Italy (and EU regulation)

ESRB policy recommendation increasing the resilience of MMFs

On 25 January 2022, the European Systematic Risk Board (ESRB) published a policy recommendation intended to contribute to the European Commission’s forthcoming 2022 review of the Regulation on money market funds (MMF Regulation) to address persisting systemic vulnerabilities in certain sub-sectors of private debt MMFs. The Recommendation reflects the aim of an earlier ESRB recommendation … Continue Reading

EBA publishes binding standards on Pillar 3 disclosures on ESG risks

On 24 January 2022, the European Banking Authority (EBA) published a final report containing draft implementing technical standards (ITS) on prudential disclosures on environmental, social and governance (ESG) risks in accordance with Article 449a of the Capital Requirements Regulation (CRR). The final report presents the EBA final draft ITS on Pillar 3 disclosures on ESG … Continue Reading

Platform on Sustainable Finance – Response to Complementary Delegated Act

On 24 January 2022, the Platform on Sustainable Finance (Platform) published a report to the European Commission containing its feedback on the draft Taxonomy Complementary Delegated Act – Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) …/… of XXX amending Delegated Regulation (EU) 2021/2139 as regards economic activities in certain energy sectors and Delegated Regulation (EU) 2021/2178 as regards … Continue Reading

IFR Delegated Regulation setting out RTS specifying adjustments to the K-factor ‘daily trading flow’ coefficients

On 20 January 2022, there was published in the Official Journal of the EU, Commission Delegated Regulation 2022/76 of 22 September 2021 supplementing the Investment Firms Regulation (IFR) with regard to regulatory technical standards (RTS) specifying adjustments to the K-factor ‘daily trading flow’ coefficients. The RTS reflect a mandate under Article 15(5)(c) of the IFR. … Continue Reading

EBA consults on draft guidelines on remuneration and gender pay gap benchmarking exercise for banks and investment firms

On 21 January 2022, the European Banking Authority (EBA) issued a consultation to update its guidelines on the remuneration benchmarking exercise under the Capital Requirements Directive IV (CRD IV), which was originally published in 2012 and updated in 2014. The review is necessary to take into account additional requirements introduced by the CRD V regarding … Continue Reading

EBA consults on updates to its guidelines on data collection exercises regarding high earners

On 21 January 2022, the European Banking Authority (EBA) launched a consultation on updates to its guidelines on the data collection exercise on high earners, which were originally published in 2012 and revised in 2014. The review of the data collection exercises reflect the amended remuneration framework laid down in the Capital Requirements Directive (CRD … Continue Reading

Fraud-related investigations and their impact on financial institutions

Since the pandemic began in March 2020, there has been a rise in fraudulent behaviour as fraudsters look to take advantage of members of the public and financial institutions (FIs). Phishing, text scams and small-scale fraudulent activity targeting the British public were up 285% in the first half of 2021; HM Revenue and Customs estimates … Continue Reading

ESMA CSA on the valuation of UCITS and open-ended AIFs across the EU

On 20 January 2022, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) announced that it was launching a Common Supervisory Action (CSA) with Member State competent authorities on the valuation of UCITS and open-ended Alternative Investment Funds (AIFs) across the EU. Throughout 2022 the CSA will focus on authorised managers of UCITS and open-ended AIFs investing … Continue Reading

IOSCO good practices aim to foster cooperation through global supervisory colleges

On 18 January 2022, the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) issued a final report on lessons learned from the use of global supervisory colleges. The report is based on previous IOSCO work on market fragmentation and provides a framework for securities regulators seeking to create new global supervisory colleges for sectors of financial markets … Continue Reading

Priorities for 2022 – the SRB’s view

On 18 January 2022, the Single Resolution Board (SRB), issued a new webpage mentioning its priorities for 2022. The SRB remains focussed on building resolvability in all banks under its remit, as set out in its 2022 work programme and multi-annual programme for 2021-23. Three key priorities are: Build-up of the minimum requirement for own … Continue Reading

Letter to Danish Financial Supervisory Authority regarding Interpretation of the Payment Accounts Directive and Negative interest rates

On 17 January 2022, the European Commission published its response to letters it had received from the Danish Financial Supervisory Authority (FSA) regarding the interpretation of the Payment Accounts Directive (PAD) and charging negative interest rates on payment accounts. In its letter the Commission states that it leans towards a conclusion whereby negative interest rates … Continue Reading

Summary report – ‘Targeted consultation on taking stock of the framework for supervising European capital markets, banks, insurers and pension funds: supervisory convergence and the single rulebook’

On 17 January 2022, the European Commission issued a summary report ‘Targeted consultation on taking stock of the framework for supervising European capital markets, banks, insurers and pension funds: supervisory convergence and the single rulebook’. The targeted consultation was issued last year and feeds into the preparation of a report required by the Capital Markets … Continue Reading

