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EMIR Collateral Damage

Last month the EBA, ESMA and EIOPA (together, the ESAs) published their long-awaited revised draft of the regulatory technical standards on the requirement to collect and post margin in respect of uncleared OTC derivative...more

ESMA Publishes 17th Extract from EECS’ Enforcement Decisions

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has published extracts from the European Enforcers Coordination Sessions confidential database of enforcement decisions on financial statements. European Enforcers monitor...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

The Restructuring Mid-Summer Review: Europe and the Emerging Markets - For those focused on the debt restructuring market, the Greek sovereign crisis (covered extensively in our recent updates1) has drowned out news of...more

Bridging the Week - July 2015 #4

FC Stone Companies and Goldman Sachs Receive Largest Fines in CME Group’s 27 Disciplinary Actions Cascade: CME Group handed down sanctions in 27 separate disciplinary actions last week for alleged violations of rules...more

ESMA’s New Q and A Responses on the Application of AIFMD and Consultation on New Guidelines

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has published updated questions and answers on the application of the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD), which includes updated and new questions and...more

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

Suspension from Trading of Certain Financial Instruments Apropos Greece - Following a decision of the Hellenic Capital Market Commission (HCMC), the competent authority of Greece, to suspend the trading of certain...more

International Sovereign Bonds Issuance in Sub-Saharan Africa

The increasing dynamism of the Sub-Saharan African economy coupled with the continent’s large financing needs have led Sub- Saharan African countries to consider alternative sources of external funding to finance their local...more

Governance & Securities Law Focus: Asia Edition - July 2015

In this issue: - HKEx Publishes Consultation Conclusions on Weighted Voting Rights - Corporate Governance Reforms in Japan - SEC and NYSE/Nasdaq Developments - Sanctions Round-Up - Noteworthy US...more

ESMA Renews Short Selling Ban by Greek HCMC

On July 6, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) issued an official opinion (Opinion), agreeing to renew the emergency short selling prohibition originally imposed by the Hellenic Capital Market Commission...more

ESMA Publishes Final Report on Draft Rules Under MiFID II

On June 29, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published its final report (Report) on draft rules (both draft implementing technical standards (ITS) and draft regulatory technical standards (RTS)) relating...more

Governance & Securities Law Focus: Europe Edition - July 2015

In this issue: - Financial Reporting: Commission Delegated Regulations on Equivalence of Certain Third Country National GAAPs to IFRS - Proxy Advisers: ESMA Consultation on Best Practise Principles for Voting...more

Cayman Islands introduce opt-in regimes for AIFMD compliance

For the past few years, the ongoing developments in Europe in relation to EU investor access to non-EU alternative investment funds or EU alternative investment funds managed by non-EU managers have been the source of great...more

Corporate & Financial Weekly Digest - Volume X, Issue 26

In this issue: - SEC Seeks Comment on Possible Enhancement of Audit Committee Disclosures - SEC Proposes Rule Requiring Executive Compensation Clawbacks - FINRA Requests Comment on Revised Discretionary...more

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

AIFMD - Updated Q&A from ESMA - On 12 May, ESMA issued new Questions and Answers of the application of the AIFMD, including new questions and answers on reporting and calculation of leverage. The revised Questions...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - July 2015 #2

In this issue: - US Federal Banking Agencies Post Public Sections of Resolution Plans - US Office of the Comptroller of the Currency Report Discusses Risks Facing National Banks and Federal Savings Associations...more

MiFID 2: Third-country firms

The MiFID 2 package takes effect (with a few exceptions) from 3 January 2017. We still await key technical measures. Following ESMA's discussion, consultation and advice papers last year, it has now started to publish final...more

MiFID 2RTS: Authorisation and Passporting

The MiFID 2 package takes effect (with a few exceptions) from 3 January 2017. We still await key technical measures. Following ESMA's discussion, consultation and advice papers last year, it has now started to publish final...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

EBA 2014 Annual Report - On June 15, 2015, the European Banking Authority (EBA) published its annual report for 2014. The report provides an overview of the EBA's activities and achievements in 2014, including...more

ESMA Comments on MiFID II Implementing Measures

On June 16, 2015, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published a statement by on its work on implementing measures under MiFID II (Directive 2014/65/EU) and MiFIR (Regulation 600/2014)....more

Bridging the Week - June 2015 #4

Investment Adviser Chief Compliance Officer Blamed in SEC Lawsuit for President’s Theft of Client Funds; SEC Commissioner Criticizes Enforcement Actions Against CCOs Generally - The Securities and Exchange Commission...more

The Financial Report - Volume 4, No. 11 • June 2015 (Global)

FRB will extend high-quality liquid asset status to some state and municipal bonds. The FRB has proposed a rule that would recognize certain general obligation state and municipal bonds meeting the same liquidity...more

MiFID II: The Next Big Challenge - Key Issues for Asset Managers

Background - The Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (“MiFID II”) and the related Regulation (“MiFIR”) is the next big rewrite of EU legislation, due to take effect at the beginning of 2017. Although its greatest...more

The Compliance Function Under MiFID 2

Previous articles in our MiFID 2 series have considered the effects of MiFID 2 on dealings with customers, and on transparency. This third article, by Christina Pope and Emma Radmore, looks at how MiFID 2 will affect how...more

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

Capital Markets Union - European Commission published a speech by EU Commissioner Jonathan Hill on 17 April 2015, in which he highlighted the benefits of the proposed CMU. Points of interest from the event...more

ESMA Guidelines on the application of Sections C6 and C7 of Annex I to MiFID I

EMSA has recently published Guidelines on which commodity derivatives fall within the definition of "financial instrument" for the purposes of MiFID I. The Guidelines give clarity on the status of forwards, and guidance on...more

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