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Applying for a German Banking or Financial Services Licence

Due to Brexit developments, for many non-European investors the option to acquire a German banking or financial licence, including the attached benefit of being able to use the European passport regime, is a part of their...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 7.22.16

EU financial watchdog ESMA has fined rating agency Fitch Ratings Ltd. $1.5 million for reportedly violating the EU’s rules for rating agencies relating to the 12-hour requirement, internal controls, and unauthorized...more

ECB Guide on Approach for the Recognition of Institutions Protection Schemes

On July 12, 2016 the European Central Bank published a guide on the approach for the recognition of institutional protection schemes for prudential purposes. The report aims to ensure coherence, effectiveness and transparency...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - June 2016 #17

ECB publishes governance and risk management review - ECB has published the results of a thematic review that resulted from an in-depth assessment of all significant institutions across the euro area. The review looked...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - June 2016 #7

Treasury updates sanctions - Treasury has updated the sanctions lists in respect of North Korea, to reflect new prohibitions on dealing with any person in the country. It has also updated the guidance from the Office of...more

The Financial Report - Volume 5, No. 11 • June 2016 (Global)

Discussion and Analysis - A few years ago, David Blass, then Chief Counsel of the SEC’s Division of Trading and Markets, created a stir when he said in a speech that private fund advisers should be concerned about some...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - May 2016 #18

OFSI gives guidance on dealings in North Korea - OFSI has published guidance for credit and financial institutions regarding the new measures in article 5a of the amended Regulation concerning restrictive measures...more

International Investment Arbitration in Europe: Year in Review 2015

International investment arbitration – also known as investment treaty arbitration or investor-State arbitration – is a procedure whereby foreign investors may seek a binding adjudication of claims against host States that...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

ECB Publishes Public Consultation - The European Central Bank ("ECB") has published a Public Consultation on a draft Addendum to the ECB Guide on options and discretions available in Union law. ...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - May 2016 #14

Reference rates group reports - The Working Group on Sterling Risk-Free Reference Rates (RFR) has published an interim report and work plan. It is focusing on: - finalising the process to be followed for the RFR...more

ECB Publishes Public Consultation

The European Central Bank (“ECB”) has published a Public Consultation on a draft Addendum to the ECB Guide on options and discretions available in Union law. The consultation document sets out the ECB’s approach to the...more

European Central Bank Announces Assessment of Four Banks in 2016

The Banking Supervision division of the European Central Bank announced that it is currently undertaking comprehensive assessments of four European Banks. The banks being assessed are Abanka d.d. (Slovenia), Akciju sabiedriba...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - May 2016 #4

Treasury updates sanctions - The Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation (OFSI) has amended the sanctions lists in respect of North Korea. (Source: Treasury updates sanctions)...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - April 2016 #25

ECB opines on establishing EDIS - ECB has issued an opinion in relation to the proposal for a Regulation to establish a European Deposit Insurance Scheme (EDIS). ECB recognises that an EDIS is the necessary third pillar...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

SEC Adopts Business Conduct Standards for Security-Based Swap Dealers and Major Security-Based Swap Participants - On April 15, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission adopted final rules modifying regulations "for...more

ECB Offers Opinion on Proposed Regulation to Establish a European Deposit Insurance Scheme

On April 20, 2016, the European Central Bank (ECB) published an opinion on a proposal for a regulation amending Regulation (EU) No. 8.6/2014 in order to establish a European Deposit Insurance Scheme (EDIS)....more

The Financial Report - Volume 5, No. 8 - April 2016 (Global)

There are currently only three SEC Commissioners, rather than the normal five. A recent New York Times article discussed what appears to be a logjam in the approval of two apparently highly qualified nominees for the open...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - April 2016 #14

LCR corrigendum published in OJEU - A Corrigendum to amend implementing technical standards (ITS) under the capital requirements regime on the supervisory reporting of institutions of the liquidity coverage requirement...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - April 2016 #4

BoE speaks on international banks - Sarah Breeden spoke on “taming” international banks and how, in particular, the risks these banks pose can be managed in the absence of a single global banking regulator. She looked at...more

European Central Bank Regulation Harmonizes Options and Discretions Applicable to Large Eurozone Banks

The European Central Bank Regulation on the exercise of options and discretions relating to the prudential requirements for credit institutions was published in the Official Journal of the European Union. The prudential...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

ECB Publishes Regulation and Guidance on Options and Discretions Available in Union Law

On March 24, 2016, Regulation ((EU) 2016/445) of the European Central Bank (ECB) on the exercise of options and discretions (ODs) was published in the Official Journal of the EU (OJ). The ECB has also published a guide on the...more

Three Things You Should Know about Negative Interest Rates

The Federal Reserve announced last Wednesday that it is leaving the federal funds rate where it is, for now. While the United States is pondering interest rate hikes, other parts of the world are plunging further into...more

German banking market – on the move

The German banking market is on the move. This presents opportunities for foreign investors who would like to enter the German financial market. However, in order to acquire an interest in a German financial institution, i.e....more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 3.14.16

Even as oil prices are rebounding and bringing some welcome hope to battered markets, the Journal worries that “this rally could lead to its own demise,” as higher prices “will likely encourage shale producers to ramp up...more

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