Report by the ECB working group on euro risk-free rates on fallback arrangements for €STR

On 12 November 2019, the working group on euro risk-free rates published a report on fallback arrangements for the euro short-term rate (€STR). The report provides supervised entities with guidance on potential ways to comply with Article 28.2 of the EU Benchmarks Regulation (BMR) when using the euro short-term rate (€STR), as the euro risk-free … Continue Reading

Joint trade associations letter to European Commission requesting extension of Brexit temporary equivalence for UK CCPs

On 12 November 2019, the Association for Financial Markets in Europe (AFME) published a joint letter, in collaboration with 13 other trade associations, to the European Commission (Commission) on temporary equivalence and recognition in relation to UK central counterparties (CCPs). The decision to allow the European Securities and Market Authority (ESMA) to temporarily recognise UK … Continue Reading

ECB reminder to banks to implement Brexit plans

On 13 November 2019, the European Central Bank (ECB) published an article on its website reminding banks that operational risk increases as they delay the implementation of their Brexit plans. The article repeats the same warning issued in August 2019 before the third extension of the Article 50 period (see previous blog) with an increased … Continue Reading

European Commission hosts conference on Basel III implementation

On Tuesday, 12 November 2019, the European Commission hosted a conference titled Implementing Basel III: Challenges and impact. The event was held in the context of the ongoing Commission consultation on Basel III implementation (see our earlier post here). The opening remarks were delivered by Valdis Dombrovskis, the Commission’s Vice-President for the Euro and Social … Continue Reading

EU co-legislators hold second round of trilogue negotiations on Sustainable Finance Taxonomy

On Wednesday 6 November 2019 the EU legislators held their second trilogue negotiation round on the proposal for a Regulation on the establishment of a framework to facilitate sustainable investment (hereinafter: the ‘Taxonomy proposal’). The proposed regulation will establish the conditions and the framework to create a unified classification system on what economy activities can … Continue Reading

New Global Asset Management webinar: Europe – Member State domestic regimes

In the second webinar of our global asset management series, our team from the UK, Germany, France, the Netherlands, Italy and Luxembourg provide their insight and views on their domestic regime’s approach to marketing, investors and structure. The webinar can be viewed here. For further information, please visit our Asset Management Regulation hub that houses … Continue Reading

Securitisation Regulation: Final RTS specifying information to be provided for STS notifications

On 12 November 2019, the European Commission published a Delegated Regulation supplementing the Securitisation Regulation with respect to regulatory technical standards (RTS) specifying the information to be provided in accordance with the ‘Simple, Transparent and Standardised’ (STS) notification requirements, together with annexes. Article 27(6) of the Securitisation Regulation mandates the European Securities and Markets Authority … Continue Reading

ESMA advises on the supervisory regime for third country CCPs

Introduction On 11 November 2019, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published three sets of technical advice to the European Commission (Commission) regarding third country central counterparties (TC-CCPs) under the revised European Market Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR 2.2). The technical advice covers: how to specify the criteria to determine whether a TC-CCP is systemically important … Continue Reading

OJ – Commission Delegated Regulation amending the EU ETS Auctioning Regulation

On 8 November 2019, there was published in the Official Journal of the EU, Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2019/1868 of 28 August 2019 amending Regulation (EU) No 1031/2010 to align the auctioning of allowances with the EU ETS rules for the period 2021 to 2030 and with the classification of allowances as financial instruments pursuant … Continue Reading

Basel Committee consults on guidelines on interaction and cooperation between prudential and AML/CFT supervision

On 8 November 2019, the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision (Basel Committee) issued a consultative document concerning the introduction of guidelines on the interaction and cooperation between prudential and anti-money laundering / countering the financing of terrorism (AML / CFT) supervision. In the consultative document the Basel Committee proposes certain amendments to its guidelines on … Continue Reading

FSB plenary meeting November 2019

On 7 November 2019, the Financial Stability Board (FSB) published a press release outlining the discussions held during its plenary meeting in New York. Key points from the meeting include: Current vulnerabilities in the global financial system. Members discussed a report assessing vulnerabilities associated with leveraged loans and collateralised loan obligations. The report suggests that … Continue Reading

Commission Delegated Regulation amending PRIIPs Delegated Regulation to align transitional arrangements

