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UK Financial Regulatory Developments - February 2016 #4

ESRB approves expansion of macroprudential policy framework - ESRB has published two recommendations relating to expanding the European macroprudential policy framework. The first concerns the counter-cyclical buffer...more

Financial Services Regulation - Exchange International Newsletter - Issue 28 - January 2016

DLA Piper’s Financial Services International Regulatory team welcomes you to the twenty-eighth edition of ‘Exchange – International’ – an international newsletter designed to keep you informed of regulatory developments in...more

The Securities Financing Transactions Regulation - The SFTR will improve transparency in securities and commodities lending,...

The Regulation on Transparency of Securities Financing Transactions and of Reuse (2015/2365) (the SFTR) is a key part of the EU's initiative to reform shadow banking following the 2007-2008 financial crisis. Its aim is to...more

"MiFID II Expected to Have Significant Impact on Investment Managers"

When implemented, revisions to the EU’s Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID II) will radically change the regulation of EU securities and derivatives markets, and significantly impact the investment management...more

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

Guidance Regarding Cash Accounts for UCITS and AIF Umbrella Funds - The Central Bank of Ireland (the “Central Bank”) issued guidance on cash accounts for UCITS and AIF umbrella funds on 22 December 2015....more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - January 2016 #2

MoU between CMA and FCA on consumer protection powers - CMA has published on MoU establishing a framework for cooperation between CMA and FCA on the use of concurrent powers under consumer protection legislation. The...more

Commission publishes Delegated Regulations

The Commission has published Delegated Regulations on: - laying down general principles and criteria for the investment strategy and rules for the administration of the single resolution fund (SRF) under the single...more

New EU Regulation on Securities Financing Transactions and Reuse of Collateral

Regulatory context - The regulation on transparency of securities financing transactions and of reuse (the “Regulation”) stems from a belief that the 2007-08 global financial crisis revealed excessive speculative...more

European Commission Adopts Delegated Regulation on Obligations of Depositaries Required by UCITS V

The European Commission has adopted a Delegated Regulation (C(2015) 9160) supplementing the UCITS IV Directive (2009/65/EC) on the obligations of depositaries. The Delegated Regulation sets out provisions relating to issues...more

Financial Services Quarterly Report - Fourth Quarter 2015: And a Partridge in a Pear Tree: Top 12 Regulatory Heads-up for the...

1st Day of Christmas – UCITS V* - The UCITS V Directive (UCITS V) introduces specific provisions on: - (i) eligibility, liability and delegation of depositaries; - (ii) remuneration policies;...more

Up next from FCA

The latest edition of FCA’s Policy Development Update highlights publications expected in the opening months of 2016, including: - before the end of the year, a consultation on the markets aspects of MiFID 2...more

CRD IV and UCITS V remuneration rules – their impact on asset managers

CRD IV and UCITS V are the latest iterations of the Directives governing EU credit institutions and investment firms and UCITS funds and management companies. European Economic Area (“EEA”) Member States were required to...more

The New Securities Financing Transactions Regulation

The Securities Financing Transactions Regulation (“SFTR”), which imposes requirements on EU AIFMs and UCITS managers to make certain disclosures to investors, was adopted by the European Council on 16 November 2015. Some of...more

Capital Markets Union - Part 3: Proposed Elements of a New EU Covered Bond Framework

An EU-wide dedicated legislative framework for covered bonds is one of the options currently being considered as part of the European Commission’s consultation on covered bonds. This option, according to the Commission’s...more

ESMA publishes remuneration responses

ESMA has published the responses to its consultation on guidelines on sound remuneration policies under the Undertakings for Collective Investments in Transferable Securities (UCITS) Directive and the Alternative Investment...more

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

FCA MiFID II Roundtable Notes Delays in Consultation Timetable - The FCA published minutes of its MiFID II implementation roundtable meeting of 14 September 2015 on 25 September 2015. These included the following...more

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

ALFI releases FAQs on RQF II - Further to the announcement by the People’s Bank of China on 29 April 2015 of a RMB 50 billion Qualified Foreign Institutional Investor (“RQFII”) quota being granted to Luxembourg, the...more

UCITS V Directive—Overview and Practical Implications

Changes to the UCITS Directive (known as “UCITS V”) were published in the Official Journal of the European Union and came into force on 17 September 2014. EU Member States are required to transpose UCITS V into national law...more

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

UCITS Rulebook - The Central Bank of Ireland announced the issuance of the new UCITS Rulebook on Monday October 5th. It, and the guidance relating to it, are effective 1 November....more

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

Implementation of the European Transparency Directive 2013/50/EU in Germany - All market participants investing in German stocks and other equity shares with voting rights traded on an exchange will be subject to new...more

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

French SICAV – Reduction of the Minimum Number of Shareholders for Unlisted SICAV - The Ordinance n° 2015-1127 was published on 10 September 2015. The purpose of this Ordinance was to reduce the required minimum number...more

Securitisation: Keeping it Simple?

On 30 September 2015, the European Commission (the “Commission”) published a proposal for a regulation (the “Proposed Regulation”)1 intended to harmonise existing EU laws applying to securitisations (including proposed...more

Corporate Alert: The Luxembourg Special Limited Partnership

Largely inspired by the Anglo-Saxon limited partnership regimes, the special limited partnership (SLP) has been designed to bolster Luxembourg’s position as the main alternative investment fund structuring hub in the EU at a...more

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

Draft Law Transposing the European Directive on the Automatic Exchange of Information submitted to Parliament - The draft Luxembourg law to transpose Council Directive 2014/107/EU (of 9 December 2014, which amends...more

FCA consults on regulation of investment funds

FCA has published a consultation paper on the implementation of the UCITS Directive (UCITS V) and other changes to the Handbook affecting investment funds: - Part I consults on rules and guidance to transpose the most...more

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