2020 Global Bank Review: #disruption

We are excited to launch the 2020 edition of our Global Bank Review#disruption. While the banks sector has faced significant challenges before, the depth and breadth of Covid-19’s disruption has left banks in the position of having to brace for impact to their own businesses, whilst simultaneously demonstrating a change in culture, providing support to vulnerable customers, and supplying vital credit for regrowing our economies. Read more

ESMA consults on transaction reporting and OTFs

ESMA recently announced consultations on MiFIR transaction reporting and reference data and the functioning of organised trading facilities (OTFs). These consultations form part of ESMA’s review obligations under MiFID II and will help the European Commission understand the impact of MiFID II on the market. ESMA has stated that it intends to publish its final review reports on these issues during the first quarter of 2021. These reports are likely to inform the ongoing discussions in relation to potential further changes to MiFID II. Read more

FMSB Spotlight Review on measuring FICC execution quality

The FICC Market Standards Board (FMSB) recently published a spotlight review on the ability of FICC (fixed income, currencies and commodities) market participants to measure trade execution quality. The Review comes amid increasing market interest in best execution and transaction cost analysis from both regulators and clients particularly in the wake of MiFID II. Read more

FCA: Market Watch 65

The FCA recently published the latest edition of Market Watch, which covers three topics – information handling requirements, legal privilege, and transaction reporting. Read more

PRA Dear CEO letter to firms on operational readiness for TPR

As the end of the Brexit transition period approaches, the PRA has published a letter from Sam Woods, Deputy Governor for Prudential Regulation and CEO of the PRA, to CEOs of all PRA-regulated firms preparing for the end of the transition period and for entering the Temporary Permissions Regime (TPR). The letter stresses the need for firms to be operationally prepared to enter the TPR and to ensure that they are able to meet the PRA’s regulatory requirements once they are in the TPR. The transition period is due to end at 11pm on Thursday 31 December 2020 at which point the TPR will take effect. Read more

ESMA writes a letter to the European Commission regarding the reform of the AIFMD

A letter to the European Commission dated 18 August 2020 from the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has been published. Ostensibly relating to the upcoming review of the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD), it is, true to recent EU legislative form, expansive in its ambition and has raised a number of questions around potential impacts on the whole of the fund management industry, including the Undertakings for Collective Investment in Transferable Securities (UCITS). Read more