Category EU

BoE publishes FPC minutes and confirms Brexit analysis

The FPC met on 3 October. At the meeting, it continued to assess the risks Brexit presents to the UK financial services sector, noting there had been considerable progress in the UK to address the risks, but not much in the rest of the EU, such that companies no longer have time to mitigate all […]

Treasury starts chemical weapons sanctions regime

Treasury has enabled a regime to implement the EU Regulation on financial sanctions against persons, entities and bodies involved in proliferation and use of chemical weapons. There are not any designated persons on the list as yet.

EU adopts measures on criminal sanctions for money laundering

The EU has adopted a Directive on criminal sanctions for money laundering. The Directive: sets minimum requirements for Member States’ laws on defining criminal offences and sanctions in relation to money laundering; imposes a maximum 4 years’ imprisonment with the possibility for additional civil and administrative sanctions; introduces the possibility of holding legal entities liable […]

Treasury updates Brexit SIs

Treasury has published some new draft statutory instruments to be made under the EU (Withdrawal) Act, or announced plans to make them, and also updated existing drafts. New or updated documents include Regulations on : plans for the Solvency II and Insurance measures Bank Recovery and Resolution Credit Rating Agencies (FCA has also published an […]

FCA publishes Brexit consultations following HMT Guidance

As heralded at the end of last year, the FCA has now published two consultation papers that make provision for operations in the event of a ‘hard’ Brexit next March. The first consultation sets out changes to the FCA’s Handbook and to those EU Binding Technical Standards, which, it is proposed, would be incorporated directly […]

Up next from FCA

FCA’s latest policy development update promises various publications before the end of this year, including: policy statement on the approach to the final RTS and EBA guidelines under PSD 2, in December; policy proposals on regulatory fees and levies for 2019/20, in November; and review of permitted links rules for insurers in relation to Patient […]

AFME publishes guidance on COBS

AFME has published guidance on financial analysts’ interaction with representatives of private companies and their financial advisers under the revised rules in COBS 12.2.21 which took effect in July. The change stemmed from the MiFID Org Reg, which states that financial analysts should not engage in activities other than the preparation of investment research where […]

ESMA updates MiFID 2 and MiFIR FAQs

ESMA has updated its FAQs on MiFID 2 and MiFIR on market structures and transparency.  New questions look at: how derivatives are classified for transparency purposes amending an existing question on the default liquidity status of bonds the scope of the MiFIR pre-trade transparency waiver market making activities and incentives in stressed trading consitions bulk […]

ESMA updates AIFMD FAQ

ESMA has updated its AIFMD FAQs to include questions on how notification requirements apply to AIFMs managing umbrella AIFs on a cross-border basis.

ESMA updates MiFID and MiFID II materials

ESMA has published an update to its Q&As  on MiFID II and MiFIR, answering questions relating to investor protection and intermediaries.  The answers address: best execution: reporting for firms using a venue’s RFQ system to agree a trade; and investment advice on an independent basis: use of a ‘look-through’ approach. EMSA has also formally withdrawn […]

LMA’s Brexit Bulletin

The LMA’s recent bulletin, which was published on 2 October 2018, provided the Lloyd’s community and its members with:  (i) new model clauses for EEA and non-EEA risks placed with Lloyd’s Brussels; (ii) suggested wording for “Brexit affected policies”; and (iii) treaty exclusion wording for outwards reinsurance placed with Lloyd’s Brussels. New model clauses The […]

ESMA speaks on MiFID 2 and Brexit

Steven Maijoor has spoken on the state of implementation of MiFID 2 and preparing for Brexit. He focussed on the impact of MiFID 2 on non-EU trading venues – in particular looking at the impact of the trading obligation and on secondary markets and transparency.  He looked also at the role and increase in market […]

ESMA updates FAQs

ESMA has updated its FAQs on: commodity derivatives.  Changes address the ancillary activity test, and position limits and reporting; and MAR.   Changes clarify delayed disclosure of inside information. It has also published a number of documents tracking compliance of Member States with MAR, including on the delay in disclosure of inside information and on […]

