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Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 7.22.16

EU financial watchdog ESMA has fined rating agency Fitch Ratings Ltd. $1.5 million for reportedly violating the EU’s rules for rating agencies relating to the 12-hour requirement, internal controls, and unauthorized...more

ESMA Advice on Extending the AIFMD Passport to Non-EU Countries

ESMA sees no significant obstacles to extending the AIFMD passport to nine key countries. The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has published advice to the European Commission, the European Parliament, and...more

"Brexit: Implications for UK Capital Markets"

On 23 June 2016, a majority of the UK electorate voted to leave the European Union (EU). This decision, referred to as “Brexit”, has already caused significant domestic political upheaval, but the ultimate legal implications...more

Blog: The #AIFMD for non-EU Fund Managers: why it might soon be easier to market a Fund into the EU than it’s been so far

At the moment, a non-EU PEVC fund manager (Fund Manager), managing a non-EU PEVC fund (Fund), can only market* that Fund in the EU if it complies with the National Private Placement Regime (NPPR) in every relevant EU country....more

ESMA Guidance Published On Application Of AIFMD Passport to Non-EU Jurisdictions

Four things you need to know: - ESMA has been undertaking a review of whether or not a number of jurisdictions outside the EU might be eligible to benefit from the various passporting rights, which could be extended...more

Brexit & Financial Services: The Big Question

The prospect of the UK leaving the EU has raised a host of questions for the financial services industry. This client alert is principally concerned with how firms in the UK may access the EU single market post Brexit without...more

ESMA Consultation on Validation and Review of Credit Rating Agencies’ Methodologies

On July 13, 2016 the European Securities and Markets Authority published a new consultation paper relating to Credit Rating Agency methodologies. This follows on from a discussion paper published on November 17, 2015 and an...more

ESMA issues advice on extension of the AIFMD Third Country Passport to 12 non-EU countries, including the United States

On July 19, 2016, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published its final advice (Advice) on extending the application of the marketing passport under the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

Federal Reserve Announces Extension of Conformance Period under Section 13 of the Bank Holding Company Act - On July 7, 2016, the Federal Reserve announced that it will extend until July 21, 2017 the conformance period...more

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

AIFMD – ESMA Updates Q&A on the Application of the AIFMD - ESMA updated its questions and answers on the application of the AIFMD on 3 June 2016. The new content includes a new question and answer on requirements...more

Financial Services Quarterly Report - Second Quarter 2016: New Legal Framework Regarding Loan Funds in Germany

BaFin, the German Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (Bundesanstalt für Finanzdienstleistungsaufsicht) last year eased its administrative practice with respect to loan origination and loan restructuring activities of...more

European Commission Calls for Further Technical Advice from EBA on Prudential Regime for Investment Firms under CRD IV

On July 6, 2016, the EBA published a call for advice, dated June 13, 2016, that it has received from the European Commission relating to the prudential requirements applicable to investment firms under the Capital...more

UK Market Abuse Regime Extends Its Reach: Implications for Market Participants

The new regime shares the same aims as its predecessor—to ensure the integrity of EU financial markets and enhance investor confidence—and keeps pace with market developments such as new trading platforms, new technology, and...more

Brexit for asset managers and fund managers - don’t panic, it may not be as bad as it at first appears!

UK regulated fund managers and asset managers should bear in mind that, while the Brexit vote has occurred, this does not bind the UK Parliament. As of the date of writing (6 July 2016), the process of withdrawal under...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - July 2016 #5

Commission reports on FCD - The Commission has reported on the appropriateness of Article 3(1) of the Financial Collateral Arrangements Directive (FCD). The FCD established a framework for the creation and enforcement of...more

European Commission Adopts Delegated Regulation of RTS for Specifying Information to be Notified by Investment Firms, Market...

On June 29, 2016, the European Commission adopted a Delegated Regulation supplementing the MiFID II Directive with regard to regulatory technical standards (RTS) specifying information to be notified by investment firms,...more

European Commission Adopts Delegated Regulation on RTS Specifying Obligation to Clear Derivatives Traded on Regulated Markets and...

On June 29, 2016, the European Commission adopted a Delegated Regulation supplementing the Markets in Financial Instruments Regulation (“MiFIR”) with regard to RTS specifying the obligation to clear derivatives traded on...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - July 2016 #4

BoE publishes SRFRR group minutes - BoE has published the minutes of the May meeting of the working group on Sterling Risk-Free Reference Rates (SRFRR). Among the issues discussed was a set of principles to facilitate...more

Financial Services Quarterly Report - Second Quarter 2016: MiFID II: Key Considerations for Asset Managers

The Council of the European Union on 13 May 2014 formally endorsed a new regulatory regime that will replace the current Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID), which has been in force since 2007. The new...more

European Securities and Markets Authority Opines on Regime for Disclosure of Inside Information by Emission Allowance Market...

The European Securities and Markets Authority published its Opinion on the proposed requirements for Emission Allowance Market Participants to disclose inside information under the Market Abuse Regulation...more

What impact will Brexit have on the passporting rights of UK-based financial services?

For many years, the European Union’s single market directives have allowed City of London firms to ‘passport’ their services across the European Economic Area (‘EEA’) and operate out of other member states without the need to...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

SEC Approves IEX Proposal to Launch National Exchange, Issues Interpretation on Automated Securities Prices - On June 17, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") approved the application of Investors'...more

BRACING for BREXIT - after the shock, what now?

To the shock of corporate Britain the UK voted last week, by 52% to 48%, to leave the European Union. Within hours of the referendum result the British Prime Minister David Cameron announced that he would be standing down...more

ESMA Publishes Responses to its Discussion Paper on UCITS Share Classes

The European Securities and Markets Authority (“ESMA“) has published the responses received to the Discussion Paper on UCITS share classes. The UCITS Directive recognizes the possibility for UCITS to offer different...more

ESMA Updates Document on Waivers from MiFID Pre-Trade Transparency Requirements

On June 20, 2016, the European Securities and Markets Authority (“ESMA“) published an updated version of the waiver document (ESMA/2011/241h) that sets out its assessment of applications for waivers from pre-trade...more

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