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European Undertakings for Collective Investment in Transferable Securities European Union

PRIIPs KID – The New Disclosure Document for Manufacturers and Distributors of Funds, Structured Securities and Other Packaged...

by K&L Gates LLP on

Commencing on 1 January 2018, European and non-European entities or persons producing or selling packaged retail investment and insurance-based products (so-called PRIIPs) to retail investors in Europe, will be required under...more

ESMA to review its Guidelines on ETFs and Other UCITS Issues

by Dechert LLP on

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has published its 2018 Work Programme (the Programme), which sets out ESMA's priorities and areas of focus for 2018. Supervisory convergence and the assessment of risks are...more

Asset Management Regulatory Roundup - October 2017 - Issue 7

by Dechert LLP on

A compact summary of the most recent regulatory developments relevant to the UK asset management industry. This issue includes details on ESMA's updated Q&As on the Benchmark Regulation and European Commission delegated...more

Funds Talk: October 2017 - MiFID II – State of Play

On Jan. 3, 2018, the long-anticipated overhaul of European Union (EU) financial markets legislation will come into effect. The second Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID II) will broaden the scope of EU...more

New disclosure requirements applying to EU fund distribution in 2018

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

Asset managers located inside and outside the European Union (“EU”) must comply with the new “point of sale” disclosure requirements that will apply when they distribute financial products, and investment services, to EU...more

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

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AIFMD and UCITS - ESMA Publishes Updated Q&As - ESMA published updated Q&As on AIFMD and UCITS V on 11 July 2017. The AIFMD Q&As include three new questions and answers on the reporting requirements for...more

Legal and regulatory issues adversely affecting banks in Trade and Supply Chain Finance

by Sullivan & Worcester on

Following a meeting of the Basel committee in March this year, the Chairman Stefan Ingves, announced that the committee has made further progress towards the finalization of the Basel III accord are stricter capital rules and...more

Ireland Retains Safe Harbour Regime for Wholesale MiFID Firms

by Dechert LLP on

The Department of Finance has issued its Feedback Statement on its public consultation on national discretions under MiFID II. The consultation dealt with the exercise of national discretions in relation to the implementation...more

Asset Management Regulatory Roundup - July 2017 - Issue 1

by Dechert LLP on

A compact summary of the most recent regulatory developments relevant to the UK asset management industry. In this issue we look at the extension of the PSC regime to Scottish limited partnerships and AIM listed companies,...more

A New Era: The New European Framework for Securitisations

by Hogan Lovells on

Following a prolonged period of political scrutiny and negotiation, the texts of two regulations implementing significant changes to the regulation and capital treatment of securitisations were broadly agreed by the three EU...more

Financial Conduct Authority’s Asset Management Review – Authorised Funds Shake Up

On 28 June 2017, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) published the Asset Management Market Study Final Report (the “Asset Management Review”) as well as a Consultation Paper setting out some proposed changes to the FCA’s...more

So You Want to Market Funds in Europe? Rules of the Road for Accessing Capital in Europe

by Dechert LLP on

Europe is the largest market for fund products after the United States. However, despite the advances of the European single market, there remains a confusing combination of pan-European and country specific rules governing...more

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

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AMF Priorities in the EMIR Review - The Autorité des Marchés Financiers (the “AMF”, the French financial markets authority) published two position papers on 2 May 2017 relating to the EMIR review...more

MiFID II for Non-EU Fund Managers

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The revised EU Markets in Financial Instruments package—known as MiFID II—takes effect on January 3, 2018. New rules on trading inducements, research, best execution, market transparency and the regulation of algorithmic...more

EU27 Regulators Ordered to Hold Firm Line on UK Firms’ Post-Brexit Applications for Single Market Access

One likely impact of the decision of the United Kingdom (UK) to leave the European Union (EU) is that the UK’s financial services industry will lose automatic rights of access to the EU’s free trade area (the Single Market)...more

Brexit Update: ESMA Issues Brexit Opinion to EU Regulators

by Morgan Lewis on

The European Securities and Markets Authority foresees regulatory and arbitrage risks in Brexit and has issued an opinion as a practical tool to help achieve supervisory convergence among EU regulators—Brexit negotiations...more

Sensible Approach on STS Securitisation and EU Risk Retention Likely to Help EU Securitisations and the Real Economy

by Dechert LLP on

At the 7th trilogue meeting held in Strasbourg on 30 May 2017 among representatives of the European Parliament, Council of Ministers and Commission, agreement was reached in principle on an EU regulatory framework for simple,...more

Securities Financing Transactions Regulation—Update

Regulation (EU) 2015/2365, the Securities Financing Transactions Regulation (SFTR), imposes a number of requirements on EU fund managers (see the previous Akin Gump client alert on SFTR, The New Securities Financing...more

UK Investment Managers: Any Reason to be Frightened by Brexit?

by Dechert LLP on

The UK investment management industry is, from a variety of perspectives, an important industry. With the Brexit clock now ticking, is there huge uncertainty ahead or is the industry largely secure? Can investment managers...more

Brexit: Financial Services Firms: Appendix

by White & Case LLP on

This appendix contains a brief description of the key EU financial services directives (excluding the insurance sector) which create the core regulatory framework within which financial services firms principally operate as...more

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

by Dechert LLP on

EMIR - ESMA Updates its List of Third Country CCPs and Issues Updated Q&A - On 30 March, ESMA updated its list of third-country central counterparties recognised to offer services and activities in the EU. CCPs in Dubai,...more

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

by Dechert LLP on

CSSF Circular CSSF-CPDI Dated 19 April 2017 - The CSSF published its Circular addressed, inter alia, to investment firms as well as AIFMs and UCITS management companies who manage portfolios on a discretionary basis...more

EBA launches harmonisation of European covered bonds rules

On 20 December 2016, the European Banking Authority (the "EBA") published the final version of a report entitled "EBA Report on Covered Bonds - Recommendations on Harmonisation of Covered Bond Frameworks in the EU" (the...more

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

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Central Bank Reviews Outsourcing Arrangements of Fund Administrators - The Central Bank completed a review on outsourcing carried out by Irish regulated Fund Administrators....more

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

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BaFin Publishes Guidance on Transparency Standards for German Funds - On 4 April 2017, BaFin has published new transparency standards for funds after a BaFin investigation found that some active funds “closely” track...more

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