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  • New UK Standard on Risk Management Transactions for New Issuances for the Fixed Income Markets
    07/03/2018
    The U.K. Fixed Income, Currency and Commodities Markets Standards Board has published a new Standard on Risk Management Transactions for New Issuances for the Fixed Income markets.

    The FMSB has created several Standards to improve conduct in the FICC markets since its establishment in 2015 in response to the Fair and Effective Markets Review conducted by HM Treasury, the Bank of England and the Financial Conduct Authority. FMSB members commit to applying the FMSB Standards but the Standards do not impose legal or regulatory obligations.

    The new Standard describes expected behaviors to improve the practice and awareness regarding risk management activities conducted in and around the new issuance of bonds and includes 12 Core Principles. Following its consultation at the end of 2017 on the proposed Standard on Risk Management Transactions for New Issuances, the FMSB has made some minor changes, including providing more detail on the nature of the conduct risks and amending the Principle on dissemination of information (Core Principle 9).

    The new Standard applies to all market participants directly involved in Risk Management Transactions that are linked to syndicated offerings of fixed income bonds in the wholesale primary bond markets in Europe, subject to any applicable local regulatory restrictions. Auctions and buybacks of sovereign, supranational or corporate debt, or issuance of securitized debt or commercial paper are out of the scope of the Standard.

    View the Standard.

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