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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

ESMA Publishes Responses to Consultation on the Clearing Obligation Under EMIR

On August 19, ESMA published a list of responses received in respect of its first consultation on the clearing obligation relating to draft regulatory technical standards (RTS) for the clearing of interest rate swaps under EU...more

ESMA Discussion Paper on Calculation of Counterparty Risk by UCITS for OTC Derivatives Subject to EMIR Clearing

On July 23, ESMA published a discussion paper on how the limits on counterparty risk in centrally cleared OTC derivative transactions under the UCITS IV Directive should be calculated, and whether the same rules for both OTC...more

Governance & Securities Law Focus: Europe Edition

In this issue: - EU DEVELOPMENTS - Statutory Audit Directive and Regulation Published in Official Journal - Council Adopts Intra-Corporate Transferees Directive - ESMA Publishes Consultation and...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

EMIR Reporting – Further Reporting Obligations Apply in August 2014

Our clients are already complying with the requirement in the European Regulation on Derivative Transactions, Central Counterparties and Trade Repositories (known as the European Market Infrastructure Regulation (“EMIR”))...more

Collateralising Uncleared Derivatives Trades under EMIR – Draft Regulatory Technical Standards

On April 14, 2014, the European Supervisory Authorities (“ESAs”) published the anticipated first draft regulatory technical standards (“RTS”) on risk-mitigation techniques for over the counter (“OTC”) derivatives contracts...more

Cross-Border RTS Starts Countdown For EMIR Obligations For Non-EU Counterparties

OTC derivative contracts which have a counterparty located outside of the European Union (“EU”) may now be subject to the requirements of the European Market Infrastructure Regulation(“EMIR”). ...more

ESMA Updates Q&A on EMIR Implementation

On March 20, ESMA published an updated version of its questions and answers document (Q&A) on the implementation of EMIR (the Regulation on over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives, central counterparties (CCPs) and trade...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

Are You Ready for EMIR Reporting?

Mandatory trade reporting under EMIR is scheduled to begin on February 12th, 2014. ISDA and the FOA have published the "EMIR Reporting Delegation Agreement" (the "Delegation Agreement") which provides the OTC Derivatives...more

Speech on FCA Priorities Relating to Asset Management, MiFID II and EMIR

On September 12, the FCA published a speech by Martin Wheatley, FCA Chief Executive, on the FCA’s plans for 2014, which focus on issues relating to asset management, MiFID II and EMIR (the Regulation on OTC derivatives,...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

The Extra-territorial Impact of EMIR on Non-EU Swap Counterparties

On November 18, 2013, the European Securities and Markets Authority (“ESMA”) published its final report on technical standards detailing how the regulation of over-the-counter (“OTC”) derivative contracts in the European...more

Cross-Border Application of EMIR — What Has Changed?

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has now published its Final Report regarding the cross-­border application of European Market Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR) Regulatory Technical Standards (the ...more

FCA Factsheets on EMIR

On October 28, the FCA published the following factsheets relating to EMIR (the Regulation on OTC derivatives, central counterparties and trade repositories) (Regulation 648/2012)...more

Guidelines for “Third Country Entities” to Comply with European Market Infrastructure Regulation

In order to help market participants establish the procedures required by EMIR, ISDA has released the ISDA 2013 EMIR Portfolio Reconciliation, Dispute Resolution and Disclosure Protocol (the “EMIR Protocol”). But adhering is...more

ESMA Publishes Advice to the Commission on Equivalence of Certain Non-EU Countries’ Regulatory Regimes Under EMIR

On September 3, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published its advice to the European Commission (the Commission) on the equivalence of the regulatory regimes of Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore,...more

Forthcoming Rules Under EMIR on Dispute Resolution and Portfolio Reconciliation

The European Commission’s regulation on clearing of OTC derivatives (EMIR) requires counterparties to OTC derivative contracts that are not cleared by a central counterparty to mitigate their trading risks by using a number...more

ESMA Publishes Q&As on EMIR

On August 8, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published Questions and Answers on the implementation of Regulation (EU) No 648/2012 on OTC derivatives, central counterparties and trade repositories (EMIR)....more

Actions Required Under Derivatives Reforms

The first wave of financial regulatory change affecting banks, brokers and their users is in the field of derivatives. Various deadlines for new reporting, clearing and conduct of business requirements are imminent. The...more

ESMA Consults on Non-EU Counterparties OTC Derivative Transactions

On July 17, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) launched a consultation on draft regulatory technical standards (RTS)....more

European Commission and CFTC announce a path forward on cross-border regulation of OTC derivatives

On July 11, 2013, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and the European Commission announced a high-level joint understanding (referred to in the announcement as the “Path Forward”) regarding the approach to the...more

EMIR – Summary of Key Requirements

The European Markets Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR) introduces requirements aimed at improving transparency and the reduction of risks associated with the derivatives market. EMIR also establishes organisational, conduct of...more

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