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The following posts provide a snapshot of the principal U.S., European and global financial regulatory developments of interest to banks, investment firms, broker-dealers, market infrastructures, asset managers and corporates.

  • Financial Stability Board Further Delays Implementation Deadlines for Minimum Haircut Standards for Uncleared SFTs
    09/07/2020

    The Financial Stability Board has announced delays to the implementation of minimum haircut standards for non-centrally cleared securities financing transactions. SFTs involve the use of securities to borrow cash or other higher investment-grade securities, or vice versa. Such transactions can include repurchase transactions, securities lending and sell/buy backs. In 2015, the FSB published its regulatory framework and recommendations for haircuts on uncleared SFTs, which included timelines for the implementation of the recommendations by FSB member jurisdictions. The deadline for implementation was extended in July 2019 by the FSB because of the delay to implementation of the Basel III framework, including the minimum haircut standards on bank-to-non-bank SFTs, which was postponed to January 2022. In March 2020, a further delay to the implementation of the Basel framework to 2023 was announced, with the objective of relieving the operational burden on banks impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. The FSB has decided to delay its framework again because it is expected to be implemented by many jurisdictions through the Basel III framework.

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  • EU Authority Allows Further Short Delay to Annual Transparency Calculations for Non-Equities
    09/07/2020

    The European Securities and Markets Authority has announced the delay of the publication dates by investment firms and trading venues of the annual transparency calculations for non-equity instruments (other than bonds) from September 15, 2020 to September 21, 2020. The Markets in Financial Instruments Directive and Markets in Financial Instruments Regulation, which became effective on January 3, 2018, introduced pre- and post-trade transparency requirements for equity and non-equity financial instruments. In April 2020, ESMA postponed the publication of the annual transparency calculation for derivatives, emission allowances and structured finance products from April 30, 2020 to July 15, 2020 and their application from June 1, 2020 to September 15, 2020 in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The latest delay is made in response to industry concerns that the revised application of the non-equity transparency calculations falls during the quarterly expiry week of many equity derivatives, which usually involves high trading volumes and high volatility. ESMA is also postponing to September 21, 2020 the mandatory systematic internaliser regime for derivatives, emission allowances and structured finance products.

    View ESMA's announcement.

    View details of ESMA's April 2020 announcement.
    TOPIC: MiFID II
  • Confirmation on EU Securitization Disclosure Requirements
    09/04/2020

    The European Securities and Markets Authority has published a press release confirming that certain requirements under the Securitization Regulation will enter into force on September 23, 2020.

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  • EU Technical Standards Supplementing the Securitization Regulation
    09/03/2020

    Several EU Technical Standards supplementing the EU Securitization Regulation have been published in the Official Journal of the European Union. The Securitization Regulation has applied directly across the EU since January 1, 2019. It provides the criteria for identifying which securitizations will be designated as "simple, transparent and standardized" (STS) securitizations, a system to monitor the application of those criteria as well as common requirements on risk retention, due diligence and disclosure. Related amendments to the EU Capital Requirements Regulation set out the regulatory treatment of exposures to securitizations that are deemed to be STS securitizations.

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  • UK Government Consults on International Regulatory Cooperation Strategy
    09/02/2020

    The U.K. Government has launched a consultation on its future international regulatory cooperation strategy. The consultation has been prompted by a report published by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. In its report, the OECD set out 25 recommendations for how the U.K. can improve its policies and practices in shaping and complying with international agreements and collaborating with international counterparts when designing and enforcing regulations. The report is intended to cover regulatory practices in general, meaning banking regulation falls within the scope of the recommendations. With the U.K. having left the EU on January 31, 2020, and the end of the U.K.'s transitional period due to end on December 31, 2020, the U.K. Government believes there is an opportunity to build new regulatory practices that support the future prosperity of the U.K.

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  • EU Publishes Draft Delegated Regulation on Changes to CCP Colleges under EMIR 2.2
    09/01/2020

    The European Commission has published a draft Delegated Regulation designed to amend existing Delegated Regulation (EU) No 876/2013, which supplements the European Market Infrastructure Regulation with regards to changes to the composition, functioning and management of colleges for central counterparties. Under EMIR, "colleges" are supervisory bodies made up of the regulators responsible for supervision of a given CCP. From January 2020, revisions to EMIR (known as "EMIR 2.2") took effect, which introduced changes to the procedures and authorities involved in the authorization of central counterparties and the requirements for the recognition of third-country CCPs. EMIR 2.2 required ESMA to develop draft Regulatory Technical Standards on: (i) which currencies were "most relevant" for the purposes of determining which central banks should be included in a CCP's college; and (ii) details of the practical arrangements for the functioning of the college that should be agreed in writing between the members of the college.

