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Relief for Covered Bonds as ESMA refines the Clearing Obligation

On August 16, 2012, the European Market Infrastructure Regulation (“EMIR”) came into force, defining the obligations of in-scope entities, amongst other things, to (1) centrally clear certain over the counter derivatives...more

ESMA Publishes Updated List of Non-EEA Central Counterparties Applying for Recognition Under EMIR

On August 11, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published an updated list of central counterparties (CCPs) outside the European Economic Area (EEA) that have applied for recognition under Article 25 of the...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - August 2014 #2

In this issue: - Derivatives - Bank Structure - Recovery & Resolution - Bank Prudential Regulation & Regulatory Capital - Financial Services - Consumer Protection - Funds...more

ESMA Publish Report on Guidelines and Recommendations Relating Principles for Financial Market Infrastructures in Respect of...

On August 5, ESMA published a report setting out guidelines and recommendations for the implementation of the principles for financial market infrastructures in respect of central counterparties (CCPs) published by the...more

Application of the European Market Infrastructure Regulation to Alternative Investment Fund Managers

European investment managers of non-UCITs funds will have to be authorised as an alternative investment fund manager (known as an “AIFM” under AIFMD) under the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (“AIFMD”) from 22...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - May 2014

In this issue: - Derivatives - Regulatory Capital - Recovery & Resolution - Funds - Financial Services - Enforcement - Events - Excerpt from...more

The Financial Report - Volume 3, No. 8 • April 2014 (Global)

Discussion and Analysis - According to various media sources summarizing the findings of a recently published “Progress Report,” as of April 1, 2014, of the 398 total rulemaking requirements under the Dodd-Frank Act,...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - April 8, 2014

In this issue: - Derivatives - Bank Structure - Regulatory Capital - Financial Services - Financial Market Infrastructure - Funds - Financial Crime - People -...more

SEC Proposes Standards for “Covered Clearing Agencies”

The SEC has proposed standards for “covered clearing agencies,” which would include registered clearing agencies that (i) have been designated as systemically important by the Financial Stability Oversight Council and for...more

European Commission Endorses EMIR RTS Relating to Non-EU Counterparties

On February 13, the European Commission updated its webpage on EMIR (the Regulation on OTC derivative transactions, central counterparties (CCPs) and trade repositories) (Regulation 648/2012) to announce that it has adopted...more

Financial Regulatory Development Focus

In this issue: - Derivatives - Regulatory Capital - Financial Services - Consumer Protection - Enforcement - Funds - People - Events - Hearings - Excerpt...more

EMIR Trade Reporting Requirements Come Into Effect 12 February 2014

Following the European Securities and Markets Authority’s approval and registration of the first four trade repositories (TRs) in November 2013, counterparties to all types of over-the-counter and exchange-traded derivatives...more

"EMIR Regulations Continue to Impact Derivatives Markets in 2014"

The financial crisis highlighted a number of problems in global OTC derivatives markets, including transparency, counterparty credit risk and a consequent removal of market liquidity. International concerns about these...more

Two Months to Comply With European Reporting Rules for Derivatives – What Buy-Side Entities Need To Know

Many of the provisions of the Regulation on Derivative Transactions, Central Counterparties and Trade Repositories, known as the European Market Infrastructure Regulation 648/2012 (“EMIR”), are now in effect throughout the...more

FSMA (OTC Derivatives, CCPs and TRs) (No. 2) Regulations Published

On August 5, the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (FSMA) (OTC Derivatives, Central Counterparties (CCPs) and Trade Repositories (TRs)) (No. 2) Regulations 2013 SI 2013/1908 were published....more

ESMA Publishes Updated Q&A

EU national competent authorities and the European Securities and Markets Authority have published an amended set of European Market Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR) Q&As. The purpose of the document is to promote common...more

The Basel Committee Proposes to Double Down on Counterparty Exposure Limits

On March 26, the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision (“Basel Committee”) published a Consultative Document in which it proposes a revised supervisory framework for measuring and controlling large counterparty exposures...more

Protecting the CCP Egg Basket

Originally published in Derivatives Intelligence on February 25, 2013. The implementation of EMIR and the Dodd-Frank Act will mutualize large volumes of counterparty risk and, together with new requirements for trade...more

EMIR Technical Standards Published in the Official Journal of the European Union

Technical Standards which clarify certain aspects of Regulation 648/2012 on over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives, central counterparties (CCPs) and trade repositories (generally known as the European Markets Infrastructure...more

DOL Issues Guidance for ERISA Plans to Engage in Cleared Swaps

On February 7, 2013, the US Department of Labor (DOL) issued Advisory Opinion 2013-01A (the “Advisory Opinion”), which provides guidance under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) for employee benefit...more

"Department of Labor Paves the Way to Clearing Swaps for ERISA Plans"

The Department of Labor (DOL) recently issued a long-awaited advisory opinion (the Advisory Opinion) clarifying and confirming the ability of central counterparties (CCPs) and their clearing members (Clearing Members) to...more

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