UK Extends Transitional Period for Third-Country Benchmarks01/08/2024The Financial Services and Markets Act 2023 (Benchmarks and Capital Requirements) (Amendment) Regulations 2023 were enacted on December 19, 2023. The Regulations amend two pieces of legislation that are set to be repealed by the Financial Services and Markets Act 2023, both of which are subject to a transitional period until that repeal takes place. HM Treasury is able to amend the legislation during the transitional period to ensure that it remains up to date.
The Regulations amend the U.K. Capital Requirements Regulation to reintroduce the inadvertently removed "discount factor" that reduces the amount of capital that small- and medium-sized firms must hold for their trading and derivative activities. The amendment took effect on December 20, 2023. This move is in line with the approach of other leading jurisdictions and aligns with the government's policy to enhance the competitiveness of the U.K. markets. It also accords with the Prudential Regulation Authority's introduction of a simpler prudential regime for Small Domestic Deposit Takers.
The Regulations also amend the U.K. Benchmarks Regulation to extend the transitional period for third-country benchmarks from the end of 2025 to the end of 2030. This change is in line with HM Treasury’s policy announced in November 2023. The extension took effect on January 1, 2024.
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