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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

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

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

Current Status of the Clearing Obligation Under EMIR

Although EMIR came into force as long ago as August 2012, the clearing obligation it provides for was first brought into effect in December 2015 on a phased basis and only for certain interest rate swaps denominated in the G4...more

ESMA informs of delay to MiFIR RTS

ESMA Chair, Steven Maijoor, has written to the Commission informing it of a delay in submitting the RTS on indirect clearing and exchange-traded derivatives under the Markets in Financial Instruments Regulation (MiFIR). ESMA...more

ESMA Publishes Discussion Paper on EMIR Standards Relating to CCP Client Accounts

On August 27, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published a discussion paper (Discussion Paper) on the review of Article 26 of ESMA’s Regulatory Technical Standards (153/2013) (RTS) under the European...more

European Commission Publishes Delegated Regulation on Mandatory Clearing for OTC Interest Rate Derivatives

On August 6, the European Commission (EC) adopted new rules in the form of a delegated regulation (Delegated Regulation) requiring the mandatory clearing of certain over-the-counter (OTC) interest rate derivatives contracts...more

ESMA Publishes Consultation Paper on Clearing Obligation Under EMIR

On May 11, 2015, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published a fourth consultation paper (ESMA/2015/807) on the clearing obligation under EMIR (the Regulation on OTC derivative transactions, central...more

Further Delays in Transatlantic Clearing Accord

Commodity Futures Trading Commission Chairman Timothy Massad, and Jonathan Hill, European Commissioner for Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union, released a joint statement on May 7 relating to the...more

EU Clearing Obligation for Interest Rate Derivatives and NDFs

On 1 October 2014, ESMA published two papers on draft Regulatory Technical Standards (RTS) for the clearing of OTC derivatives under the European Market Infrastructure Regulation (648/2012) (EMIR)...more

Clearing Derivative Transactions in the EU: What You Need To Know

Key Highlights: ..All counterparties within scope of the European Market Infrastructure Regulation (“EMIR”) and subject to the clearing obligation will soon be required to centrally clear their applicable derivatives...more

ESMA Plans Phased-in Approach to EMIR OTC Derivatives Clearing

The European Regulation on Derivative Transactions, Central Counterparties and Trade Repositories (known as the European Market Infrastructure Regulation (“EMIR”)) requires counterparties to clear over-the-counter (“OTC”)...more

US, EU Regulators Voice Hopes for Deal on Clearinghouse Oversight

Top US and EU regulators have indicated in the last week a shared desire to agree on a framework for the trans-Atlantic supervision of clearinghouses. ...more

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

Avoiding Armageddon: Resolution Regimes for Central Clearing Counterparties

The September 2009 resolutions of the G20 nations at their Pittsburgh summit, as to the compulsory centralised clearing of standardised over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives, paved the way for the creation of some of the biggest...more

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