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COREPER approves European Parliament position on EMIR 2.2

On 11 October 2019, the Council of the EU (Council) published an ‘A’ item note relating to the Permanent Representatives Committee’s (COREPER) approval of the European Parliament’s (Parliament) position on the proposed Regulation amending the EMIR supervisory regime for EU and third-country central counterparties (EMIR 2.2). The note also invites the Council to approve the … Continue Reading

ESMA publishes final report on CSDR guidelines on standardised procedures and messaging protocols

On 8 October 2019, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) issued its final report on standardised procedures and messaging protocols under Article 6(2) of the Central Securities Depositories Regulation (CSDR). Article 6(2) of the CSDR requires investment firms to take measures to limit the number of settlement fails. It specifies that these measures should … Continue Reading

ESMA consults on the commercial terms for providing clearing services under EMIR

On 3 October 2019, the European and Securities Markets Authority (ESMA) published a consultation paper on draft technical advice to the European Commission (Commission) on the commercial terms for providing clearing services under the Regulation on over-the-counter derivative transactions, central counterparties and trade repositories (EMIR). The adoption of the EMIR Refit Regulation in May 2019 … Continue Reading

ESMA updates Q&As on EMIR implementation

On 2 October 2019, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published an updated version of its Q&As on the implementation of the Regulation on over-the-counter derivatives, central counterparties and trade repositories (EMIR). The latest amendments to the Q&As relate to the responsibility for the status of counterparties, status of entities not established in the … Continue Reading

ESMA updates Q&As on CSDR

On 2 October 2019, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published an updated version of its Q&As on the Central Securities Depositories Regulation (CSDR). The updated Q&As insert a new question and answer within Part III – Settlement Discipline: How should Article 7(12) of the CSDR apply in respect of cash penalties due to, … Continue Reading

HM Treasury letter concerning proposed Regulation on recovery and resolution of CCPs

On 16 September 2019, HM Treasury published a letter from John Glen, Economic Secretary to the Treasury to Sir William Cash, House of Commons European Committee Chair, providing an update on the current status of the proposal for an EU Regulation on the recovery and resolution of central counterparties (CCPs). Mr Glen states that the … Continue Reading

FMLC letter to HM Treasury on the review of the Regulations implementing EMIR

On 15 August 2019, the Financial Markets Law Committee (FMLC) published a letter that it had sent to HM Treasury on the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Over the Counter Derivatives, Central Counterparties and Trade Repositories) Regulations 2013 (the Regulations). The Regulations implemented the European Markets Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR) in the UK. HM Treasury’s … Continue Reading

Basel Committee and IOSCO agree to one-year extension of the final implementation phase of the margin requirements for non-centrally cleared derivatives

On 23 July 2019, the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision (Basel Committee) and the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) issued a joint statement confirming that the final implementation of the margin requirements for non-centrally cleared derivatives would be extended by one year. With this extension, the final implementation phase will take place on 1 … Continue Reading

ESMA publishes its annual peer review report on EU CCPs supervision

On 22 July 2019, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published its annual peer review report on the overall supervision of EU central counterparties (CCPs) by Member State national competent authorities (NCAs). The peer review covered NCAs of CCPs authorised under the European Markets Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR) as of 1 June 2018. On this … Continue Reading

ESMA updates its EMIR Q&A

On 15 July 2019, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) updated its Q&As on practical questions regarding the European Markets Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR). ESMA has updated the Q&As so that they are aligned with the EMIR Refit Regulation. The following have been amended or deleted: General questions – Question 1 – Funds, counterparties – … Continue Reading

ESMA statement on application of MiFIR trading obligation following entry into force of EMIR Refit Regulation

On 12 July 2019, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) issued a public statement addressing the misalignment between the scope of counterparties subject to the EMIR clearing obligation (CO) and those subject to the MiFIR derivatives trading obligation (DTO). ESMA’s statement addresses two areas: clearing and trading obligations for small financial counterparties (FCs) and … Continue Reading

ESMA Q&As on CSDR

On 11 July 2019, the European Securities and Markets Authority updated its Q&As on the implementation of the Central Securities Depository Regulation (CSDR). Part IV of the Q&As dealing with internalised settlement now contains answers to the following questions: Should an investment firm report client orders where the corresponding settlement instructions are forwarded in their … Continue Reading

