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05 Oct
2016

Securities Financing Transactions Regulation (SFTs) – a regulation that is not only about SFTs

  • 5th October 2016
  • Kara Paslawska

There is no hiding that securities financing transactions, thanks to their role in the financial crisis of 2007-2008, do not have a good reputation.  The Financial Stability Board’s policy framework seeks to address SFTs’ complex and opaque nature through increased transparency of these products to allow clients a more accurate assessment of where to invest Read More

11 May
2016

RegTech and change management at the heart of the Brexit debate

  • 11th May 2016
  • Aoife Quinn

With 23 June just around the corner and a vote deciding the future of the UK in the EU on the horizon, we at JWG have issued a ground-breaking report today – Brexit: changing out the engine of finance. The report finds significant technical and leadership challenges ahead in the event of a decision to Read More

31 Mar
2016

The snake in the tunnel: position limits revisited

A brief exchange of correspondence between regulators over the last fortnight has brought aspects of MiFID II’s regulatory technical standards back into question. On 14 March, a letter from the European Commission to the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA), seen by Reuters, requested that the technical standards on position limits be rewritten, with the Read More

30 Sep
2015

There is nothing new under MAR RTS …

  • 30th September 2015
  • David Miller

JWG analysis. … at least, not much!  This week is a significant one for compliance and legal professionals in the financial services industry.  ESMA has finally released 1,500 pages of draft regulatory standards covering trading, market abuse and the settlement of securities. In the past few months, JWG has spent considerable time covering MiFID II, Read More

28 Sep
2015

MiFID II technical standards published

Today, ESMA has published the long-awaited MiFID II Technical Standards, leaving implementation teams across the industry with hundreds of pages to get to grips with.  The publication confirms that MiFID II will represent the biggest change to the regulatory framework in living memory.  It represents an extremely complex puzzle, but at least now we have Read More

19 Aug
2015

Defending your settlement: what will CSDR bring to post-trade?

  • 19th August 2015
  • Mark Robinson

JWG analysis. Last year’s Central Securities Depositories Regulation (CSDR) saw fresh demand from regulators for a more transparent and efficient framework for EU CSD services and operations.  The main aims of CSDR are to increase the safety and efficiency of the post-trade environment, primarily through the harmonisation of settlement cycles and settlement discipline for CSDs.  Read More

30 Jun
2015

Caught by Europe’s 2017 dragnet? New MiFID II standards could mean the worst

  • 30th June 2015
  • RegTechFS

By Sam Tyfield and JWG. While the latest chapter of the Greece tragedy plays out, today ESMA quietly released its final report on draft technical standards on the authorisations, passporting, registration of third country firms and cooperation between EU competent authorities. Compared to the Consultation Report published in December 2014, ESMA has clarified a number Read More

17 Nov
2014

ESMA releases revised trade reporting rules

  • 17th November 2014
  • RegTechFS

As published in ‘The Trade’. Europe’s financial regulator has revised the current framework for the reporting of derivatives trades under the European Markets Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR). The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) is now seeking feedback on its changes which aim to resolve the widespread issues which have arisen in the reporting process. The Read More

11 Nov
2014

Doing MiFID II right – it’s the standards, stupid

  • 11th November 2014
  • RegTechFS

JWG analysis. This summer, we took a look at the emerging MiFID II/MiFIR technical standards and concluded that the ‘hearing’ that they were getting would result in a war of many parts. Since the summer, over 700 MiFID II/MiFIR responses have been submitted, the FCA has run a conference crying for action and JWG is Read More

27 Aug
2014

Clients … what do they know?

JWG analysis. “When providing investment advice or portfolio management the investment firm shall obtain the necessary information regarding the client’s or potential client’s knowledge and experience in the investment field relevant to the specific type of product or service … so as to enable the investment firm to recommend to the client or potential client the Read More