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SFC issues circular to fund industry participants in view of market volatility caused by COVID-19

In view of the current volatility in local and international markets caused by the COVID-19 outbreak, the Securities and Futures Commission (the SFC) has issued a circular aimed at management companies (Managers) and trustees and custodians of SFC-authorized funds (funds) reiterating best practices with which they are expected to comply, in order to look after … Continue Reading

SFC issues reminder on suitability obligations and timely dissemination of information given market volatility caused by COVID-19

The Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) has issued a circular to intermediaries reminding licensed and registered persons to take extra care to comply with their Code of Conduct[1] obligations to ensure that they are acting in their clients’ best interests given the potential impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on market volatility and liquidity, as well … Continue Reading

Insurance Authority implements Phase 2 of temporary facilitative measures in light of COVID-19

Further to the Phase 1 temporary facilitative measures (TFMs) introduced by the Insurance Authority (IA) on 21 February 2020, the IA has announced the second phase of TFMs in view of the development of the COVID-19 pandemic, in order to reduce the risk of infection from in person meetings during the sales process for insurance … Continue Reading

US financial regulators establish webpages on the COVID-19 pandemic

The US financial regulatory, consumer protection and enforcement supervisors are regularly issuing press releases and statements concerning the COVID-19 pandemic. Each of them has established special links to provide information to the public on its response to the pandemic. Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System: Commodity Futures Trading Commission: Conference of State … Continue Reading

DNB postpones reporting periods for insurers due to COVID-19

On 25 March 2020, the Dutch Central Bank (De Nederlandsche Bank, DNB) published a news item on postponing the reporting periods for insurers due to the COVID-19 outbreak. DNB follows the recommendations published on 20 March 2020 by the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) on supervisory flexibility regarding the deadline of supervisory reporting … Continue Reading

FINRA Updates FAQs Related to COVID-19 Regulatory Relief

FINRA has supplemented its FAQs related to COVID-19 regulatory relief. Summaries of the new FAQs are provided below. Helpfully, FINRA has also provided a link to state “shelter-in-place” and “stay-at-home” orders. Impact of Communication Disruptions – Implications for Firms. FINRA states that member firms should consider steps they can take to mitigate risks that may … Continue Reading

ESMA guidance on accounting implications of COVID-19

On 25 March 2020, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) issued a public statement designed to promote consistent application of International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) in the EU and avoid divergence in practice on the application of IFRS 9 Financial Instruments in the specific context of the COVID-19 pandemic. The statement addresses in particular … Continue Reading

EBA provides clarity to banks and consumers on the application of the prudential framework in light of COVID-19 measures

On 25 March 2020, the European Banking Authority (EBA) issued the following statements related to the COVID-19 pandemic: Statement on the application of the prudential framework regarding default, forbearance and IFRS9 in light of COVID-19 measures. The EBA is supportive of the measures taken and proposed by Member State national governments and EU bodies to … Continue Reading

FCA publish statement on impact of COVID 19 on LIBOR transition plans

The FCA have published a statement confirming that they have commenced discussions on the impact of the coronavirus on firms’ LIBOR transition plans, along with the Bank of England and members of the Working Group on Sterling Risk-Free Reference Rates. The FCA confirmed that the central assumption that firms cannot rely on LIBOR being published … Continue Reading

Coronavirus/COVID-19: German regulator on conduct of business rules

After the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) had issued a public statement regarding the application of MiFID II requirements on the recording of telephone conversations on 20 March 2020 (see the related publication in our blog), the German Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (Bundesanstalt für Finanzdienstleistungsaufsicht – BaFin) published additional guidance to market participants on the same … Continue Reading