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ESMA Updates Q&A on Application of UCITS Directive

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has published an updated version of its Q&A paper on the application of the Undertakings for Collective Investment in Transferable Securities (UCITS) Directive (2009/65/EC)...more

ESMA Advice on Extending the AIFMD Passport to Non-EU Countries

ESMA sees no significant obstacles to extending the AIFMD passport to nine key countries. The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has published advice to the European Commission, the European Parliament, and...more

Brexit: How will it impact asset and fund managers?

Following the result of the UK referendum on 23 June 2016 to leave the EU, there is still a considerable amount of uncertainty about the impact of the decision on the financial services industry, including asset and fund...more

The SFTR – The EU Expands its Rulebook to Cover Securities Financing Transactions and the Reuse of Collateral

The Regulation on Transparency of Securities Financing Transactions and of Reuse (2015/2365) (the "SFTR") entered into force on 12 January 2016 following publication in the Official Journal of the European Union on 23...more

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

Brexit: UK Votes to Leave EU - The 23 June 2016 referendum on the UK’s continued membership of the EU resulted in a vote to leave the EU. Under the EU Treaty, the exit process should take at least two years. During...more

Brexit for asset managers and fund managers - don’t panic, it may not be as bad as it at first appears!

UK regulated fund managers and asset managers should bear in mind that, while the Brexit vote has occurred, this does not bind the UK Parliament. As of the date of writing (6 July 2016), the process of withdrawal under...more

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

Investor Money Regulations Update - The Investor Money Regulations (IMR) became effective on 1 July 2016. The Irish Funds IMR Working Group is in the process of finalising an IMR Q&A document due to be released...more

The Regulation on Key Investor Documents for Packaged Retail and Insurance-Based Investment Products – Key Points for EU and...

In addition to the challenges of MiFID II, asset managers must also prepare for a new key information document regime for retail products. The Regulation on key information documents for packaged retail and insurance-based...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - July 2016 #4

BoE publishes SRFRR group minutes - BoE has published the minutes of the May meeting of the working group on Sterling Risk-Free Reference Rates (SRFRR). Among the issues discussed was a set of principles to facilitate...more

Brexit for Fund Managers: Time for Cool Heads

The UK electorate voted to leave the European Union (EU) in the “Brexit” referendum held on 23 June 2016. This note looks at the practical impact of a Brexit for fund managers, including possible solutions in the event that...more

Financial Services Quarterly Report - Second Quarter 2016: MiFID II: Key Considerations for Asset Managers

The Council of the European Union on 13 May 2014 formally endorsed a new regulatory regime that will replace the current Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID), which has been in force since 2007. The new...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - July 2016 #2

FOS publishes Ombudsman News - The May/June issue of Ombudsman News highlights the breadth of “everyday problems” which FOS sees so that consumers and financial businesses can better understand the service’s role. It...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

SEC Approves IEX Proposal to Launch National Exchange, Issues Interpretation on Automated Securities Prices - On June 17, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") approved the application of Investors'...more

The UK’s Referendum on Membership of the European Union – An Update

This is an update to our Alert published on 24 June 2016 on the result of the UK’s Referendum on membership in the European Union (“EU”). We consider in this Alert some of the immediate and longer-term consequences of the...more

ESMA Publishes Responses to its Discussion Paper on UCITS Share Classes

The European Securities and Markets Authority (“ESMA“) has published the responses received to the Discussion Paper on UCITS share classes. The UCITS Directive recognizes the possibility for UCITS to offer different...more

UK Votes To Leave The EU: What Does it Mean for Asset Managers?

The voters have spoken. Britain will (absent any new deals) leave the EU. Under the EU Treaty, the exit process should take at least two years. During this two-year period, UK-based asset management entities, including...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - June 2016 #8

ESMA updates EMIR Q&A - ESMA has updated its Q&A on EMIR. The new questions address: - the clearing obligation, specifically about the self-categorisation needed to establish which counterparties belong to which...more

Upcoming EU Disclosure Requirements for Certain Collateral Arrangements

The EU Regulation on Securities Financing Transactions provides a set of measures aiming to enhance regulators’ and investors’ understanding of “securities financing transactions”....more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - May 2016 #19

EBA finalises guidelines for DGS stress test - EBA has published the finalised guidelines on stress tests for deposit guarantee schemes (DGSs) under the recast Deposit Guarantee Schemes Directive (DGSD).... ...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - May 2016 #3

In this week's newsletter, we provide a snapshot of the principal US, European and global financial regulatory developments of interest to banks, investment firms, broker-dealers, market infrastructure providers, asset...more

Blog: Commissioner Hill On The Review Of The EU Regulatory Framework For Financial Services – What Fund Managers Need To Know

European Commissioner Jonathan Hill has delivered a speech at a public hearing on the “‘Call for Evidence’ – a review of the EU regulatory framework for financial services” which could herald good news for fund managers....more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume XI, Issue 19

SEC/CORPORATE - SEC Approves PCAOB Rules Requiring Disclosure of Audit Participants - On May 9, the Securities and Exchange Commission adopted the proposed new rules and related amendments to auditing standards...more

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

AIFMD - Updated Q&A - ESMA published an updated Q&A on the AIFMD on 5 April 2015. The new Q&A address notification requirements relating to additional investment in existing Alternative Investment Funds....more

FCA Assesses Whether Fund Managers are Meeting Investor Expectations

On April 7, 2016, the United Kingdom (UK) Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) published a report (Thematic Review TR16/3: Meeting investors' expectations) (Report) containing its conclusions regarding a thematic review...more

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

CSSF Press Release 16/17 on Global Situation of UCIs and SIFs at the End of February 2016 - CSSF press release 16/17 of 31 March 2016 summarizes the global situation of Undertakings for Collective Investment and...more

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