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UK Regulator Consults on Persistent Debt and Earlier Intervention Remedies as Part of Credit Card Market Study

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The Financial Conduct Authority has published a consultation paper on persistent credit card debt and earlier intervention remedies. The remedies and interventions outlined in the consultation paper form part of the overall...more

Financial Conduct Authority: reforming the availability of information in the UK equity IPO process

by Dentons on

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has published its proposed reforms to improve the timing, sequencing and quality of information in the UK IPO process. ...more

Proposals for register of beneficial owners of foreign entities owning UK real estate

by DLA Piper on

On 5 April 2017 the UK Government published a consultation (or "call for evidence") on proposals for a new beneficial ownership register for overseas companies and other legal entities owning UK real estate. The consultation...more

UK Real Estate Aims for a “World’s First”

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The Government has published a consultation document, proposing the introduction of a public register that details the identity of the ultimate owners behind foreign companies that purchase real estate in the UK. It is said...more

Property ownership by overseas investors: UK Government begins consultation process for Beneficial Ownership Register

by Dentons on

The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy has just issued a consultation paper calling for evidence on proposals for a new register showing who owns and controls overseas legal entities that own UK property or...more

European Securities and Markets Authority Publishes Final Draft Technical Standards Under the Benchmarks Regulation 

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The European Securities and Markets Authority has published its final Report containing draft regulatory and implementing technical standards under the Benchmarks Regulation. The Benchmark Regulation sets out the...more

Pensions Alert: Upcoming pensions changes

by DLA Piper on

The start of a new tax year on 6 April is often a key date for the introduction of new legislation and this year is no different with a number of changes to pensions legislation due to come into force later this week. In this...more

Australia's foreign bribery laws - new offence for Australian companies proposed

by DLA Piper on

The Attorney-General's Department recently published a consultation paper on proposed amendments to Australia's existing laws on foreign bribery. The proposed changes to existing laws, and introduction of a new offence...more

FCA’s Latest Papers on the Implementation of MiFID II

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Fifth Consultation Paper and first Policy Statement issued, with the FCA’s second Policy Statement due in June. The FCA has just published two further papers on its approach to implementing MiFID II. The first, which is...more

Proposals to Shake Up the UK IPO Timetable

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

The FCA seeks to improve transparency in the UK equity IPO process. The FCA is proposing significant reforms to the UK equity IPO process, in order to address its concerns that investors should be receiving better...more

Basel Committee on Banking Supervision Consults on Guidelines for the Identification and Management of Step-in Risk

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The Basel Committee on Banking Supervision has published draft Guidelines on the identification and management of step-in risk. The draft Guidelines follow a previous Basel Committee consultation that was launched in December...more

Financial Stability Board Consults on Unique Transaction Identifier Governance Arrangements

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The Financial Stability Board began a consultation on draft governance arrangements for the Unique Transaction Identifier. The UTI is a critical element for the production and sharing of global aggregated derivatives...more

Listing Reform in Hong Kong

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

In June 2016, the Securities and Futures Commission (the “SFC”) and the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited (the “HKEx”) issued a joint consultation paper (the “Consultation Paper”) in which they proposed to change the...more

European Banking Authority Consults on Draft Technical Standards on the Nature, Severity and Duration of an Economic Downturn

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The European Banking Authority published a consultation paper on the specification of the nature, severity and duration of an economic downturn under the Capital Requirements Regulation. The CRR requires firms to use loss...more

Financial Conduct Authority Proposes Changes to UK Equity IPO Process

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The Financial Conduct Authority launched a consultation on proposed changes to the availability of information in the UK equity IPO process. The consultation follows the discussion paper published by the FCA in April 2016....more

UK Regulator Proposes Changes to UK Listing Rules

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The Financial Conduct Authority has published a consultation paper proposing amendments to the Listing Rules of the FCA's Handbook...more

UK Definition of "Financial Advice" Set to Change from 2018

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

HM Treasury published its response to its late 2016 consultation on amending the definition of regulated advice under the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Regulated Activities) Order 2001 to bring it in line with the...more

European Banking Authority Consults on Draft Guidelines on Complaints of Alleged Infringements of PSD2

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The European Banking Authority published for consultation draft Guidelines on complaints procedures for alleged infringements of the Payments Services Directive 2 by payment service providers. The PSD2 provides for payment...more

Bank of England Re-Proposes Averaging Methodology for SONIA

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The Bank of England published a supplementary consultation paper on its revised proposed averaging methodology to be used for the Sterling Overnight Index Average Interest Rate Benchmark, known as SONIA. The BoE took over as...more

Ontario Municipal Board review: be careful what you wish for

by Dentons on

NIMBYists and development antagonists across Ontario are rejoicing with the Province’s unveiling of its latest proposal to reform the Ontario Municipal Board (O.M.B.)....more

EU Consultation on Proposed Draft Technical Standards on Central Contact Points for AML and CFT Purposes

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The Joint Committee of the European Supervisory Committee launched a consultation on proposed Regulatory Technical Standards on the criteria for when a central contact point is appropriate and the functions of the central...more

Welcome changes to the Enforcement Process: more streamlined, efficient and transparent

by WilmerHale on

The Financial Conduct Authority ("FCA") and the Prudential Regulatory Authority ("PRA") (collectively referred to as "the Regulators") published a joint policy statement ("the Statement") on 1 February 2017. The Statement...more

UK Government Publishes Final Policy on Transposing MiFID II 

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

HM Treasury published a paper summarizing responses to its consultation on the transposition of the revised Markets in Financial Instruments Directive and three draft statutory instruments to facilitate transposition. Member...more

UK Regulator Launches Review of UK Primary Markets

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The Financial Conduct Authority launched its review into the effectiveness of primary markets by publishing a discussion paper on the UK primary markets landscape. The FCA is seeking views on how the UK primary capital...more

United States Challenges China’s Aluminum Subsidies at the WTO

by King & Spalding on

On January 12, the United States filed a request for consultations at the World Trade Organization (WTO) regarding the substantial subsidies that the Chinese government has been pouring into its primary aluminum industry from...more

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