Posts by: Richard Hunt

European Commission Publishes Speech on Reducing Uncertainty in the Financial Services

 

On April 6, 2017, the European Commission published a speech that considered a number of areas in the financial services sector where action can be taken to reduce uncertainty and strengthen recovery. The speech, given by Vice President Valdis Dombrovskis, touched on a number of interesting points, including nonperforming loans, the Capital Markets Union and the effect of Brexit on the central clearing of derivatives. The full speech is available here.

Money Market Funds Regulation Adopted by the European Parliament

 

On April 5, 2017, it was announced that the European Parliament voted to adopt the Money Market Funds Regulation (“MMFR“). The MMFR focuses on increasing regulation on shadow banking and investment funds and creates new rules that regulate money market funds. The MMFR intends to enhance the liquidity profile and stability of the funds it regulates. Now that the MMFR has been through the European Parliament, the next step is for the regulation to be formally adopted by the Council before being published in the Official Journal of the EU. It would then come into force shortly thereafter.

European Banking Authority Publishes Final Guidelines on Bail-in

 

On April 5, 2017, the European Banking Authority published three sets of guidelines in relation to the Bank Recovery and Resolution Directive, and in particular, bail-in. The guidelines looked at: a) the interrelationship between the Bank Recovery and Resolution Directive sequence of write-down and conversion and the Capital Requirements Regulation; b) the rate of conversion of debt to equity in bail-in; and c) the treatment of shareholders in bail-in or the write-down and conversion of capital instruments. The guidelines give greater clarification on the area of bail-in and are intended to complement existing regulation and guidance. The guidelines and related press release, are available here.

EMMI Considers EURIBOR Reforms

 

On March 9, 2017, the European Money Markets Institute (“EMMI“) issued a paper that considered the legal grounds for a proposed reform to EURIBOR.

Possible reform to EURIBOR was previously outlined by the EMMI in October 2015 (available here), and the most recently issued paper delves deeper into possible evolution. In particular, the paper considers the legal ramifications of the points previously considered.

The EMMI has encouraged EURIBOR users to consider the proposed reforms in an attempt to address possible issues around any changes. The paper is available here.

European Commission Publishes Speech on FinTech

 

On March 8, 2017, the European Commission (EC) published a speech that considered the challenges currently faced by the financial services sector in the EU, with a particular emphasis on FinTech.

Financial technology, commonly referred to as FinTech, has been a hot topic in recent times, with the European Commission maintaining a task force specifically dealing with it.

The speech, given by Oliver Guersent, commented on a number of points, including the need to ensure that all human interaction was not excluded and the possible investor protection risks surrounding “robo-advice.” The speech can be found in its entirety here.

European Banking Authority Publishes Report on Liquidity Coverage Ratio Disclosure

 

On March 8, 2017, the European Banking Authority (“EBA“) issued a report that considered the disclosure requirements in relation to the liquidity coverage ratio.

As it stands, European regulation specifies the liquidity coverage ratio for credit institutions, with the goal of maintaining a buffer against stressed situations and acting as an important tool in the assessment of risk management.

The guidelines that have been published harmonize and specify the necessary disclosures applicable to credit institutions. The final guidelines are available here.