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The 2016 U.S. Presidential Election; Brexit West?

It is hard to overstate the political and policy parallels between the recent UK “Brexit” vote to leave the European Union (“EU”) and the pending U.S. presidential election. Both cases reflect the significant tensions...more

BREXIT: A First Look at the Impact on Asset Managers That Trade Derivatives

Asset managers and investment funds that make significant use of derivatives will face regulatory and operational challenges in the post-Brexit vote environment. Although the Brexit vote is not expected to have an immediate...more

The UK Lobbying Act - Do you have to Register and Name your Clients?

The Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Act (the “Act”) was first introduced in the House of Commons in 2013 and it came into force into force in full on 1 April 2015. The main...more

5/10/2016  /  Lobbyists , Transparency , UK

Brexit Broker; UK Leader Strikes a Deal (Maybe)

This policy insight highlights some of the key political issues relating to the United Kingdom’s (UK) imminent referendum to decide whether to withdraw from the European Union (EU). After weeks of discussions and...more

Capital Markets Union: a Marathon not a Sprint

Since the Action Plan for a Capital Markets Union (“CMU”) was launched on 30 September 2015, the European Commission (“the Commission”) has initiated a number of CMU initiatives. Notably, building on the CMU’s initial...more

I’m OK, Eur OK; At Long Last, U.S.-EU CCP Recognition is Mutual

On February 10, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) and the European Commission (“EC”) announced a much-anticipated transatlantic agreement to harmonize European Union (“EU”) and U.S. regulations concerning...more

ESMA Consults on Guidelines on Sound Remuneration Policies under the UCITS V Directive and AIFMD

On 23 July 2015, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) launched a consultation on proposed guidelines on sound remuneration policies under the EU’s UCITS V Directive (the UCITS Remuneration Guidelines) and 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

European Commission publishes plans for a Capital Markets Union

On 30 September, the European Commission released its Action Plan for a Capital Markets Union (the “Action Plan”). The Capital Markets Union (“CMU”) is one of the key elements of the broader Investment Plan for Europe...more

Dodd-Frank Turns Five, What Comes Next?

The 2008 credit crisis was the beginning of an era of unprecedented government management of the capital markets. July 21, 2015 marked the fifth anniversary of the hallmark congressional response, the Dodd-Frank Wall Street...more

"Wake up, England!"* - The UK’s 2015 Productivity Plan

*The title usually given to a speech by the Prince of Wales (later King George V) on 5 December 1901, when just back from a tour of the British Empire, as the Empire’s clarion call to England, the "mother country". In July,...more

AIFMD Passport a "No-Go" for U.S. Managers

On July 30, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) provided its advice and opinion to the European Commission, Council and Parliament with respect to the extension of the EU’s Alternative Investment Fund...more

Shadow Banking Remains on Regulatory Radar

The Financial Policy Committee (FPC) of the Bank of England (BoE) has recently published its latest Financial Stability Report (Report). The format of the Report is that the FPC assesses the outlook for financial stability by...more

A Buttonwood Tree Sprouts in Europe: What the EU’s Proposed Capital Markets Union Means for You

On Wednesday, February 18, the European Commission (“EC”) launched its ambitious “Green Paper” consultation for the creation and completion of a European Union (“EU”)-wide Capital Markets Union (“CMU”). The release of the...more

FCA Investigating 67 Alternative Investment Fund Managers

A number of news outlets reported last week that, as of 26 January 2015, the Financial Conduct Authority (the “FCA”) was investigating 67 firms or managers subject to the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (the...more

The Extra-territorial Impact of EMIR on Non-EU Swap Counterparties

On November 18, 2013, the European Securities and Markets Authority (“ESMA”) published its final report on technical standards detailing how the regulation of over-the-counter (“OTC”) derivative contracts in the European...more

AIFMD Remuneration Code Implementation Planning (Presentation)

In This Presentation: - AIFMD Remuneration Rules: Not going away - Are there any ways I could avoid this altogether? - If not, could I partially avoid it or minimise its effect? - When do I need to worry about...more

Addressing Remuneration Requirements for the EU Fund Management Industry

Increasing regulation of remuneration is being introduced across the European Union, including the possibility of limits on the amounts of bonuses that may be paid by certain firms....more

The New World Wide Web: FATCA Inspires a Global Effort to Fight Tax Evasion

The rapid evolution of the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (“FATCA”) from a U.S. driven effort to crack down on U.S. offshore tax evaders into an information reporting mechanism being considered for adoption throughout the...more

Preparing for AIFMD: Some Practical Tips, Part 1

In This issue: - A general round-up of key provisions in the AIFMD level 2 implementing regulations - Scope of the AIFMD - Timetable and transitional relief - Cross-border marketing - Delegation and...more

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