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  • UK LIBOR Working Group Publishes Recommendations on SONIA Conventions for the Sterling Loan Market
    09/01/2020

    The U.K.'s Working Group on Sterling Risk-Free Reference Rates has published a set of non-binding Recommendations on the conventions that market participants may wish to adopt to support their use of the Sterling Overnight Index Average as a replacement for LIBOR in sterling bilateral and syndicated loan facilities. 

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  • UK Prudential Regulator Reminds Firms of Need to Satisfy Temporary Permissions Regime Requirements
    09/01/2020

    The U.K. Prudential Regulation Authority has published a Dear CEO letter addressed to all PRA-regulated firms on operational readiness for the Temporary Permissions Regime. The U.K. left the EU on January 31, 2020 and the related transitional period, during which EU firms maintain their U.K. passporting rights, will expire at 11 pm on December 31, 2020. The TPR will take effect from after that time. The Dear CEO letter reminds firms of their obligations under the TPR and urges them to consider their firm's operational preparedness for entering the TPR, including satisfying their regulatory requirements.

    View the Dear CEO letter.
  • Certification Deadline Extended for UK-Solo-Regulated Firms
    09/01/2020

    A U.K. statutory instrument—The Bank of England and Financial Services Act 2016 (Commencement No. 6 and Transitional Provisions) (Amendment) Regulations 2020—has been published. This extends from December 9, 2020, to March 31, 2021, for solo-regulated firms (other than benchmark administrators) the deadline for completion of firms' first assessments of the fitness and propriety of their Certified Persons. HM Treasury agreed to the extension to assist firms impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

    The Financial Conduct Authority recently consulted on extending certain other implementation deadlines for the Certification Regime and Conduct Rules and intends to publish its Policy Statement in October 2020.

    View The Bank of England and Financial Services Act 2016 (Commencement No. 6 and Transitional Provisions) (Amendment) Regulations 2020.

    View details of the FCA's consultation.
  • EU Draft Technical Standards Published for Further Delaying Securities Settlement Discipline Rules to 2022
    08/28/2020

    The European Securities and Markets Authority has published a final report and final draft Regulatory Technical Standards to further postpone the securities settlement discipline rules under the Central Securities Depositories Regulation to February 2022. ESMA announced on July 28, 2020 that it was preparing the draft RTS in response to a request from the European Commission to consider whether a further delay was needed due to the impact of COVID-19. The EU has already postponed the application date of the settlement discipline rules from September 13, 2020 to February 1, 2021 due to industry feedback that more time was needed to put in place the operational requirements for implementation of the rules. The draft RTS published today by ESMA would further delay the application date by a year from February 1, 2021 to February 1, 2022.

    View the final report and final draft RTS.

    View details of the amending RTS delaying the rules to February 2021.
    TOPICS: COVID-19Securities
  • UK Prudential Regulator Announces Termination of Temporary Approach to VAR Back-Testing Exceptions
    08/27/2020

    The U.K. Prudential Regulation Authority has published a statement confirming that, following its review of the temporary approach that allows firms to offset increases in VAR back-testing exceptions through a reduction in risks-not-in-VAR capital requirements, it has decided to terminate the temporary approach from September 30, 2020. The PRA has made this decision because of the changes introduced to the EU Capital Requirements Regulation (known as the CRR Quick Fix package), which has applied directly across the EU since June 27, 2020.

    From October 1, 2020, firms should no longer apply any commensurate reduction in risks-not-in-VAR capital requirements. Firms should apply to the PRA to exclude back-testing options that do not result from deficiencies in their internal model occurring between January 1, 2020 and December 31, 2021.

    View the PRA's statement.