ECB opinion on a proposal to amend the CRR with respect to resolution

On 17 January 2022, the European Central Bank (ECB) issued an opinion on a proposal to amend the Capital Requirements Regulation (CRR) with respect to resolution. The ECB supports the proposed regulation, which ensures better alignment between the provisions of the CRR and the Bank Recovery and Resolution Directive following the entry into force of … Continue Reading

IOSCO consults on measures to address risks arising from digitalisation of retail marketing and distribution

On 17 January 2022, the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) published a consultation report intended to assist its members in adapting their regulatory and enforcement approaches to meet the challenges posed by recent technological developments and the rapid growth in digitalisation and use of social media which is changing the way financial products are … Continue Reading

Payment fraud data trends

On 17 January 2022, the European Banking Authority (EBA) issued a Discussion Paper setting out its preliminary observations on selected payment fraud data under the revised Payment Services Directive (PSD2), as reported by the industry during 2019 and 2020. The EBA sets out in the Discussion Paper its main findings related to three payment instruments: … Continue Reading

EBA confirms the continued application of COVID-19 related reporting and disclosure requirements until further notice

On 17 January 2022, the European Banking Authority (EBA) issued a press release confirming that the guidelines on the reporting and disclosure of exposures subject to measures applied in response to the COVID-19 crisis adopted on 2 June 2020 continue to apply. Unless instructed otherwise by their relevant Member State competent authorities, credit institutions are … Continue Reading

Monthly Global FinTech regulatory updater

Every month we provide the Global Blockchain Business Council’s Post-Trade Distributed Ledger group with a global regulatory FinTech updater, the latest version of which can be found here. Post Trade Distributed Ledger (PTDL) Group is composed of over 40 prominent market infrastructure stakeholders whose shared vision of the use of distributed ledger technology has brought … Continue Reading

ESMA paper – Methodology for Mandatory Peer Reviews in relation to CCPs’ authorisation and supervision under EMIR

On 5 January 2022, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) issued a paper ‘Methodology for Mandatory Peer Reviews in relation to CCPs’ authorisation and supervision under EMIR’. The European Markets Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR), as amended by European Regulation No 2019/2099 (EMIR 2.2) requires ESMA to undertake, at least annually, a peer review analysis of … Continue Reading

Call for advice to the EBA regarding the review of the MCD

On 14 January 2022, John Berrigan, Director-General for FISMA, sent a letter to the Chairperson of the European Banking Authority (EBA), José Manuel, requesting the EBA to deliver advice regarding the review of Mortgage Credit Directive (MCD). The letter refers to a report that the European Commission (Commission) published last May in accordance with the … Continue Reading

IOSCO consults on lessons learned from the operational resilience of trading venues and market intermediaries during the pandemic

On 13 January 2022, the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) issued a consultation report seeking feedback on the lessons learned regarding the operational resilience of trading venues and market intermediaries during the COVID-19 pandemic. The consultation report concludes that these regulated entities largely proved to be operationally resilient and continued to serve their clients … Continue Reading

EBA publishes Guidelines for institutions and resolution authorities on improving banks’ resolvability and consults on transferability

On 13 January 2022, the European Banking Authority issued final guidelines for institutions and resolution authorities on improving banks’ resolvability. The guidelines take stock of the best practices developed so far by EU resolution authorities on resolvability topics and set-out requirements to improve resolvability in the areas of operational continuity in resolution, access to financial … Continue Reading

Commission adopts new Delegated Regulation amending the regulatory technical standards as regards adjustment the liquidity thresholds and trade percentile used to determine the size specific to the instrument applicable to certain non-equity instruments

On 13 January 2022, the European Commission adopted a Delegated Regulation amending the regulatory technical standards laid down in Delegated Regulation (EU) 2017/583 (RTS 2) regarding transparency requirements for trading venues and investment firms in respect of bonds, structured finance products, emission allowances and derivatives. The draft Delegated Regulation seeks to realise a move to … Continue Reading

Delegated Regulation amending notification threshold under SSR published in OJ

On 11 January 2022, Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2022/27 amending the Short Selling Regulation (SSR) as regards the adjustment of the relevant threshold for the notification of significant net short positions in shares under Article 5(2) of the SSR was published in the Official Journal of the European Union. The Delegated Regulation adjusts the relevant … Continue Reading

Commission adopts new Delegated Regulation on the list of high risk countries under 4MLD

On 7 January 2022, the European Commission adopted a Delegated Regulation that amends the list of high-risk third countries with strategic anti-money laundering (AML) and counter-terrorist financing (CTF) deficiencies set out in Delegated Regulation (EU) 2016/1675. Delegated Regulation 2016/1675 is provided for under Article 9(2) of the Fourth Money Laundering Directive (4MLD) and identifies in … Continue Reading
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