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ECB Governing Council statement on the treatment of the European banking union in the assessment methodology for global systemically important banks

On 27 June 2022, the European Central Bank issued a statement containing details of the methodology that will be used for exercising supervisory discretion regarding cross-border intra-European Banking Union (EBU) exposures in the global systemically important bank (G-SIB) assessment framework. The Basel Committee on Banking Supervision (Basel Committee) has completed a targeted review of the … Continue Reading

Commission Delegated Regulation supplementing the CRD IV with regard to RTS specifying the information to be provided in the application for the authorisation as a credit institution

On 17 June 2022, the European Commission published a Delegated Regulation supplementing the Capital Requirements Directive IV (CRD IV) with regard to regulatory technical standards (RTS) specifying the information to be provided in the application for authorisation as a credit institution, and specifying the obstacles which may prevent the effective exercise of supervisory functions of … Continue Reading

FCA Guidance Consultation 22/2 ‘Branch and ATM closures or conversions: Updated guidance for firms’

On 14 June 2022, the FCA published Guidance Consultation 22/2 ‘Branch and ATM closures or conversions: Updated guidance for firms’ (GC22/2). In GC22/2 the FCA proposes to update the current guidance on branch and ATM closures or conversions (Finalised Guidance 20/3 (FG20/3) and is the latest step the FCA has taken to protect access to … Continue Reading

EBA consults on guidelines to resolution authorities on the publication of the write down and conversion and bail-in exchange mechanic

 On 7 June 2022, the European Banking Authority (EBA) launched a public consultation on its draft guidelines, addressed to Member State resolution authorities for the publication of their approach to implementing the bail-in tool. The draft guidelines aim to ensure that a minimum level of harmonised information is made public with regard to the mechanics … Continue Reading

SRB Addendum to the Public Interest Assessment – Deposit Guarantee Schemes Considerations

On 20 May 2022, the Single Resolution Board (SRB) announced an enhancement to its approach to the Public Interest Assessment (PIA) policy in resolution planning. The PIA is one of the key policies underpinning the work of the SRB. It examines whether the resolution of a particular EU bank that is failing, or likely to … Continue Reading

EBA adopts decision on supervisory reporting for intermediate EU parent undertaking threshold monitoring

On 13 May 2022, the European Banking Authority (EBA) adopted a decision on supervisory reporting for intermediate parent undertaking (IPU) threshold monitoring for those entities belonging to third country groups (TCGs), including third country branches (TCBs). Article 21b of the Capital Requirements Directive IV (CRD IV) requires institutions belonging to TCGs to have an IPU … Continue Reading

Blog: FCA review finds Challenger Banks need to enhance financial crime controls

The FCA has recently conducted a review of financial crime controls at a sample of six challenger banks  in order to identify the key financial crime risks to which such banks are exposed. The review was prompted by a substantial increase in the volume of Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs) filed by challenger banks. Whilst the … Continue Reading

EBA provides its advice to the EU Commission on non-bank lending

On 4 May 2022, the European Banking Authority (EBA) issued a report on non-bank lending. The report is in response to the European Commission’s February 2021 Call for Advice on this topic. The report is based on a survey that the EBA launched among Member State competent authorities to gather information about entities carrying out … Continue Reading

EBA amended final draft technical standards on the mapping of ECAIs for securitisation positions

On 3 May 2022, the European Banking Authority (EBA) issued final draft implementing technical standards (ITS) to amend the Implementing Regulation on the mapping of credit assessments of External Credit Assessment Institutions (ECAIs) for securitisation positions. The changes reflect the relevant amendments introduced by the new Securitisation Framework, as well as the mappings for three … Continue Reading

HM Treasury Policy Statement – Protecting UK wholesale cash infrastructure

On 26 April 2022, HM Treasury published a Policy Statement ‘Protecting UK wholesale cash infrastructure’. In the Policy Statement HM Treasury reports that the government intends to provide the Bank of England (BoE) with the powers to oversee the wholesale cash industry so that it remains resilient and sustainable and can continue to effectively support … Continue Reading

ECB Guideline ECB/2022/8 on a new generation Trans-European Automated Real-time Gross Express Transfer system

On 19 April 2022, the European Central Bank published: Guideline ECB/2022/8 on a new generation Trans-European Automated Real-time Gross Express Transfer system. Decision ECB/2022/22 on the terms and conditions of TARGET-ECB. The Eurosystem central banks shall comply with the Guideline from 21 November 2022.  … Continue Reading

EBA final draft RTS on the risk retention requirements for securitisations

On 12 April 2022, the European Banking Authority (EBA) published final draft regulatory technical standards (RTS) on the risk retention requirements for securitisations. The draft RTS have been developed in accordance with Article 6(7) of the Securitisation Regulation (as amended), which mandates the development of RTS further specifying risk retention requirements. A substantial part of … Continue Reading

Latest ECB publications including 2021 Annual Report

On 31 March 2022, the European Central Bank (ECB) published its 2021 Annual Report. In her foreword to the Annual Report Christine Lagarde, President of the ECB, mentions that the COVID-19 pandemic has led to more fundamental changes in the landscape in which banks operate. She states that digitisation has accelerated and the urgency to … Continue Reading

SRB Annual Press Breakfast

On 30 March 2022, Elke König, chair of the Single Resolution Board (SRB), delivered a speech at the SRB Annual Press Breakfast which focuses on resolution and financial stability in Europe. Among other things during the speech the SRB’s priorities for resolution planning are mentioned: The continued built up of adequate minimum requirement for own … Continue Reading

On 28 March 2022, the European Central Bank (ECB) published a number of instruments which relate to how it will apply options and discretions foreseen in EU banking rules. This follows on from the public consultation which ended in August 2021. The ECB has set out a number of documents regarding supervisory options and discretions … Continue Reading

Next steps on future oversight of Open Banking announced

On 25 March 2022, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) published its recommendations for the future oversight and governance of Open Banking. The CMA’s recommendations will be taken into consideration in the design of a future entity to succeed the Open Banking Implementation Entity (OBIE). The future entity would build on the significant progress made … Continue Reading

BoE Financial Policy Summary and Record

On 24 March 2022, the Bank of England (BoE) published its latest Financial Policy Summary and Record. Among other things the BoE note that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is increasing economic uncertainty and will increase pressure on borrowers. For example, sustained increases in energy prices resulting from the conflict are likely to put pressure on … Continue Reading

ECB speech ‘Building a robust and diversified clearing ecosystem’

On 22 March 2022, the European Central Bank (ECB) published a speech by Fabio Panetta (Executive Board member, ECB) entitled ‘Building a robust and diversified clearing ecosystem’. Key points in the speech include: When assessing the resilience of the clearing ecosystem, regulators should not focus exclusively on central counterparties (CCPs). Clearing members also need to … Continue Reading
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