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October 3

Regulation ESMA consults on future reporting rules for securities financing transactions

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has issued today a consultation paper on draft technical standards implementing the Securities Financing Transaction Regulation (SFTR), which aims to increase the transparency of shadow banking (...)

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July 21

Regulation ESMA advises on extension of funds passport to 12 non-EU countries

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has today published its Advice in relation to the application of the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD) passport to non-EU Alternative Investment Fund Managers (AIFMs) and Alternative Investment Funds (...)

July 18

Regulation ESMA consults on proposed central clearing delay for small financial counterparties

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has published today a consultation paper proposing to change the phase-in period for central clearing of OTC derivatives applicable to financial counterparties with a limited volume of derivatives activity under the (...)

July 4

Regulation ESMA identifies scope for greater EU harmonisation in prospectuses approval

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has today published a peer review on the efficiency and effectiveness of European Union (EU) national securities markets regulators’ approval of prospectuses, the disclosure documents prepared by issuers when they want to (...)

June 6

Regulation ESMA reminds firms of responsibilities when selling bail-in securities

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has published a Statement reminding banks and investment firms (‘firms’) of their responsibility to act in their clients’ best interests when selling bail-in-able financial (...)

May 31

Regulation ESMA issues opinion on MiFID II standards on ancillary activities

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has issued today an Opinion in response to a letter sent by the European Commission (Commission) asking to amend its draft RTS 20 under the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID II) and Regulation (...)

May 8

Regulation PSD2 and MIF Regulation create opportunities in Europe for those who can adapt, claims new PAY.ON white paper

PAY.ON, an ACI Worldwide company and a global partner for white label payment technology, has published in collaboration with First Annapolis a new white paper that explores the implications surrounding - and the opportunities arising from - the revised Payment Services (...)

May 3

Regulation ESMA amends MiFID II standards on non-equity transparency and position limits

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has issued today two Opinions proposing amendments to its draft Regulatory Technical Standards (RTSs) under the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID II) and Regulation (...)

April 11

Regulation ESMA finds room for improvement in national supervision of investment advice to retail clients

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has today published a peer review on how national regulators assess compliance with MiFID’s suitability requirements when firms provide investment advice to retail (...)

February 16

Regulation ESMA consults on implementation of the Benchmarks Regulation

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has today published a Discussion Paper (DP) regarding the technical implementation of the incoming Benchmarks Regulation (BR)...

February 11

Regulation ESMA resumes US CCP recognition process following EU-US agreement

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) welcomes the common approach announced today by the European Commission and the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) on the equivalence of CCP regimes.

February 3

Regulation ESMA updates on supervisory work on closet index tracking

ESMA is concerned "Closet indexing" may harm investors as they are not receiving the service or risk/return profile they expect based on the fund’s disclosure documents while potentially paying higher fees compared to those typically charged for passive (...)

January 20

Regulation ESMA publishes letter from European Commission on AIFMD passport

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has published the letter it received from the European Commission (EC) in respect of its advice on the application of the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD) passport to non-EU AIFMs and AIFs, and ESMA’s (...)

January 4

Regulation ESMA issues MiFID II guidelines on cross-selling practices

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has published its Guidelines on Cross-Selling Practices under MiFID II (guidelines) to ensure investors are treated fairly when an investment firm offers two or more financial products or services as part of a (...)

December 2015

Regulation European swap clearing to start in June 2016

Firms will have to centrally clear certain classes of interest rate swaps starting from 21 June 2016. The clearing obligation in the Europe Union (EU) will enter into force following the publication of the relevant technical standards in the Official Journal on 1 December (...)

November 2015

Regulation EDHEC Risk regrets that the future text on European regulation of benchmarks organises opacity in the index provision market

An agreement between the European Parliament and the Council of the EU on a Regulation of financial benchmarks was found in the night of November 24 to 25, 2015. Unfortunately, this agreement does not respond to the criticism that EDHEC Risk Institute had (...)

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Regulation PSD2 and MIF Regulation create opportunities in Europe for those who can adapt, claims new PAY.ON white paper

PAY.ON, an ACI Worldwide company and a global partner for white label payment technology, has published in collaboration with First Annapolis a new white paper that explores the implications surrounding - and the opportunities arising from - the revised Payment Services (...)

