On 24 January 2023, the ECON Committee of the EU Parliament adopted its report on proposed amendments to the EU’s main fund rules, AIFMD and the UCITS Directive, ahead of trilogue negotiations with the EU Council and Commission set to begin in March. When agreed, the revised Directives are expected to come into force in 2025 in light of the 24 months transposition period. Notable proposals include:Read More
On the 17th February 2023, a new Delegated Regulation was published which amends and corrects the existing Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation (SFDR) regulatory technical standards with the main changes introducing disclosure requirements for Article 8 and Article 9 funds in respect of fossil gas and nuclear energy related activities to ensure alignment with the EU Taxonomy. The Delegated Regulation does not provide for a transition period and entered into force on 20 February.
The Central Bank of Ireland in order to accommodate the Delegated Regulation published their Process Clarification which confirms that the Central Bank will facilitate a fast-track filing process for the update of pre-contractual disclosure documents pursuant to the Delegated Regulation. Compliance with the Delegated Regulation is now a matter of priority for financial market participants and funds sponsors.
For more information on this regulatory update we suggest a read of our full Article or contact one of our authors.
On 20 February 2023, the FCA published a discussion paper (DP23/2) on improving the UK asset management regime. Key themes include:
Alignment with Relevant International Standards
The FCA does not want to create unnecessary complexity for firms operating in multiple jurisdictions. It aims to develop the regime to interact effectively with international requirements, while promoting the international competitiveness of the UK economy.Read More
By Jim Bulling, Anabelle Weinberg and Oliver Herrmann
The Australian Government has released Michelle Levy’s Quality of Advice Review Final Report (Final Report) after a year-long consultation process that includes 22 recommendations across 13 areas to improve the regulatory framework of financial advice.Read More
The Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) has revealed its key enforcement priorities for 2023. This year, ASIC has signalled an expanded focus on enforcement activity targeting:
- sustainable finance practices and disclosure of climate risks;
- financial scams;
- cyber and operational resilience; and
- investor harms involving crypto-assets.
On February 15, 2023, the SEC adopted rule amendments and new rules to reduce risk in clearance and settlement of securities transactions. The amendments to Rules 15c6-1(a) and 15c6-1(c) will shorten the standard settlement cycle for most securities transactions from two business days after the trade date (T+2) to one (T+1) and shorten the standard settlement cycle for firm commitment offerings priced after 4:30 p.m. from four business days after trade date (T+4) to T+2.Read More
By Daniel Knight and Oliver Herrmann
New licensing requirements for crypto service providers are coming, following a series of consultations launched last week by Treasurer, Jim Chalmers. The Government approach focuses on strengthening enforcement, bolstering consumer protection and ultimately establishing a new licensing framework.Read More
On 1 February, the UK Government published another consultation paper on the proposed regulation of business relating to cryptoassets in the UK. This is to seek views (by 30 April 2023) on the overall approach and policy direction, and includes a call for evidence to gather more pertinent information on decentralised finance. As such, the consultation does not contain details on any specific proposed rules. For example, the proposed cryptoasset-related regulated activities described in the consultation paper are stated to be illustrative of the sorts of activities the Government intends to regulate, rather than specific proposals. For further information on this consultation please see our fintech blog here.
One of the UK FCA’s favoured ways of regulating is through “Dear CEO” letters, which seek to place a direct onus on CEOs to address FCA priorities. On 3 February 2023, CEOs of UK asset management firms were the recipients of one such letter. Much of the content is not surprising (e.g. the emphasis on consumer outcomes) but we highlight here some particularly notable points:Read More
On February 7, 2023, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Division of Examinations (the Division) announced its 2023 examination priorities. The timing of the announcement, over a month earlier than the Division’s examination priority announcements in the prior two years, suggests a return to normal following pandemic-era examinations.Read More