more

European Commission Adopts Delegated Regulation on RTS for the Application of Position Limits to Commodity Derivatives

On December 1, 2016, the European Commission adopted a Delegated Regulation supplementing the MiFID II Directive (2014/65/EU) in relation to regulatory standards (“RTS“) for the application of position limits to commodity...more

Blog: Council of the European Union publishes a “State of play” on the European Tobin Tax

The Council of the European Union has published a “State of play” on the Commission’s proposal for a Directive on enhanced cooperation on a financial transaction tax (FTT), between Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Greece,...more

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