ESMA publishes 2019 work programme

ESMA has published its 2019 work programme. As ever, its top priority is supervisory convergence. It will be working particularly on prospectuses, investment funds and MiFID 2 as well as cross-cutting supervisory themes. Of course, all activities will consider Brexit.  It also plans to work on improvement of data quality and risk monitoring and further […]

ESMA writes to Commission on third-country regimes

ESMA has written to the European Commission on various issues which are relevant in the context of Brexit but also to third-countries generally. There has already been discussion on the MiFID 2/MiFIR requirements on trading venues, and this letter now addresses: how MiFIR treats third country firms providing services and activities to ECPs and per […]

ESMA confirms and updates product intervention on CFDs

ESMA has confirmed the further extension of the restriction on marketing, distributing and selling CFDs to retail clients, for another three months. Alongside the extension it has updated its FAQs, particularly to clarify how the measures apply to rolling spot forex.

MEPs back proportional rules for investment firms

MEPs from ECON have backed the Commission’s proposal for a proportionate regime for smaller, non-systemic investment firms. The proposals suggest that firms’ whose total average monthly assets over a 12 month period exceed €30 bn should be subject to the current capital requirements for banks, but that smaller firms can either be regulated at that […]

EP publishes draft fund marketing report

The EP has published draft reports on the Commission’s proposals relating to fund marketing. The key concern of the rapporteur, Wolf Klinz, is that while it is a good idea to make pre-marketing to professional investors easier, reverse solicitation should be prevented.  As a result, he says that, within 18 months of a pre-marketing, investors […]

FCA publishes direction on recognised overseas investment exchanges

The Treasury is not planning to include EEA market operators in the proposed arrangements enabling incoming firms and businesses to continue to operate immediately after Brexit. Accordingly if EEA market operators are no longer able to rely on MiFID II passporting rights (eg because a transitional deal is not agreed), they may need to have […]

European Parliament resolution on the relationships between the EU and third countries concerning financial services regulation and supervision

The European Parliament has voted in plenary to adopt a resolution on regulatory and supervisory relationships between EU and third countries. In addition, it published a provisional edition of the resolution. In summary, the resolution contains recommendations relating to the equivalence framework in financial services legislation, including that: equivalence decisions should be objective, proportionate, and risk-sensitive, while […]

Andrew Bailey and Charles Randell speak at FCA Annual Public Meeting

The FCA has held its annual public meeting, at which it reviews the year past, talks about key priorities for the year ahead and takes questions from the public. Charles Randell, who was chairing his first Annual Public Meeting, opened the meeting by: noting that the demands of Brexit preparation meant that they were forced […]

ESAs publish autumn report on risks and vulnerabilities in the EU financial system

The Joint Committee of the European Supervisory Authorities (ESAs) published its latest report on the risks and vulnerabilities in the EU financial system (JC 2018 34). The autumn report highlights the following risks as potential sources of instability: abrupt yield increases could generate substantive asset price volatility and lead to losses across asset classes; repricing of risk […]

Treasury updates Brexit draft laws

Treasury has published further drafts of Brexit-related statutory instruments: the EEA Passport Rights (Amendment, etc, and Transitional Provisions)(EU Exit) Regulations 2018 address the necessary amendments to legislation to repeal passport rights under single market directives consequent on Brexit and legislates for the temporary permissions regime for those who will lose any passports; the draft Payments […]

ESAs report on financial advice automation

The joint committee of ESAs has published the results of its monitoring exercise on automation in financial advice. The ESAs found that automation is growing but that there are still only a limited number of firms and customers involved. Moreover, the risks many had identified with the practice have not materialised, not least because most […]

ECON calls for equivalence reform

The Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs has published a report on relationships between the EU and third countries on financial services regulation and supervision. The report calls for a Resolution requiring the Commission to review how current equivalence decision procedures work, to provide greater and clearer transparency, and says there is a clear move […]