GFXC provides further detail on the 3 year review, announces new co-vice chair, and releases new work products

On 10 July 2019, the GFXC released further detail from its 22 – 23 May meeting during which the committee discussed its mandate to consider the case for a comprehensive review of the FX Global Code (Code) at least every three years. The GFXC also announced that Neill Penney, managing director and co-head of trading … Continue Reading

ESMA updates the CSDR Q & As

On 1 July 2019, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) updated its Q&As regarding the implementation of the Central Securities Depository Regulation (CSDR). ESMA has updated Part IV of the Q&As dealing with the scope of internalised settlement. In particular, it provides the following question and answer: What financial instruments should be covered by … Continue Reading

Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Over the Counter Derivatives, Central Counterparties and Trade Repositories) (Amendment) Regulations 2019

On 18 June 2019, the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Over the Counter Derivatives, Central Counterparties and Trade Repositories) (Amendment) Regulations 2019 were published on legislation.gov.uk, together with an explanatory memorandum. These Regulations make the necessary changes to UK legislation to implement Regulation (EU) No 2019/834 of the European Parliament and of the Council … Continue Reading

ESMA updates CSDR Q&As

On 18 June 2019, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) updated its Q&As on the implementation of the Central Securities Depository Regulation (CSDR). The ESMA press release that accompanies this latest version of the Q&As states that the updates: clarify the interaction between the main authorisation procedure (Article 17 of the CSDR) and the … Continue Reading

Commission Delegated Regulation adding People’s Bank of China to Delegated Regulation 2017/1799

On 20 June 2019, there was published in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJ), Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2019/1000 of 14 March 2019 amending Delegated Regulation (EU) 2017/1799 as regards the exemption of the People’s Bank of China from the pre- and post-trade transparency requirements in MiFIR. The Delegated Regulation comes into force … Continue Reading

ECB decision and guidelines on TARGET2-Securities

On 20 June 2019, there was published in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJ), Decision (EU) 2019/1006 of the European Central Bank (ECB) of June 7, 2019 amending Decision ECB/2011/20 establishing detailed rules and procedures for implementing the eligibility criteria for central securities depositories to access TARGET2-Securities services. On the same date there … Continue Reading

ESMA updates EMIR Q&As

On 13 June 2019, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published an updated version of its Q&As on the implementation of EMIR. The updated Q&As contain: a new Q&A on the calculation of the clearing threshold under Article 10 of EMIR; and a new Q&A on the reporting obligation under Article 9(1) of EMIR.… Continue Reading

ESMA letter on EMIR Refit hedging exemption for calculation of clearing thresholds for non-financial groups

On 14 June 2019, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA)  published a letter to the Commission, dated 7 June 2019, regarding the calculation of the month-end average positions of financial counterparties (FC) in non-financial groups under the EMIR Refit regulation, which is used to determine whether FCs are subject to the clearing obligation when … Continue Reading

Updated FCA EMIR notifications and exemptions webpage

On 11 June 2019, the FCA updated its webpage on EMIR notifications and exemptions to reflect changes introduced by the EMIR Refit Regulation (EMIR Refit). Two new sections have been added to the webpage providing information on: small financial counterparties – exceeding the clearing thresholds. The information provided by the FCA explains more about calculating … Continue Reading

EMIR Refit

Introduction The EMIR Refit Regulation (EMIR Refit) will enter into force on 17 June 2019. With some exceptions, it will apply from that date. The purpose of the EMIR Refit is to amend and simplify the European Markets Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR) “to address disproportionate compliance costs, transparency issues and insufficient access to clearing for certain … Continue Reading

CPMI / IOSCO discussion paper on CCP default management auctions

On 5 June 2019, the Committee on Payments and Market Infrastructures (CPMI) and the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) jointly published a discussion paper on central counterparty (CCP) default management auctions. A default management auction is one of the tools that a CCP may use to transfer a defaulting participant’s positions or subset thereof … Continue Reading

EMMI adopts changes to EONIA methodology

On 31 May 2019, the European Money Markets Institute (EMMI) announced that on 2 October 2019, the change in EONIA’s methodology will take effect. This announcement was published alongside the summary of the stakeholder consultation feedback on the recommendations for EONIA by the Working Group on euro risk-free rates. In view of the feedback received, … Continue Reading
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