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Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - January 2018

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

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

Asset Management Regulatory Roundup - January 2018 - Issue 1

by Dechert LLP on

A compact summary of the most recent regulatory developments relevant to the UK asset management industry. This issue includes details of the matters to be considered by users of financial benchmarks when selecting an...more

European Banking Authority Consults on Amended Technical Standards for Benchmarking of Internal Models Under the Capital...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The European Banking Authority has launched a consultation on proposals to amend the Implementing Technical Standards specifying the benchmarking portfolios, templates and definitions to be used as part of the annual...more

Replacing LIBOR in Derivatives Agreements

In July 2017, the CEO of the U.K. Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), Andrew Bailey, announced that the FCA will discontinue the London interbank offered rate (LIBOR) at the end of 2021. LIBOR is an interest rate index that is...more

Structured Thoughts: News for the financial services community, Volume 8, Issue 9

Structured Product Red Herrings: Rule 433 and Rule 424(b) - Red herrings for most offerings of structured products registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) under the Securities Act of 1933, as...more

Life After LIBOR

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

After a long and at times scandalous life, LIBOR is retiring. Earlier this year, Andrew Bailey, chief executive officer of the United Kingdom’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), the regulator of the London Interbank Offered...more

Five on Friday – Five Recent Developments that We’ve Been Watching Closely - December 2017

It’s Friday and time for another overview of developments in the field of business and human rights that we’ve been monitoring. This week’s post includes: a revised Toolkit on National Action Plans on business and human...more

LIBOR Benchmark Confirmed until 2021

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The Financial Conduct Authority has confirmed that the 20 panel banks for the LIBOR benchmark have agreed to support LIBOR until at least 2021. The announcement follows the statement by the FCA's Chief Executive, Andrew...more

The Delta Report: On the end of LIBOR: preliminary reflections on its implications for derivatives

by White & Case LLP on

Background and how the London Interbank Offered Rate ("LIBOR") works - The financial crisis brought considerable changes to the entire financial regulatory environment and the way many financial instruments, especially...more

The End of LIBOR

by Miller & Martin PLLC on

Being a constant follower of overnight bank rates, I am fascinated with commentary regarding the end of LIBOR. LIBOR has not been around since the beginning of time, but only since January 1, 1986. So, being technically...more

An Asian LNG Spot Price – Have We Reached the Tipping Point?

by King & Spalding on

For several years, many government agencies, LNG industry players and commodity trading organisations have been pushing for the development of an Asian LNG market price that is independent of oil prices and reflective of the...more

October 2017: Second Circuit Immunity Decision Upends Cross-Border Criminal Investigations

The Second Circuit Court of Appeals’ recent decision in United States v. Allen, --- F.3d ----, 2017 WL 3040201 (2d Cir. July 19, 2017) (slip opinion available at https://goo.gl/FkfwNN), which holds that U.S. courts must give...more

UK SONIA Interest Rate Benchmark Implementation Date Set: April 23, 2018

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The Bank of England has announced the implementation date for the reformed Sterling Overnight Index Average Interest Rate Benchmark, known as SONIA. The BoE took over as administrator of SONIA on April 25, 2016. SONIA is...more

[Webinar] Ethics & Compliance Virtual Conference - November 9th, 5:30am PT

by NAVEX Global on

Organizations that focus on creating ethical cultures come out ahead - That’s why this year’s conference theme is Ignite a Winning Workplace Culture. Winning cultures do not happen accidentally – they’re navigated by...more

The Phasing Out of LIBOR: Initial Reaction and Preparation

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

1. Background: Elimination of LIBOR by 2021 - As has been widely publicized, on July 27, 2017, the U.K. Financial Conduct Authority announced that LIBOR (London Interbank Offered Rate) the longtime global interest rate...more

Asset Management Regulatory Roundup - October 2017 - Issue 8

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 US-EU equivalence of certain OTC derivative rules; the FCA asset management...more

European Securities and Markets Authority Consults on Guidelines for Non-Significant Benchmarks

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The European Securities and Markets Authority has launched a consultation on proposed Guidelines on the obligations applying to the provision of and contribution to non-significant benchmarks under the Benchmarks Regulation....more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

France Welcomes Foreign and Alternative Capital Providers with Latest Reform of Finance Sector - Long a cornerstone of the French banking system, the "French banking monopoly" largely prevents non-bank entities from...more

Planning For The End of LIBOR

by Holland & Knight LLP on

By 2021, it is likely that LIBOR will no longer exist, and even more likely that it will no longer be the leading global benchmark interest rate. This news comes from the U.K. Financial Conduct Authority’s (FCA) announcement...more

FCA Announces Discontinuation of LIBOR

by Hogan Lovells on

As you may know, on July 27, 2017 the UK's Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) chief executive Andrew Bailey announced that market participants should not rely on the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) being available after...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

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

Agencies Propose Simplifying Regulatory Capital Rules - On September 27, 2017, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Federal Reserve Board and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency announced a proposed...more

The Rise of the ESAs: EU Proposals to Extend Direct Supervision of Financial Markets

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

On 20 September 2017, the European Commission published a package of measures designed to increase the powers of the three European Supervisory Authorities (ESAs), primarily by transferring certain powers of regulation and...more

New European Commission proposals aimed at promoting growth and investment in Europe

by Dechert LLP on

The European Commission has proposed a series of reforms to strengthen and further centralise supervision of the European capital and financial markets at the EU level with the aim of creating stronger and more integrated...more

Lights Out for LIBOR by 2021

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

Questions regarding the sustainability and desirability of the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) have prompted the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) to urge the phasing out of LIBOR and a transition to alternative...more

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