ESMA renews binary option ban

ESMA has confirmed the ban on binary options will remain in place for a further three months. The current ban, which prohibits marketing, distribution or sale of binary options to retail clients, expires on 2 October. ESMA has reviewed the specific features of certain binary options which make them less risky and as a result […]

Treasury publishes “no-deal” guidance

Treasury has published guidance for the banking, insurance and other financial services sectors on the impact of what it still describes as an “unlikely” no-deal Brexit scenario. It stresses that increased preparations towards a no-deal were always likely to be necessary the closer Brexit becomes and that accelerating the plans does not mean the Government […]

Pakistan added to MLD4 high risk list

The European Commission has adopted a Delegated Regulation adding Pakistan to the list of high-risk third countries under MLD4.  Member States will be bound to require application of EDD when dealing with any persons from Pakistan. The requirement will take effect 20 days after it is published in the Official Journal.

ECB publishes the latest version of its Supervision Letter

The European Central Bank (ECB) has published the latest edition of its Supervision Letter. The August edition includes a recording of an interview with Ed Sibley, Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Ireland and ECB Supervisory Board member, discussing the importance of all forms of diversity to the governance, culture and risk profile of banks. In […]

FCA Dear CEO Letter on cross border arrangements

The FCA has published a Dear CEO letter on cross border booking arrangements. In its letter, the FCA acknowledges that, in order to deal with the UK’s withdrawal from the EU, firms have put in place contingency plans which when executed will impact current business models, legal entity strategies and booking arrangements. The FCA appreciates the […]

EIOPA joins the Sustainable Insurance Forum

The European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) has announced that it has become a member of the Sustainable Insurance Forum (SIF). The SIF is a network of insurance supervisors and regulators from around the world working together on sustainability challenges facing the insurance sector. In July 2018, the SIF, together with the International Association […]

ESMA response to EIOPA on AIFMD

ESMA has responded to some queries EIOPA raised with it on the definition of AIF and leverage in the AIFMD.  EIOPA had asked: whether AIFs that use certain borrowing arrangements and derivative instruments under the Solvency II Delegated Regulation considered leveraged for AIFMD purposes. ESMA points out that the AIFMD has no formal definition of […]

ECB publishes draft regulation on money market statistics

The ECB has published a draft Regulation amending the Money Market Statistical Reporting (MMSR) Regulation. Since July 2016, the ECB has used the MMSR Regulation to collect data on the euro money market. In addition, detailed data has been reported by large euro area banks on transactions denominated in euro in the unsecured, secured, foreign exchange […]

FCA updates on high-risk products and retail investors

FCA has added its own views on selling high-risk speculative investments to retail clients. It fully supports ESMA’s measures and notes that ESMA has also recognised the risks of products similar to CFDs. However, it is concerned firms will try to get around the ESMA product intervention restrictions by selling to retail investors products that […]

ESMA updates product intervention FAQs

ESMA has updated its FAQs on the use of its temporary product intervention measures in respect of CFDs and binary options.  New questions: state that turbo certificates are not within the scope of the CFD decision as they have different product features to CFDs, including that they are transferable securities for MiFID purposes and are […]

PRA consults on CRR definition of default

The PRA has today published its consultation paper (CP) 17/18 on the definition of default.  The CP follows the European Banking Authority’s (EBA) Opinion on the implementation of the regulatory review of internal rating based (IRB) models. Background The EBA put together a list of regulatory products for the IRB framework review, with the “aim […]

HM Treasury publishes temporary permissions draft SI

HM Treasury has published a draft SI setting out the proposed conditions for an incoming EEA firm to obtain a temporary permission to continue to carry on regulated activity in the UK after exit day, in the event of the proposed two year transition period not being agreed. This draft SI applies to firms that […]

ESMA updates funds FAQs

ESMA has updated its FAQs on the UCITS Directive and the AIFMD. New questions include those addressing when UCITS invest in UCITS with different investment policies and supervision of branches of UCITS management companies or AIFMs that provide MiFID investment services.

