European Securities and Markets Authority Issues Sector-specific Principles on Relocations from the UK to EU27 in the Context of the UK's Exit from the EU
07/13/2017The European Securities and Markets Authority has published three Opinions setting out sector-specific principles for Brexit-related relocations in the sectors of investment management, investment firms and for secondary markets. These sector-specific Opinions build on a cross-sector Opinion published in May 2017. The principles do not set out any new legal requirements, but they are intended to serve as practical tools to support supervisory convergence among national regulators in EU27 countries when approached by UK market participants seeking to relocate in the content of the UK's exit from the EU. The Opinions have been published in the wake of reports that some member state regulators have been marketing their jurisdictions as locations for business and it has been thought that some regulators may have been offering a lighter-touch form of regulatory and especially "presence" standards than others.
The Opinions, which assume (without prejudice to ongoing negotiations) that the UK will become a third country on exit from the EU, highlight particular issues national regulators in EU27 should consider when considering applications from relocating market participants. Factors for close consideration include governance structure and internal control, the impact and influence of group membership, the nature and extent of proposed outsourcing arrangements and the need to mitigate the risk of letter-box entities. ESMA also recommends that national regulators consider co-operation arrangements with third country regulators where appropriate.
View Opinion on Investment Firms.
View Opinion on Investment Management.
View Opinion on Secondary Markets.