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ESMA guidelines on written agreements between members of CCP colleges

On 1 July 2021, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published guidelines on written agreements between members of central counterparty (CCP) colleges. The guidelines apply to Member State competent authorities from 1 July 2021 and are intended to establish consistent, efficient and effective supervisory practices within the European System of Financial Supervision and to … Continue Reading

Commission draft report on the CSDR

On 30 June 2021, the European Commission (Commission) published a draft of the report that it is required to produce under Article 75 of the Central Securities Depositories Regulation (CSDR). Article 75 of the CSDR requires the Commission to review and prepare a general report on a wide range of issues by 19 September 2019. … Continue Reading

Published in OJ – Commission Implementing Regulation extending the transitional period for the treatment of exposures to third-country CCPs under CRR

On 25 June 2021, there was published in the Official Journal of the EU a Commission Implementing Regulation that extends the transitional period during which EU credit institutions can treat exposures to a third-country central counterparty (CCP) that has not been recognised in accordance with the European Market Infrastructure Regulation as if they were exposures … Continue Reading

Published in OJ – Commission Delegated Regulation extending the clearing obligation exemption for pension scheme arrangements

On 16 June 2021, Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2021/962 extending the transitional period under Article 89(1) of the European Markets Infrastructure Regulation was published in the Official Journal of the European Union. The Delegated Regulation extends the central clearing exemption for pension scheme arrangements until 18 June 2022. It enters into force on 17 June … Continue Reading

ESMA public statement on the implementation of the FRANDT commercial terms to provide clearing services

On 11 June 2021, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) issued a statement regarding the implementation of the fair, reasonable, non-discriminatory and transparent (FRANDT) commercial terms to provide clearing services. Key points in the statement include: ESMA is aware that certain clearing members and clients are facing challenges when preparing for the 18 June … Continue Reading

ESMA launches 2021 CCP stress test

On 7 June 2021, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) issued the framework for its fourth stress test for central counterparties (CCPs). The new stress test exercise has the following components: Credit Stress: assessing CCPs’ resources ability to absorb losses under a combination of market price shocks and member default scenarios. Concentration risk: assessing … Continue Reading

Commission specifies commercial terms for clearing services for OTC derivatives

On 2 June 2021, the European Commission (Commission) adopted a Delegated Regulation specifying the conditions under which commercial terms for clearing services for over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives are to be considered to be fair, reasonable, non-discriminatory and transparent (FRANDT). The statutory basis of the Delegated Regulation is Article 4(3a), third subparagraph, of the European Market Infrastructure … Continue Reading

ESMA’s further proposals regarding the review of the CSDR

On 26 May 2021, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published a letter that it had sent to Mairead McGuinness (Commissioner for Financial Services, Financial Stability and Capital Markets Union) raising a number of points regarding the European Commission’s current review of the Central Securities Depositories Regulation (CSDR). ESMA has previously provided the Commission … Continue Reading

ESMA publishes guidelines on the calculation of positions under SFTR

On 25 May 2021, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published a final report on guidelines on the calculation of positions in securities financing transactions (SFTs) by trade repositories (TRs) under the Securities Financing Transactions Regulation (SFTR). The report contains an assessment of the feedback received from stakeholders on an earlier consultation paper on … Continue Reading

Commission Delegated Regulation amending Delegated Regulations (EU) No 1003/2013 and (EU) 2019/360 as regards the annual supervisory fees charged by ESMA to trade repositories

On 25 May 2021, there was published in the Official Journal of the EU (OJ) Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2021/822 of 24 March 2021 amending Delegated Regulations (EU) No 1003/2013 and (EU) 2019/360 as regards the annual supervisory fees charged by the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) to trade repositories for 2021. The Commission … Continue Reading

IOSCO issues industry surveys on conduct risks in leveraged loans and collateralized loan obligations

On 24 May 2021, the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) issued four questionnaires for industry participants on conduct risks in leveraged loans (LL) and collateralized loan obligations (CLO) targeting bank lenders, CLO investors, CLO managers and LL sponsors. The purpose of the questionnaires is to support IOSCO’s project by furthering its understanding of the … Continue Reading

A global perspective on derivatives regulation

On 17 May 2021, the International Organisation of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) published a speech by Ashley Alder (CEO Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission and IOSCO chair) entitled A global perspective on derivatives regulation. Key points in the speech include: Global regulatory authorities are still monitoring the implementation and effectiveness of the post-crisis reforms in … Continue Reading