ESAs update KID FAQs

The ESAs have published some further guidance on KIDs under the PRIIPS Regulation. The additions to the existing guidance provide some additional FAQs and updates to the flow diagrams for risk and reward calculations. New questions include confirmation that a KID must be published on the public section of the manufacturer’s website, and guidance on […]

FCA publishes Annual Report

FCA has published its Annual Report and Accounts for 2017/18. The report includes details of: FCA’s work preparing for Brexit; key regulatory changes such as MiFID 2 and PSD 2; work on SMCR extension; thematic work on high cost credit and consumer debt; and the PPI customer information campaign. It also articulates what FCA has done […]

EBA GUIDELINES ON FRAUD REPORTING UNDER PSD2

The European Banking Authority (EBA) has published its final report on the fraud reporting guidelines under PSD2 (Guidelines). The Guidelines have been published following the consultation which took place in August 2017. Article 96(6) of PSD2 states that payment services providers must provide ‘statistical data on fraud relating to different means of payment to their competent […]

Article on marketing of AIFs

We wrote an article for Compliance Monitor on the EU proposals for changes to the way in which AIFs can be marketed.

Treasury updates AML advisory

Treasury has updated its AML advisory notice on high risk jurisdictions. The advisory meets the requirements of the 2017 MLRs to ensure the regulated sector applies EDD to high-risk countries with reference, among other things to the Commission’s Delegated Regulation setting out the high risk jurisdictions. Treasury has updated its guidance following the FATF June […]

EIOPA publishes Q&As on application of IDD

The first set of Questions and Answers (Q&As) on the application of the Insurance Distribution Directive (IDD) were published today by the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA).  Answers were given to questions on the requirements for the Product Oversight and Governance (POG) arrangements and for Insurance Based Investment Products (IBIPs).  Some of the Q&As […]

New rules to prevent money laundering and combat terrorism financing in force

The European Commission (the Commission) announced that MLD5 entered into force on 9 July 2018. The new rules introduce stricter transparency requirements, including full public access to the beneficial ownership register for companies.  Some of the key improvements include limiting the use of anonymous payments through pre-paid cards and widening customer verification requirements. Věra Jourová, […]

European Parliament looks into use of cryptocurrencies and blockchain by criminals for illegal activities

A paper prepared by Policy Department A at the request of the European Parliament’s Special Committee on Financial Crimes, Tax Evasion and Tax Avoidance delves into the increasing use of cryptocurrencies by criminals for illegal activities such as money laundering, tax evasion and terrorist financing. Regulators are said to be very concerned about the use […]

BoE sets out next steps for prudential regulation of banks: present and future

Vicky Saporta, Executive Director for Prudential Policy at the Bank of England delivered a keynote speech on 4 July at The Westminster Business Forum.  The speech focused on the impact of Basel III, which was finalised on 7 December 2017, and discussed the achievements of the reforms, its finalisation and what lies ahead. Achievements The […]

Insurance Europe’s SII conference

On 26 June, insurers, policymakers and regulators attended Insurance Europe’s Solvency II Conference.  The theme of the conference, which was held in Brussels, was ” Two years on and two reviews”. Michaela Koller, Insurance Europe director general opened the conference, which featured two panel debates. The first debate “Two years on – Solvency II in […]

Evaluation of the Consumer Credit Directive

The European Commission has published a roadmap on the Consumer Credit Directive (Directive). The Commission is looking to assess: effectiveness: whether the original objectives of the Directive have been achieved; efficiency: the functioning of the Directive from a simplification and burden reduction perspective; coherence: how the Directive works together with other legislation in the field of […]

Mobile Contactless SEPA Card Payments Interoperability Implementation Guidelines

Following a consultation in October 2017, the European Payments Council has published a revised version of its mobile contactless Single Euro Payments Area (SEPA) card payments interoperability implementation guidelines (MCP). The guidelines have been updated to reflect a rapidly evolving system and address the interoperability aspects relating to the MCP application lifecycle management.  

