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FCA updates statement on open access regime for the trading and clearing of exchange-traded derivatives

On 6 July 2020, the FCA updated its statement on the open access regime for the trading and clearing of exchange-traded derivatives by adding the following paragraph: “Since we published the statement below, the EU co-legislators agreed that considering the adverse circumstances arising from the COVID-19 pandemic it was appropriate to amend MiFIR to give … Continue Reading

EBA provides clarity on the implementation of the prudential framework in the context of COVID-19

On 7 July 2020, the European Banking Authority (EBA) published a report providing clarification on certain issues concerning the application of the prudential framework that have been raised as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic. Specifically the report is intended to provide clarity on the implementation of the EBA guidelines on legislative and non-legislative moratoria … Continue Reading

PRA updated statement on the regulatory treatment of the CBILS and CLBILs

On 26 June 2020, the PRA updated its statement on the regulatory treatment of the UK Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) and the UK Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CLBILS). The update provides clarification for firms using the: standardised approach for exposures to the obligor. The PRA explains that the portion of an … Continue Reading

PRA statement on COVID-19 regulatory reporting and disclosure amendments

On 26 June 2020, the PRA issued a statement on its website concerning COVID-19 regulatory reporting and disclosure amendments. The PRA statement provides that having considered the fact that firms have now had time to adjust to new ways of working, and the prudential benefits to supervisors of timely submission of regulatory data, the PRA … Continue Reading

CRR “quick fix” published in the OJ

On 26 June 2020, there was published in the Official Journal of the EU (OJ), a Regulation making targeted amendments to the Capital Requirements Regulation (CRR) and the revised Capital Requirements Regulation (CRR2) (CRR “quick fix”). The “quick fix” legislation has been intended to help credit institutions to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak … Continue Reading

Commission Delegated Regulation on revisions to RTS on prudent valuation under CRR

On 25 June 2020, there was published in the Official Journal of the EU (OJ), Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2020/866 of 28 May 2020 amending Delegated Regulation (EU) 2016/1010 supplementing the Capital Requirements Regulation (CRR) with regard to regulatory technical standards for prudent valuation under Article 105(14) of the CRR. The Commission Delegated Regulation was … Continue Reading

Statement by the PRA on implementation of the EBA guidelines to address gaps in reporting data and public information in the context of COVID-19

On 24 June 2020, the PRA issued a statement regarding the European Banking Authority (EBA) guidelines to address gaps in reporting data and public information in the context of COVID-19 (EBA guidelines). The PRA states that it does not consider it necessary at this time to extend the supervisory reporting elements of the EBA guidelines. … Continue Reading

Managing corruption risks when making charitable donations: key questions for Compliance and Legal teams to ask

Many companies have made significant donations of funds, goods and services as part of international relief efforts. These efforts are of course to be applauded, but it is important to be mindful of the bribery and corruption risks presented by charitable donations, particularly in emerging markets, and to take proactive steps to manage legal and … Continue Reading

FCA announces proposals to further support consumer credit customers

On 19 June 2020, the FCA issued a new web page concerning proposed guidance to provide continued support for users of certain consumer credit products, who are facing a financial impact because of the exceptional circumstances arising from coronavirus. Specifically, the proposals outline the support firms would be expected to provide credit card and other … Continue Reading

Plan to avoid a summer “holiday” regulatory hangover

Businesses have been working very hard to respond to, and deal with, the evolving impacts of Covid-19. The crisis has affected companies in a range of different ways across the spectrum – their governance, culture, sales processes, customer servicing and how they deal with customers that are less resilient, vulnerable and in financial difficulty. All … Continue Reading

FCA confirms guidance for insurers and intermediaries on how they should consider the impact of COVID-19 on product value

The FCA has finalised guidance on what it believes insurers and insurance intermediaries should be doing to identify issues relating to COVID-19 that affect the value of insurance products. The guidance is intended to highlight areas where firms might prioritise product reviews in light of the pandemic. The FCA expects firms to consider how the … Continue Reading

Updates from the FCA on its business interruption test case

On 10 June 2020, the FCA announced on its website that it had started proceedings in the High Court to resolve uncertainty over the validity of business interruption insurance claims. The test case in which the FCA is claimant and several insurance companies are defendants is brought pursuant to the Financial Markets Test Case Scheme. … Continue Reading

Joint statement by the BoE and PRA on the ESRB recommendations for the restriction of distributions during the Covid-19 pandemic

On 8 June 2020, the Bank of England (BoE) and the PRA issued a short statement noting the recommendation made by the European Systemic Risk Board on the restriction of distributions during the COVID-19 pandemic. In the context of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU, this recommendation applies to UK authorities during the transition period. … Continue Reading

General Board of the ESRB takes second set of actions in response to the coronavirus emergency at its extraordinary meeting on 27 May 2020

On 8 June 2020, the General Board of the European Systemic Risk Board (ESRB) agreed to a second set of actions to address the challenges stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic. These macro-prudential actions refer to the five priority areas previously identified by the ESRB: Implications for the financial system of guarantee schemes and other fiscal … Continue Reading

What’s on the horizon for financial services firms?

Regulatory, insolvency and accounting perspectives The COVID-19 pandemic is having a severe impact on many business sectors, and financial institutions are no exception. Many firms are likely to encounter challenges of one form or another in coming months, as countries emerge from lockdown and seek to resume normal business at different times, and the applicable … Continue Reading

PRA Dear CEO letter on COVID-19: IFRS 9 and capital requirements — further guidance on initial and further payment deferrals

On 4 June 2020, the PRA issued a Dear CEO letter providing further guidance as regards the application in the context of COVID-19 of the definition of default in the Capital Requirements Regulation (CRR) and of the expected credit loss accounting (ECL) requirements of International Financial Reporting Standard 9 (IFRS 9). The Dear CEO letter … Continue Reading

Letter from Sir Jon Cunliffe to FMIs on distribution of profits

On 4 June 2020, the Bank of England (BoE) published a letter from Sir Jon Cunliffe (Deputy Governor, Financial Stability, BoE) to all UK financial market infrastructures and specified providers (FMIs) concerning the distribution of profits given the demands arising from COVID-19. The letter provides that when UK FMIs’ boards are considering any distributions to … Continue Reading

FCA provides an update on the test case on the validity of business interruption insurance claims

On 1 June 2020, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) provided an update on the progress of its test case on the validity of business interruption insurance claims. The update also provides a representative sample of 17 policy wordings that capture the majority of the key issues that are likely to be in dispute. Insurers had … Continue Reading

EBA guidelines on COVID-19 measures reporting and disclosure

On 2 June 2020, the European Banking Authority (EBA) published guidelines on reporting and disclosure of exposures subject to measures applied in response to the COVID-19 crisis. The guidelines cover the following: (1) reporting requirements to monitor the use of payment moratoria and the evolution of the credit quality of the exposures subject to such … Continue Reading

PRA statement on the use of electronic signatures to evidence forms and other documents delivered to the PRA

On 2 June 2020, the PRA issued a statement providing information on the use of electronic signatures in relation to the submission of forms and other regulatory documents. The PRA statement provides that: In the absence of any specific legal provisions to the contrary, the PRA confirms that firms may use electronic signatures for such … Continue Reading
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