GFXC publishes Request for Feedback on draft guidance papers for pre-hedging and last look

On 11 May 2021, the Global Foreign Exchange Committee (GFXC) announced that it was seeking industry feedback on draft guidance papers for the usage of ‘pre-hedging’ and ‘last look’ within foreign exchange markets. When finalised the guidance papers will not be part of the FX Global Code but should instead be read alongside it. The … Continue Reading

Commission Delegated Regulation extending the transitional period for PSAs

On 6 May 2021, the European Commission adopted a Delegated Regulation extending the transitional period referred to in Article 89(1), first subparagraph, of the European Market Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR). EMIR provides for a temporary exemption from the clearing obligation for pension scheme arrangements (PSAs) meeting certain criteria. This transitional period is set out under Article … Continue Reading

Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2021/732 of 26 January 2021 amending Delegated Regulation (EU) No 667/2014

On 6 May 2021, there was published in the Official Journal of the EU Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2021/732 of 26 January 2021 amending Delegated Regulation (EU) No 667/2014 with regard to the content of the file to be submitted by the investigation officer to the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA), the right to … Continue Reading

IOSCO report – thematic review on business continuity plans with respect to trading venues and intermediaries

On 6 May 2021, the Board of the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) published a report on a thematic review that was conducted on the extent to which participating IOSCO member jurisdictions have implemented regulatory measures consistent with the two recommendations and the two standards set out in the 2015 IOSCO reports on business … Continue Reading

BCBS, CPMI and IOSCO survey clients and non-bank intermediaries on margin calls

On 5 May 2021, the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision, the Committee on Payments and Market Infrastructures and the International Organisation of Securities Commissions announced that they had issued a survey on the use of margin calls as part of an examination into liquidity shortfalls during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic. This work … Continue Reading

ROC consultative document – Harmonisation of critical OTC derivatives data elements – revised CDE Technical Guidance

On 5 May 2021, the Regulatory Oversight Committee (ROC) of the Global Legal Entity Identifier (LEI) System published a consultative document, Harmonisation of critical OTC derivatives data elements – revised CDE Technical Guidance. The Technical Guidance for the Harmonisation of critical OTC derivative data elements (Technical Guidance) provides technical guidance on the definition, format and … Continue Reading

Extension of the transitional provisions related to own funds requirements for exposures to CCPs

On 28 April 2021, the European Commission published for consultation a draft Implementing Regulation that would extend by 12 months (until 28 June 2022) the transitional periods during which institutions can treat exposures to a third-country central counterparty (CCP) that has not been recognised in accordance with the European Market Infrastructure Regulation as if they … Continue Reading

ESMA highlights need for increased efforts on EMIR and SFTR data quality

On 15 April 2021, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published its final report on the European Markets Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR) and Securities Financing Transactions Regulation (SFTR) data quality. The report is the first review of data quality since the introduction of the EMIR and SFTR reporting regimes. It also reviews the quality of … Continue Reading

Commission report on possible exemption of post-trade risk reduction services from clearing under EMIR

On 12 April 2021, the European Commission published its report to the European Parliament (EP) and the Council on whether trades that directly result from post-trade risk reduction services (PTRR services) should be exempted from the clearing obligation for over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives under the European Markets Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR). The statutory basis of the report … Continue Reading

Commission Implementing Decision on equivalence of US DCMs under EMIR

On 12 April 2021, there was published in the Official Journal EU Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2021/583 of 9 April 2021 amending Implementing Decision (EU) 2016/1073 on the equivalence of designated contract markets in the United States of America (USA) in accordance with the European Markets Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR). The EU Commission Implementing Decision amends … Continue Reading

Global Securities Financing Data Collection and Aggregation: FAQs

On 12 April 2021, the Financial Stability Board (FSB) issued FAQs to promote a common approach on the national implementation of the SFT Data Standards. In November 2015 the FSB developed the data standards and processes for collecting and aggregating global data on securities financing transactions (SFTs) (the SFT Data Standards). These built on the … Continue Reading

GFXC publishes request for feedback on proposed changes to the Code and draft disclosure templates

On 8 April 2021, the Global Foreign Exchange Committee (GFXC) announced that as its review of the FX Global Code was nearing completion it was issuing a request for feedback on proposed changes to the Code and draft disclosure templates. The GFXC’s request for feedback covers proposals for updating the Code’s guidance in the following … Continue Reading
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