Prospectus exemptions amended

The FSMA (Prospectus and Markets in Financial Instruments) Regulations 2018 take effect on 21 July and amend two of the thresholds that trigger the requirement to produce a prospectus. The changes reflect the 2017 EU Prospectus Regulation and: increase the threshold amount for offers to trigger the prospectus requirement from €100,000 to €8 million; and reduce […]

FCA makes new rules

FCA has made new rules. The changes affect several parts of the Handbook, including: miscellaneous minor and clarificatory changes, including a change to the application chapter of SYSC to clarify that certain rules in SYSC 4.3A do not apply to an AIFM investment firm that is not a CRR firm; changes to make the Handbook consistent […]

EU unhappy at MLD4 implementation

The European Commission is unhappy with Member State transposition of MLD4. It currently has open infringement procedures against 20 Member States but says most have adopted and notified missing transposition measures. The Commission is now scrutinising those measures, while noting Member States have only until January 2020 to implement MLD5. The Commission is also looking […]

Customer authentication under PSD2

We recently wrote an article for Compliance Monitor on strong customer authentication under PSD2 and EBA Guidelines.

EIOPA opens InsurTech Insight survey

EIOPA is inviting the insurance industry as well as those not directly active in the insurance value chain to provide views on InsurTech, which they define as ‘technology-enabled innovation in insurance that could result in new business models, applications, processes or products with an associated material effect on the provision of insurance products and services’. The […]

HMT, Bank of England and FCA set out approach to onshoring financial services legislation

The Treasury, the Bank of England and the FCA have published information about how financial services legislation will be on-shored under the EU (Withdrawal) Act, in particular to ensure the (hopefully unlikely) ‘hard Brexit’ scenario is addressed, if the negotiated implementation period is not able to take effect from March 2019. The Treasury intends to lay […]

Industry publishes MiFID 2 distributor templates

PIMFA and TISA have published a MiFID 2 Feedback Template and a guide on distributor reporting. It hopes the documents will help firms to meet their responsibilities under MiFID 2 and particularly that the Q&A will help distributors to make compliant returns to asset managers. Comments are welcome on the proposed template until 12 July. […]

Serbia to be added to MLD4 high risk list?

The Commission has confirmed it will assess, at the end of June,  Serbia’s progress and commitments towards meeting its AML obligations and the FATF recommendations. It may then decide to add the country to the list of high-risk jurisdictions under MLD4.

EBA urges Brexit “no deal” preparation

EBA has published an Opinion in which it asks national regulators to ensure financial institutions are taking practical steps to prepare for a “no deal” Brexit with no transition period. It does not think institutions have been moving quickly enough in their planning and is concerned they are delaying triggering necessary actions. EBA notes that […]

Mansion House 2018: Speech by the Chancellor of the Exchequer

HM Treasury has published a speech by Philip Hammond, Chancellor of the Exchequer, which was delivered at the annual Mansion House dinner. In his speech, Mr Hammond focused on Brexit and financial services. He said that the UK needs to ensure that it remains a world leader in innovation, and extend London’s position as the […]

FCA statement on EBA’s draft PSD2 Guidelines and Opinion for banks and others involved in open banking

The FCA has published a statement on the European Banking Authority’s (EBA) draft PSD2 Guidelines and Opinion on the Regulatory Technical Standards (RTS) on Strong Customer Authentication and Common and Secure Communication. The FCA said that it was supportive of the views contained in the EBA Opinion and encourage firms and API initiatives to consider these […]

MLD5 published in OJ

MLD5 has now been published in the OJEU. It is dated 30 May and was published on 19 June.  Member States are required to implement it by 10 January 2020.

