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Heads on the Block as LIBOR meets the SM&CR

The transition away from Libor On 19 November 2019, the FCA published a Q&A document regarding conduct risk during the transition away from LIBOR.  As the FCA notes, the discontinuation of LIBOR will affect many firms, in terms of: developing and offering new products linked to risk-free rates; assessing and reducing their own and clients’ […]

The latest on the prospect of IM Phase 5 relief

Were you at the ISDA legal forum held in New York on 11 June?  If so, we’d love to hear from you. Risk Magazine reports that Dawn DeBerry Stump, a CFTC Commissioner, lent her support to calls that US regulators should grant relief to firms which reside below the USD 50 million IM threshold.  At […]

Uncleared margin rules – no solace in relief

On 3 June 2019, ISDA, SIFMA and the GFMA wrote a letter to the CFTC, the Fed, the US Treasury, the SEC, the FDIC, the Farm Credit Administration and the Federal Housing Finance Agency seeking clarification that covered swap entities do not have to comply with the documentation requirements of the uncleared margin rules unless […]

IM Phase 5 delay on the horizon?

Risk Magazine is reporting today about the keynote speech given by Patrick Pearson (Head of the Financial Market Infrastructure and Derivatives unit at the European Commission) at the OpRisk Europe conference in London earlier today.  He is reported to have hinted that a delay in the implementation of the final phase of the IM rules […]

Agreement reached over EMIR Refit

Hot on the heels of ESMA’s 31 January 2019 ‘blind eye’ statement, on 5 February 2019, the EU Council issued a press release confirming it had reached agreement with the EU Parliament on certain aspects of the EMIR REFIT programme. Broadly, the changes are that: A new category of “small financial counterparty” will be created. […]

Thank FCAUK!!

On 23 January 2019, the FCA published Consultation Paper CP19/4*** “Optimising the Senior Managers & Certification Regime and feedback to DP16/4 – Overall responsibility and the legal function” (the “Consultation Paper”).  The consultation period closes on 23 April 2019, with a Policy Statement slated for Q3 2019 and a ‘go live’ date for the new […]

EU OTC Derivatives Market: Reports of its death are greatly exaggerated?

On 19 October 2017, ESMA published its “first-time overview” of the EU derivatives market – a study of the size of the EU derivatives market based on aggregated data sourced from the 6 EU-authorised trade repositories. The analysis takes the most updated values of all derivatives contracts with open interest at the end of 24 […]

MiFID II Update: Trading Obligation to Commence ‘Early’ in 2018

Introduction On 28 September 2017, the European Securities and Markets Authority (“ESMA”) submitted its final report containing draft Regulatory Technical Standards (“RTS”) on the trading obligation for derivatives under MiFIR with respect to interest rate swaps (“IRS”) and credit default swaps (“CDS”) to the European Commission (“EC”).  The EC has three months to decide whether […]

Heads on the Block – FCA Consults on Extension of Senior Managers Regime

  Introduction On 26 June 2017, the FCA published its consultation paper, “Individual Accountability: Extending the Senior Managers & Certification Regime to all FCA firms”.  The deadline for responses is 3 November 2017. In future, if they are to sleep easily, all Senior Managers will have to be able to prove that they have taken […]

ESMA Consults on Trading Obligation Under MiFIR

On 19 June 2017, ESMA published a consultation paper on the trading obligation for derivatives, as detailed in Articles 28 and 32 of MiFIR.[1]  The closing date for responses is 31 July 2017. By way of reminder, derivatives that are subject to the trading obligation under MiFIR may only be traded on: A Regulated Market; […]

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