    View details of CRR Quick Fix.
  • Confirmation Announced of Revisions to EU Guidelines on Stress Testing of Money Market Funds
    08/27/2020

    The European Securities and Markets Authority has published a statement confirming that the 2019 Guidelines on stress test scenarios under the Money Market Funds Regulation will be updated by the end of 2020 to reflect COVID-19 market developments. The MMF Regulation has applied directly across the EU since July 21, 2018. MMFs are fund vehicles that invest in highly liquid short-term debt instruments, such as government bonds, and are often regarded as a short-term cash management function alternative to bank deposits. The MMF Regulation requires MMFs and MMF managers to measure the impact of the common reference stress test scenarios, as specified by ESMA in its guidelines, and to report the outcomes to their national regulators. ESMA is required to assess annually whether the Guidelines should be updated to reflect market developments. ESMA states that it intends to update the Guidelines published in July 2019 to reflect the impact of COVID-19 on the market, in particular, the liquidity challenges faced by MMFs. The 2019 Guidelines will continue to apply until the revised Guidelines apply—ESMA intends to publish the updated Guidelines in Q4 2020, following which they will be translated into EU national languages. The updated Guidelines will apply two months after the translations are published.

    View ESMA's statement.
    TOPICS: COVID-19Funds
  • UK Prudential Regulator Issues Updated Statement on IFRS 9 and Capital Requirements
    08/26/2020

    The U.K. Prudential Regulation Authority has published a further statement on IFRS 9 and capital requirements in the context of COVID-19. In line with the Financial Conduct Authority's guidance in relation to mortgage payments, firms should consider tailored forbearance arrangements where, at the end of the COVID-19 payment deferral period, a borrower is unable to resume payments in full immediately, with all deferred sums either paid in full or capitalized. The PRA states that the tailored forbearance arrangements may be as good an indicator of significant increases in credit risk, credit impairments or defaults as forbearance before the pandemic. Any loans subject to tailored forbearance should not be automatically treated as having experienced SICR or become credit impaired or in default, and firms will need to exercise judgment where the position is not clear.

    The PRA also states that some of the guidance in its statement on March 26, and June 4, 2020 continues to be relevant, depending on the circumstances.

    View the PRA's statement.

    View details of the PRA's June statement.

    View details of the PRA's March statement.
  • EU Delays Securities Settlement Discipline Rules to 2021
    08/24/2020
     

    EU Regulatory Technical Standards postponing the implementation deadline of the settlement discipline regime under the Central Securities Depositories Regulation have been published in the Official Journal of the European Union. The RTS delay the application date of the settlement discipline rules from September 13, 2020 to February 1, 2021, by amending the existing RTS (Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2018/1229). The RTS cover measures for preventing settlement fails through automated matching, a hold and release mechanism and partial settlement. The RTS also provide measures for monitoring and addressing settlement fails, such as a mechanism for cash penalties and a buy-in process.

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    TOPIC: Securities
  • UK Conduct Regulator Proposes to Extend Financial Crime Reporting Obligation
    08/24/2020

    The U.K. Financial Conduct Authority has launched a consultation proposing to extend the annual financial crime reporting obligation to regulated firms undertaking regulated activities that the FCA views to be potentially posing as a higher money laundering risk. Responses may be submitted until November 23, 2020. The FCA intends to publish its final policy and amended rules by Q1 2021.

    The FCA introduced the annual financial crime reporting obligations in 2016 for banks, investment firms, building societies, mortgage lenders, large electronic money institutions, certain large consumer credit firms, life insurers and retail investment and mortgage intermediaries. Relevant firms must provide details annually on, among other things, the jurisdictions and types of customers as well as the number of suspicious activity reports to the FCA. The obligation only captures certain firms subject to FCA supervision under the Money Laundering, Terrorist Financing and Transfer of Funds (Information on the Payer) Regulations of 2017.

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  • EU Considering Further Delaying Securities Settlement Discipline Rules to 2022
    08/24/2020

    The European Securities and Markets Authority has announced that it is preparing new Regulatory Technical Standards to further postpone the securities settlement discipline rules under the Central Securities Depositories Regulation. The move follows a request from the European Commission for ESMA to consider whether a further delay is needed in light of the impact of COVID-19. The Commission has adopted the draft RTS prepared by ESMA that will delay the application date of the settlement discipline rules from September 13, 2020 to February 1, 2021. Those RTS are now subject to scrutiny by the European Parliament and Council of the European Union and will only come into force once published in the Official Journal of the European Union. ESMA's announcement relates to a proposal for an additional delay until February 2022.