EBA publishes Annual Report 2017

The European Banking Authority (EBA) has published its annual report 2017, in which it describes the work undertaken and its achievements in 2017. The report also includes the EBA’s key areas of focus for 2018. The work undertaken by the EBA and its achievements in 2017 include: finalising  important components of the Single Rulebook and […]

EU fund marketing proposals progress

The Council of the EU has agreed a negotiating mandate for progressing the Commission’s proposals on cross-border marketing of funds. It has also published compromise texts based on the Commission’s originals to form the basis for negotiations with the European Parliament.

EBA consults on PSD2 RTS Guidelines for ASPSPs

The EBA has published a consultation on draft Guidelines supplementing the Regulatory Technical Standards on strong customer authentication published in the OJ in March 2018, and applicable from September 2019. Article 33(6) of the RTS set out the conditions that must be met when an Account Servicing Payment Service Provider (ASPSP) wishes to provide access […]

EP adopts “EMIR Refit” proposal

The European Parliament has voted in plenary session to adopt the so called “EMIR Refit” Regulation. The European Commission has proposed that small financial counterparties (SFCs) should not be subject to the current EMIR clearing obligation where they deal with OTC derivatives at a low volume which would not present a systemic risk to the financial […]

EU agrees money laundering criminal sanctions

The Council of the EU has agreed measures on criminal sanctions for money laundering offences.  A new Directive will set minimum rules for defining money laundering offences and the criminal sanctions for them. The maximum imprisonment will be only 4 years, with additional civil sanctions possible. The directive also caters for exclusion of legal entities […]

ESMA speaks on a genuine single market

Verena Ross has spoken on progress towards a “genuine” single European financial market, focusing on the role of regulation and supervision. She commented that the EU now has a robust and integrated regulatory framework but stressed the importance of supervision. She discussed the importance of taking the time and effort required for proper implementation and […]

FCA publishes quarterly consultation

FCA’s latest quarterly consultation proposes the usual minor miscellaneous changes to its Handbook, including; changes to the appointed representatives appointment firm: the changes are spurred on by IDD changes but generally require firms to make a statement that they have complied with their regulatory obligations as principal; the COBS rules for insurance distribution to ensure […]

ESMA exercises product intervention powers

ESMA has exercised its product intervention powers under MiFIR to: ban the marketing, distribution or sale or binary options to retail investors from 2 July; and restrict the marketing of CFDs to retail investors from 1 August. The restrictions consist of leverage limits on opening positions, a margin close-out rule and a negative balance protection […]

ESMA publishes MiFID 2 suitability guidelines

ESMA has published its final guidelines on certain aspects of the MiFID 2 suitability requirements. The guidelines build on their MiFID 1 predecessor, and broaden them to address technological developments such as a the development of robo-advice and take into account supervisory experience and the results of reviews and surveys. The guidelines also include a […]

ESMA updates MiFID 2 FAQs

ESMA has updated its FAQs on investor protection and intermediaries under MiFID 2. New questions added in May focus on: best execution: a new question addresses what is meant by “other liquidity provider”; client categorisation: new questions look at when and how a firm can assess whether it can treat an individual private investor as a professional client, […]

ESMA updates UCITS FAQ

ESMA has updated its FAQs on the application of the UCITS Directive. The additions look at how to apply remuneration disclosure requirements to staff or the delegate of a UCITS management company who have been delegated investment management functions.

Lloyd’s gives IDD guidance to non-UK coverholders

Lloyd’s has published guidance for non-UK EEA coverholders on the actions they must take to ensure IDD compliance. The guidance focuses on agreement between all parties in the distribution chain on who the product manufacturer is, and the need to document this in the binding authority agreement.  Coverholders that are manufacturers should prepare appropriate IPIDs, […]

Lloyd’s Brussels obtains licence

Lloyd’s has announced that it has received licence approval from the National Bank of Belgium for Lloyd’s Insurance Company S.A. Post-Brexit, this subsidiary of Lloyd’s will be able to write non-life risks from the EEA, and will be ready to start writing business from 1 January 2019.

