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The European Union is an economic and political partnership comprised of 27 nations within the Eurozone. The EU was established in 1948 to promote stability and cooperation among member states in the aftermath of WWII. The EU maintains a common currency as well as several intranational institutions, including the European Parliament and the European Commission. less -

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

On August 8, 2017, the Federal Reserve Board and Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. extended the deadline for 19 foreign banks and two domestic bank holding companies to file their next round of "living wills" detailing how they...more

ESMA Publishes Responses to June 2017 Consultation on RTS Trading Obligations for Derivatives under MiFIR

On August 10, 2017, the European Securities and Markets Authority (“ESMA“), published responses to its June 2017 consultation on trading obligations for derivatives under the Markets in Financial Instruments Regulation...more

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

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AIFMD and UCITS - ESMA Publishes Updated Q&As - ESMA published updated Q&As on AIFMD and UCITS V on 11 July 2017. The AIFMD Q&As include three new questions and answers on the reporting requirements for...more

UK Implementation of MiFID II (for Hong Kong and Other Asian Managers)

The release by the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) on 3 July 2017 of its final rules on the implementation of the revised Markets in Financial Instruments Directive 2014/65/EU and the new Markets in Financial Instruments...more

Key Regulatory Topics: Weekly Update - 4 August - 10 August 2017

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Brexit - Brexit – PRA letter to HoC Treasury Committee on firms' contingency planning - On 9 August, the HoC Treasury Committee published a letter (dated 2 August) from Sam Woods, BoE Deputy Governor, Prudential...more

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

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CSSF Statement Confirming Support of ESMA's Position on Supervisory Convergence/Regulatory Arbitrage - The CSSF published a statement confirming its support of ESMA’s position on the matter of supervisory convergence /...more

UK Implementation of MiFID II

The release by the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) on 3 July 2017 of its final rules on the implementation of the revised Markets in Financial Instruments Directive 2014/65/EU and the new Markets in Financial Instruments...more

Policing the Robots — Robo-Advice Under MiFID II

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Do robots give suitable advice? ESMA proposes updates to suitability guidelines to address robo-advice. Given the technological evolution of the advice market, firms offering a robo-advice service are faced with a...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

Financial Industry Developments - CFPB Issues FInal Arbitration Rule - Who Is Covered and How Does It Affect Your Business? The CFPB, after entertaining numerous comments, issued its final arbitration rule on Monday,...more

The New Prospectus Regulation

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Changes to Disclosure Requirements for Debt Capital Markets Transactions - On 20 July 2017 after its publication in the Official Journal on 30 June 2017, the new Prospectus Regulation ("PR3") entered into force. PR3...more

MiFID II Toolkit for Global Investment Managers

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Changes to the MiFID II regulatory regime will impose new obligations on many global investment managers that, to date, have avoided substantive regulation in the European Union ("EU"). While the precise scope of these...more

Ireland Retains Safe Harbour Regime for Wholesale MiFID Firms

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The Department of Finance has issued its Feedback Statement on its public consultation on national discretions under MiFID II. The consultation dealt with the exercise of national discretions in relation to the implementation...more

Key Regulatory Topics: Weekly Update - 7 July 2017 – 13 July 2017

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BREXIT - Brexit - EU (Withdrawal) Bill published - On 13 July, the DExEU published the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill (Bill), which: (i) repeals the ECA 1972; (ii) converts EU law into UK law where appropriate; and...more

Update on the New Prospectus Regime

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As part of its Capital Markets Union action plan, in June 2017 the EU adopted the new Prospectus Regulation (2017/1129), which overhauls the prospectus regime and is intended to improve accessibility to capital markets for...more

Asset Management Regulatory Roundup - July 2017 - Issue 1

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A compact summary of the most recent regulatory developments relevant to the UK asset management industry. In this issue we look at the extension of the PSC regime to Scottish limited partnerships and AIM listed companies,...more

The new EU Prospectus Regulation: immediate benefits for equity issuers

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The new EU Prospectus Regulation 2017/1129 (the Regulation) comes into force on 20 July 2017. The Regulation repeals and replaces the Prospectus Directive and will apply to all prospectuses issued on or after 21 July 2019....more

What Will the New EU Prospectus Regulation Mean for Issuers?

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A new prospectus regulation (Regulation (EU) 2017/1129) (the Regulation) will come into direct effect on 20 July 2017, with a small number of provisions applying immediately and the remainder applying from 21 July 2019. The...more

Banking, Finance and Insurance Letter - Mai-Juin 2017

Publication du règlement dit « Prospectus » abrogeant la directive Prospectus - Le 30 juin 2017 a été publié au Journal officiel de l’UE le règlement n° 2017/1129 du 14 juin 2017 concernant le prospectus à publier en cas...more

Key Regulatory Topics: Weekly Update - 30 June 2017 – 6 July 2017

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CAPITAL MARKETS AND MARKET INFRASTRUCTURE - See Recovery and Resolution section for an update on CCP recovery and resolution. FCA makes available draft forms for benchmark administrators - On 6 July, as part of their...more

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

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EMIR - New Third Country CCPs Recognised - ESMA updated its list of third-country central counterparties recognised to offer services and activities in the EU on 29 May 2017 – New Zealand Clearing Ltd may now clear. ...more

Reflections upon the proposed amendments to EMIR

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Regulation (EU) No 648/2012 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 4 July 2012 on OTC derivatives, central counterparties and trade repositories ("EMIR") entered into force on 16 August 2012. Most of the obligations...more

Brussels Regulatory Brief: July

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On 10 May 2017, the European Commission (“Commission”) published its final report (“Report”) concluding a wide-ranging two-year long inquiry into e-commerce (“Inquiry”). During the Inquiry – which was conceived as part of the...more

Regulation Round Up - June 2017

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2 June - The ESMA published its final report on guidelines on product governance requirements under the MiFID II Directive (2004/65/EU). The guidelines (set out in Annex IV) to the final report aim to promote greater...more

Clarifications to Key Concepts Under The EU Benchmarks Regulation

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The European Commission is consulting on delegated acts clarifying the meaning of certain key terms. On 22 June 2017, the Commission published four draft delegated acts under the EU Benchmarks Regulation (BMR). These acts...more

ESAs Publish 2016 Annual Reports

On June 15, 2017, ESMA, EIOPA and the EBA (the European Supervisory Authorities (“ESAs“)) each published their annual reports outlining the relevant ESA’s objectives, activities and key achievements in 2016. ESMA’s annual...more

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