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Blog: The Insurance Distribution Directive – An Introduction

The Insurance Distribution Directive (IMD2) came into force on 22 February 2016; and insurance manufacturers and distributors will have to comply with it from 23 February 2018 (at the latest). We don’t know exactly what that...more

European Securities and Markets Authority Reviews Approach to Supervision of Suitability Requirements under MiFID

The European Securities and Markets Authority published a peer review report on compliance with the suitability requirements under the existing Markets in Financial Instruments Directive. The review assessed during the period...more

Basel Committee on Banking Standards Second Report on Risk-weighted Assets

The Basel Committee on Banking Supervision published a second report on banking book risk-weighted asset valuation. The report forms part of the Regulatory Consistency Assessment Programme with the aim of effecting full...more

Revised London Stock Exchange Admission and Disclosure Standards

New London Stock Exchange Admission and Disclosure Standards came into effect on 4 April 2016. The Admission and Disclosure Standards set out the Exchange's admission and continuing disclosure requirements, other than for...more

Limited liability partnership and partnership accounts: amending regulations

New regulations make changes to the accounting regulatory framework for LLPs to bring it into line with changes made in 2015 to the accounting regulatory framework for companies....more

The new Insurance Distribution Directive – an overview and some initial reflections1

More than 13 years after Directive 2008/92/EC, Europe’s legislators have finally amended the rules governing insurance intermediation, by approving Directive 2016/97/EU of 20 January 2016 (Insurance Distribution Directive or...more

ICYMI: Financial Services Risk Summit

On March 3, 2016, the BakerHostetler Financial Services industry team held its inaugural Financial Services Risk Summit. The speakers and panels addressed several key areas affecting the financial services sector: regulatory...more

An Introduction to the Division of Pension Benefits on Marriage Breakdown in Ontario - Part I

The long-awaited reform of the family law provisions of the Ontario Pension Benefits Act (PBA) came into effect on January 1, 2012, and the passage of time has brought to light the challenges involving the new pension...more

National Industrial Participation in South Africa

This contribution considers the regulatory framework of National Industrial Participation (NIP) in South Africa, and specifically sets out the National Industrial Participation Programme (NIPP) and the NIP Revised Guidelines...more

OCC Proposed Rule Changes under EGRPRA to Reduce Regulatory Burden

On March 14, 2016, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) proposed a number of changes to its rules in order to reduce the regulatory burden for its supervised financial institutions. Such an effort is part of...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - March 2016 #16

Lloyd’s reports on complaints handling rules - Lloyd’s has published the March edition of its Conduct Standards Newsletter. It provides updates on recent changes to the complaints handling rules and requirements. It also...more

Investment Management Update - March 2016

Below is a summary of recent investment management developments that affect registered investment companies, private equity funds, hedge funds, investment advisers, and others in the investment management industry. SEC, FINRA...more

Australian competition law - Update for the aviation industry

High Court to hear ACCC appeal of Flight Centre decision regarding carrier agent discussions On 11 March 2016, the High Court granted special leave to the ACCC to appeal the decision of the Full Federal Court in the Flight...more

ESMA Practical Guidance on its Recognition of Third Country CCPS

European Securities and Markets Authority (“ESMA”) has published practical guidance on the recognition by it of third country central counterparties (CCPs) under EMIR (ESMA/2016/365). The guidance is dated March 17, 2016....more

Google Asks Congress For Self-Driving Car Help

As reported almost everywhere, on Tuesday, March 15, Google told a Senate Hearing that Congress should pass legislation regulating self-driving cars. Google, through Chris Urmson (Director, Self-Driving Cars), explained that...more

Revised ISO Standard on Environmental Management Systems Published

A complimentary standard to ISO 14001:2015 was published on March 1, 2016. ISO 14004:2016, titled Environmental Management Systems – General Guidelines and Implementation, aims to provide guidance to organizations in the...more

European Commission Adopts Delegated Regulation Relating to EMIR Clearing Obligations for Certain Credit Derivative Contracts

On March 1, the European Commission adopted a Delegated Regulation supplementing the European Union regulation on derivatives, central counterparties and trade repositories (“EMIR”). EMIR requires mandatory clearing of...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - March 2016 #2

Regulators issue compliance statement for Sound Remuneration Policies PRA and FCA have issued a joint statement notifying EBA that the regulators will fully comply with EBA guidelines on Sound Remuneration Policies with...more

FSB Eyeing Global Stability of FinTech Companies

Financial Stability Board chairman Mark Carney has announced that global regulators are evaluating potential stability implications that emerging financial technology poses to the global financial system and hinted that a...more

Recommended Proxy Disclosure for Director Elections and Other Proposals

Tips and forms you can use for drafting your proxy statement to increase clarity and avoid pitfalls. In February 2016, the SEC warned that among a broad selection of companies, poorly-drafted, ambiguous and sometimes...more

ISDA Publishes Principles for US and EU Trading Platform Recognition

On February 24, the International Swaps and Derivatives Association Inc. (ISDA) published Principles for US/EU Trading Platform Recognition (Principles), which set out certain key principles and policy considerations that...more

Biotechnology: Second Meeting on Modernizing the Regulatory System for Biotechnology Products Will Be Held March 9

The second public meeting on the July 2, 2015, memorandum entitled "Modernizing the Regulatory System for Biotechnology Products" will be held March 9, 2016, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (CT) in Dallas, Texas. Registration is...more

Federal Banking Agencies Expand Number of Banks Qualifying for 18-Month Examination Cycle

On February 19, federal banking agencies increased the number of small banks and savings associations eligible for an 18-month examination cycle rather than a 12-month cycle. The changes are intended to reduce regulatory...more

CFPB Issues Policy on No-Action Letters

On February 18, the CFPB finalized its policy on No-Action Letters, which was originally proposed in October 2014. The No-Action Policy is intended to create a process for companies to apply for a No-Action Letter (NAL) from...more

Abu Dhabi Global Market: Financial Services Regulations and Rules

This note provides a brief overview of Abu Dhabi Global Market’s new financial regulatory framework. This framework was established in 2015, following the publication of the ADGM’s Financial Services and Markets Regulations...more

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