Industry Developments

ESMA Publishes Consolidated Guidelines on the Application of the Endorsement Regime Under CRA Regulation

 

On March 20, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published the official translations of its consolidated guidelines on the application of the endorsement regime under Article 4(3) of the Credit Rating Agencies Regulation (Regulation 1060/2009) (CRA Regulation) (ESMA33-9-282). READ MORE

Commission Publishes Delegated Regulation Supplementing MLD4

 

On May 14, a Delegated Regulation ((EU) 2019/758) supplementing the Fourth Money Laundering Directive ((EU) 2015/849) (MLD4) with regulatory technical standards (RTS) specifying the minimum action and the type of additional measures credit and financial institutions must take to mitigate money laundering and terrorist financing risk in certain third countries was published in the Official Journal of the EU (OJ). READ MORE

FCA Updates Paper on Price Discrimination in Cash Savings Market

 

On May 14, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) updated its webpage on its July 2018 discussion paper on price discrimination in the cash savings market (DP18/6).

The FCA states that it is considering the responses to the discussion paper in the context of its broader work on assessing the role and impact of Open Finance and the role of a duty of care in its future approach to regulation, as outlined in its 2019/20 business plan.

In DP18/6, the FCA set out a range of options to address issues faced by longstanding customers in the easy-access cash savings market and stated that it would publish a feedback statement in early 2019. It now intends to publish a consultation paper or feedback statement in the second half of 2019, which will outline the feedback received to the discussion paper and its next steps.

Shareholder Rights Directive: The Proxy Advisors Regulations 2019

 

On May 14, the Proxy Advisors (Shareholders’ Rights) Regulations 2019 (SI 2019/926) were published. The regulations transpose into UK law Article 3j (transparency of proxy advisors) of the Shareholder Rights Directive (as amended by the Shareholder Rights Directive II). The Regulations will enter into force on June 10. READ MORE

FHA Offers Incentives for Property Owners Who Invest in Opportunity Zones

 

On May 9, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) announced a package of incentives to encourage multifamily property owners to invest in thousands of neighborhoods located in Opportunity Zones across the nation. FHA is introducing reduced application fees paid by property owners applying for certain multifamily mortgage insurance programs for the development or rehabilitation of apartment units located, or proposed to be located, in Opportunity Zones. In addition, FHA is designating teams of senior underwriters to review these applications to ensure the most attentive and timely processing. Press Release. Housing Notice.

Federal Reserve Approves Final Rule to Repeal Regulations that Incorporated the S.A.F.E. Act

 

On May 9, the Federal Reserve Board approved final amendments to its regulations to reflect the transfer of the Board’s rulemaking authority for the Secure and Fair Enforcement for Mortgage Licensing Act (S.A.F.E. Act) to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). Entities that were subject to the Board’s rules are now subject to the CFPB’s rules. Press Release.

CFTC Publishes First Enforcement Manual

 

On May 8, the Division of Enforcement (DOE) of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) published its first Enforcement Manual. The Enforcement Manual establishes certain general policies and procedures to guide the work of the DOE in pursing violations of the Commodity Exchange Act (CEA) and CFTC regulations, and will serve as a general reference for DOE staff in the investigation and prosecution of potential violations of the CEA and CFTC regulations.

White House and HUD Publish Opportunity Zone Implementation Plan

 

On April 17, the White House Opportunity and Revitalization Council (Council) published its Implementation Plan, a detailed work plan for how the Council chaired by U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson will accomplish the goals specified in Executive Order 13583 of December 12, 2018. The Implementation Plan explains the various subcommittees of the Council, as well as describes the strategy to implement administrative reforms and initiatives that will target, streamline, coordinate and optimize federal resources in economically distressed communities, including Opportunity Zones. Release.

CFTC Approves a Final Rule Revising Privacy Notice Requirements

 

On April 19, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) approved a final rule to revise an existing CFTC regulation that currently requires certain merchants and dealers, among other persons, to provide annual privacy notices to customers. The new rule will remove this requirement to provide annual privacy notices when certain conditions are met. Release.

CFPB Changes Policy Regarding Civil Investigative Demands

 

On April 23, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced changes to its current policies regarding Civil Investigative Demands (CIDs). These changes will require CIDs to provide more information about the alleged wrongful conduct under investigation. The new policy aligns with recent court decisions about notifications of purpose and is consistent with prior reports from the CFPB.