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BaFin puts distribution policies regarding dividends and bonuses of German insurers and pension funds in the context of COVID-19 under scrutiny

In accordance with its habit to upload links to EIOPA publications relating to the aligned policy of European supervisors in light of the current coronavirus crisis, the German Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (Bundesanstalt für Finanzdienstleistungsaufsicht – BaFin) on 2 April 2020 published a note in which it referred to EIOPA’s statement of the same date … Continue Reading

ECB recommendation to delay dividends until October 2020

On 27 March 2020, the European Central Bank (ECB) updated its recommendation to banks on dividend distributions. The ECB recommends that at least until 1 October 2020 no dividends are paid out and no irrevocable commitment to pay out dividends is undertaken by credit institutions for the financial year 2019 and 2020 and that credit … Continue Reading

BaFin publishes FAQ on current supervisory measures for German insurers and pension funds in light of COVID-19

On 18 March 2020 and 21 March 2020 the German Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (Bundesanstalt für Finanzdienstleistungsaufsicht – BaFin) published notes in which it referred to and appropriated EIOPA publications on Actions to mitigate the impact of Coronavirus/COVID-19 on the EU insurance sector (dated 17 March 2020) and Recommendations on supervisory flexibility regarding the deadline … Continue Reading

ESMA guidance on financial reporting deadlines in light of COVID-19

On 27 March 2020, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) issued a statement on the implication of the COVID-19 pandemic on the deadlines for publishing financial reports which apply to listed issuers under the Transparency Directive (TD). In the statement ESMA notes that issuers maybe prevented from fulfilling their reporting requirements due to COVID-19, … Continue Reading

ESMA and FCA revise supervisory approach to SFTR reporting obligations

On 26 March 2020, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) issued a revised version of its earlier statement on coordinated supervisory actions on the application of the Securities Finance Transactions Regulation (SFTR). The revised statement clarifies that SFTs concluded between 13 April 2020 and 13 July 2020 and SFTs subject to backloading under the … 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

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

Basel Committee statement on policy and supervisory response

On 20 March 2020, the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision (Basel Committee) reported that it had held a conference call with its members to discuss the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the global banking system. The Basel Committee reports that following the strengthening of the Basel III standards the global banking system has significantly … Continue Reading

Coronavirus/COVID-19: German regulator grants temporary relief for supervised entities (update)

After having taken initial steps to deal with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the financial sector in Germany (see the related publication in our blog), the German Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (Bundesanstalt für Finanzdienstleistungsaufsicht – BaFin) has taken further relief measures. In order to give supervised entities a better overview of these measures, … Continue Reading

ECB gives banks more flexibility to help fund households and corporations

On 20 March 2020, the European Central Bank (ECB) announced further measures to ensure that directly supervised banks can weather the coronavirus related economic shock. The ECB has introduced supervisory flexibility regarding the treatment of non-performing loans (NPLs), in particular to allow banks to fully benefit from guarantees and moratoriums put in place by public … Continue Reading

ESMA delays application of MiFIR tick size regime to systematic internalisers

On Friday, 20 March 2020, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published a Public Statement to ensure coordinated supervisory actions by national competent authorities on the application of the new tick size regime for systematic internalisers (SIs) under Regulation (EU) 600/2014 on markets in financial instruments (MiFIR), as amended by Regulation (EU) 2019/2033 on the … Continue Reading

FSB coordinates financial sector work to buttress the economy in response to COVID-19

On 20 March 2020, the Financial Stability Board (FSB) issued a press release stating that it is actively cooperating with its members to maintain financial stability during market stress related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The FSB explains that the global financial system is today in a better position to withstand shocks as a result of … Continue Reading

Coronavirus/COVID-19: German regulator grants temporary relief for supervised entities

After having stated that it will closely monitor the risk situation caused by the new coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) with a view to potential reactions, the German Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (Bundesanstalt für Finanzdienstleistungsaufsicht – BaFin) has now taken initial steps to deal with the impact of the pandemic on the financial sector in Germany. Relief for … Continue Reading

ESMA statement on COVID-19

On 12 March 2020, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) issued a public statement which makes certain recommendations to market participants as regards the impact of COVID-19. The statement touches on: Business continuity planning; Market disclosure; Financial reporting; and Fund management.… Continue Reading

ECB letter to significant institutions re contingency preparedness in the context of COVID-19

On 3 March 2020, the European Central Bank (ECB) issued a letter to significant institutions concerning their contingency preparedness in the context of COVID-19. In the letter the ECB makes the point that supervised entities are expected to review their business continuity plans and consider what actions can be taken to enhance preparedness to minimise … Continue Reading
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