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    On 18 November 2019, the Investment Association released its Responsible Investment Framework Final Report the “Report”). The Report follows the IA’s consultation at the beginning of this year, which sought industry views on: a proposed framework to categorise and define common Responsible Investment approaches (the “Framework”); a UK retail product label for funds which use Responsible...

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    Brexit: Doing Insurance business in France post exit day On 31 October 2019 EIOPA published Member State responses to its February 2019 ‘Recommendations for the insurance sector in light of the United Kingdom withdrawing from the European Union’. ACPR, the French regulator has indicated that it does not intend to comply with these recommendations. For full details see our RegZone report here.

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    On 31 October 2019 EIOPA published Member State responses to its February 2019 ‘Recommendations for the insurance sector in light of the United Kingdom withdrawing from the European Union’. 

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    We are pleased to issue our updated Guide to Passporting: Rules on Marketing Alternative Investment Funds in Europe.

    The EU Commission promoted passporting rights as one of the key benefits for hedge, private equity, real estate and other alternative investment fund managers authorised under the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (“AIFMD”).

    However, we are now experiencing impediments to the passporting rights as certain domestic regulators are imposing ‘border controls’, and fund managers need to pay fees and comply with various other requirements in order to market their funds cross-border.

    The diversity of the domestic rules makes it challenging for AIFMD authorised managers to assess the costs and various other requirements for penetrating the EU market. This guide provides a road map, which will hopefully assist managers in understanding the costs and other requirements under AIFMD, other EU directives and domestic regulations.

    To view or download a copy of our Guide, please click here.

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    We are pleased to issue our updated Guide to Passporting: Rules on Marketing Undertakings for Collective Investment in Transferable Securities in Europe.

    The UCITS Directive was established to harmonise retail collective investment schemes in the EU through the introduction of a common investment vehicle known as a “UCITS”. One of the key benefits of the UCITS Directive is that UCITS can be established and regulated in one EU member state and offered in others without the need for further authorisation by virtue of passporting rights under the UCITS Directive.

    The purpose of this guide is to assist UCITS managers to understand the process and regulatory costs involved in exercising such passporting rights throughout Europe. To view or download our Guide, please click here. 

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Future Dates

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  • 1 December 2019

    End of four-year transitional period for RTS on risk-mitigation techniques for OTC derivatives contracts not cleared by a CCP under EMIR.

  • 9 December 2019

    PRA Consultation CP20/19 closes. 

  • 9 December 2019

    The changes set out in the appendices of PRA PS20/19, implementing changes to the prescribed responsibility for recovery and resolution under SM&CR,  will come into force. 

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  • 18/11/2019

    EC: Speech by Valdis Dombrovskis: Priorities of the new EC for sustainability and green finance

    EC: Speech by Valdis Dombrovskis: Priorities of the new EC for sustainability and green finance
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    18/11/2019
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    Text of this speech, given on 15 November 2019 follows, in which Valdis Dombrovskis discusses aspects of the Banking and Capital Markets Union and sustainable finance. He also notes: “As you know, central clearing has been identified as a clear systemic risk in case of a no-deal Brexit. The … temporary equivalence decision … wi...
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  • 18/11/2019

    FCA: Gender diversity in UK financial services

    FCA: Gender diversity in UK financial services
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    18/11/2019
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    FCA’s research note analyses gender diversity at senior levels in UK financial services, looking at role, firm and sector and how these have changed over time.
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  • 18/11/2019

    IA: Responsible investment framework

    IA: Responsible investment framework
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    18/11/2019
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    IA has launched the first industry-wide agreed framework for common approaches to responsible investment which categorises, and provides standard definitions for, the different components of responsible investment. FCA has welcomed the initiative.
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  • 18/11/2019

    EC: Directive amending Directive (EU) 2017/1132 as regards cross-border conversions, mergers and divisions

    EC: Directive amending Directive (EU) 2017/1132 as regards cross-border conversions, mergers and divisions
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    18/11/2019
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    The Council has adopted this Directive which introduces procedures for cross-border conversions and divisions and provides for additional rules on cross-border mergers of limited liability companies established in an EU member state.
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  • 18/11/2019

    FCA: Speech by Sheldon Mills: Open finance: an opportunity for financial services

    FCA: Speech by Sheldon Mills: Open finance: an opportunity for financial services
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    18/11/2019
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    Text of this speech, given on 18 November 2019 follows, in which Sheldon Mills discusses aspects of open finance and open banking.
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