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    TOPICS: COVID-19Securities
  • EU Review: Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive
    08/18/2020

    The European Securities and Markets Authority has published a letter addressed to the European Commission on the upcoming review of the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive. In the letter, ESMA highlights areas that it considers would benefit from a review and potential amendments. ESMA considers these areas important because of the discussions it has had with national regulators on the practical difficulties involved in implementing the AIFMD. ESMA is proposing policy improvements and reporting recommendations, including harmonizing the AIFMD and UCITS regimes. The areas of focus include delegation and substance, liquidity management tools, leverage and the harmonization of supervision of cross-border entities. The Commission is likely to publish its proposals for amending AIFMD in Q3 2020.

    View the letter.
    TOPIC: Funds
  • European Banking Authority Revises 2020 Work Program in Response to COVID-19
    08/14/2020

    The European Banking Authority has published an updated work program as part of its response to the coronavirus pandemic. According to the EBA, it has only launched consultations that are critical, has kept interactions with industry to a minimum and has progressed work on technical standards according to the expected implementation timeline and degree of finalization.

    View the EBA’s updated 2020 work program.
    TOPIC: COVID-19
  • Global Common Template Published to Aid Continuity of Access to Financial Market Infrastructures
    08/14/2020

    The Financial Stability Board has published a common template for gathering information about continuity of access to financial market infrastructures for firms in resolution. The template facilitates implementation of the FSB’s 2017 Guidance on continuity of access to FMIs for a firm in resolution. The aim of the common template is to streamline the process of gathering information, reduce the burden on FMIs who receive multiple requests for information and make more efficient the process of giving information by FMIs to participants and authorities. All FMIs are urged to complete the questions in the common template and to make those available to their participants and national resolution authorities by November/December 2020. The FSB intends, after 12 months, to assess how the common template has achieved its goals.

    View the comment template.

    View the FSB’s Guidance.
  • European Banking Authority Seeks to Promote RegTech Use
    08/12/2020

    The European Banking Authority has opened a consultation on RegTech and supporting the use of RegTech across the EU. Responses may be submitted until September 30, 2020. The EBA intends to report on the use of RegTech in the first half of 2021. The survey is focused on financial institutions and ICT third party providers. The EBA is seeking to understand the extent and impact of RegTech for regulatory, compliance and reporting requirements of regulated firms. In particular, the EBA is looking at mapping and understanding existing RegTech solutions, identifying barriers and risks relating to the use of RegTech and analyzing how to facilitate the application of RegTech across the EU. The consultation covers ongoing monitoring of business relationships and transactions for anti-money laundering obligations, creditworthiness assessments, compliance with security standards, including information security, cybersecurity and payment services and supervisory reporting.

    View the EBA's survey.
  • Wolfsberg Group Statement on Developing an Effective Anti-Money Laundering and Counter Terrorist Financing Program
    08/12/2020

    The Wolfsberg Group has published a statement on how financial institutions can develop an effective anti-money laundering and counter terrorist financing program. The Wolfsberg Group was established in 2002 and comprises thirteen banks. Its objective is to develop frameworks and guidance for the management of financial crime risks, providing an industry perspective to effective financial crime risk management.

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  • UK Conduct Regulator Urges Firms to Return Client Money if Reinvestment in Short Term is Unlikely
    08/12/2020

    The U.K. Financial Conduct Authority has published a Dear CEO letter sent to U.K.-regulated firms providing non-discretionary investment services. The FCA letter makes clear that, where firms’ clients have increased the level of client money held with a firm, the firm should return client money that is unlikely to be reinvested in the short term. Many firms have reported an increase in client money levels as clients respond to the COVID-19 situation. The FCA states that senior management at firms should consider whether it would be in the best interest of their clients to return money that isn’t likely to be reinvested in the short term.

    View the Dear CEO letter.

    Details of other regulatory responses to COVID-19 are available on our COVID-19 Research Center.
  • EU Consultation on Draft Guidelines to Implement Alternative Internal Model Approach
    08/12/2020

    The European Banking Authority has opened a consultation on proposed guidelines on criteria for the use of data inputs in the risk measurement model under the Internal Model Approach for market risk, set out in the revised Capital Requirements Regulation, known as CRR2. The consultation closes on November 12, 2020.

