EU Commission proposes changes to UCITS V and AIFMD safekeeping regimes.

In an attempt to implement the European Securities and Markets Authority (“ESMA”)’s recent opinion on asset segregation and depositary delegation, the EU Commission published two draft Delegated Regulations with the aim of amending UCITS V Delegated Regulation (Ares(2018)2778673) and AIFMD Delegated Regulation (Ares(2018)2778659) relating to the safe-keeping duties of depositaries. [...]

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Money Market Funds Regulations 2018

The Money Market Funds Regulations 2018 (the “UK MMF Regulations”) are made in relation to EU Regulation 2017/1131 on money market funds (“MMF Regulation”) which will apply in the UK from 21 July 2018. They make amendments to ensure that the Financial Conduct Authority (“FCA”) is able to authorise money [...]

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Data Protection Act 2018

Of relevance to: All regulated firms Key dates: Royal Assent 23 May 2018 The Data Protection Act 2018 replaces the Data Protection Act 1998 and provides a comprehensive legal framework for data protection in the UK, supplemented by the General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) until the UK leaves the European [...]

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FCA retires Finalised Guidance 12/15 and 14/1 on describing advice services and inducements

Of relevance to: All firms providing advice on or distributing retail investment products and financial instruments to retail clients Key date: With immediate effect Two Finalised Guidance publications (FG12/15: Retail Distribution Review: independent and restricted advice and FG14/1: Supervising retail investment advice: inducements and conflicts of interest) and a factsheet [...]

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ESMA provides one-stop company portal

Of relevance to: All financial service providers authorised within the EU Investors seeking information on whether a financial service provider is authorised within the European Union (“EU”) will now be able to do so on the new companies’ portal provided by the European Securities and Markets Authority (“ESMA”). The ESMA [...]

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ICO: Data Protection registration and fees

Of relevance to: All firms processing personal data, including data controllers currently registered with the ICO Key date: Applicable from 25 May 2018 The General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) removes the requirement for data controllers to register with the Information Commissioner’s Office (“ICO”). However, new UK regulations, with effect from [...]

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GDPR – Are you ready?

Of relevance to: All firms Key date: Are you ready for 25 May 2018? Are you ready? On 25 May 2018, the General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) will come into effect for all firms operating within Europe as well as firms outside of Europe which have data come in from, [...]

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ESMA updated Q&As on Markets in Financial Instruments Directive and Regulation, Market Abuse Regulation, Benchmarks Regulation and Central Securities Depository Regulation

Of relevance to: All firms affected by MiFID/MiFIR, MAR, BMR and/or CSDR Key date: Applicable from 23 March 2018 The European Securities and Markets Authority (“ESMA”) has updated its Questions and Answers (“Q&As”) on the implementation of the Market Abuse Regulation (“MAR”), the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive and Regulation [...]

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FCA and PRA multi-firm review on Algorithmic Trading Compliance in Wholesale Markets

Of relevance to: All firms carrying out algorithmic trading in wholesale markets The Financial Conduct Authority (“FCA”) and Prudential Regulation Authority (“PRA”) have been reviewing firms’ algorithmic trading activity and issued supervisory publications. For firms solo-regulated by the FCA, please refer to the FCA supervisory publication. Firms regulated by the [...]

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