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European Securities and Markets Authority Makes Recommendations after First EU-Wide Stress Test of Central Counterparties

The European Securities and Markets Authority published the results of its first EU-wide stress test for central counterparties, including recommendations for improving CCPs’ internal methodologies. ...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

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - April 2016 #26

Commission reports on CMU - The Commission has published a working report on the progress and momentum around the CMU action plan since its launch in September 2015. The first report also sets out 11 key initiatives...more

EU Legislation Imposing Clearing Obligation for Credit Default Swaps Published

A Commission Delegated Regulation on central clearing for credit default swaps supplementing the European Markets Infrastructure Regulation was published in the Official Journal of the European Union. Under the Regulation,...more

EU Legislation Amends Margin Period of Risk for Client Accounts

A Commission Delegated Regulation, which amends Regulatory Technical Standards on the time horizons for liquidation of different classes of financial instruments, was adopted by the European Commission. Under the European...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - April 2016 #21

EIOPA consults on infrastructure corporates - EIOPA is consulting on the Commission’s request for technical advice on the identification and calibration of “other infrastructure investment risk” categories. The...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - April 2016 #20

Treasury Committee publishes systemic risk buffer dispute - Andrew Tyrie MP, Chairman of the Treasury Committee, has published correspondence from BoE’s Governor, Mark Carney, in relation to a disagreement between Sir...more

International Swaps and Derivatives Association Publishes Updated Asset Classification Letter

The International Swaps and Derivatives Association published an updated ISDA European Markets Infrastructure Regulation Classification Letter. The purpose of the Classification Letter is to assist market participants in...more

European Securities and Markets Authority Announce First EU-wide Stress Tests for EU CCPs

The European Securities and Markets Authority announced it will publish its first EU-wide stress tests for EU Central Counterparties. Under the European Markets Infrastructure Regulation ESMA is mandated to conduct stress...more

ISDA Publishes Updated EMIR Classification Letter

On April 13, the International Swaps and Derivatives Association, Inc. (“ISDA”) published an updated classification letter that enables counterparties to notify each other of their status for clearing and other regulatory...more

European Securities and Markets Authority Opines on Exemptions from the Clearing Obligation for Pension Schemes

The European Securities and Markets Authority published Opinions, dated April 7, 2016, on certain Denmark-based pension schemes that are to be exempted from the clearing obligation under the European Market Infrastructure...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - April 2016 #11

LSE updates AIM company rules to reflect EU MAR - LSE is consulting on an updated version of its Alternative Investment Market (AIM) rules for companies. These changes predominantly incorporate references to the incoming...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - April 2016 #10

ESMA updates MAD Q&A - ESMA has published an updated version of its Q&A on the common operation of the Market Abuse Directive (MAD). A new question regarding investment recommendations has been added. (Source: ESMA...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

One-Day Margin Period of Risk for EU Central Counterparty Client Accounts Proposed by European Securities and Market Authority

The European Securities and Market Authority published its final report and amending regulatory technical standards on the margin period for Central Counterparty client accounts. The amending RTS change the time horizons for...more

European Securities and Markets Authority Proposals to Improve Access by Regulators to Trade Repository Data

The European Securities and Market Authority published its final report containing final draft amending regulatory technical standards regarding requirements for regulator access to Trade Repositories data and the subsequent...more

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

Other EU developments – Benchmark Regulation and Changes to Prospectus Directive - ESMA issued a discussion paper on implementation of the Benchmarks Regulation on 15 February 2016. ...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - March 2016 #19

Notifications ITS for EU MAR published in OJEU - The Commission Implementing Regulation laying down implementing technical standards (ITS) concerning the timing, format and template of notifications to competent...more

EU and US Authorities Adopt Determinations on Supervision of EU and US CCPs

An equivalence Decision on the derivatives regulatory regimes for derivatives clearing organisations in the United States was published in the Official Journal of the European Union. The Decision follows the announcement by...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - March 2016 #15

EBA revises list of ITS validation rules under the CRR - EBA has published a revised list of validation rules in its Implementing Technical Standards (ITS) on supervisory reporting under the CRR. The revised list...more

Brexit: What does it mean for asset managers?

The European Union (EU) is made up of 28 member states committed, through a series of treaties, to ever closer economic and political union. As such it exercises considerable power, both internally and internationally. It is...more

Draft RTS on Risk-Mitigation Procedures for OTC Derivatives Not Cleared by CCPs Published by EU Supervisory Authorities

On March 8, the European Supervisory Authorities (which includes the European Banking Authority (EBA), the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority and the European Securities and Markets Authority) published...more

European Commission Adopts Equivalence Decision in Regards to US CFTC-Registered CCPs

On March 15, the European Commission (the Commission) adopted an equivalence decision in regards to US central counterparties (CCPs). The equivalence decision will allow CCPs authorized and registered with the Commodity...more

CFTC Issues No Action Relief for EU-Based DCOs Authorized to Operate in EU

Following on a joint statement by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and European Commission announcing a common approach to the regulation of central counterparties (CCPs), the CFTC published a comparability...more

ESMA Practical Guidance on its Recognition of Third Country CCPS

European Securities and Markets Authority (“ESMA”) has published practical guidance on the recognition by it of third country central counterparties (CCPs) under EMIR (ESMA/2016/365). The guidance is dated March 17, 2016....more

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