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"Continental Drift? Brexit’s Potential Impact on International Investment Managers"

The U.K. referendum vote to leave the European Union has focused attention on Brexit’s potential impact on the U.K.’s financial services industry. The U.K. is home to a wide array of asset managers, banks, insurers,...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: How will it impact asset and fund managers?

Following the result of the UK referendum on 23 June 2016 to leave the EU, there is still a considerable amount of uncertainty about the impact of the decision on the financial services industry, including asset and fund...more

The SFTR – The EU Expands its Rulebook to Cover Securities Financing Transactions and the Reuse of Collateral

The Regulation on Transparency of Securities Financing Transactions and of Reuse (2015/2365) (the "SFTR") entered into force on 12 January 2016 following publication in the Official Journal of the European Union on 23...more

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

Brexit: UK Votes to Leave EU - The 23 June 2016 referendum on the UK’s continued membership of the EU resulted in a vote to leave the EU. Under the EU Treaty, the exit process should take at least two years. During...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

Brexit for Fund Managers: Time for Cool Heads

The UK electorate voted to leave the European Union (EU) in the “Brexit” referendum held on 23 June 2016. This note looks at the practical impact of a Brexit for fund managers, including possible solutions in the event that...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

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - July 2016 #2

FOS publishes Ombudsman News - The May/June issue of Ombudsman News highlights the breadth of “everyday problems” which FOS sees so that consumers and financial businesses can better understand the service’s role. It...more

The UK’s Referendum on Membership of the European Union – An Update

This is an update to our Alert published on 24 June 2016 on the result of the UK’s Referendum on membership in the European Union (“EU”). We consider in this Alert some of the immediate and longer-term consequences of the...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - June 2016 #8

ESMA updates EMIR Q&A - ESMA has updated its Q&A on EMIR. The new questions address: - the clearing obligation, specifically about the self-categorisation needed to establish which counterparties belong to which...more

Upcoming EU Disclosure Requirements for Certain Collateral Arrangements

The EU Regulation on Securities Financing Transactions provides a set of measures aiming to enhance regulators’ and investors’ understanding of “securities financing transactions”....more

Blog: Commissioner Hill On The Review Of The EU Regulatory Framework For Financial Services – What Fund Managers Need To Know

European Commissioner Jonathan Hill has delivered a speech at a public hearing on the “‘Call for Evidence’ – a review of the EU regulatory framework for financial services” which could herald good news for fund managers....more

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

AIFMD - Updated Q&A - ESMA published an updated Q&A on the AIFMD on 5 April 2015. The new Q&A address notification requirements relating to additional investment in existing Alternative Investment Funds....more

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

New Irish UCITS V Regulations - The European Communities (Undertaking for Collective Investment in Transferable Securities) (Amendment) Regulations 2016 (S.I. 143 0f 2016 ) (the “Regulations”) which transpose UCITS V...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - April 2016 #9

ESRB extends deadline for recommendations on funding credit institutions - ESRB has published a Recommendation which it adopted concerning changes to the set of recommendations on the funding of credit institutions. EBA...more

European Securities and Markets Authority Joins European Banking Authority in Call for Legislative Changes on Application of...

The European Securities and Markets Authority published its final report on Guidelines on the sound remuneration policies under the Units in Collective Undertakings Directive and the Alternative Investment Fund Managers...more

Financial Services Sector Implications of ‘Brexit’

Should Britain decide to leave both the EU and EEA as a result of a “Brexit” vote on 23 June 2016, the impact on UK and EU financial services firms could be significant. The City of London is Europe’s key financial...more

Brexit: What does it mean for companies doing business in the UK?

The fate of the United Kingdom’s membership of the European Union hangs in the balance. Britons are due to go to the polls to vote in a referendum on 23rd June 2016 to decide whether the UK should remain a member of the...more

What's Happening on UCITS V?

Where are we on implementation? Are we nearly there yet? Yes and no. The UCITS V directive comes into force on 18 March 2016. But: Additional implementing rules (known as "Level 2") on the duties of UCITS...more

CRD IV and UCITS V remuneration rules – their impact on asset managers

CRD IV and UCITS V are the latest iterations of the Directives governing EU credit institutions and investment firms and UCITS funds and management companies. European Economic Area (“EEA”) Member States were required to...more

ESMA publishes remuneration responses

ESMA has published the responses to its consultation on guidelines on sound remuneration policies under the Undertakings for Collective Investments in Transferable Securities (UCITS) Directive and the Alternative Investment...more

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

ALFI releases FAQs on RQF II - Further to the announcement by the People’s Bank of China on 29 April 2015 of a RMB 50 billion Qualified Foreign Institutional Investor (“RQFII”) quota being granted to Luxembourg, the...more

UCITS V Directive—Overview and Practical Implications

Changes to the UCITS Directive (known as “UCITS V”) were published in the Official Journal of the European Union and came into force on 17 September 2014. EU Member States are required to transpose UCITS V into national law...more

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

Implementation of the European Transparency Directive 2013/50/EU in Germany - All market participants investing in German stocks and other equity shares with voting rights traded on an exchange will be subject to new...more

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