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European Undertakings for Collective Investment in Transferable Securities Markets in Financial Instruments Directive

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

ESMA Issues Opinions on Supervisory Convergence in the Areas of Investment Management and Secondary Markets

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The European watchdog has issued its much anticipated opinions on outsourcing/delegation of: (i) fund management companies; (ii) MiFID entities; and (iii) trading venues. This Newsflash focuses on the opinions as they relate...more

FCA publishes final report on competition in UK asset management

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

The Financial Conduct Authority (“FCA”) published today its final report on its asset management market study. The report is the culmination of almost two years’ work on the UK asset management sector by the FCA, focussing...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: 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

ESMA Publishes Opinion on the Effect of Excluding Fund Managers From the Scope of MiFIR Intervention Powers

On January 12, 2017, the ESMA published an opinion on the impact of exclusion of fund management from the entire scope of MiFIR (Markets in Financial Instruments Regulation) (Regulation 600/2014). Although, under...more

European Banking Authority Presents Proposed Design of a New Prudential Regime for Investment Firms

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The European Banking Authority published a discussion paper on the design for a new framework for applying prudential standards to non-bank investment firms that are not deemed to be systemically important...more

"Continental Drift? Brexit’s Potential Impact on International Investment Managers"

The U.K. referendum vote to leave the European Union has focused attention on Brexit’s potential impact on the U.K.’s financial services industry. The U.K. is home to a wide array of asset managers, banks, insurers,...more

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

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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!

by Reed Smith on

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

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

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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

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

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - June 2016 #8

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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

Brexit: What does it mean for asset managers?

by Dechert LLP on

The European Union (EU) is made up of 28 member states committed, through a series of treaties, to ever closer economic and political union. As such it exercises considerable power, both internally and internationally. It is...more

Financial Services Sector Implications of ‘Brexit’

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Should Britain decide to leave both the EU and EEA as a result of a “Brexit” vote on 23 June 2016, the impact on UK and EU financial services firms could be significant. The City of London is Europe’s key financial...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - February 2016 #4

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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

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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

"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...

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AIFMD – AIMA and EFAMA Comment on EBA Consultation on Draft Guidelines on Remuneration Policies for AIFMs - AIMA and EFMA published their response to the EBA’s consultation on draft guidelines on sound remuneration...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 - Updated Q&A from ESMA - On 12 May, ESMA issued new Questions and Answers of the application of the AIFMD, including new questions and answers on reporting and calculation of leverage. The revised Questions...more

MiFID II: The Next Big Challenge - Key Issues for Asset Managers

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Background - The Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (“MiFID II”) and the related Regulation (“MiFIR”) is the next big rewrite of EU legislation, due to take effect at the beginning of 2017. Although its greatest...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

European Banking Authority Publishes Opinion on European Commission's Proposed Amendments to ITS - On April 16, the European Banking Authority (EBA) published via its website an opinion dated April 4, 2014 on...more

Financial Services Quarterly Report - First Quarter 2013: The Regulation of Managers and Funds in France Following the...

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The French financial regulator, the Autorité des Marchés Financiers (“AMF”), hosted a public presentation on 17 January 2013 for French asset management industry professionals, regarding the implementation of the Alternative...more

Financial Services – Update on UK and European Regulatory Developments

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This update summarises current regulatory developments impacting the asset management sector in the UK and throughout the European Union. In this issue: - Part A – Regulation of Financial Markets - Part B –...more

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