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ESMA Announces Open Hearing on MiFID II and MiFIR

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) announced on January 12 that it will hold an open hearing on the issues identified in its December 2014 consultation paper and proposed regulatory technical standards...more

ESMA Publishes First Annual Review of CCP Colleges Under EMIR

On January 8, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published its first annual review of the colleges required to be established under Article 18 of the European Market Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR). The...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - January 2015 #2

In this issue: - European Banking Authority’s Second Report on Impact of Liquidity Coverage Ratio - Delegated Regulations under CRD IV Published in Official Journal of the European Union - Prudential...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

ESMA Publishes Final Technical advice on the MiFID II Directive and MiFIR - On December 19, 2014, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published final technical advice (ESMA/2014/1569) to the European...more

ESMA Recommends to the European Commission That All MiFID Firms Have a Full-Time Compliance Function

The European Securities and Markets Authority’s (ESMA’s) final advice to the European Commission, which may (if the European Commission concurs) be transposed into new rules under the revised and re-cast Markets in Financial...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - January 2015

In this issue: - Bank Prudential Regulation & Regulatory Capital - Bank Structural Reform - Credit Ratings - Derivatives - Enforcement - Financial Services - Recovery &...more

EMIR – European Commission Responds to Draft RTS on IRS Clearing

The European Commission has publicized its decision to endorse draft regulatory technical standards (“RTS”) submitted to it by the European Securities and Markets Authority (“ESMA”) on the clearing of interest rate OTC...more

ESMA Publishes Technical Advice on MiFID II

The European Securities and Markets Authority (“ESMA“) published final technical advice on December 19 to the European Commission, and a consultation paper on the MiFID II Directive and the Markets in Financial Instruments...more

ESMA Publishes Report on High-Frequency Trading Activity in EU Equity Markets

On December 17, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published a report on high-frequency trading (HFT) in EU equity markets....more

Fund Distribution Strategies Under the European AIFMD

After a year-long transitional period, the European Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD) is now in force, in all but six EEA Member States. This article examines the methods now available to market private...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - December 2014 #4

In this issue: - Bank Prudential Regulation & Regulatory Capital - Derivatives - Enforcement - Financial Market Infrastructure - Funds - Recovery and Resolution - People...more

Bridging the Week - December 2014 #4

ESMA Publishes Implementing Rules for MiFID II - The European Securities and Markets Authority issued its final technical advice and initiated a consultation regarding proposed regulatory and technical standards...more

ESMA Releases Level 2 Regulations Under MiFID II

The European Securities and Markets Authority (“ESMA”) published today an important new set of rules under the revised Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (“MiFID II”). MiFID II came into force on 2 July 2014. It will...more

ESMA Reviews Supervisory Practices on MiFID Investor Information

On December 11, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published a press release stating that it had conducted a review of how EU national regulators supervise conduct of business rules under the Markets in...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 48

In this issue: - Recent Developments Relating to Rights to Exclude Shareholder Proposals from Proxy Statements - SEC Approves MSRB Best Execution Rule - SEC Sanctions Operator of Unregistered Virtual...more

European Commission Extends Deadline for the CRR

On November 14, the European Banking Committee (Committee) of the European Commission (EC) voted to extend the December 15 transitional deadline under the EU Capital Requirements Regulation (CRR). If the extension had not...more

ESMA Issues Revision of the Technical Standards on Reporting under Article 9 of EMIR

On November 10, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published a consultation paper relating to the Regulatory Technical Standards and Implementing Technical Standards (collectively, the Technical Standards),...more

ESMA Takes First Steps Toward Determining Whether To Extend AIFMD’s Passport to Non-EU AIFMs

On November 7, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published a Call for Evidence (available here) seeking industry views that will be used to help shape its opinion and advice required to be provided by July...more

ESMA Consults on Revisions to Trade Reporting Requirements Under EMIR

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) announced a new consultation to consider revisions to the regulatory technical standards (RTS) and implementing technical standards (ITS) for trade reporting under the...more

The Financial Report - Volume 3, No. 21 • November 2014 (Global)

Criminal securities fraud charges filed against Bitcoin operator. US federal prosecutors filed the first criminal securities fraud charges involving a virtual currency. Trendon Shavers, who founded Bitcoin Savings and...more

ESMA Call for Evidence on AIFMD Passport and Third Country AIFMs

On November 7, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published a call for evidence on the EU passport under the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD) and third country Alternative Investment...more

ESMA Updates its Questions and Answers on EMIR Implementation

On October 24, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published an updated version of its Questions and Answers on the European Market Infrastructures Regulation (EMIR). In particular, new questions and answers...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

EBA Consults on RTS on Contractual Recognition of Write-Down and Conversion Powers under BRRD - On November 5, the European Banking Authority (EBA) published a consultation paper on draft regulatory technical standards...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

European Commission Adopts First Equivalence Decisions for Non-EU CCPs

On October 30, the European Commission (EC) adopted its first equivalence decision for the regulatory regimes of central counterparties (CCPs) located in four jurisdictions: Australia, Hong Kong, Japan and Singapore. ...more

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