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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

Global Asset Management Quarterly

The latest issue of Global Asset Management Quarterly is now available here. In this issue we cover: Sustainable finance is a trend set to stay Brexit: latest developments Luxemburg update Ireland update The proposed Australian corporate collective investment vehicle SFC raises disclosure requirements for Green or ESG funds Mutual recognition of funds: Netherland – Hong … Continue Reading

EBA report on the monitoring of the LCR implementation in the EU

On 12 July 2019, the European Banking Authority (EBA) published its first report on the monitoring of liquidity coverage ratio (LCR) implementation in the EU. The EBA’s monitoring of the LCR contributes to a consistent application of EU law and promotes common supervisory approaches and practices in this area. In the report, the EBA has … Continue Reading

ESMA report on the licensing of FinTech business models

On 12 July 2019, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published a report on the status of licencing regimes of FinTech firms across the EU. The report is based on two surveys conducted by ESMA since January 2018, which gathered evidence from Member State national competent authorities (NCAs) on the licencing regimes of FinTech … Continue Reading

ESMA consults on MiFID II reports on prices for trade data and consolidated tape for equities

On 12 July 2019, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) issued a public consultation on the development in prices for pre- and post-trade data and on the post-trade consolidated tape (CT) for equity instruments. The consultation covers the review provisions on the development in prices for pre- and post-trade transparency data from regulated markets, … Continue Reading

ESMA consults on disclosure guidelines under the Prospectus Regulation and updates Q&As

On 12 July 2019, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) issued a public consultation on draft guidelines on disclosure requirements under the Prospectus Regulation (PR). The purpose of the draft guidelines is to ensure that market participants have a uniform understanding of the relevant disclosure required in the various annexes included in ‘Commission Delegated … 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

Cross border distribution of investment funds – legislation published in the OJ

On 12 July 2019, the following legislative acts were published in the Official Journal of the EU (OJ): Directive (EU) 2019/1160 amending the UCITS Directive and the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive with regard to the cross-border distribution of collective investment undertakings; and Regulation (EU) 2019/1156 on facilitating cross-border distribution of collective investment undertakings and … Continue Reading

ESMA warns CFDs providers on application of product intervention measures

On 12 July 2019, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) issued a statement addressed to providers marketing, distributing or selling contracts for differences (CFDs) to retail clients. The statement is in response to various practices and situations observed in the market, which raise concerns of non-compliance with the legal requirements applicable when providing services … Continue Reading

ESMA updates Q&As on MiFID II and MiFIR market structures and transparency topics

On 12 July 2019, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) updated its Q&As on market structures and transparency issues under MiFID II and MiFIR. The updated Q&As provide clarification on the following topics: the use of pre-arranged transactions for non-equity instruments; the hedging exemption of Article 8 of MiFIR; the treatment of constant maturity … Continue Reading

ECB announces publication time for euro short-term rate

On 11 July 2019, the European Central Bank (ECB) announced that it will start publishing the euro short-term rate as of 2 October 2019. The rate will be available by 8:00am CET on each TARGET2 business day. If there are errors detected following the publication of the rate that affect it by more than 2 … 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

ESMA Q&As on MiFID II and MiFIR investor protection and intermediaries

On 11 July 2019, the European Securities and Markets Authority updated its Q&As on the implementation of investor protection topics under MIFID II and MiFIR. The new Q&As provide clarification on the following: Best execution – Classification of financial instruments under RTS 27 if ESMA has not published any calibrated market sizes.… 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 its Q&As regarding the BMR

On 11 July 2019, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) updated its Q&As on the Benchmarks Regulation (BMR). The new Q&As provide clarification on the following issues: Is the scope of the definition of commodity benchmarks for the purposes of the BMR identical to the scope of the definition of commodity derivatives for the … Continue Reading

EBA consults on draft guidelines on loan origination and monitoring

On 19 June 2019, the European Banking Authority (EBA) launched a consultation on draft guidelines on loan origination and monitoring. The draft guidelines specify the internal governance arrangements for granting and monitoring credit facilities throughout their lifecycle. They introduce requirements for borrowers’ creditworthiness assessment and bring together the EBA’s prudential and consumer protection objectives. To … Continue Reading

Keynote speech by ESMA Chair: Data and reporting

On 18 June 2019, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published a speech by its chair, Steven Maijoor, on data and work to improve the quality and availability of data in the context of both supervisory reporting and financial reporting. In his speech Mr Maijoor: discusses how ESMA’s data strategy has evolved in recent … 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

IOSCO urges authorities to use existing standards to address cyber risk

On 18 June 2019, the Cyber Task Force of the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) published a final report that provides an overview of how its members are using three prominent and internationally recognised cyber frameworks (defined in the report as the ‘Core Standards’): National Institute of Standards and Technology Cybersecurity Framework; CPMI-IOSCO Guidance … Continue Reading

ESMA publishes translations for Guidelines on non-significant benchmarks

On 19 June 2019, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) issued the official translations of its guidelines on non-significant benchmarks under the Benchmarks Regulation. Member State national competent authorities to whom the guidelines apply must notify ESMA whether they comply or intend to comply with the guidelines within two months of the publication of … 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

Global Regulatory Enforcement and Sanctions Trends for 2019

In this on-demand webinar, members of our Regulatory, Compliance and Investigations team in London, France, the US and Hong Kong give their thoughts on likely regulatory enforcement and sanctions trends for the rest of this year based on recent enforcement cases and forward looking statements from the regulators. Topics discussed include individual accountability, anti-money laundering … Continue Reading

Brexit: Doing business in the EU – Updated

Recent updates Belgium: 10 April 2019 We have produced a colour coded heat map and table identifying the temporary emergency measures being implemented in EEA jurisdictions, and how financial services provides can benefit from these measures. We recommend that this resource be read in conjunction with this article. You will find our heat map and table … Continue Reading
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