    CRR2 implements a revised framework for minimum capital requirements based upon market risk—the Fundamental Review of the Trading Book, published in January 2019 by the Basel Committee on Banking Standards. The revisions include an alternative IMA, one part of which is the expected shortfall risk measure used to determine capital requirements for those risk factors with sufficient available observable market data.

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  • European Banking Authority Provides Clarity on Application of CRR Quick Fix Package
    08/11/2020

    The European Banking Authority has published guidance on the impact on supervisory reporting and disclosure of the EU's CRR Quick Fix adjustments, which were made in response to COVID-19. The CRR Quick Fix introduced changes to a broad range of requirements on firms under the Capital Requirements Regulation. It has applied directly across the EU since June 27, 2020. The EBA's guidance consists of:
     
    1. Guidelines on supervisory reporting and disclosure requirements in compliance with the CRR "quick fix" in response to the COVID‐19 pandemic (EBA/GL/2020/11). These Guidelines aim to clarify how firms should report the Implementing Technical Standards on supervisory reporting versions 2.9 and 2.10, and on the existing ITS on disclosure of leverage ratio.

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  • International Organization of Securities Commissions Reports on Liquidity Provision in the Equity Secondary Markets
    08/11/2020

    The International Organization of Securities Commissions has published a report on liquidity provision in the secondary markets for equity securities. The report sets out common themes for regulators to consider as the main elements of market making programs that promote liquidity provision enhance investor confidence and facilitate fair and efficient markets. These key elements are: (i) registration of market makers; (ii) obligations imposed on market makers; (iii) balancing the obligations and benefits of the programs; (iv) monitoring program compliance; and (v) public disclosure.

    View the report.
    TOPIC: Securities
  • Basel Committee on Banking Supervision Proposes Principles for Operational Risk
    08/06/2020

    The Basel Committee on Banking Supervision has opened a consultation on proposed principles for operational resilience and updated Principles for the Sound Management of Operational Risk (PSMOR). The consultation closes on November 6, 2020.

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  • UK Prudential Regulator Proceeds with Extension of Coverage under Financial Services Compensation Scheme
    08/04/2020

    The U.K. Prudential Regulation Authority has published a Policy Statement and final rules on the temporary high balances coverage extension under the Financial Services Compensation Scheme. The PRA has decided to implement the proposal, made in July this year and in response to the coronavirus pandemic, to extend coverage under the FSCS for temporary high balances, from six months to 12 months from the date of the deposit or the first date the balance becomes legally transferrable to the depositor. The change will be effected by changes to the PRA's depositor protection rules and the Statement of Policy on the Deposit Guarantee Scheme. The change will take effect from August 6, 2020. The coverage will revert to six months from February 1, 2021.

    View the Policy Statement, updated rules and Statement of Policy.
  • European Banking Authority Call for Input on De-Risking
    08/04/2020

    The European Banking Authority has launched a call for input on 'de-risking', whereby financial institutions avoid, rather than manage, the risks associated with money laundering or terrorist financing by terminating business relations with entire regions or classes of customers. The EBA is aiming to establish why financial institutions choose to de-risk instead of managing the related risks and to better understand the impact on access to financial services. Responses to the call for input can be provided until September 11, 2020. The feedback received will assist the EBA in preparing its next Opinion on the money laundering or terrorist financing risks impacting the EU which is due in Q1 2021.

    View the call for input on de-risking.
  • EU Final Draft Technical Standards on TLAC and MREL Disclosure & Reporting
    08/03/2020

    The European Banking Authority has published a final report and final draft Implementing Technical Standards on disclosure and reporting of Minimum Requirement for Own Funds and Eligible Liabilities and Total Loss Absorbing Capacity. Revisions to the EU's Bank Recovery & Resolution Directive and the Capital Requirements Regulation, which were finalized in 2019, implement the Financial Stability Board's TLAC requirements in the EU as well as amend the EU's existing MREL requirements. The TLAC requirements will apply to all EU global systemically important institutions and the revised MREL requirements to G-SIIs and other relevant firms. The final draft ITS will supplement the Pillar 3 disclosure requirements and supervisory reporting requirements on TLAC and MREL introduced by BRRD2 and CRR2.

    The EBA has submitted the final draft ITS to the Commission for endorsement. The ITS on TLAC disclosures will apply immediately on entry into force. The MREL disclosure requirements will apply either from January 1, 2024 (the expiration date of relevant transitional periods) or from the later deadline set by the relevant resolution authority.

