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EBA calls on resolution authorities to consider the impact of COVID-19 on resolution strategies and resolvability assessments

On 9 July 2020, the European Banking Authority (EBA) published a statement on resolution planning in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. With this statement, the EBA intends to reiterate the importance of resolution planning in times of uncertainty to ensure that resolution stands as a credible option in times of stress.  In addition, the EBA … Continue Reading

IFSB statements on the implications of COVID-19 on aspects of Islamic banking and Islamic capital markets

On 8 July 2020, the Islamic Financial Services Board (IFSB) issued two statements addressing the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic on certain elements of Islamic banking and Islamic capital markets. The statement on Islamic banking aims to clarify the treatment of payment moratoriums, the expected credit loss approach and profit sharing investment accounts in-line with … Continue Reading

EBA provides clarity on the implementation of the prudential framework in the context of COVID-19

On 7 July 2020, the European Banking Authority (EBA) published a report providing clarification on certain issues concerning the application of the prudential framework that have been raised as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic. Specifically the report is intended to provide clarity on the implementation of the EBA guidelines on legislative and non-legislative moratoria … Continue Reading

DNB supports ESRB recommendation on restriction of distributions during the COVID-19 pandemic

On 6 July 2020, the Dutch Central Bank (De Nederlandsche Bank, DNB) issued a press release supporting the recent recommendation from the European Systemic Risk Board (ERSB) on the restriction of distributions during the COVID-19 pandemic. DNB expects that during these uncertain times investment firms and alternative investment funds will closely monitor their financial buffers. … Continue Reading

FSB statement on the impact of COVID-19 on global benchmark reform

On 1 July 2020, the Financial Stability Board (FSB) issued a statement concerning the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on global benchmark transition. The statement notes that it is likely that some firms’ transition plans are likely to be temporarily disrupted or delayed, whilst others are continuing. The FSB maintains its view that financial and … Continue Reading

PRA statement on COVID-19 regulatory reporting and disclosure amendments

On 26 June 2020, the PRA issued a statement on its website concerning COVID-19 regulatory reporting and disclosure amendments. The PRA statement provides that having considered the fact that firms have now had time to adjust to new ways of working, and the prudential benefits to supervisors of timely submission of regulatory data, the PRA … Continue Reading

Statement by the PRA on implementation of the EBA guidelines to address gaps in reporting data and public information in the context of COVID-19

On 24 June 2020, the PRA issued a statement regarding the European Banking Authority (EBA) guidelines to address gaps in reporting data and public information in the context of COVID-19 (EBA guidelines). The PRA states that it does not consider it necessary at this time to extend the supervisory reporting elements of the EBA guidelines. … Continue Reading

COVID-19: European legislators approve CRR “quick fix”

On 18 June 2020 the European Parliament adopted its legislative report on the targeted amendments to the Capital Requirements Regulation (CRR “quick fix”). The Parliament’s position reflects a compromise agreed with Member States in informal negotiations that preceded the vote. This paves a way for a formal adoption, publication in the EU Official Journal and … Continue Reading

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

Further to the introduction of the Phase 2 temporary facilitative measures (TFMs) on 27 March 2020, the Insurance Authority (IA) has released a circular announcing that Phase 2 of the TFMs will be extended by three months in view of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Phase 2 TFMs (amongst other things) permit insurers and intermediaries to … Continue Reading

FCA confirms guidance for insurers and intermediaries on how they should consider the impact of COVID-19 on product value

The FCA has finalised guidance on what it believes insurers and insurance intermediaries should be doing to identify issues relating to COVID-19 that affect the value of insurance products. The guidance is intended to highlight areas where firms might prioritise product reviews in light of the pandemic. The FCA expects firms to consider how the … Continue Reading

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