Posts by: Abdul Khan

European Parliament Publishes Erratum to ECON Report on Proposed Regulation on Facilitating Cross-Border Distribution of Collective Investment Funds

 

On January 22, the European Parliament published an erratum (A8-0431/2018/err01) to a report of its Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee (“ECON“) on the proposal for a Regulation on facilitating cross-border distribution of collective investment funds (2018/0045(COD)).

It amends Recital 6 and Article 10, as well as inserting new Recitals 7a, 7b and 7c. It explains that these amendments were adopted by ECON but were missing from the text sent for translation. It should be noted that the changes affect all language versions of the report.

The erratum can be found here.

ESMA Updates MiFID II Transitional Transparency Calculations for Electricity Derivatives

 

On January 22, the European Securities and Markets Authority (“ESMA“) published an updated version of its transitional transparency calculations (“TTC“) required under the MiFID II Directive (2014/65/EU) and the Markets in Financial Instruments Regulation (600/2014) (“MiFIR“).

The update relates to the TTC for commodity derivatives and affects only electricity derivatives.

Further information is contained in section E10 of ESMA’s frequently asked questions (“FAQ“) (ESMA50-164-677) on the TTC, which explains why the last TTC results for commodity derivatives, published on December 6, 2017, have been modified.

The transparency calculations can be found here and the FAQs, which were published on ESMA’s website, can be found here.

European Parliament to Consider Proposed Regulation and Directive on Cross-Border Distribution of Collective Investment Funds

 

On January 24, the European Parliament updated the following procedure files:

  • The procedure file for the proposal for a Directive on the cross-border distribution of collective investment funds (2018/0041(COD)).
  • The procedure file for the proposal for a Regulation on facilitating cross-border distribution of collective investment funds (2018/0045(COD)).

The updated procedure files specify that the Parliament may consider the proposals at its plenary session between April 15-18.

The Parliament’s Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee (“ECON“) voted to adopt draft reports on the proposals on December 4, 2018. It subsequently published the reports on December 7, 2018.

The proposed Regulation envisages a harmonized framework regarding features of the cross-border distribution of funds, in respect of marketing communications and member states’ marketing requirements. The proposed Directive contains alterations to the UCITS Directive (2009/65/EC) and the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (2011/61/EU) (“AIFMD“) relating to pre-marketing and the discontinuation of marketing among other things.

The procedures files can be found here and here. The UCITS Directive can found here and the AIFMD can be found here.

EIOPA Publishes Results of Peer Review Under Solvency II

 

On January 25, the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (“EIOPA“) published the results of its peer review that examined how national competent authorities (“NCAs“) evaluated the propriety of administrative, management or supervisory body (“AMSB“) members and qualifying shareholders between January 2016 and May 2017.

Important areas of risk include:

  • A number of regulatory frameworks are not aligned with the Solvency II framework and NCAs are applying different standards and scope while assessing propriety.
  • Very few NCAs perform continuing assessment of the propriety of qualifying shareholders and AMSB members. Continuing assessment should involve proactive, risk-based and proportionate engagement resulting from the NCAs’ own initiative, as part of its supervisory activities.
  • Some NCAs do not make their supervisory expectations and standards known internally to supervisory staff and externally to insurers.

Insurers are required to be owned and run by persons of integrity and of good repute to ensure sound and proper management under the Solvency II Directive (2009/138/EC).

The results published by EIOPA can be found here.