    View the EBA's report, final draft ITS and related annexes.

    View details of BRRD2.

    View details of CRR2.
  • UK Climate Financial Risk Forum Publishes 2020 Guide
    07/29/2020

    The U.K. Climate Financial Risk Forum has published its first guide providing practical recommendations for the financial services sector on how to respond to climate-related financial risks. The CFRF was established by the U.K. Prudential Regulation Authority and Financial Conduct Authority and is made up of industry representatives from the banking, insurance and asset management sectors, as well as others such as the London Stock Exchange Group and the Green Finance Institute. The CFRF aims to build capacity and share best practice across the finance industry in order to improve the financial services sector's response to the financial risks arising from climate change.

    Read more.
  • EU Single Resolution Board Publishes Guidance on Bank Operational Continuity and FMI Contingency Plans
    07/29/2020

    The EU Single Resolution Board has published new guidance for Eurozone banks for which it is the resolution authority on: (i) operational continuity in resolution for Eurozone banks; and (ii) financial market infrastructure contingency plans. The guidance applies to "significant" Eurozone banks that are directly prudentially supervised by the European Central Bank and certain other cross-border groups, for whom resolution is their strategy.

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  • European Central Bank Publishes Results of Bank COVID-19 Vulnerability Analysis
    07/28/2020

    The European Central Bank Banking Division has published the results of the COVID-19 vulnerability analysis it conducted on Eurozone banks directly prudentially supervised under the Single Supervisory Mechanism. The analysis was designed to establish how 86 Eurozone banks would be impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and any vulnerabilities that may arise over a three-year horizon.

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  • UK Prudential Regulation Authority Announcement on Bank Dividend Payments and Share Buybacks Beyond 2020
    07/28/2020

    The U.K. Prudential Regulation Authority has published an announcement on its approach to dividend payments and share buybacks by large U.K. banks subject to its prudential supervision, in light of COVID-19. The PRA states that it intends to assess firms' plans for distributions beyond 2020 in Q4 2020, taking into account banks' current and projected capital positions and the level of uncertainty around the economy, market conditions and capital trajectories at that time.

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  • UK Prudential Regulator Publishes Policy Statement on Asset Encumbrance
    07/27/2020

    The U.K. Prudential Regulation Authority has published a Policy Statement on asset encumbrance, relevant to all PRA-regulated firms other than credit unions and insurance firms. The Policy Statement takes account of the PRA's consultation on its proposed expectations of how firms manage prudential risks associated with asset encumbrance. "Encumbered assets" are those that are used to secure, collateralize or credit-enhance a transaction and so cannot be freely transferred or liquidated by the pledging party. The PRA's consultation aimed, among other things, to ensure that firms: (i) put in place, and document, adequate risk management processes to monitor the potential impacts of asset incumbrance; (ii) appropriately consider the effects that increased asset encumbrance may have on the restoration of financial viability during a stress scenario; and (iii) ensure that asset encumbrance levels do not unduly impact the amount and cash value of assets that could be lent against in resolution.

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  • European Central Bank Publishes Recommendation on Bank Dividend Distributions During COVID-19
    07/27/2020

    The European Central Bank has published an updated Recommendation on dividend distributions by significant institutions that are directly prudentially supervised by the ECB. The Recommendation states that, until January 1, 2021, no dividends should be paid out for the financial years 2019 and 2020, nor should share buy-backs aimed at remunerating shareholders take place. Banks that consider themselves legally required to pay out dividends should explain their underlying reasons to their joint supervisory team. Banks that plan to pay dividends to a non-Eurozone parent institution, parent financial holding company or parent mixed financial holding company should also discuss their intentions with their joint supervisory team.

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  • European Central Bank Consults on Compounded €STR Rates
    07/24/2020

    The European Central Bank has launched a consultation on proposals to publish compounded term rates based on the euro short-term rate (€STR). The consultation closes on September 11, 2020. The ECB is requesting feedback on specific characteristics of the compounded rate using €STR. Publication would take place on a daily basis shortly after the €STR publication. Published maturities could range from one week up to one year. A daily index, making it possible to compute compounded rates over non-standard periods, is also envisaged.
     
