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ESMA Publishes Q&A Paper on Regulation of European Venture Capital Funds and European Social Entrepreneurship Funds

On March 26, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published a Questions and Answers paper on the application of the European Social Entrepreneurship Funds (EuSEF) Regulation (Regulation 346/2013) and the...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - April 8, 2014

In this issue: - Derivatives - Bank Structure - Regulatory Capital - Financial Services - Financial Market Infrastructure - Funds - Financial Crime - People -...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

ESMA Reports on Information that Competent Authorities Should Provide to it Under the AIFMD - The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA), has published a final report of technical advice for the European...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review - March 31, 2014

Fed Issues a Report on Mobile Financial Services - On March 25, the Fed issued a report on the use of mobile phones to obtain financial services. Last year, 33 percent of all mobile phone users and 51 percent of...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

Responses to ESMA and EBA Consultation on Guidelines for Complaints Handling in the Securities and Banking Sectors

On March 19, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published a list of the responses it received to its November 2013 consultation on draft guidelines for complaints handling in the securities and banking...more

CRA3: ESMA Proposes Wide-Ranging Disclosure Requirements on EU Originators, Sponsors and Issuers

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published a consultation paper in February 2014, setting out (amongst other things) the draft Regulatory Technical Standards (RTS) on disclosure requirements for structured...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review - March 24, 2014

FINRA Proposes Lighter Regulatory Regime For Limited Corporate Financing Brokers - The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) recently issued a Regulatory Notice requesting comment on a Proposed Rule Set for...more

ESMA Publishes MiFID II Implementation Speech

On February 25, ESMA published a speech by ESMA Executive Director Verena Ross on the issues surrounding the implementation of MiFID II. ...more

ESMA Q&A on Application of AIFMD

On February 17, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published a questions and answers paper (Q&A) on the application of the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (2011/61/EU) (AIFM Directive or...more

FCA Issues Final Remuneration Guidance for AIF Managers

The UK Financial Conduct Authority’s new guidance on AIFMD remuneration requirements has now provided some clarity for EU and non-EU managers, including relief from many of the requirements for small UK managers....more

ESMA Publishes CRA III Regulation Implementation Consultation Paper

On February 11, ESMA published a consultation paper on the implementation of the CRA III Regulation containing draft regulatory technical standards (RTS) on the following: - The content and format of fees charged by...more

ESMA Calls for a Uniform Definition of “Derivatives” Under EMIR

The European Securities and Markets Authority has requested clarity on the definition to ensure consistent application across member states. Following industry lobbying, the European Securities and Markets Authority...more

ESMA Publishes 2014 Work Program

On February 12, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published its 2014 regulatory work program, setting out a detailed account of the various areas and initiatives for which each unit or division is...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review - February 24, 2014

ESMA Q&A on Application of AIFMD - On February 17, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published a questions and answers paper (Q&A) on the application of the Alternative Investment Fund Managers...more

Structured Thoughts: Volume 5, Issue 2 - February 20, 2014

In This Issue: Opinions and Warnings – ESMA’s Views on Complex Products; SEC Releases Draft Strategic Plan; Distributing Structured Notes from a Regulation S Platform; and Non-U.S. Equity Underliers and Exchange Rate...more

The Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive—a guide for US managers

The EU Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD) has now been in force for some six months. This overview note is aimed at US managers who have not yet had to get to grips with the AIFMD but will need to raise...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review - February 18, 2014

CFTC and EC Statement on Regulatory Framework - On February 12, the CFTC and the European Commission announced jointly that the two agencies have made significant progress in their collaboration on the regulatory...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - February 18, 2014

In this issue: - Derivatives - Regulatory Capital - Financial Services - Enforcement - Events - People - Excerpt from Derivatives - ESMA Requests Clarification on...more

EMIR FX Forward Reporting Delayed as ESMA Asks European Commission to Clarify Derivatives Definition

There has been another very significant twist in the somewhat chaotic implementation of the European Market Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR) as the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has today requested the...more

Actions Required For Hedge Funds Under Derivatives Reforms – Europe Update

The European Market Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR1) imposes new reporting, clearing, collateral and conduct of business requirements on all derivatives market participants which are based in the EU or deal with EU...more

Nailing the LEIs – How EMIR Trade Reporting Obligations Will Affect UCITS and Alternative Investment Funds

The European Market Infrastructure Regulation (Regulation No. 648/2012), known as “EMIR”, requires entities that transact derivatives to report prescribed details of any financial derivative instruments (“FDIs”) they conclude...more

Update on the European Market Infrastructure Regulation

With the imminent trade reporting obligation under EMIR, affected entities should review the new requirements as well as the status of other EMIR obligations. On 12 February 2014, the trade reporting obligation under...more

Financial Regulatory Development Focus

In this issue: - Derivatives - Regulatory Capital - Financial Services - Consumer Protection - Enforcement - Funds - People - Events - Hearings - Excerpt...more

Protocol on the Operation of the ESMA MiFID Database

On January 29, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) updated its protocol on the operation of its MiFID database (ESMA/2013/68b). The protocol relates to practical arrangements for the cooperation of the...more

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