On 8 November 2019, there was published in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJ) a  Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2019/1866 which amends Article 18 of Delegated Regulation (EU) 2017/653 supplementing the Regulation on key information documents for packaged retail and insurance-based investment products (PRIIPs) by laying down regulatory technical standards with regard to … Continue Reading

Council of EU adopts EU consumer protection Directive

On 8 November 2019, the Council of the EU announced that it had adopted a Directive amending the Unfair Commercial Practices Directive (2005/29/EC), the Consumer Rights Directive (2011/83/EU), the Unfair Contract Terms Directive (93/13/EEC) and the Price Indication Directive (98/6/EC) (the Directive). The intention of the Directive is to guarantee higher standards of protection for … Continue Reading

Council of EU adopts legislative reforms to progress the Capital Markets Union

On 8 November 2019, the Council of the EU announced that it had adopted a set of legislative reforms which are part of the progress towards forming the Capital Markets Union, including: the creation of a new category of benchmarks contributing to sustainable finance; transparency obligations for sustainable investments; a new prudential framework for investment … Continue Reading

EBA progress report on NPLs

On 8 November 2019, the European Banking Authority (EBA) published its second thematic report on non-performing loans (NPLs). The report is based on supervisory data of asset quality metrics, and provides an update on the progress made so far in addressing NPLs in Europe. It also takes stock of ongoing initiatives to tackle the NPL … Continue Reading

Money laundering prevention within the German real estate sector

In recent years, Germany has increasingly focused on implementing regulations and provisions linked to money laundering prevention. In doing so, Germany has followed EU requirements including the recently passed 5th Anti-Money Laundering Directive (Directive [EU] 2018/843 of 30 May 2018). Whereas both EU and German legislation have been traditionally focused on the prevention of the … Continue Reading

ECB working group recommendations for fallback provisions in contracts referencing LIBOR

On 6 November 2019, the European Central Banks’s (ECB) working group on euro risk-free rates issued high level recommendations for fallback provisions in contracts referencing EURIBOR. The working group notes that historically, contractual fallback provisions generally only contemplate the temporary unavailability of EURIBOR and do not address its permanent cessation and/or any differences between EURIBOR … Continue Reading

OJ publication – RTS on the homogeneity of the underlying exposures in securitisation

In July the European Banking Authority published two final draft regulatory technical standards (RTS) under the Securitisation Regulation. The first of these RTS established the conditions for which underlying exposures are to be considered homogeneous, being one of the requirements with respect to simplicity, standardisation and transparency of a securitisation transaction. Our earlier blog is … Continue Reading

Council of EU and European Commission draft joint statement on stablecoins

On 6 November 2019, the Council of the EU released a note (13571/19) from its Presidency addressed to it, which annexes a joint statement of the Council and the European Commission (Commission) on stablecoins. In particular, the joint statement provides that “the Council and the Commission state that no global stablecoin arrangement should begin operation … Continue Reading

EBA revised materials for EU-wide stress test 2020

On 7 November 2019, the European Banking Authority (EBA) published the final methodology and draft templates for its 2020 EU-wide stress test along with key milestones of the exercise. The objective of the stress test is to provide EU supervisors, banks and other market participants with a common analytical framework to consistently compare and assess … Continue Reading

New EU prudential regime for investment firms – webinar recording

The recording from our latest 40 minute briefing webinar covering the new EU prudential regime for investment firms is now available. The webinar covers: Where we are in the legislative process for the IFR and IFD; Transitional provisions; Firm classification; New prudential requirements; Remuneration and governance; Equivalence; and What does the new regime mean in … Continue Reading

ECB TARGET2 Decision and Guideline published in OJ

On 5 November 2019, there was published in the Official Journal of the EU (OJ): Decision (EU) 2019/1848 of the European Central Bank (ECB) of 29 October 2019 amending Decision ECB/2007/7 concerning the terms and conditions of TARGET2-ECB (ECB/2019/32) (the Decision). The Decision is amended to reflect the changes made on 4 October 2019 by … Continue Reading

ESMA consultation on MiFID II position limits

On Tuesday, 05 November 2019, ESMA launched public consultation on position limits and position management controls in commodity derivatives. The consultation paper is divided into two parts and covers – (1) MiFID II review report on the application of position limits and position management controls and (2) technical advice on position reporting thresholds. Following on … Continue Reading