    View the ECB's consultation paper on compounded term rates based on €STR.
  • European Central Bank Published Good Practice Guidance on Preparation for Benchmark Rate Reforms 
    07/23/2020

    The European Central Bank has published a report on the results of its industry-wide assessment of Eurozone banks’ readiness for the benchmark interest rate reforms, which affect both EONIA and EURIBOR in the euro area. The purpose of the report is to share good practices that the ECB has identified in its horizontal assessment of the preparedness of Eurozone banks supervised under the Single Supervisory Mechanism. According to the ECB, banks need to improve their preparation for the reforms and escalate their implementation of risk mitigation measures. 

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  • Outcome of European Supervisory Authorities’ Review of PRIIPs Technical Standards Published
    07/21/2020

    The Joint Committee of the European Supervisory Authorities has published a letter addressed to the European Commission informing it of the outcome of the ESAs’ review of the Regulatory Technical Standards (Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2017/653) on the presentation, content, review and revision of a standardized “key information document” and the conditions for fulfilling the requirement to provide a KID. The RTS supplements the Packaged Retail and Insurance-based Investment Products Regulation, which introduced a requirement for manufacturers of PRIIPs to produce a KID with the intention of improving retail investors’ understanding of the financial products they were purchasing.

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  • EU Forbearance for Issuer’s Account for COVID-19-Related Lease Modifications
    07/21/2020

    The European Securities and Markets Authority has published a statement on coordination of supervisory action on issuers’ accounting for lease modifications in light of the coronavirus pandemic. Issuers have encountered challenges in accounting for the large number of lease modifications granted in many jurisdictions. The International Accounting Standards Board issued an amendment to IFRS 16 in May 2020 which provided practical relief for lessees.

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    TOPIC: COVID-19
  • UK Proposals to Extend Regulatory Perimeter to Capture Promotion of Unregulated Crypto-Assets
    07/20/2020

    HM Treasury has released proposals to amend the U.K.’s financial promotion rules to subject unregulated crypto-assets to the financial promotions regime. The Government proposals aim to enhance consumer protection, ensure market integrity and fight against financial crime. Responses to the consultation can be submitted until October 25, 2020. The Government is separately consulting on limiting the ability of authorized firms to approve financial promotions of unauthorized without consent from the Financial Conduct Authority.

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  • UK Proposals to Tighten Financial Promotion Rules By Unauthorized Firms
    07/20/2020

    HM Treasury has released proposals to amend the U.K.’s financial promotion rules to provide increased consumer protection from misleading advertisements and a lack of suitable information. The U.K. financial promotion rules provide that a person may not communicate a financial promotion—an invitation or inducement to engage in an investment activity—unless the communication is exempt, the firm is authorized to carry on a regulated activity or the communication is approved by an authorized firm. Only financial promotions that are not real-time may be approved by an authorized person, and any approval must comply with the Financial Conduct Authority’s financial promotion rules. Any communication must be fair, clear and not misleading.

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  • UK Establishes Independent FinTech Strategic Review
    07/20/2020

    The U.K. Economic Secretary to the Treasury, John Glen, has announced the establishment of the independent FinTech Strategic Review, which was first referenced in the 2020 Budget. The Review, which will be led by Ron Kalifa OBE, former CEO of Worldpay, aims to identify priority areas for industry, policy makers and regulators to investigate to facilitate the ongoing success of the U.K. fintech sector.

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    TOPIC: FinTech
  • UK Plans to Accelerate Regulator’s Process for Cancelling Firm Authorization (in Certain Situations)
    07/20/2020

    HM Treasury has published a policy statement setting out how it intends to change the Financial Conduct Authority’s cancellation of authorization process for firms that are no longer carrying out regulated activities under the FCA’s remit. The FCA’s regulatory scope has expanded since the provisions were set out in the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000. HM Treasury is concerned that the inability of the FCA to act quickly to cancel a firm’s authorization and remove details of the firms from the Financial Services register may lead to consumer harm. The Government is therefore planning to add a simpler process whereby the FCA can remove a firm’s authorization where it suspects that the firm is no longer undertaking regulated activities, such as where a firm fails to pay its fees or file a regulatory return. The existing procedure, which requires the FCA to demonstrate that a firm is failing to fulfil the threshold conditions, has failed to carry on a regulated activity or that it is advantageous for the FCA to use its powers to meet its operational objectives, will not be amended. A bill to make the changes will be laid when Parliamentary time allows.

    View the policy statement on changes to the FCA’s cancellation of authorization process.

