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December 2019

Regulation Will climate risks be incorporated into cost of capital calculations under Solvency 2?

ESG and climate risks appear to be a real source of concern for most of those who responded to the request for information that the EIOPA conducted in order to prepare its opinion. The EIOPA rendered its opinion on 30th September; at this stage it advises undertakings to (...)

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ESMA clarifies format for disclosure of risk factors in prospectuses

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EIOPA investigates how ESG and climate risks will be included in Solvency 2

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February 2014

Regulation ESMA tells firms to improve their selling practices for complex financial products

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has published an Opinion on practices to be observed by investment firms when selling complex financial products to investors. ESMA is issuing this opinion to remind national supervisors and investment firms about the (...)

February 2014

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 (...)

December 2013

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 (...)

December 2013

Regulation ESMA identifies deficiencies in CRAs sovereign ratings processes

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has published a Report identifying a number of deficiencies in the processes for producing and issuing sovereign ratings at the three largest credit rating agencies (CRAs), Fitch Ratings, Moody’s Investors Service and (...)

July 2013

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 (...)

July 2013

Regulation Institutional investors will not provide long-term financing to the real economy without access to genuinely long-term instruments

Policy makers increasingly wish to see institutional investors become more involved in the financing of the real economy...

July 2013

Regulation ESMA approves Spread Research as a credit rating agency

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has formally approved the registration of Spread Research SAS, based in France, as a credit rating agency (CRA) under Article 16 of the CRA Regulation. The registration takes effect from 1 July (...)

June 2013

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.

March 2013

Regulation ESMA certifies Kroll Bond Rating Agency to operate in the EU

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has formally approved the certification in the European Union of Kroll Bond Rating Agency Inc. (KBRA) under Article 16 of the CRA Regulation. The certification takes effect from 20 March (...)

February 2013

Regulation ESMA seeks feedback for review of the Short Selling Regulation

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has published a Call for Evidence on the evaluation of the Regulation (EU) No236/2012 on short selling and certain aspects of credit default swaps (SSR).

February 2013

Regulation ESMA rules aim to curb excessive risk taking by alternative fund managers

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has published final Guidelines on remuneration of alternative investment fund managers (AIFMs). The rules will apply to managers of alternative investment funds (AIFs) including hedge funds, private equity funds and real (...)

November 2012

Regulation Swiss Re sigma study takes a fresh look at the progress in the long-running debate to make insurance accounting practices more economically relevant and internationally comparable

Swiss Re’s latest sigma research publication "Insurance accounting reform: a glass half empty or half full?" takes a fresh look at the long-running debate over upgrading and harmonising insurance accounting practices.

January 2012

Regulation Survey of European Insurers Reveals Remaining Challenges to Solvency II Compliance

A significant reliance on third parties for data, sophisticated risk modelling requirements and obtaining sufficiently detailed fund data were among the challenges identified by European insurers in order for them to meet Solvency II requirements, according to new research (...)

January 2012

Regulation Aviation in the EU ETS: ECJ clears the runway

The inclusion of the aviation sector from January 1st 2012 onwards represents a new step in the implementation of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS)…

January 2012

Regulation EDHEC-Risk Institute draws the French Government’s attention to the inadvisability of imposing a Tobin tax in France

In an open letter dated January 10, 2012 addressed to the French Prime Minister, EDHEC-Risk Institute has underlined the difficulties and risks associated with implementing a tax on financial transactions in France…

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Regulation Solvency II: The conventions of the standard model and possible adverse effects

The Solvency II framework will change the way insurance companies address the investments performance in risky assets, by adding a new parameter to the traditional risk / reward tradeoff ....

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Regulation Solvency II: Advantage convertible bonds

The results of QIS 5 confirmed that convertible bonds bear low capital cost. A balanced-profile convertible bond portfolio with optimized convexity therefore obtains a moderate intrinsic SCR whilst benefiting from «equity» (...)

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Regulation Contractual OPCVM: a flexible and secure tool at the disposal of French asset managers

The french contractual OPCVM, in its configuration post october 2008 application decree, is a tool with features of interest for management companies, investors and service providers.

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Regulation The Tobin tax

The Tobin tax : a periodically fashionable idea, « miracle cure» that often unleashes passions mostly for ideological reasons than economic. It is necessary to review its relevance by assessing it objectively, and understanding what can make it, in some ways, desirable, but (...)

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Regulation High Frequency Trading (HFT): Positive for forex market and negative for equities ?

While the AMF and European regulators plan to limit or prohibit HFT, the BSI considers it to be beneficial to the foreign exchange market in normal times and in times of stress...

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Regulation ESMA issues good practices for structured retail product governance

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has published an opinion on structured retail products, setting out good practices for firms when manufacturing and distributing these products.

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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 Basel III: regulators seem to ignore market failures

The changes in our regulatory framework (BASEL 3) and the widespread use of inappropriate IFRS rules will not solve the imbalances of the international financial and economic system

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Regulation Financial transactions taxation is applicable to France

According to the firm 99 Partners Advisory, it is possible, from now, to put in place a tax on financial transactions,

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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 ESMA publishes final rules to ensure integrity of EU financial benchmarks

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has published its final report containing the draft regulatory and implementing technical standards (RTS/ITS) under the Benchmarks Regulation (BMR)...

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Regulation ESMA rules aim to curb excessive risk taking by alternative fund managers

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has published final Guidelines on remuneration of alternative investment fund managers (AIFMs). The rules will apply to managers of alternative investment funds (AIFs) including hedge funds, private equity funds and real (...)

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Regulation Reconciling bank processing and prudential regulation

The introduction of new liquidity ratios could undermine banking core business

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Regulation OTC transactions on derivative products will require collateral deposits!

The European Union wishes to increase the cost on purely speculative transactions. A proper system would be set up in order to allow non-financial companies to use derivative products for « legitimate» hedging reasons…

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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 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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