Summary of responses to the ECB’s second public consultation on developing a euro unsecured overnight interest rate

The European Central Bank (ECB) has published a summary of the responses it received to its second consultation on developing a euro unsecured overnight interest rate. The consultation follows the ECB’s decision to develop a daily euro unsecured overnight interest rate based on data already available to the Eurosystem. The rate is due to be finalised before 2020 and will complement […]

EU adopts MLD5

The Council has formally adopted MLD5 in its meeting of 14 May. The changes to MLD4, already agreed between the Council and Parliament, include: greater transparency of beneficial ownership of companies and trusts; addressing the risks of prepaid cards and virtual currencies; greater cooperation between FIUs; and enhanced checks on transactions involving high-risk countries. The […]

ESMA sets up central register portal

ESMA has created a new portal for checking the authorisation status of investment firms, trading venues and DRSPs authorised under MiFID 2, UCITS management companies and AIFMs and also funds managed or marketed in the EU.

Treasury makes IDD perimeter law changes

Treasury has made the Insurance Distribution (Regulated Activities and Miscellaneous Amendments) Order 2018 and laid it before Parliament on 1 May. The Order makes changes, mainly to the RAO, to reflect the changes to the regulatory perimeter consequent on IDD implementation and will fully come into force on 1 October. The main changes generally update […]

MLD5 final text published

Ahead of its adoption, the Council and Parliament text of MLD5 was published on 26 April. After formal adoption it will need to be published in the Official Journal, and it will come into force 18 months after that. Austria and the Commission both expressed disappointment that the transparency provisions were not more onerous.

Barnier speaks on Brexit

Michel Barnier has spoken to Eurofi. He described Brexit as a lose-lose situation, with no added value.  He said: there can be no frictionless trade outside the Customs Union and Single Market so businesses will be faced with barriers and checks that are not in place today and this will have an impact on value […]

FCA speaks on asset management

Andrew Bailey has given a regulatory perspective on asset management. His speech considered: market-wide risks: he looked at the growth in the asset management sector and particularly the increase in proportionate growth of the asset management sector over others. open-ended funds: he considered the risks of funds offering daily redemption in illiquid assets which also […]

EU updates on retail product distribution

The European Commission has reported that consumers still face some obstacles when trying to compare investment funds, life insurance or personal pensions. The report finds that recent EU measures, such as MiFID 2 and the PRIIPs Regulation, should help, but that consumers find a great variance in costs for similar product categories cross-border. It also says most consumers […]

EP publishes MLD5 text

Following its vote to approve MLD5, the EP has now published the provisional version of the approved text.

EP votes through MLD5

The European Parliament adopted in plenary session on 19 April  the proposals for MLD5. In an EP press release prior to the vote: the proposals to require public access to beneficial ownership information, to introduce registers for beneficial ownership of trusts and for banks accounts and safe deposit boxes were highlighted as important measures; EP […]

ESAs report on key risks for H2 2017

The Joint Committee of the European Supervisory Authorities has published its report for the second half of 2017.  This report highlights the following potential sources of instability: repricing of risk premia uncertainties regarding the terms of Britain’s exit from the EU; cyber attacks; and climate change. The report urges firms and supervisory authorities to seek […]

FCA and PRA publish business plans

The FCA and the PRA have both published their business plans for 2018/2019. The FCA’s business plan shines a spotlight on consumer protection, including in relation to pension products and high-cost credit, as an area of concern for the forthcoming year, as well as ongoing programmes such as Brexit, and firms’ culture and governance (including […]

ECB consults on cyber resilience oversight expectations

The European Central Bank (ECB) has launched a consultation on cyber resilience oversight expectations. The consultation contains a draft document which defines the ECB’s expectations in terms of cyber resilience, based on existing global guidance published by the Committee on Payments and Market Infrastructures and the Board of the International Organisation of Securities Commissions (CPMI-IOSCO) […]