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  • UK Conduct Regulator Consults on Extending Certification and Conduct Rules Implementation Deadlines
    07/17/2020

    Following the announcement of the extension for solo-regulated firms of the deadline for completion of firms' first assessments of the fitness and propriety of their Certified Persons from December 9, 2020, to March 31, 2021, the U.K. Financial Conduct Authority has opened a consultation on extending certain other implementation deadlines for the Certification Regime and Conduct Rules. The extension of the deadline for firms' first fitness and propriety assessments was agreed to by HM Treasury in light of the continuing impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

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  • HM Treasury Provides Guidance on Application of EU CRR Quick Fix Package During Brexit Transitional Period
    07/16/2020

    HM Treasury has published a statement on the application of the EU CRR Quick Fix package during the Brexit transitional period. The EU CRR Quick Fix package consists of a Regulation amending the Capital Requirements Regulation (and also amending the Regulation amending the CRR, known as CRR2) and it was published in the Official Journal of the European Union on June 26, 2020. The Regulation forms part of the EU's response to the coronavirus pandemic.

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  • Final EU Guidelines for Securitization Repositories Assessing Data Completeness and Consistency
    07/10/2020

    The European Securities and Markets Authority has published a final report and final guidelines on securitization repository data completeness and consistency thresholds. The guidelines will apply to EU securitization repositories that are registered with and supervised by ESMA. From January 1, 2021, ESMA will consider the guidelines in its supervision of securitization repositories.

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  • EU Consultation on Guidelines for SFT Position Reporting by Trade Repositories
    07/09/2020

    The European Securities and Markets Authority has published a consultation paper on proposed Guidelines on the calculation of positions in Securities Financing Transactions by trade repositories under the EU Securities Financing Transactions Regulation. The consultation closes on September 15, 2020. ESMA intends to finalize the Guidelines for publication in Q4 2020 or Q1 2021.

    The proposed Guidelines aim to ensure consistency of position calculation by trade repositories to national regulators, including the time of calculations, the scope of the data used in calculations, the treatment of outliers, the recordkeeping of data and the calculation methodologies. They also aim to ensure a consistent methodology is used under SFTR and the European Market Infrastructure Regulation.

    View the consultation paper.
  • Basel Committee on Banking Supervision Finalizes Credit Valuation Adjustment Risk Framework
    07/09/2020

    The Basel Committee on Banking Supervision has published final revisions to the credit valuation adjustment risk framework under the Basel III standards. The updated international standard sets out the proposed regulatory capital treatment of CVA risk for derivatives and securities financing transactions. The CVA risk framework is designed to manage the risk of banks incurring mark-to-market losses from deterioration in the creditworthiness of counterparties in derivatives or SFTs. The framework was last revised in December 2017, partly to align it with the Basel Committee's market risk framework. The latest revisions include:
     
    1. The reduction of certain risk weights;
    2. The introduction of new index buckets and revised aggregation of CVA capital requirements;
    3. An amendment to the scope of portfolios subject to CVA risk capital requirements. SFTs, where the CVA risks stemming from such positions are not material, are excluded and certain client-cleared derivatives are exempt; and
    4. Revision of the overall calibration of the CVA risk framework, covering both the standardized and the basic approach.

    View the updated CVA standard.
  • UK Prudential Regulator Proposals to Extend Coverage under the Financial Services Compensation Scheme
    07/09/2020

    The U.K. Prudential Regulation Authority has opened a consultation on proposals for extending coverage of the Financial Services Compensation Scheme for temporary high balances. Responses to the consultation may be submitted until July 23, 2020. The PRA is proposing to extend coverage under the FSCS for temporary high balances, from six months to 12 months from the date of the deposit or the first date the balance becomes legally transferrable to the depositor. The coverage would revert to six months from February 1, 2021. The proposal is made because of the impact of COVID-19 on consumers.

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  • Financial Stability Board Makes Recommendations to Support LIBOR Transition
    07/09/2020

    The Financial Stability Board and Basel Committee on Banking Supervision have published a report to the G20 on supervisory issues associated with benchmark transition. The report focuses on the transition away from using LIBOR, but is relevant to other Interbank Offered Rates. The report presents the findings of a survey on the status of the move from using LIBOR, whose usage U.K. regulators are attempting to cease from the end of 2021, and sets out recommendations for relevant authorities and supervisors. 

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