Tag Archives: equivalence

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 […]

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 […]

Treasury publishes CRR Brexit regulations

The latest draft Regulations anticipating Brexit relate to capital resources requirements. The draft Capital Requirements (Amendment)(EU Exit) Regulations 2018 are intended to make sure the CRR can continue to operate effectively once the UK has left the EU. Key changes the draft addresses relate to: group consolidation so as to amend the geographical scope of […]

EC VP speech highlights risks arising from Brexit

In a recent speech, Vice-President of the EC, Valdis Dombrovskis, warned of the consequences arising from the fact that the transition period agreed at a European level was part of the overall future withdrawal agreement.  Therefore, if finalisation of the withdrawal agreement was compromised due to issues such as the Irish border and governance of […]

Andrew Bailey of the FCA discusses open financial markets

The FCA has published a speech by its Chief Executive, Andrew Bailey, in which he spoke about open markets through the prism of Brexit, including the prospects and reasons for a transition period and what the steady-state future could look like. Bailey highlighted the paramount need for financial stability and argued that this would be […]

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 […]

Commission publishes Swiss exchange MiFID 2 equivalence

The Commission has ruled the Swiss Exchange AG and BX Swiss AG as equivalent to regulated markets under MiFID 2.

Commission adopts MiFID 2 trading equivalence decisions

The Commission has recognised a number of trading venues in the US, Australia and Hong Kong as equivalent for the purposes of the MiFID 2/ MiFIR share trading obligation. This follows publication in the OJEU of the decision of equivalence in relation to certain US swaps markets.

US MiFIR equivalence decision in OJEU

The decision to consider the legal and supervisory framework of the USA applicable to designated contract markets and swap execution facilities as equivalent to MiFIR standards  under MiFIR has been published in the OJEU. The Annex to the decision names over 20 markets which are equivalent to EU trading venues.

Barnier speaks on EU future and Brexit

Michel Barnier, speaking at the Brussels office of the Centre for European Reform, spoke on the EU “standing up for itself”. He said Brexit could be a turning point in what he called the European project. He noted the UK’s voiced strong support for the Single Market in 2012 and said that the stronger EU […]

ESMA publishes MiFID II Q&A clarifying trading obligation for shares

ESMA has updated its MiFID II Q&As to clarify the application of the trading obligation for shares to trade certain instruments on-venue. ESMA confirms that all EU investment firms that are part of a chain of transmission should ensure that the ultimate execution of the order complies with the trading obligation requirements under article 23(1) […]

FMLC looks at Brexit third country issues

The Financial Markets Law Committee has published its views on the legal uncertainties related to the future classification of the UK as a third country in respect of the EU. The purpose of the paper is not to make recommendations, but to highlight legal issues. The paper focuses on: activities for which there is no […]

Andrew Bailey upbeat on Brexit

Andrew Bailey has spoken on how free trade, freedom of location and open markets in financial services can continue after Brexit . His key point was that firms should be able to take their own decisions on where they locate provided there are appropriate regulatory measures in place to protect the public interest.  And these measures […]

Parliament urges FS transition after Brexit

The EU Financial Affairs Sub-Committee has published its report on Brexit and financial services. The report says it is critical to agree a transitional period for financial services to avoid a “cliff edge” which could cause UK firms to restructure or relocate working on a “worst case” scenario. It notes that the equivalence provisions in […]

BBA publishes Brexit information sheets

BBA has published a series of “quick briefs” on Brexit. It says the papers should help explain the major issues Brexit presents for banks and customers. The briefs cover: Staying in or leaving the single market An orderly exit from the EU Passporting and Equivalence

FCA summarises financial services under WTO

Andrew Bailey has written to the Treasury Committee outlining what the regulatory landscape for financial services would be if the UK were a “third country” in respect of the remaining EU27, with access rules essentially governed by WTO protocols. The letter considers: the “most favoured nation” and “national treatment” principles embodied in the General Agreement […]