ECB PUBLISHES ANNUAL REPORT FOR 2017

The European Central Bank (ECB) has published its annual report for 2017. The annual report sets out the ECB’s activities in the economic and financial environment of 2017. Amongst other things, the report focuses on: the economic recovery in the euro area; the ECB’s monetary policy decisions, which lead to the ECB recalibrating its asset […]

ECON DRAFT REPORT ON FINANCIAL SERVICES REGULATION AND SUPERVISION RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN EU AND THIRD COUNTRIES

The European Parliament’s Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (ECON) published its draft report on the financial services regulation and supervision relationship between the EU and third countries. The draft report contains a motion for a European Parliament resolution and includes, amongst other things calls: on the European Commission to adopt a legislative act establishing […]

FCA SPEECH ON BREXIT: TRANSITION AND FINANCIAL REGULATION

The FCA has published a speech by Andrew Bailey, Chief Executive of the FCA, on Brexit, following the agreement reached between the UK and EU on a transition period. Key issues highlighted by Mr Bailey include: the importance of a transitional period for everyone involved in financial services on both sides; the need for continuing authorisation for […]

ECB Annual Report on supervisory activities

The European Central Bank (ECB) has published its Annual Report on its supervisory activities for 2017. The Annual Report sets out the ECB’s key achievements for 2017. In addition, the ECB published a speech on the Annual Report given by Daniele Nouy, Chair of the ECB’s Supervisory Board, which includes focus areas on general developments in the […]

Council of the EU approves EU-US insurance agreement

Following the announcement in September last year that the EU and the USA signed a bilateral agreement on insurance and reinsurance prudential measures, the Council of the EU has now formally adopted a decision to conclude this agreement.  This agreement can now provide legal certainty  to EU and US insurers in the application of regulatory […]

FPC updates financial stability outlook

In its latest meeting, the Financial Policy Committee focused on: the outlook for UK financial stability generally: it thought these were standard, excepting the Brexit risks, with risks from global vulnerability still being material. Risks from certain markets in the US and in China are elevated, but there seems to be some sign of increasing […]

FCA looks back on past 5 years

John Griffith-Jones has reflected on FCA’s first 5 years of operation, since it took over from the FSA.  He outlined: highlights – specifying FCA’s engagement with pension exit charges, general insurance renewals, interest-only mortgage work, FX and LIBOR issues and reform, MiFID 2 implementation, the Innovation Hub, market abuse enforcement, fixing PPI, the asset management […]

European Commission publishes plans to accelerate delivery of Capital Markets Union

The Commission has published a new package of proposals that it wishes to see adopted by mid-2019. The proposals will ‘put in place all building blocks of the Capital Markets Union’, and comprise: legislative proposals on facilitating cross-border distribution of investment funds, to boost the cross-border market for investment funds; a legislative proposal on covered […]

FCA surveys firms passporting into UK

As part of its preparation for Brexit, the Government announced in December 2017 that it would, if necessary, introduce legislation to enable a ‘temporary permission’ scheme for EEA firms and funds which, following Brexit, can no longer rely on their passporting rights to do business in the UK. The FCA has published a survey to […]

EU Commission communicates Action Plan for financing sustainable growth

The EU Commission has published a communication on its action plan for financing sustainable growth. The action plan aims to: reorient capital flows towards sustainable investment in order to achieve sustainable and inclusive growth; manage financial risks stemming from climate change, resource depletion, environmental degradation and social issues; and foster transparency and long-termism in financial […]

Commission unveils Fintech and crowdfunding action plan

The European Commission has published an action plan aimed at making Europe a global hub for Fintech. The plan is to make markets safer and easier for new players to access while enabling the financial sector to make use of new technologies. It wants to encourage a cross-border infrastructure for blockchain but using pilot projects. […]

Chancellor speaks on financial services and Brexit

Philip Hammond gave his long-awaited speech on financial services and the future.  He referenced: that financial services is not just a London business and that two-thirds of financial services jobs in the UK are outside London Theresa May’s speech setting out what the UK wants from a partnership with the remaining EU his challenge to […]