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Regulation Global banks appear well-prepared to meet TLAC requirements

The Financial Stability Board also released details on total loss-absorbing capacity, or TLAC, requirements that all 30 G-SIBs will need to meet. The rule requires that a bank have sufficient amounts of debt that could be bailed in to recapitalize it in times of (...)

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Regulation Regulatory outlook: 2011 and beyond

It is well documented that over the past two years the European and US Authorties have made numerous efforts to strengthen the regulatory and supervisory framework that apply to financial activities.

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Regulation Financial Benchmarks: EDHEC-Risk Institute welcomes vote delay, calls for transparency

EDHEC-Risk Institute welcomes delay of European Parliament vote on the regulation of financial benchmarks and calls for high and uniform standards of transparency to allow investors to make informed decisions and promote integrity, competition and innovation in the indexing (...)

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Regulation Amundi Alternative Investments obtains AIFM authorisation

Amundi Alternative Investments SAS (Amundi AI), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Amundi, has obtained AIFM authorisation from the French securities regulator (Autorité des Marchés Financiers) for all of its investment solutions. The AIFM directive, transposed by the EU member (...)

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Regulation ESMA issues MiFID II guidelines on cross-selling practices

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has published its Guidelines on Cross-Selling Practices under MiFID II (guidelines) to ensure investors are treated fairly when an investment firm offers two or more financial products or services as part of a (...)

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Regulation AMF renews the short selling ban on financial sector

The Board of the Autorité des marchés financiers (AMF) renews the ban on taking net short positions in French securities of the financial sector

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Regulation Short-selling bans unlikely to prevent share price slides

New evidence from 30 countries shows short-selling restrictions fail to support stock prices and reduce market liquidity, study suggests

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Regulation ESMA consults on proposed central clearing delay for small financial counterparties

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has published today a consultation paper proposing to change the phase-in period for central clearing of OTC derivatives applicable to financial counterparties with a limited volume of derivatives activity under the (...)

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Regulation ESMA publishes accounting enforcement guidelines

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has published its final Guidelines on the enforcement of financial information published by listed entities in the European Union (EU). The aim of the guidelines is to strengthen and promote greater supervisory convergence (...)

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Regulation ESMA finalises supervisory co-operation agreements for alternative investment funds

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has approved seven co-operation arrangements between EU securities regulators and their global counterparts with responsibility for the supervision of alternative investment funds, including hedge funds, private equity and (...)

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Regulation Extension of the ban on the taking of net short positions in ten French securities of the financial sector

The Board of the AMF considered that the market conditions were not satisfactory to lift the said ban.

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Regulation Basel Committee concludes assessment of Basel III capital regulations in Switzerland

The Basel Committee on Banking Supervision has today published a report assessing the regulations that implement the Basel capital framework in Switzerland.

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Regulation Regulations and client expectations change status quo in wealth management industry

The status quo in the private banking and wealth management industry is changing as the focus shifts to client service and value delivery, according to PwC findings of 2011 Global Private Banking and Wealth Management Survey - Anticipating a New Age in Wealth (...)

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Regulation ESMA consults on major shareholders disclosures

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has launched a consultation on draft Regulatory Technical Standards (RTS) under the revised Transparency Directive relating to the notification of major shareholdings and the indicative list of financial instruments (...)

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Regulation Regulatory prospects: 2012 and beyond

2009 was a year of intense reflection on the functioning of the financial sector. There followed an intense regulatory activity in 2010, unfortunately with few formal adoptions of regulations. 2011 marked the surge of the will to succeed with provisional schedules. Where do (...)

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Solvency II

Solvency II: What is the impact of Solvency II for asset allocation? | Using of hedging strategies for portfolios via derivatives | Internal model or a standard model

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Note The impact of Solvency 2 on insurers asset allocation

Implications for asset allocation? Incitement to diversification? Optimization of the volatility hedging ratio ? Allocation depending on the level of wealth of the insurance company? Groupama AM updates on the impact of Solvency 2 for (...)

Note Challenges for Europe’s banks

Even in the seemingly unlikely case that a comprehensive solution to the sovereign crisis is found, the changed regulatory backdrop is a major challenge for the banks, and probably for the economy as a whole.

News Forex: the list of unauthorised websites in France

ACP and AMF update the list of unauthorised websites offering forex investments

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